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Christopher Luke "Chris" Tardif (born 19 September 1979) is an English former professional footballer, who currently plays for Guernsey F.C. as a goalkeeper. He has represented Northern Ireland at youth level, through a now closed loophole in the Home Nations agreement, and Guernsey at senior level.

Chris Tardif
Personal information
Full name Christopher Luke Tardif
Date of birth (1979-09-19) 19 September 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Guernsey
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Guernsey F.C.
Youth career
1990–1996 Vale Recreation F.C.
1996–1998 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Portsmouth 5 (0)
1999Havant & Waterlooville (loan)[1] 8 (0)
2000Newport (IOW) (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003Bournemouth (loan) 9 (0)
2003–2004Havant & Waterlooville (loan)[2] 5 (0)
2004–2008 Oxford United 58 (0)
2007–2008 Basingstoke Town[3] 14 (0)
2008 Maidenhead United 9 (0)
2008 Farnborough 0 (0)
2008–2009 Bognor Regis Town ? (?)
2009–2010 Maidenhead United 0 (0)
2010 Basingstoke Town 10 (0)
2010 St. Martin's A.C. 0 (0)
2011– Guernsey F.C. 169 (0)
National team
–2001 Northern Ireland U19
2011–2015 Guernsey 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:17, 14 August 2013 (UTC)



Tardif began his career in Guernsey with Vale Recreation F.C. before joining Portsmouth, turning professional in the 1998 close season. He joined Havant & Waterlooville on loan in August 1999, playing in the first eight league games of Havants' first season in the Southern League Premier Division.[1] He also had a spell on loan with Newport (Isle of Wight) from March to May 2000 and finally made his Portsmouth debut in their 2–1 defeat at home to Tranmere in the FA Cup on 6 January 2001.[4] He made four further appearances for Portsmouth that season, all in the Championship as Portsmouth successfully avoided relegation. His only other appearance for Portsmouth came on 27 August 2001 when Tardif played in their 4–1 win at home to Grimsby Town.[5]

He spent the 2002–03 season on loan with Bournemouth, playing 14 games in all competitions and, after a spell on loan with Newport (Isle of Wight), in October 2003 joined Havant & Waterlooville on a month's loan,[1] as cover for the injured Gareth Howells.

Released by Portsmouth, he joined Oxford United in May 2004,[6] on a two-year contract.[7] He was a regular the following season. However, he found first-team football hard to come by in later seasons, particularly under Jim Smith when Billy Turley kept him out of the side to the extent that he had a transfer request accepted by Oxford in December 2006.[8] In September 2007, he retired from professional football to start a new career, although planned to continue playing semi-professionally.[9]

Tardif played one game as a triallist for Eastleigh in October 2007,[10] and joined Basingstoke Town in December 2007,[11] moving to Maidenhead United in March 2008.[12] He was an integral part of the Maidenhead side that narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the season, Tardif keeping four sheets in the final five games.[12] He became a father shortly after the end of the season and chose to reduce the time spent travelling from his Portsmouth home by joining Farnborough in May 2008.[12] He joined Bognor Regis Town in September 2008.[13] He returned to Maidenhead United in the summer of 2009.

On 2 June 2010, Tardif rejoined Basingstoke Town.[14] On 26 August 2010, Tardif had his Basingstoke Town contract terminated by mutual consent and returned to his home island, signing with St. Martins A.C.[15]

Joining Guernsey F.C. when it was formed in 2011, Chris became Captain in 2016 following the resignation of Sam Cochrane, however in October 2016 Tardif suffering a double leg break at the home match against Godalming Town F.C. which will see him out of the team, probably for the rest of the season.[16]

International careerEdit

A loophole in the FIFA statutes, which has now been closed, allowed footballers who were British citizens, but born outside the UK, to play for any home nation, regardless of whether or not they have any previous connection to it. As none of the Channel Islands are affiliated to FIFA, and Tardif was born in Guernsey, he was therefore eligible to play for any home nation, and represented Northern Ireland at U19 level. He was called into the U21 squad in September 2001, for a European Championship qualifier against Malta, but did not play.[17]

Since returning to Guernsey, Tardif has represented Guernsey, in the 2011 Muratti Vase Final, losing on penalties to Jersey, at the 2011 Island Games and then won the 2012 Muratti Vase Final after Guernsey beat Jersey by two goals to nil[18] Also, in 2011 Tardiff joined the newly formed Guernsey F.C. as their goalkeeper. In 2012, he played one match as a forward for Media United in the Guernsey FA Cup to ensure his eligibility for the Muratti.


  1. ^ a b c "Havant call for Tardiff". NonLeagueDaily. 25 October 2003. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Player Details: Season 2003–2004". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Player Details: Season 2007–2008". SoccerFacts UK. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Portsmouth 1–2 Tranmere". Soccerbase. 6 January 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Portsmouth 4–2 Grimsby". Soccerbase. 27 August 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Oxford sign keeper Tardif". BBC Sport. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Robinson signs Oxford deal". BBC Sport. 24 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Tardif transfer request accepted". BBC Sport. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Tardif parts company with Oxford". BBC Sport. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Howells reunites with Baird". NonleagueDaily. 13 October 2007. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Vines picks up Tardif". NonLeagueDaily. 10 December 2007. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  12. ^ a b c "Gore replaces Tardif at Magpies". NonLeagueDaily. 15 May 2008. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  13. ^ "two for Bognor". NonLeagueDaily. 1 September 2008. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Tardif Joins Squad". Basingstoke Town F.C. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Tardif on his way home". This is Guernsey. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  16. ^ "GFC captain Tardif suffers double leg break". Guernsey Press. 24 October 2016.
  17. ^ NIFG: Chris Tardif
  18. ^ "2012 Muratti Vase: Jersey 0–2 Guernsey". BBC News. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.

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