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Chris Hemming

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Playing position  Defender
Role  Footballer
Name  Chris Hemming

Years  Team
1981–1983  Stoke City
Position  Defender
Chris Hemming Chris HEMMING Football League appearances Stoke City FC

Full name  Christopher Andrew John Hemming
Date of birth  (1966-04-13) 13 April 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth  Newcastle-under-Lyme, England

Hereford United 2-1 Walsall - 6th January 1990 -FA Cup 3rd Round - Chris Hemming Feature

Christopher Andrew John "Chris" Hemming (born 13 April 1966) is a former footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke City and Wigan Athletic. He is known as the first professional footballer to play whilst having a pacemaker.



Hemming was a product of Stoke's youth system and he made his professional debut in the 1983–84 season which came in a 1–0 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur on 3 March 1984. He played in the awful 1984–85 season which saw Stoke relegated to the Second Division with a record low points tally. Hemming became a useful member of Mick Mills' squad but he made the national sporting headlines when he was fitted with a pacemaker and still managed to continue playing professional football. He played in 106 games for Stoke before joining Wigan Athletic on loan then permanently to Hereford United in 1989. He later went on to play for non-league Merthyr Tydfil, Macclesfield Town and Stafford Rangers.

Career statistics

  • Sourced from Chris Hemming profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  • References

    Chris Hemming Wikipedia