One particular Step 5 club go viral by signing an ex-Middlesbrough, Coventry and Hartlepool keeper, who has been a big hitter with fans.
Northern League Division One outfit Thornaby have completed the impressive signing of player Dimitris Konstantopoulos, who has plenty of experience at Championship and League One level.
His first competitive game is set to be against Bridlington Town in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Tuesday the 1st of September 2020.
He is set however to play in a pre-season friendly against Redcar Athletic, with tickets available until kick off.
Details – Green Lane Redcar, TS10 3RW – Ticket entry is only £3 and available from Redcar Athletic’s clubhouse from 10am to 12 noon Friday and Saturday.
🎶 Ooohhh Dimi Dimi 🎶 @Dimster23
✅ One of the great heroes of the promotion squad
✅ Absolute beast of a keeper
✅ Best beard in football
✅ Most celebrated catch of all time
Forever a Boro legend 👏
— Boro Kit Retro (@BoroRetro) June 3, 2020
They said on Twitter: “We can’t wait to have him in the team. Dimitris had a meeting with club Chairman Apollo, club secretary Trevor and with a couple of the players.
He was impressed with their ideas and the way they wanted to see the club progress in the future, he was also impressed with the way the club wanted to progress with the juniors and the ground and he felt he could help them so then he put pen to paper.
Manager Craig Haley said of the signing: Dimi is a top class signing for the football club, with his levels and experience both in the Premier League and the Championship with Middlesbrough and also his international football career with Greece.
Dimi will bring added quality to the squad and will give the whole club a massive lift. We welcome Dimi to the club and can’t wait to get him started. Another exciting addition to the club as we continue to build and move forward!
Dimi will bring added quality to the squad and will give the whole club a massive lift. We welcome Dimi to the club and can’t wait to get him started.
Another exciting addition to the club as we continue to build and move forward!
— Thornaby FC (@thornaby_fc) August 24, 2020
DIMI’S PLAYING CAREER:
1996–2000 – Kalamata – 7 games
2000–2001 – Egaleo – 3 games
2001–2002 – Kalamata – 5 games
2002–2003 – Farense – 0 games
2003–2007 – Hartlepool United – 117 games
2007–2010 – Coventry City – 24 games
2008 → Nottingham Forest (loan)
2008–2009 → Swansea City (loan) – 4 games
2009 → Cardiff City (loan) – 6 games
2010–2011 – Kerkyra – 30 games
2011–2013 – AEK Athens – 39 games
2013–2019 – Middlesbrough – 98 games
2019 – Hartlepool United
1998–1999 – Greece U21 – 9 games
2011 – Greece – 1 game
Fans reacted after seeing that the Step 5 club managed to go viral by signing up the ex-Middlesbrough, Coventry and Hartlepool keeper…
Brilliant. This is what football is all about
— Graeme Bandeira (@GraemeBandeira) August 25, 2020
My main takeaway from this is that the chairman is called Apollo. We must go watch them
— GC (@themightygSR7) August 24, 2020
good luck dimi legend
— Zakshelton1908 (@Zakshelton2) August 25, 2020
Can’t wait to see the name fit on the back of the shirt 🤣🤣
— GK1 COACHING (@DazzMace) August 25, 2020
— Jay (@northernshrek) August 24, 2020
— Daz Smith (@TopChefDarren) August 25, 2020
Thats a coup. Hopefully will do a bit coaching too there
— christopher holmes (@mrcrh11) August 24, 2020
Well done Thornaby fc. What a fantastic signing. Watched him many times at the Riverside, brilliant keeper.
— Mike Kennedy (@kenyak_uk) August 25, 2020
Class signing for that level
— Russell (@Russell1690) August 25, 2020
Fair play Dimi, that’s class that. Wont let a goal in that league
— J (@SCFCJ94) August 24, 2020
I might have a look down one Saturday
— Gordon Shumway (@ChristonMick) August 25, 2020
Usually you say a well done to the player but this time well done Thornaby 👏👏👏
— John Turner (@hartlepool22) August 24, 2020
Unbelievable at hartlepool
— Jeff Hewitson (@sharkbaitohlala) August 24, 2020
What a signing
— Dan (@djwing43) August 24, 2020
Go big or go home!
— Catherine Brewer 🌹 (@basslady) August 25, 2020
— Matty Bellamy-McGee (@mattym1990) August 24, 2020
— J (@SCFCJ94) August 24, 2020
Go on Dimi
— Ian Cadman (@HarryCadders) August 24, 2020