Ross Wallace

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Ross Wallace
Ross wallace.jpg
Wallace playing for Sunderland in 2007
Personal information
Full name Ross Wallace[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-23) 23 May 1985 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 7
Youth career
000?–2002 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Celtic 37 (1)
2006–2009 Sunderland 53 (8)
2008–2009 Preston North End (loan) 23 (3)
2009–2010 Preston North End 57 (9)
2010– Burnley 134 (11)
National team
2002 Scotland U18 2 (0)
2003–2004 Scotland U19 7 (3)
2004–2006 Scotland U21 4 (0)
2007 Scotland B 1 (0)
2009 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:55, 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:08, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Ross Wallace (born 23 May 1985) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Burnley as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Celtic[edit]

Born in Dundee,[1] Wallace started his career with Celtic, signing for the club in May 2003 on a four-year deal.[3] A pacy left winger, Wallace made only a handful of first-team appearances in his first year, before finally scoring his first goal for Celtic in a 5–0 win over Dunfermline on 8 November 2003.[4] Whilst clearly a skilful player, Wallace made only a few more first team appearances that season as Alan Thompson remained the first-choice wide left player at Celtic. Wallace did however pick up his first silverware at the end of the season, coming on as a second-half susbtitute for Stephen Pearson in Celtic's 3–1 win over Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup Final.

The following season (2004–05) saw Wallace play more games for Celtic, including three appearances as a substitute in the Champions League. However he made little impact in either his league or European appearances. Wallace did however score a hat-trick in an 8–1 rout of Falkirk in a Scottish League Cup tie in September 2004.[5] That performance earned him public praise from his manager, Martin O'Neill.[6] Alan Thompson also said that Wallace was likely to succeed him in the future at left midfield.

With the arrival of new manager Gordon Strachan at the start of season 2005–06, Wallace found himself on the sidelines for the first few months of the season. However, in late 2005, Strachan began to play Wallace at left-back in place of Mo Camara. This was a strange selection given Wallace's slight build and inexperience of playing in a defensive role. Strachan persisted with this team selection for several weeks to the bemusement of fans who could clearly see Wallace's lack of aptitude for playing in defence. Wallace's own goal in the New Year game against Hearts at Tynecastle (Celtic still won 3–2[7]) highlighted his lack of positional awareness in playing in defence. Towards the end of the season, new signing Mark Wilson replaced him at left back even though it is not his natural position (Wilson is a right back).[8] Wallace did, however, play the whole of the Scottish League Cup Final at left back because Wilson was cup tied after having played in the competition for Dundee United.

It was during his time at Celtic that the 'Ross Wallace fan club' was created by another man called Ross Wallace, this time from Blackpool. The club has over 5000 members with 3000 active forum users.[citation needed]

Wallace made two more appearances for Celtic at the start of season 2006–07. However, he was clearly no longer part of the plans of the Celtic management and was sold to Sunderland in August 2006 in a deal including team-mate Stanislav Varga for a combined fee of up to £1,100,000.[9]

Sunderland[edit]

Despite having trial at Birmingham City,[10] He joined Sunderland from Celtic on 31 August 2006 along with teammate Stanislav Varga.[11] He made his first team début on 9 September against Derby County and scored the winner in a 2–1 win. His arrival on Wearside saw him keep the number 33 that he wore at Celtic, which had previously belonged to former Sunderland favourite Julio Arca (now with Middlesbrough).

He had made an excellent start as a Sunderland player with a match-winning goal on his début at Derby and again at Hull City. On both occasions he removed his shirt after scoring, which at Hull earned him a second yellow card and his second red card of the season. He later apologised and promised not to do it again, though Wallace doesn't have regret over it.[12]

Sunderland fans were more than pleased with the promising form Wallace showed throughout the 2006–07 campaign as Sunderland won the Championship. His early formed did tail towards the back of the season only for him to re-find his form as the season ended. The left-wing position had been highly contested between Wallace and team-mate Tobias Hysén.

