|Full name||Lewis Oliver Haldane|
|Date of birth||13 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Trowbridge, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2003||→ Weston-super-Mare (loan)||2||(1)|
|2005||→ Forest Green Rovers (loan)||6||(0)|
|2005||→ Forest Green Rovers (loan)||7||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Oxford United (loan)||43||(3)|
|2009||→ Port Vale (loan)||14||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Port Vale (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lewis Oliver Haldane (born 13 March 1985) is a Welsh former under-21 international footballer who plays for Southern League side Yate Town. He scored 25 goals in 312 games in a ten year professional career.
A winger, he was a youth player at Southampton and Trowbridge Town, before he turned professional at Bristol Rovers in 2002. Loaned out to non-league Weston-super-Mare, he broke through into the Rovers first team in 2003–04. He was loaned out to Conference club Forest Green Rovers for a part of the 2004–05 and 2005–06 campaigns. He then stormed into the Bristol Rovers first team picture with sixty appearances in 2006–07. At the end of the season he helped the club to win promotion into League One through the play-offs, and he also played in the club's defeat in the Football League Trophy final. A first team regular in 2007–08, he then lost his place and spent the 2008–09 season on loan at Conference side Oxford United. He joined Port Vale on loan at the start of the 2009–10 season, before joining the club permanently in January 2010. He recovered from a serious infection following an insect bite sustained at the start of the 2010–11 season, only to be struck down with a broken leg at the start of the 2011–12 campaign. The injury eventually forced him to retire from professional football in October 2012, though he later returned to play amateur football with Yate Town.
Haldane was a product of the Southampton youth academy. He moved on to Bristol Rovers though for the 2002–03 season, and had a brief spell on 'work experience' at Southern League side Weston-super-Mare. His professional debut came on 27 September 2003, in a 2–0 win over Cheltenham Town at the Memorial Stadium, as he replaced Junior Agogo as an 85th minute substitute. His first goal came seven days later at Belle Vue, the sole consolation of a 5–1 drubbing by Doncaster Rovers; he scored minutes after coming onto the pitch. His first start came a week later, at Darlington, where he scored the opener of a 4–0 victory. He made it three in three on 14 October, as Rovers crashed out of the Football League Trophy with a 2–1 defeat by Southend United at Roots Hall. He finished the 2003–04 season with 29 appearances to his name, scoring six goals and also picking up seven yellow cards. At the end of the season he was one of the few players retained, as eleven were let go. He went on to sign a new three year deal in November 2004.
The teenager made sixteen appearances in 2004–05, all but one as a substitute, picking up one goal against Leyton Orient in the Football League Trophy. In April 2005 he joined Conference club Forest Green Rovers on loan. He played six games before returning to Bristol, following the dismissal of manager Ian Atkins. He began the 2005–06 season on loan at Forest Green, putting in seven appearances before heading back to Rovers in September. He played 32 games for the League Two side, scoring three goals, two of them at the end of season clash with Macclesfield Town. During the season he was utilized on the right of midfield, rather than his usual role as a striker.
He played a remarkable sixty competitive games in 2006–07. The highlights of the season included playing in the League Trophy final at the Millennium Stadium and playing in the play–off final at Wembley Stadium. In the League Trophy final the "Gas" lost 3–2 to Doncaster Rovers, a game in which Haldane was man of the match, but at the play-off final at Wembley they defeated Shrewsbury Town 3–1. Haldane started both games, but finished neither. At the end of the season he put pen to paper on a three year contract.
He made 38 appearances in 2007–08, as the "Pirates" adapted to life playing at a higher level. His only goal of the campaign was a late winning header over Millwall on 17 November. At the reverse fixture he set up Craig Disley's winning goal. He joined Oxford United on a season-long loan in July 2008, following the arrival of Jeff Hughes at Rovers. He played 46 games for the Conference side, but remained on the transfer list at the Memorial Stadium upon his return.
"It wasn't an easy decision to drop down to the Conference but once I had met the manager and seen the set-up I was convinced."—Haldane took some convincing to drop down two tiers to play for Oxford.
