Christopher Rodgers - Player Profile


Full Name:Christopher Rodgers
Born:January 3rd, 1991 (Ballymena)
Position:Defender
Signed:August 1st, 2008
First Manager:Roy Walker
Left Club:August 31st, 2013
Career Stats: 42 appearances, 2 goals
Full Debut: August 6th, 2011 - (Lisburn) Distillery 1 - 4 Ballymena United (League - IFA Premiership)
First Goal: December 8th, 2012 - Ballymena United 1 - 2 Portadown (League - IFA Premiership)
Also Played For:Coleraine, Larne, Wakehurst

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2012-2013  IFA Premiership 13 (4) 2 3 0.18 0 0 23.5% 35.3% 41.2%
 2011-2012  IFA Premiership 22 (3) 0 6 0.24 5 0 60.0% 20.0% 20.0%
 2009-2010  IFA Premiership 0 0 0 - 0 0 - - -
35 (7) 2 9 0.21

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Feb 23rd, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Glenavon 0 - 7
 Feb 9th, 2013 Irish Cup  (H)  vs. Coleraine 2 - 3
 Feb 2nd, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Linfield 2 - 2
 Jan 29th, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 0 - 0
 Jan 19th, 2013 League  (A)  vs. Crusaders 1 - 5
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Jan 4th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard United 3 - 0
 Dec 8th, 2012 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 1 - 2

Local central defender who had two spells with the Sky Blues during the start of his career.

Boyhood Ballymena United supporter, who first made his mark with the club winning the Harry Cavan Youth Cup in 2009 as an 18-year-old having been part of the Ballymena United Youth Academy. First team manager Roy Walker had shown interest in the Cullybackey born defender and brought him onto the panel in August 2009 but with opportunities limited, Rodgers walked away from his hometown club to try his luck with Coleraine.

Chances were equally few and far between in the first-team at the Ballycastle Road, but he was included in Coleraine's North West Cup Final starting eleven as they were defeated by Institute in November 2011.

Walker coaxed the maturing defender back to Warden Street in July 2011 and started the 2011/2012 season as first choice at the back, a period out of the team coincided with a change in manager as Glenn Ferguson came in an showed faith in the 21-year-old who found a starting place for Chris for the remainder of the season and a new two-year contract followed.

Despite being an unused substitute in the County Antrim Shield final victory over Linfield, Rodgers endured a frustrating second full season in the first-team with long spells out of the team as Ferguson's continually tried to find alternative solutions to a chronic leaky defence. In May 2013, Rodgers was transfer listed as Ferguson advised that first-team opportunies may be limited going forward - he had made 42 appearances scoring twice for the Braidmen.

On the August 2013 transfer deadline day, the defender had the remainder of his contract settled and agreed to join Championship 2 neighbours, Wakehurst. That deal lasted until January 2014, when David McAlinden swooped to sign him on 18 month deal at Larne. However, two serious knee injuries followed which curtailed his early promise at Inver Park but established himself as a key figure from the start of the 2015/2016 campaign.

Honours
(with Ballymena United)
County Antrim Shield: (winner) 2012/2013
Harry Cavan IFA Youth Cup: (winner) 2008/2009
IFA Youth League Cup: (winner) 2009/2010
(with Coleraine)
North West Cup: (finalist) 2010/2011

Last updated: 11 April 2017

 Goals Scored
Dec 8th, 2012 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 1 - 2 (8')
Jan 4th, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Ballinamallard Utd 3 - 0 (1')

 Hat-Tricks