Wallace started the season as Sunderland's first choice left-back despite several new defenders joining the club during the pre-season. On 11 August 2007 Wallace lined up against Tottenham Hotspur on the first game of the season and successfully provided the 93rd minute assist that enabled Michael Chopra to score and Sunderland to win the game. This form has continued into the second game away to Birmingham City when once again Wallace played an integral part in the decisive goal when he provided the free kick that eventually led to Stern John's late equaliser. The match finished 2–2.

He scored his first goal of the season against Reading at the Stadium of Light in a 2–1 victory for Sunderland, scoring again on a 3–2 loss to Arsenal scoring the first ever goal for Sunderland at their first ever game at the Emirates Stadium. Despite his impressive season so far, Roy Keane stated he would consider offers for Wallace.[13] Wallace was linked with a MLS side Toronto want to sign him[14] but it never started having talks. On 18 January 2008 it was reported that Wallace had sustained an Anterior Cruciate Ligament knee injury and would therefore miss the rest of the 2007–08 football season.[15] But in an unxpected turn out of an event, Wallace made his return on the final game of the season in a 1–0 loss against Arsenal.

Preston North End[edit]

In the 2008 summer transfer market, it was announced that Wallace had rejected an offer from Preston North End,[16] so that he could fight for his place in the Sunderland squad.[17] But due to the summer signings of Sunderland, Keane told Wallace that he was even further down the pecking order and unlikely to get many games next season Wallace signed a year long loan at Preston with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.[18] After being un-used in the substitute bench two times, Wallace finally made his debut, after coming on for Barry Nicholson, in a 1–1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on 23 August 2008; would score his first goal two months later in a 2–0 win over Watford. At Preston, Wallace soon became a fan favourite, due the number of times he has provided excellent crosses, mainly to Jon Parkin. Wallace signed a permanent four-and-a-half-year contract with Preston on 12 January 2009.[19] In his first season, Wallace made 39 appearance, scoring five times and with nineteen assists.

The next season, Wallace continued to play, having retained his first team status at Preston. Unlike last season, Wallace couldn't able to provided more assist, with seven and was able to score goals. However, he received thirteen bookings, resulting missing two games.

Burnley[edit]

Wallace transferred to fellow Championship club Burnley for an undisclosed fee on 2 July 2010, signing a three-year contract. Upon completion of the transfer, he was described by manager Brian Laws as "one of the best left-sided players in the Championship".[20] He was linked with a move to Burnley after the club had ended interests in signing Hearts's midfielder Andrew Driver.[21]

Wallace scored his first goal in a Burnley shirt a week later on his debut in a pre-season friendly against local side Bury.[22] On the opening game of the season, Wallace made his debut in a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest, playing 90 minutes. Wallace would score his first league goal and provided assist for Chris Iwelumo in a 3–0 win over Leicester City. Ahead of a Preston-Burnley rivalry, Wallace says he was disappointed of not to say goodbye to his Preston teammates.[23] Wallace made appearance against his former club and set up the opener for Iwelumo and a winning goal for Jay Rodriguez in a 4–3 win.[24] At the end of the season, Wallace made an impressive season at Burnley, making 40 appearance, scoring three times and with five assists. However, Wallace had a frustrating season as he made twelve starts.

The next season, Wallace was placed in various position in defenders and midfielders and had since become ever-present in the side this season[25] and had become the club's most consistent performers so far[26] From 22 October to 5 November 2011, Wallace scored four goals in four consecutive games. At the end of the season, Wallace made an impressive season at Burnley, making Forty Four appearance, scoring five times and with nine assists. Unlike last season, Wallace was present in a match in the league.

