Date of birth
The club confirmed the signing of Mike Fondop on January deadline day before extending his stay for the current season.
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A physical presence whilst leading the line, Fondop adds strength and power to the Latics side after joining from Hartlepool United.
Born in Cameroon, the forward began his footballing journey at Stanway Rovers in Eastern Counties League whilst he studied Actuarial Sciences at the University of Essex – ultimately graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree – and his performances on the pitch mirrored his academic progression.
During his time there, Fondop illustrated his potential, subsequently, establishing himself as one of the brightest talents in the non-league circuit which was reinforced by his ten goals in 29 appearances before securing a move to Billericay Town in 2015.
The 6'3" attacker, once again, showcased an abundance of ability sustaining his form on the field at Oxford City and Guiseley.
With FC Halifax Town fighting for survival in the National League, they acquired his services on a loan basis. Impressively, Fondop fired four goals in 12 outings to help steer the Shaymen away from relegation.
Wrexham, impressed with his antics in West Yorkshire, handed Fondop a two-year contract, and he managed to hit the ground running as he netted five goals in six appearances from the start, earning rave reviews from the Dragons’ fanbase before enduring a stint at Maidenhead United.
In August 2019, John Sheridan brought him to Chesterfield with the frontman thriving under the stewardship of the Latics legend. Imposingly, Fondop featured on 30 occasions and found the back of the net ten times, finishing as the Spireites' top goalscorer.
He made an instant impact with Latics last season, scoring twice against Newport County, only for his season to be cut short by injury.