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|Full name||Rodney Seymour Wallace|
|Date of birth||2 October 1969|
|Place of birth||Lewisham, London, England|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Current club||Epsom & Ewell
(Reserve Team Coach)
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rodney Seymour "Rod" Wallace (born 2 October 1969) is an English professional footballer and reserve team coach of Combined Counties Football League side Epsom & Ewell. As a player he was a striker from 1987 to 2004.
Wallace was born in Lewisham but started his football career at Southampton in 1987 playing 128 league games scoring 45 goals. This form earned him a transfer to Leeds United where he won the First Division championship. After spending seven years at Leeds, Dick Advocaat signed him on a Bosman ruling transfer for Rangers where he scored 41 league goals and was part of the squad that won five out of six trophies in their first two seasons. After leaving Rangers in 2001 he signed for Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer for a season and then Gillingham before retiring from professional football.
On 22 October 1988, his two brothers Danny and Ray lined up alongside him in the Southampton team in a match at The Dell against Sheffield Wednesday; this was the first time three brothers had played in the same team in English professional top-flight football. In his best season at Southampton, 1989-90, he scored 21 goals in all competitions. The previous season also saw his goal tally go well into double figures, as did the season after, as he formed an exciting young strikeforce with Alan Shearer and Matthew Le Tissier, which soon attracted interested from a number of bigger clubs.
Fellow top-flight team Leeds United signed him for £1.6 million in the summer of 1991, and he helped them win the old First Division championship and Charity Shield competition a year later. This would be the only major honour that Leeds would win during the seven years that Wallace spent with them (and indeed their most recent major honour to date), as they never finished higher than fifth in the league during the remainder of Wallace's time at the club, and the closest they came to winning any cup competitions was a 3–0 defeat by Aston Villa in the Football League Cup final in March 1996.
He became an integral part of the Leeds squad for the next seven years and was found often playing as an out-and-out striker or in a more wide position on the flanks.In September 1992, Wallace was called up to the senior England squad for a friendly against Spain, but had to pull out because of injury. He was never called up for international duty since.
Wallace won the 1993–1994 Goal of the Season competition with a mazy dribble against Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League game on 17 April 1994. Wallace's contract with the Elland Road club was due to expire in the summer of 1998 and this resulted in a Bosman transfer move to Scotland to join Rangers.
Whilst North of the Border the speedy Londoner acquired a flurry of medals to add to the silverware previously won during his time in England. In his first season he won the domestic treble, finishing as top scorer with 27 goals and scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Scottish cup final win over Celtic, the first cup final to be played at the newly renovated Hampden Park. The following season he was part of the squad that won the league and cup double. In total he made 122 appearances and scored 56 goals.
In 2001 he headed back to English football on a free transfer to link up with newly promoted Bolton Wanderers of the FA Premier League. He scored on his debut for "The Trotters" away to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and managed to net further goals against Tottenham and Blackburn again. He also scored once in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest. Wallace successfully helped Bolton stave off relegation back to the lower reaches of English football but was on the move again after being unhappy with the new one year contract which was offered to him.
In June 2002 he joined Gillingham on a two-year contract and managed to score 12 goals in his first full season at the Priestfield Stadium. His time with the Gills was blighted by a succession of injuries and at the end of the 2003–2004 season he announced his retirement from professional football. The summer of 2004 saw him return to Southampton in a one-off benefit game organised for elder brother Danny who has been diagnosed with the condition Multiple sclerosis.
In January 2008, he was appointed as assistant manager of Kingstonian's under 18 side, before joining Molesey for season 2010–11. Wallace joined Epsom & Ewell as a reserve team coach in October 2011.
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