In August 2009, he joined Port Vale for a trial period. This came despite talk of a loan move to Newport County. He started a loan spell at Vale Park on 1 September, hopeful of later earning a permanent deal with the club. The one month loan was extended by another month to keep him in Vale colours for October, before the deal was extended once again in November. Spending the maximum allowed loan time at Vale Park (93 days), he scored once in a total of twenty appearances. He remained in training with the club, hopeful of a short-term contract in January 2010.
Lewis has got the ingredient that can hurt teams at this level, which is real pace. I still think he can get better and I still think he needs to be a little bit more selfish, but he's always a threat."
Due to sign permanently for the "Vale", he was instead only able to re-join the club on loan on 31 December 2009, having failed to gain a release from Rovers. That release was eventually secured however, and Haldane signed for Vale on 27 January 2010, just days before the transfer window closed. He was sent off in his first game as a fully signed Vale player, to his great disappointment. He was offered a new contract by the club at the end of the season, and quickly signed the two year deal.
In the 2010–11 pre-season, Haldane was rushed into hospital after being bitten by an insect during a training session. The unusual illness kept him bed stricken, and cost him his place in the team's trip to Ireland, giving Gary Roberts a chance to earn a contract. He spent two weeks in hospital. He had to wait until November before he had returned to match fitness, and even longer before returning to full fitness. Following his recovery he managed to finish the season with 27 appearances to his name.
Haldane won his first start of the 2011–12 campaign in a League Trophy clash with Tranmere Rovers; however he landed awkwardly after an aerial challenge, the result of which was a double leg break and another lengthy spell on the sidelines. By January 2012 the bone had completely healed, however manager Micky Adams confirmed that another operation looked likely. Three months later he took to the field again in a reserve team clash with Burton Albion. He was given the opportunity to prove his fitness when he was offered a new six month contract in May 2012. However two months later he went under the knife again to remove scar tissue from his left ankle. The leg injury proved too severe, and his retirement was officially announced on 7 October.
"He's very much part of the Port Vale family and we look after our own. That's the right way to be at a football club and certainly the way I want to manage. Lewis is a great kid and we'll miss him. We'll try our best as a club to help him in whatever the next phase of his life is. He'll move on to the next chapter in his life and there's more to life than football, or so they say. He'll have enjoyed his career to a certain degree and he'll be very frustrated to have it curtailed at such a young age. But he's got a good family behind him and he'll decide over the next couple of months what he wants to do with his life. We wish him well."—Following Haldane's retirement, manager Micky Adams justified his decision to hand him a six month contract earlier in the year, and wished Haldane well in the future.
Although Haldane was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, due to parentage he had Welsh eligibility, and was called up to the under-21 squad for the first time in August 2006. His only under-21 cap came in a goalless draw with Turkey on 2 September 2006.
In February 2009, Haldane was selected to represent England C for the fixture against Malta under-21s. However, he was forced to withdraw because he had previously represented Wales at under-21 level.
Style of play
Haldane was a pacey winger, adept at working either flank. In January 2005, Bristol Rovers assistant coach Kevan Broadhurst said that "He gets into good areas but he needs to improve on the physical and finishing side of his game. He doesn't quite have the end product and he's too willing to go down under a tackle rather than fight for the ball."
"Lewis is a confidence player, the type who needs people to have belief in him... quick, but he's not the finished article. His final ball lets him down at times but when he is in full flow he can be quite exciting."
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|2002–03||Bristol Rovers||Third Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2002–03||Weston-super-Mare (loan)||Southern League||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|2003–04||Bristol Rovers||Third Division||27||5||1||0||0||0||1||1||29||6|
|2004–05||Forest Green Rovers (loan)||Conference||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|2005–06||Bristol Rovers||League Two||30||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||32||3|
|2005–06||Forest Green Rovers (loan)||Conference||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|2006–07||Bristol Rovers||League Two||45||6||5||0||1||0||9||0||60||6|
|2008–09||Oxford United (loan)||Conference||43||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||46||3|
|2009–10||Port Vale||League Two||37||3||3||0||1||0||2||1||43||4|
- Statistics for Yate Town unavailable.
- Scores and results list Wales's goal tally first.
|01 (00)||2 September 2006||Ninian Park, Cardiff||Turkey||0–0||UEFA U-21 Championship Qualification|
- with Bristol Rovers
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- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy
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