Richie Wellens

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Richie Wellens
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Wellens playing for Leicester City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Richard Paul Wellens
Date of birth (1980-03-26) 26 March 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Moston, Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Doncaster Rovers
Number 19
Youth career
1997–1999 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Manchester United 0 (0)
2000–2005 Blackpool 191 (16)
2005–2007 Oldham Athletic 87 (8)
2007–2009 Doncaster Rovers 84 (9)
2009–2013 Leicester City 129 (4)
2012 Ipswich Town (loan) 7 (0)
2013– Doncaster Rovers 36 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 8 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Paul "Richie" Wellens (born 26 March 1980) is an English footballer who plays in midfield for Doncaster Rovers.

Career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Born in Moston, Greater Manchester, Wellens started his career at Manchester United, playing alongside the likes of Wes Brown and John O'Shea. His only first team appearance for the club was as a substitute in a 3–0 League Cup defeat to Aston Villa on 13 October 1999.[1]

Blackpool[edit]

Frustrated at the lack of opportunities at Manchester United, he moved to Blackpool in 2000. Wellens became an instant first team regular at the club and before long he was a fan's favourite. While at the club he helped them win promotion via winning the 2001 Football League Third Division play-off Final which he played in at the Millennium Stadium. He would return to win at the Cardiff stadium two more times with Blackpool, both with the LDV Vans Trophy in 2002 where he scored a crucial opening goal against Huddersfield Town in the first leg of the North Area Final and 2004, the same season he was placed in the 2003–04 Football League Second Division PFA Team of the Year. He made 226 appearances with Blackpool before his move in 2005 to Oldham Athletic.

Oldham[edit]

In 2005 he left Blackpool for his local side Oldham Athletic, with Scott Vernon going the other way. This was done to bypass the 50% sell-on clause that Manchester United had added during Wellens' transfer to the Seasiders.[2] In summer 2007, after turning down an improved contract offered by Oldham, he signed a two-year contract with fellow League One side Doncaster Rovers.[3] Wellens made the 2004–05, 2006–07 and 2007–08 League One PFA Team of the Year. Overall, he made 101 appearances and scored 8 times for Oldham.

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Wellens was a member of the Doncaster side that gained promotion to the Championship in 2007–08. His midfield performances brought him several individual awards, several key goals and helped the team gain promotion. His first competitive goal for Doncaster was in August 2007 in the Football League Cup with the second strike in a 4–1 victory over Lincoln City; however, this wasn't the first time he had hit the back of the net for Doncaster: in his very first appearance in a Donny shirt, Wellens chipped the ball over the opposition goalkeeper and into the net from 40 yards in a pre-season friendly against non-league Retford United. Wellens made 97 appearances, scoring 10 times, during his spell with Doncaster prior to his £1,000,000 move to Leicester City.

Leicester City[edit]

Wellens and Steve Howard playing for Leicester City in June 2010

On 7 July 2009, Wellens joined Leicester City for a potential fee of £1.2 million,[4] signing a three-year contract.[5] Their biggest signing of the summer, Wellens was named by the BBC Sport as the club's key player for the 2009–10 season.[6] He made his debut in a 2–1 win over Swansea City on 8 August 2009,[7] scoring his first goal in a 2–0 win over Middlesbrough on 2 May 2010.[8] Wellens featured in all but three matches for Leicester in The Championship that season. He played a crucial role in Nigel Pearson's team that reached the play-offs – only to lose to Cardiff City away in Wales.[9]

In his second season at the club, Wellens continued to play in midfield under the reign of both Paulo Sousa and Sven-Göran Eriksson. He was named Championship Player of the Month for January,[10] and won the club's player of the year award on 3 May 2011.[11]

During the 2011–12 season, Wellens ended the season, back under the returning Nigel Pearson, with 46 appearances in all competitions and captaining the side 19 times.

On 4 October it was confirmed that Wellens had signed a one-month loan deal with Ipswich Town.[12]

On 23 July 2013 Wellens left Leicester City by mutual consent,[13] having played a total of 149 games and scoring 6 goals over his four seasons with them.

Return to Doncaster Rovers[edit]

On 26 July Wellens played for Doncaster Rovers in the first half of their pre-season friendly against Bradford City, and on 2 August signed a short term contract with the club.[14] In January 2014 he extended his contract for a further 18 months.[15]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Blackpool
Doncaster Rovers

Individual[edit]

Blackpool F.C.
Oldham Athletic
Doncaster Rovers
Leicester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Villa make merry with United's fledglings". Independent.co.uk (The Independent). 13 October 1999. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  3. ^ Doncaster sign midfielder Wellens, BBC Sport, 4 July 2007 
  4. ^ "Richie Wellens signs for Leicester City". www.DoncasterRoversFC.co.uk (Doncaster Rovers F.C.). 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Foxes sign Wellens from Doncaster". BBC Sport. 8 Jul 2009. Retrieved 24 Jan 2011. 
  6. ^ "Championship club-by-club guide". BBC Sport. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Leicester 2 – 1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  8. ^ "Leicester 2 – 0 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  9. ^ Wellens profile LCFC.com, 09/4/2011
  10. ^ Wellens Wins Monthly Award, LCFC.com, 11 Mar 2011 
  11. ^ "Richie Wellens wins Leicester City player of year award". BBC Sport. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ipswich sign Leicester midfielder Richie Wellens on loan". BBC Sport. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23425990
  14. ^ "Richie Returns". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "PD: "Richie deserves credit"". DRFC offficial site. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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