Triallist Damon Lathrope came on as substitute
for Norwich's Under-18s in their 3-0 home defeat against Chelsea
on 4th March 2006.
The young midfielder from Stevenage joined the Norwich academy
as a first year scholar in 2006/7. This was the second time that
Academy Director Ricky Martin has signed
Damon, having signed him for Cambridge United some years previously.
When Cambridge dismantled their youth setup, Ricky swooped to
offer Damon a place with the Norwich academy. Damon had also spent
time with Kit Carson's Football Development
In January 2008, Damon was awarded a two and a half year professional
contract with Norwich after Glenn Roeder
had been impressed by the youngster during reserve team matches
At the end of November 2009, Damon was loaned to Bishops Stortford
of the Conference South. This was extended for a second month
(end of January 2010)
On 14th May 2010, Damon was released by the Canaries without
having made a first team appearance.
Following a successful trial, Damon signed for Torquay on a two
year deal in July 2010. Torquay boss Paul Buckle said: "Damon
has done enough in his time here to deserve his contract. He has
an abundance of quality on the ball, with two good feet and he
has a good pedigree after two years at Norwich."
He agreed a new two year deal with Torquay on 22nd May 2012.
He had played 44 times in the 2011/12 season
On 12th November 2013, he joined Hereford on a month's loan.
Torquay were relegated from League Two on 26th April 2014 despite
a 3-1 win over Mansfield.
Damon turned down a new contract with Torquay and signed for
Aldershot on 1st July 2014.
Damon left Aldershot at the end of June 2016 and returned to Torquay.
Lathrope joined Woking on 26th January 2018 on a 18 month contract. On 24th february 2018, he suffered a career ending injury during a match against Boreham Wood which saw him announce his retirement on 3rd March 2018. He had played just 4 games for Woking
He took up a role coaching Hitchin's Under-19s before moving to Watford in the 2021/22 season where he combined coachng in their academy with being assistant coach for their women's team. On 24th June 2022 it was reported that he had been appointed as head coach of Watford Women. Watford Women's general manager Amber Wildgust was pleased to have appointed Lathrope, telling official club channels: "We are pleased to announce Damon as our Head Coach for the forthcoming season. He brings a lot of experience from his professional career and has a proven ability to create a high-performance environment and culture that maximises the potential of players while producing results."