David Wheeler (footballer)

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David Wheeler
Personal information
Full name David John Wheeler[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Brighton, England[2]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Exeter City
Number 22
Youth career
2000–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion
2006–2009 Lewes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Lewes 93 (12)
2011–2013 Staines Town 70 (23)
2013– Exeter City 52 (6)
National team
2008–2009 England U18 Schoolboys 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:24, 23 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 August 2013

David John Wheeler (born 4 October 1990) is an English professional footballer who currently plays as a right winger for League Two side Exeter City. Wheeler is known for his aerial ability, direct running, pinpoint crossing and high work-rate.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

Lewes[edit]

Wheeler started his career at Lewes in 2007–08, making his debut as a substitute against Brighton on 5 March 2008 in the Sussex Senior Cup semi-final and his first start in the Conference Premier 2008–09 season against Torquay United. He scored his first senior goal against Altrincham, scored 8 times the following season and 4 in his final season. The first full season was in the Conference Premier, the next two seasons in Conference South.

At a club beset by financial troubles at that time, local-lad and fans favourite Wheeler quickly made a big impression at Lewes, becoming a talismanic figure in a Lewes side of little quality. This was particularly the case in the 2010–11 season where his performances were often the only highlight in a Lewes team that was eventually relegated with the stand-out of those being his winning goal in a famous victory against eventual league winners Braintree.[3] Such was Wheeler's impact over the season, he was given a standing ovation by the Lewes fans in his final game. Wheeler retains an interest in the fortune of The Rooks and is known to attend home games from time to time.

Staines Town[edit]

On 26 June 2011, due to travel commitments associated with his studies at Brunel University, Wheeler left Lewes and signed with Staines Town of the Conference South as it was the closest club to the campus.[4] He made his Staines debut on 13 August, and scored his first goals for the club on the 29th, in a 2–1 home win against Boreham Wood.[5] He finished the season with 9 goals, and was awarded both the Players Player and Club Player of the year awards. The following season, Wheeler scored a career-best 14 goals, which helped the club to avoid relegation, and repeated his achievements of the previous season by picking up both awards in the end of season honours. Wheeler was also captain of the team for the majority of his second season at the club.

Exeter City[edit]

On 2 August 2013, Wheeler signed a deal with Exeter City of Football League Two, after impressing on a trial.[6] He made his professional debut a day later, in a 2–1 home win against Bristol Rovers.[7] On 30 November 2013 Wheeler scored his first professional goal in a 2–2 draw with Bury.

International[edit]

In 2008–09, Wheeler also featured for England U18 Schoolboys, appearing eight times.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 November 2014.[9]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lewes 2007–08 Conference South 2 0 2 0
2008–09 Conference National 18 1 18 1
2009–10 Conference South 42 7 3 0 7 1 52 8
2010–11 Conference South 31 4 31 4
Total 93 12 3 0 0 0 7 1 103 13
Staines Town 2011–12 Conference South 29 9 29 9
2012–13 Conference South 41 14 1 1 3 1 45 16
Total 70 23 1 1 0 0 3 1 74 25
Exeter City 2013–14[10] League Two 35 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 38 3
2014–15[11] League Two 15 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 2
Total 50 5 2 0 2 0 1 0 55 5
Career total 213 40 6 1 2 0 11 2 232 43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2014 and 28/02/2014" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ David Wheeler – Lewes & England; European Football Weekends, 7 October 2009
  3. ^ [1] The Ball is Square; 24 March 2011
  4. ^ Wheeler leaves Lewes; The Argus, 26 June 2011
  5. ^ Staines Town vs. Boreham Wood 2–1; Global Sports Media, 29 August 2011
  6. ^ Wheeler deal done; Exeter City, 2 August 2013
  7. ^ Exeter 2–1 Bristol Rovers; BBC Sport, 3 August 2013
  8. ^ ESFA Under 18 Squad 2008–2009; ESFA.co.uk, 13 November 2010
  9. ^ David Wheeler profile at Soccerway
  10. ^ "Games played by David Wheeler in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Games played by David Wheeler in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

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