7 July 2010

Chris Tardif

Name: Christopher Luke Tardif
Born: 19 September 1979, Guernsey
Height: 5.11 ft
Weight: 11.07 st
Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Youth; Guernsey: Full Caps (2011-date).

Club Career:
Teams ................. --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- -League- FA Cup FL Cup Other
Portsmouth ............ 99/00-03/04 Aug-98 Youth .3 (2)/0 1(0)/0
Havant & Waterlooville. 99/00 ..... Aug-99 .Loan .8 (0)/0 (Southern League)
Newport (Isle of Wight) 99/00 ..... Mar-00 .Loan .0 (0)/0 (Southern League)
AFC Bournemouth ....... 02/03 ..... Aug-02 .Loan .9 (0)/0 3(1)/0 1(0)/0 1(0)/0
Havant & Waterlooville. 03/04 ..... Oct-03 .Loan .5 (0)/0 (Southern League)
Oxford United ......... 04/05-07/08 May-04 .Free 55 (3)/0 1(0)/0 2(0)/0 3(0)/0 (FL&Conf)
Eastleigh ......................... Oct-07 .Trial ....... (Conference)
Basingstoke Town ...... 07/08 ..... Dec-07 .Free 14 (0)/0 (Conference)
Maidenhead United ..... 07/08 ..... Mar-08 .............. (Southern League)
Farnborough ........... 08/09 ..... May-08 .............. (Southern League)
Bognor Regis Town ..... 08/09 ..... Sep-08 .............. (Conference)
Maidenhead United ..... 09/10 ..... c/s-09 .............. (Conference)
Basingstoke Town ...... 10/11 ..... Jun-10 .............. (Conference)
St Martins AC ......... 10/11 ..... Aug-10
Guernsey FC ........... 11/12- date c/s-11 .............. (Combined Counties League)

Biography:
One of a number of players to act as goalkeeping cover for Northern Ireland's more regular Under-21 number ones such as David Miskelly and Michael Ingham, Chris Tardif won his first call-up for a European Championship Qualifier with Malta in September 2001. However, he never added Under-21 honours to the Youth caps he had won previously.

Guernsey-born Tardif was eligible for Northern Ireland through his British Passport (as with fellow islander Trevor Wood in the mid-1990s), and came to the notice of Roy Millar thanks to his performances with Portsmouth's under-age sides. Tardif made his League debut during the 2000/01, and it looked likely that he would get his chance the following season as Russell Hoult was sold to West Brom and Aaron Flahavan was tragically killed in a car accident. Instead, Portsmouth manager, Graham Rix signed veteran Dave Beasant and Tardif made just one appearance. There followed several loan spells before Tardif was released in 2004.

Signed by Oxford United, then managed by Rix, for the 2004/05 season, Chris Tardif finally established himself in first-team football. He was awarded both "Player of the Year" and "Players' Player of the Year" during that first campaign but early the following year he lost his place. Having regained the number one berth he was then sidelined by injury and in his absence Oxford were relegated from the Football League. Unable to re-establish himself in The Us' first team at Conference level, Tardif decided to quit full-time football in September 2007 at the age of 28.

Tardif has since continued to play part-time football with a number of clubs in the south of England. In 2011 he was called into the Guernsey squad alongside Zico Black for the Island Games. He has also played in the inter-Channel Islands Muratti Vase.

Guernsey Representative Appearances:
2011 Alderney A W 5-0 MV
2011 Jersey.. H D 1-1 MV (lost 0-3 on pens)
2012 Alderney A W 7-0 MV
2012 Jersey.. A W 2-0 MV

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