Alton Thelwell

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Alton Thelwell
Personal information
Full name Alton Anthony Thelwell
Date of birth (1980-09-05) 5 September 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Billericay Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Tottenham Hotspur 18 (0)
2000 IFK Hässleholm (loan)
2003–2007 Hull City 40 (1)
2006–2007 Leyton Orient (loan) 6 (1)
2007–2009 Leyton Orient 72 (0)
2009 London APSA 2 (0)
2009 Newport County 8 (0)
2009–2010 Kettering Town 9 (0)
2012 Carshalton Athletic 10 (0)
2012–2013 Billericay Town
National team
2001 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:27, 4 April 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:22, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Alton Anthony Thelwell (born 5 September 1980) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Billericay Town. He was born in Islington, London.

Career[edit]

Thelwell signed for Hull City on 13 June 2003 by then manager Peter Taylor after being released from Tottenham Hotspur.[1] Thelwell had made 18 league appearances in his time at Spurs. He had also spent two months on loan playing for Swedish side IFK Hässleholm,[2] and won one England under-21 cap on 27 February 2001, as a substitute in the 4–0 defeat at home to Spain U21.[3] However injuries robbed him of further first-team opportunities at Spurs, and he was released by then boss Glenn Hoddle in 2003.[4]

Fitness problems blighted Thelwell's time at Hull City, and he missed over a year from October 2004 to February 2006 due to a serious knee injury.[5] He signed a new short-term contract in January 2006,[6] and after proving his fitness and featuring in nine of City's last thirteen games of the 2005–06 season, Thelwell was rewarded with a further year's contract extension.[7]

Finding his first team opportunities at the KC Stadium limited, he joined Leyton Orient on loan in October 2006,[8] making his debut in the League One fixture against Cheltenham Town on 21 October 2006, Orient winning 2–0.[9]

Despite his persistent knee injury,[10] Thelwell impressed during his loan spell and was rewarded with a permanent 18-month contract when the transfer window reopened on 1 January 2007. He was named as Leyton Orient club captain at the start of the 2007–08 season, and signed a new one-year contract in May 2008.[11] He was released in May 2009.[12]

Thelwell subsequently had trials at Bournemouth, Milton Keynes Dons, Gillingham and Mansfield Town.[13] He also played two games for London APSA of the Essex Senior League to keep up his match fitness.[14] In October 2009, he joined Newport County, making his debut on 11 October in the 1–0 FA Cup Third Round Qualifying defeat at Paulton Rovers.[15] On 1 December 2009 Thelwell left Newport[16] and joined Kettering Town on a free transfer,[17] but retired after nine games through injury.[14]

Thelwell returned to football and joined Carshalton Athletic in the autumn of 2012 on a non-contract basis as the club was suffering from a defensive crisis. He made ten appearances for The Robins before moving on to Billericay Town, who were then playing in the Conference South.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thelwell joins Hull". BBC Sport. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Matchday programmer: Alton Thelwell". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 25 November 2000. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "England v Spain, 27 February 2001". 11v11.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hoddle's ins and outs". The Guardian. 21 September 2003. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Thelwell hoping for new deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Thelwell Signs New Contract". Hull City Mad. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Alton given contract extension". Vital Football. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Thelwell loaned to Orient". Vital Football. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leyton Orient v Cheltenham Town, 21 October 2006". 11v11.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pain won’t stop me playing, says O's defender Alton". East London and West Essex Guardian. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Thelwell agrees new deal". Sky Sports. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Eight players released by Orient". BBC Sport. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "County latest: Gilroy out on loan/Thelwell optimistic". South Wales Argus. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c "Ex-Spurs and Orient man joins Billericay". Pitchero Non League. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rovers shock County to make cup progress". This Is Somerset. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Deano's disappointment at Thelwell departure". South Wales Argus. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Kettering sign former Orient defender Alton Thelwell". BBC Sport. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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