Teddy Bishop

Edward James Bishop (born 15 July 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League One club Ipswich Town.

Teddy Bishop
Bishop playing for Ipswich Town in 2016
Personal information
Full name Edward James Bishop[1]
Date of birth (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder[4]
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town
Number 15
Youth career
2004–2014 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Ipswich Town 123 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:17, 9 May 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Ipswich Town

Bishop was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.[5] He originally played for boyhood side Whittlesford Warriors before starting his career as part of the Ipswich Town academy system with the under-8s.[6] He signed his first professional contract with Ipswich in May 2014, signing a one-year contract.[7] On 12 August 2014, Bishop made his first-team debut for Ipswich Town in the first round of the League Cup against Crawley Town. He came on as a 77th-minute substitute for Kévin Bru in a match which Ipswich Town lost 1–0 after extra-time.[8] On 30 August 2014, Bishop made his league debut in a 1–1 draw against Derby County. On 11 September 2014, Bishop signed a two-year extension to his Ipswich Town contract.[9] Bishop became a regular in the Ipswich Town team, attracting praise from his manager Mick McCarthy, as well as former Ipswich Town player Mick Mills.[10] Bishop scored his first goal for Ipswich against Bournemouth in a 2–2 draw on 22 November. In February 2015, Bishop signed a new contract with Ipswich, signing a three-year deal with the option of an additional year extension.[11] He scored once and provided seven assists in 36 appearances during his first senior season, helping Ipswich reach the Championship play-offs.[12]

Bishop suffered a shin splint injury in the build-up to the 2015–16 season and then a hamstring injury when he was edging close to a first-team return. On 6 January 2016 manager Mick McCarthy said of the promising midfielder "It's really difficult for him, it's really difficult for Bish as a young kid because he wants to be playing and footballers are never happy except when they're playing. You get in a bit of a low when you're injured for such a long time and you can't see an end to it. However, when he returns, it will be fantastic." Bishop did not make an appearance until the 5 April when he came off the bench in 0–0 draw with Charlton Athletic. He made 4 appearances during the remainder of the season, assisting the winning goal in a 0–1 away win over Derby County on the final day of the season.[13]

He started the opening game of the 2016–17 season in a 4–2 home win against Barnsley at Portman Road. Bishop continued to feature regularly during the first half of the season. He suffered an ankle ligament injury in December, ruling him out of action for up to four weeks.[14] He returned to the first-team on 4 February, featuring as a substitute in a 2–2 draw with Reading. He made 20 appearances during the 2016–17 season.[15]

Bishop again struggled for fitness during the 2017–18 season. He made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in a 0–2 away loss to Aston Villa on 25 November. He only played four times during the first half of the season, before rupturing his hamstring in a match against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day, ruling him out of action for the rest of the season.[16] In April 2018, Ipswich took up the option to extend Bishop's contract by a further year.[17]

After recovering from the hamstring injury suffered in December 2017, Bishop made his return to the first-team as a substitute in a EFL Cup tie against Exeter City on 14 August. He did not make a league appearance until 23 November, when he featured as a second half substitute in a 1–2 loss to West Bromwich Albion. On 9 February 2019, Bishop signed a new two-year contract with Ipswich Town, keeping him at the club until 2021, with the option of a further year.[18] He managed to feature more regularly during the 2018–19 season, making 20 appearances in all competitions, 13 of which were starts, the most starts Bishop had managed since his debut season in 2014–15.[19]

Bishop suffered a knee injury during the 2019 pre-season, ruling him out of action for three months.[20] He did not feature in the league until New Year's Day 2020 when he came off the bench in a 1–1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers. He made 10 appearances during the remainder of the 2019–20 season, before it was suspended due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.[21]

He started in the opening match of the 2020–21 season in an EFL Cup first round tie against Bristol Rovers, assisting Freddie Sears' second goal as Ipswich won 3–0.[22] Bishop scored his first goal since November 2014 in the first league match of the season, netting the opening goal in a 2–0 home win against Wigan Athletic at Portman Road.[23] He made his 100th appearance for Ipswich in a 1–1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons on 3 October.[24] His goal scoring form continued during the early stages of the season, scoring 4 goals and providing two assists in the opening 14 games of the season, including scoring a late winner with a long range shot from outside the box in a 1–0 home win over Gillingham on 27 October.[25] On 21 November, Bishop picked up an ankle injury in a match against Shrewsbury Town, ruling him out for a few weeks.[26] He returned from injury on 16 January 2021, making his 100th league appearance for Ipswich in a 1–0 away win against Burton Albion.[27]

On 10 May 2021, Ipswich announced that Bishop had triggered a clause to extend his contract by an additional year, keeping him under contract until 2022.[28]

International career

On 17 March 2015, Bishop received his first call-up for England at youth level after being named in the England U19 squad for the elite round of European Under-19 Championship qualifiers.[29] However, he withdrew from the squad due to injury.[30]

Career statistics

As of match played 9 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Ipswich Town 2014–15[12] Championship 33100102[lower-alpha 1]0361
2015–16[13] Championship 40000040
2016–17[15] Championship 1900010200
2017–18[31] Championship 40000040
2018–19[19] Championship 1801010200
2019–20[21] League One 9000001[lower-alpha 2]0100
2020–21[32] League One 36400101[lower-alpha 2]0384
Career total 12351040401325
  1. Appearances in Championship play-offs
  2. Appearance in EFL Trophy




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  7. "Bishop and McQueen Agree Pro Deals". TWTD. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  8. "Capital One Cup: League One Crawley stun Ipswich Town to progress into the Capital One Cup second round". Sky Sports. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  9. "Transfer news: Ipswich duo Teddy Bishop and Matt Clarke handed new deals". Sky Sports. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  10. Stuart Watson (15 September 2014). "Mick McCarthy relieved he got Teddy Bishop to sign a new deal – Sport – East Anglian Daily Times". Eadt.co.uk. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  11. "Bishop Signs New Deal". TWTD. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
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  13. "Games played by Ed Bishop in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  14. "Bishop Out With Ankle Injury as Illness Hits McCarthy and Squad". TWTD. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
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  16. "Bishop Out for the Rest of the Season". TWTD. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  17. "Town Take Up Options on Bishop, Wright and McKendry". TWTD. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
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  22. "Ipswich Town 3 – 0 Bristol Rovers". Sky Sports. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  23. "Ipswich Town 2 – 0 Wigan Athletic". Sky Sports. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  24. "Milton Keynes Dons 1 – 1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 3 October 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  25. "Ipswich Town 1 – 0 Gillingham". BBC Sport. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  26. "Bishop Out For a Few Weeks and Sears For a Fortnight". TWTD. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  27. "Burton Albion 0 – 1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 16 January 2021. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  28. "Options Taken Up on Five". Ipswich Town F.C. 10 May 2021. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  29. "England Under-19s squad named for Elite Round qualifiers". The Football Association. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  30. "England U19s squad changes". The Football Association. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
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  32. "Games played by Ed Bishop in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  33. "Murphy Players' Player of the Year". TWTD. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2019.