Michel Kuipers
Rovers apps (gls)1:1 (0)
Date of birth:26 June 1974
Place of birth:Amsterdam
Height:6 ft 2 in
Date joined:1999
Joined from:SDW Amsterdam
Date left:27 June 2000
1 League appearances and goals only.

Michel Kuipers is a goalkeeper who played a single game for Rovers on 9 March 1999, when he played the full 90 minutes in a Division Two game against AFC Bournemouth. Rovers lost the game 1-0, and although he was a regular on the subs bench he never made it onto the pitch for a first team fixture again.

Before becoming a professional footballer Michel was a member of the Marines in his native Netherlands.


Michel started his playing career at Dutch club ASC-SDW in Amsterdam before crossing the North Sea to join Rovers. After making his single appearance for the Gas he joined Chester City for a loan spell before joining Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2000. He established himself as a regular first choice between the sticks on the south coast, although he was sent out on loan to Hull City in 2003 and twice to Boston United in the 2005-06 season. During 2007-08 he was an ever-present in the league for Brighton.


Kuipers (left) facing AFC Bournemouth in 1999

His spell at Brighton finally came to an end in 2010, after ten year and 247 League appearances, when he was released by the Seagulls and snapped up by Crawley Town. He had an ignominious start to his Crawley career, after being sent off 37 minutes into his debut for handling the ball outside the area and he received his marching orders again just 16 days later for a professional foul on Forest Green Rovers midfielder Mike Fowler. He went on to make 26 league and 6 FA Cup appearances in his first season with the Red Devils.

After playing a further 15 times in the league during his second season with Crawley, he found himself unable to break into the starting lineup during the 2012–13 season, resulting in his contract being terminated by mutual consent during the January 2013 transfer window. He signed a short-term deal with Barnet in March, but he was limited to a sitting on the bench throughout his time with them.

Career statsEdit

1998–99Bristol Rovers 10
1999–00Bristol Rovers 00
1999–00Chester City (loan)??
2000–01Brighton & Hove Albion 340
2001–02Brighton & Hove Albion 390
2002–03Brighton & Hove Albion 210
2003–04Brighton & Hove Albion 100
2003–04Hull City (loan)30
2004–05Brighton & Hove Albion 300
2005–06Brighton & Hove Albion 50
2005–06Boston United (loan)40
2005–06Boston United (loan)110
2006–07Brighton & Hove Albion 140
2007–08Brighton & Hove Albion 460
2008–09Brighton & Hove Albion 280
2009–10Brighton & Hove Albion 200
2010–11Crawley Town 260
2011–12Crawley Town 150
2012–13Crawley Town 00
2012–13Barnet 00

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