Nathan Pond

Nathan Louis Pond (born 5 January 1985) is a professional footballer who last played as a defender or defensive midfielder for League Two club Salford City. He previously played for Fleetwood Town over a fifteen-year period, whilst also having spells with Lancaster City, Kendal Town and Grimsby Town. Internationally, he represents Montserrat, earning his first caps in 2019.

Nathan Pond
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Pond playing for Fleetwood Town in April 2012
Personal information
Full name Nathan Louis Pond[1]
Date of birth (1985-01-05) 5 January 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Preston, England
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Lancaster City
2003–2018 Fleetwood Town 460 (52)
2010Kendal Town (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013Grimsby Town (loan) 26 (5)
2018–2020 Salford City 59 (2)
National team
2019– Montserrat 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:58, 29 January 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:30, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

Having played in seven divisions for Fleetwood through the course of six promotions, Pond was recognised by Guinness as holding the world record for appearing in the most different divisions with a single football club.[2]

CareerEdit

Club careerEdit

Pond began his career with Northern Premier League side Lancaster City in 2003. Later that year he transferred to Fleetwood Town.[3]

Pond was the club's current longest-serving player, having played a club record of 423 matches since 2003.[4] including six promotions, most notably the club's promotion to the Football League in 2012.

He joined Kendal Town on a month's loan in December 2010,[5] making two appearances for the club. The loan was part of an agreement, due to the sale of Danny Rowe to Fleetwood.[6]

On 10 August 2012 Pond joined Grimsby Town on an initial one-month loan.[7] Having made his first appearance on 11 August 2012 against Southport at centre back,[8] during the following game on 14 August 2012 he scored a 69th-minute opening goal in the 1–2 home defeat against Stockport, a right-footed overhead kick in off the crossbar.[9] After playing three times for Grimsby, Pond extended his loan stay until January 2013.[10] On 8 September 2012 he scored his second goal for Grimsby in a 1–0 victory against Forest Green Rovers, a glancing header from a Frankie Artus free-kick.[11]

Following a successful loan spell, Grimsby looked into extending Pond's loan beyond January or possibly securing him on a permanent deal but on 1 January 2013 they admitted it was unlikely because Fleetwood were interested in taking the player back to look at him.[12] Pond's final appearance for Grimsby in his loan spell brought his fifth goal of the season against Hereford United, two minutes into the game. Pond commented before his final game that the loan spell had been successful for both himself and the club and that he would relish the prospect of returning to Grimsby on a permanent deal in the January transfer window if he was unable to win back his place in the Fleetwood team.[13]

He passed Jack Ainscough's record of 421 appearances for Fleetwood in the penultimate game of the 2015–16 season, ending the season on 423 appearances.[4]

Fleetwood exercised a one-year contract extension for him at the end of the 2017–18 season.[14]

In May 2018 he joined Salford City.[15] He was released on 16 May 2020.[16]

International careerEdit

Pond was called up for Montserrat in October 2019 and made his debut on 13 October, playing 90 minutes against El Salvador. He scored his first goal in a 1–0 victory against St Lucia to ensure Montserrat progress to 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 5 October 2019
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fleetwood Town 2006–07[17] NPL Premier Division 1 0 --- 1 0
2007–08[18] 0 0 --- 0 0
2008–09[19] Conference North 2 0 --- 2 0
2009–10[20] 1 0 --- 1 0
2010–11[21] Conference Premier 23 2 1 0 --- 0 0 24 2
2011–12[22] 34 1 4 0 --- 0 0 34 1
2012–13[23] League Two 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2013–14[24] 41 1 2 0 0 0 8[a] 1 51 2
2014–15[25] League One 27 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 29 1
2015–16[26] 21 0 1 0 0 0 4[b] 0 29 1
2016–17[27] 32 0 5 0 1 0 1[c] 0 39 0
2017–18[28] 30 0 4 0 0 0 2[b] 0 36 0
Fleetwood total 220 5 22 0 2 0 15 1 259 6
Grimsby Town (loan) 2012–13[23] Conference Premier 26 0 5 0 0 0 --- 31 0
Salford City 2018–19 National League 43 2 2 0 0 0 --- 45 2
2019–20 League Two 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Salford total 52 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 55 2
Career total 298 12 24 0 3 0 15 1 340 11
  1. ^ Five appearances in the Football League Trophy and three in the League Two play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in the League One play-offs

InternationalEdit

As of match played 15 October 2019
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Montserrat 2019 4 1
Total 4 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Montserrat's goal tally first.[29]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 November 2019 Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia   Saint Lucia
1–0
1–0
2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League B

HonoursEdit

Fleetwood Town

Salford City

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Salford City" (PDF). English Football League. p. 62. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Pondy the world record breaker!". Fleetwood Town F.C. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Football statistics and history". 11v11. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Captain will beat Jack Ainscough's record of 421 appearances". Fleetwood Town F.C. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Introducing Kendal Town's Latest Loan Signing". Kendal Town F.C. 9 December 2010. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Danny Rowe Signs for Fleetwood Town". Kendal Town F.C. 9 December 2010. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Pond Joins Town". Grimsby Town F.C. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Southport 1–1 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Grimsby 1–2 Stockport". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Nathan Pond's satisfaction at another Grimsby Town shut-out". Grimsby Telegraph. 3 September 2012. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Grimsby 1–0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Paul Hurst shares the latest Grimsby Town transfer news". This is Grimsby. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Unknown". Grimsby Telegraph. Archived from the original on 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Fleetwood: George Glendon, Chris Neal and Ricardo Kip released". BBC Sport. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Nathan Pond: Fleetwood Town captain leaves to join Salford City". BBC Sport. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  16. ^ https://salfordcityfc.co.uk/released-retained-2020/
  17. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Nathan Pond in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  29. ^ Cite error: The named reference NFT was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  30. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 626, 644–645. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  31. ^ Maiden, Phil (26 May 2014). "Burton Albion 0–1 Fleetwood Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  32. ^ Rindl, Josef (11 May 2019). "AFC Fylde 0–3 Salford City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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