Che Wilson

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Che Wilson
Personal information
Full name Che Christian Aaron Clay Wilson
Date of birth (1979-01-17) 17 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Ely, England
Height 1.778 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Norwich City 25 (0)
2000–2002 Bristol Rovers 92 (0)
2003 Cambridge City ? (?)
2003–2008 Southend United 137 (8)
2007 Brentford (loan) 3 (0)
2007 Rotherham United (loan) 6 (0)
2011 Richmond Athletic 6 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 20 May 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Che Christian Aaron Clay Wilson (born 17 January 1979 in Ely) is a retired English professional footballer having played for Norwich City, Bristol Rovers and Southend United.

Career[edit]

Wilson, a right footed left back, started his career with Norwich City for whom he made 25 appearances, becoming a cult hero with fans. He joined Bristol Rovers in 2000, where he remained two seasons. While at Rovers, his sister gained notoriety as the woman inside the suit of Bristol Rovers matchday mascot, Captain Gas. In 2002 he joined Cambridge City, where he remained for less than a month before joining Southend United.

After a slow start getting into the squad, Wilson was a permanent place on the Southend team sheet, with some solid displays. He is not well known for his goal scoring, but during the 2005–06 season he put a goal past promotion rivals Brentford in a 4–1 win, and also netted in the 3–0 win against Colchester United at Layer Road. Wilson was at the club since the 2003–04 season, and played in both Football League Trophy finals and the play-off final, making over 100 appearances for the club.

He signed for Brentford in a one month loan deal on 15 January 2007. He played four games for Brentford before returning to Southend at the end of his one month loan period. He joined Rotherham United on loan in March 2008.

Wilson was released by Southend United at the end of the 2007–08 season.[1] During that season, he suffered from a serious achilles tendon injury which required major surgery and numerous bouts of rehabilitation. After two years and two operations, he then experienced a major problem with the other achilles tendon which, after medical advice, forced him to retire from professional football.

Since retiring from the professional game, Wilson studied for his coaching badges and has been head coach of Cambridge University for the past three seasons, as well as having coached at Ipswich Town academy under Roy Keane. Alongside with this, Wilson has also completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Due to some time off between studies, Wilson signed for New Zealand side Richmond Athletic for the 2011 Nelson Pine Industries First Division season and has since returned to England.

Wilson is currently studying a masters degree at Loughborough University in Sports Biomechanics. Over his time at Loughborough, Wilson famously started the Yeadon Club in recognition of the influence Prof Fred Yeadon had on his academic career.

Honours[edit]

Promotions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five players shown Southend exit". BBC Sport. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 

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