The next season, Wallace was placed in the right midfield for the last eleven games at the start of the season, before going left midfield or wing before going back to right midfield. On 22 December 2012, Wallace scored his first goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City; his second came from a penalty, in a 2–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and set up a goal for Keith Treacy on 1 January 2013. During the season, Wallace contract with Burnley on the verge of expiring at the end of the season and willing to stay at Burnley.[27] In early February, Wallace signed a two-year extension, keeping him until 2015.[28]

International career[edit]

On 13 August 2007, two Sunderland players were called into the Scotland national team: defender Russell Anderson and goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Although pleased with the two nominated players, many Sunderland fans expressed disappointment in the fact that Wallace had once again been overlooked for the squad, especially as he had started the new season so well and that Scotland manager Alex McLeish had selected four goalkeepers in his squad.[29] Wallace was called up to the Scotland squad to play Japan in October 2009.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic
2002–03[30]
Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04[31]
Scottish Premier League 8 1 2 0 1 0 3[a] 0 14 1
2004–05[32]
Scottish Premier League 16 0 1 0 1 3 3[b] 0 21 3
2005–06[33]
Scottish Premier League 11 0 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 14 0
2006–07[34]
Scottish Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 37 1 4 0 4 3 7 0 52 4
Sunderland
2006–07[35]
Championship 32 6 1 0 0 0 33 6
2007–08[36]
Premier League 21 2 0 0 1 0 22 2
2008–09[37]
Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 53 8 1 0 1 0 55 8
Preston North End (loan)
2008–09[38]
Championship 23 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 26 3
Preston North End 16 2 0 0 0 0 2[c] 0 18 2
2009–10[39]
Championship 41 7 2 0 2 0 45 7
Total 80 12 3 0 4 0 2 0 89 12
Burnley 2010–11[40] Championship 40 3 2 0 1 0 43 3
2011–12[41] Championship 44 5 1 0 4 1 49 6
2012–13[42] Championship 36 3 1 0 3 0 40 3
2013–14[43] Championship 14 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
Total 134 11 4 0 9 1 147 12
Career total 304 32 12 0 18 4 7 0 2 0 343 36
  1. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, one in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League Championship play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 10 October 2009.[44]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2009 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Celtic

Sunderland

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 445. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Wallace signs Bhoys deal". Sky Sports. 23 June 2003. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Celtic awake to sink Pars". BBC. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Celtic 8–1 Falkirk". BBC. 21 September 2004. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "O'Neill hails Wallace". BBC. 22 September 2004. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/4569382.stm BBC Sport 1 January 2006 Match Report – Hearts 2 Celtic 3
  8. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/4773164.stm BBC Sport 4 March 2006 Wilson happy to fill in on left
  9. ^ Keane Signs Celtic Pair Sunderland AFC Website 31 September 2006
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  11. ^ Keane Signs Celtic Pair, Sunderland A.F.C., 31 September 2006
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  13. ^ "Keane to let players leave". Sky Sports. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "MLS option for Wallace". Sky Sports. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Wallace blow for Black Cats". Sky Sports. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Wallace spurns PNE advances". Sky Sports. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Wallace takes second chance". Sky Sports. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Wallace makes Preston loan switch". BBC. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Wallace completes Preston switch". BBC Sport. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
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  21. ^ "Burnley end interest in Hearts winger Andrew Driver". BBC. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "FULL-TIME: Bury 0 Burnley 3". Lancashire Telegraph. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Burnley FC wideman Ross Wallace excited about reunion". Burnley Express. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "PHOTOS: Burnley FC 4, Preston North End 3". Burnley Express. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ross Wallace shaping up at Burnley". Burnley Express. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Burnley wideman Wallace sets goal target". Burnley Express. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
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  28. ^ "Burnley winger Ross Wallace signs two-year contract extension". Sky Sports. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
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  32. ^ "Celtic 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  33. ^ "Celtic 2005/2006 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  34. ^ "Celtic 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  35. ^ "Sunderland 2006/2007 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  36. ^ "Sunderland 2007/2008 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  37. ^ "Sunderland 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  38. ^ "Preston 2008/2009 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  39. ^ "Preston 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  40. ^ "Burnley 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  41. ^ "Burnley 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  42. ^ "Burnley 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  43. ^ "Burnley 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
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