Mickey Walker (footballer)

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Mickey Walker
Personal information
Full name Michael John Walker, Jr.
Date of birth (1945-04-10) 10 April 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth Harrogate, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1966 Bradford City 20 (1)
1966–1968 Sligo Rovers ? (?)
1968 Los Angeles Wolves 22 (7)
1968–1969 Mansfield Town 2 (0)
1969–1970 Altrincham ? (?)
1970–1971 Stockport County 2 (0)
1970–1971 Chesterfield 1 (0)
Teams managed
0000–1999 Nottingham Forest (Assistant Manager)
1999–2006 Doncaster Rovers (Assistant Manager)
2006–2012 Doncaster Rovers (Director of Football)
2006 Doncaster Rovers (Caretaker Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael John "Mickey" Walker, Jr. (born 10 April 1945) is an English former professional footballer and coach who is currently unemployed.

Early life[edit]

Walker was born in Harrogate and raised in Doncaster, and his father Mickey Sr. played professionally for Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue and York City.[1]

Career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

After being told he was too short to play football by hometown club Doncaster Rovers, Walker played youth football with Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.[2] His senior career began at Bradford City, where he made 20 appearances in the Football League.[3]

Walker signed for Sligo Rovers in December 1966 [1] from Corby Town F.C. and made his League of Ireland debut at home against St Patrick's Athletic on 5 December.

He spent the 1968 season with the Los Angeles Wolves of the North American Soccer League, scoring 7 goals in 22 games.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Walker has held a number of positions at Doncaster Rovers, including Assistant Manager,[5] Director of Football,[6] and Caretaker Manager.[7] A testimonial match was held on 1 August 2009 in honour of Walker; a match between Doncaster Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers finished 1–1.[8] Walker had previously been an Assistant Manager at Nottingham Forest.[9]

He was Director of Football at Doncaster from 2006 until July 2012 when he was released as part of the clubs cost cutting restructuring after relegation from the Championship.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mickey Walker Snr Dies". Doncaster Rovers Football Club. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  2. ^ John Brindley (1 August 2009). "MICKEY WALKER – WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW". Doncaster Rovers Football Club. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "BRADFORD CITY : 1946/47 – 2007/08". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "NASL career stats". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Conference set for ignition". BBC Sport. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Rovers hand Walker new position". BBC Sport. 22 May 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Penney and Doncaster part company". BBC Sport. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "WALKER TESTIMONIAL: ROVERS 1 WOLVES 1". Doncaster Rovers Football Club. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Tim Rich (9 May 2003). "Ryan the benefactor plays leading role in Doncaster's transformation". The Independent. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Mickey leaves Rovers". Doncaster Rovers Official Site. Retrieved 5 July 2012.