Ally Pickering

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Ally Pickering
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-06-22) 22 June 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1989–1990 Buxton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Rotherham United 88 (2)
1993–1996 Coventry City 65 (0)
1996–1999 Stoke City 83 (1)
1998–1999 Burnley 21 (1)
1999 Altrincham
1999–2000 Chesterfield 0 (0)
2000 Chester City (loan) 7 (1)
2000–2001 Hyde United 15 (2)
2001 Gainsborough Trinity
2001 Mossley 18 (1)
2001 Hyde United 2 (0)
2001–2003 Mossley
Teams managed
2001–2003 Mossley
2005–2007 Woodley Sports
2008 Woodley Sports
2010–2012 New Mills
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Albert Gary "Ally" Pickering (born 22 June 1967) is an English former professional footballer and manager. As a player he played as a defender from 1989 until 2003 notably in the Premier League for Coventry City.

He has also played in the Football League for Rotherham United, Stoke City, Burnley, Chesterfield and Chester City.

Playing career[edit]

Pickering was born in Manchester and began his career with non-league Buxton before becoming a professional with Rotherham United. He spent five seasons at Millmoor making 111 appearances scoring twice helping the side gain promotion in 1991–92. He earned a move to Premier League side Coventry City in October 1993 and was a regular for two seasons at Highfield Road making 75 appearances.[1] He joined Stoke City in August 1996 and became the regular right back for the Potters making 45 appearances in 1996–97.[1] In 1997–98 he was an ever-present playing in all of the club's 48 fixtures as Stoke suffered relegation.[1] Pickering did score his only goal for Stoke in a 2–1 victory over Portsmouth on 11 April 1998.[1] New Stoke manager Brian Little deemed him to surplus to requirements at the start of the 1998–99 campaign and he joined Burnley.[1]

After a season at Turf Moor Pickering went on to play for Altrincham, Chesterfield and made seven appearances for Chester City. He then dropped into non-league football with Hyde United, Gainsborough Trinity and Mossley.

Managerial career[edit]

From November 2001 to July 2003 Pickering was the manager of Mossley. A month after leaving he became assistant manager of Woodley Sports, becoming their manager in 2005. He left in February 2007.[2]

He began a second spell as manager of Woodley Sports in May 2008[3] but left for a second time in December 2008. On 24 March 2010, Pickering took over as manager at New Mills, initially as caretaker until the end of the season.[4]

Pickering remained at New Mills until October 2012, when he and the club parted company by mutual consent.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rotherham United 1989–90 Third Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1990–91 Third Division 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
1991–92 Fourth Division 27 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 33 0
1992–93 Second Division 38 1 5 0 2 0 3 0 48 1
1993–94 Second Division 12 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 16 1
Total 88 2 9 0 7 0 7 0 111 2
Coventry City 1993–94 Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1994–95 Premier League 31 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 36 0
1995–96 Premier League 30 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 35 1
Total 65 0 4 1 6 0 0 0 75 0
Stoke City 1996–97 First Division 40 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 45 0
1997–98 First Division 42 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 48 1
1998–99 Second Division 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 83 1 2 0 10 0 0 0 95 1
Burnley 1998–99 Second Division 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 1
Chester City 1998–99 Third Division 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Career Total 264 5 15 1 23 0 7 0 309 6
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2. 
  2. ^ "Pickering leaves Woodley". NonLeagueDaily. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Steelmen return for Pickering". NonLeagueDaily. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hancock leaves Millers". Stockport Express (M.E.N. Media). 24 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pickering leaves New Mills". Evo Stik League. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 

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