Dave Wilkes

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Dave Wilkes
Personal information
Full name David Wilkes
Date of birth (1964-03-10) 10 March 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Carlisle United (Head of Centre of Excellence)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Barnsley[1] 17 (2)
1983 Halifax Town (loan)[1] 4 (0)
1984–1986 Harps (–)
1986–1987 Stockport County 8 (0)
1987–1988 Frickley Athletic (–)
1988–1990 Bridlington Town (–)
1990–1992 Carlisle United 5 (0)
Teams managed
1997 Carlisle United (Caretaker Manager)
1997–1999 Carlisle United (Director of Coaching)
2002–2003 Huddersfield Town (First Team Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David "Dave" Wilkes (born 10 March 1964 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire) is a former professional football midfielder who played for Barnsley, Carlisle United, Halifax Town, Stockport County, Frickley Athletic Guiseley A.F.C. and Bridlington Town A.F.C.

Playing career[edit]


Wilkes started his career with his hometown club Barnsley, but injury plagued his career there and he only made 17 appearances for them between 1981 and 1984, he also scored 2 goals in this time. Wilkes was sent out on loan in March 1983 to Halifax Town, he made 4 appearances before returning at the end of March. Hong Kong Harps Wilkes joined Harps in January 1984 Harps went on to get to the Hong Kong FA cup final losing on penalties after extra time to South China. Wilkes returned for one more season with Harps the following season before returning to the UK due to a ban on foreign players. Stockport County Wilkes joined County for one season but played few games due to a knee injury. Wilkes played for three non league teams before joining Carlisle. Frickley Athletic. Guiseley FC and Bridlington Town.

Carlisle United[edit]

Wilkes joined Carlisle United in 1990 and played 5 games for them, he retired from playing to become the Carlisle youth team coach in 1992.

Coaching career[edit]

Carlisle United[edit]

After retiring in 1992, Wilkes joined Carlisle United as Youth Development Officer and then in 1995, under Mick Wadsworth, he stepped up to a senior coaching role, he also was caretaker manager when Mervyn Day left the club, in 1997.[2]

Michael Knighton period[edit]

In 1997, then-Carlisle United chairman Michael Knighton refused to look for a new manager after Mervyn Day's departure, so he took over team selection and coaching. He was helped by John Halpin and Wilkes himself, who were both directors of coaching. During Carlisle's good spells Wilkes and Halpin were to take back seats and not to claim any credit but when things were going bad they were placed in the firing line by Knighton and endured criticism which they didn't really deserve.[citation needed]

Newcastle United[edit]

Around 1999, after leaving his post at Carlisle United, joined Newcastle United academy on the invitation of academy manager Alan Irvine.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

On 9 July 2002, Wilkes joined Mick Wadsworth at Huddersfield Town as First Team Coach. The season 2002–03 went awfully wrong for Huddersfield and at one point didn't record a win in 8 games. After a bad run of games in January 2003, Wadsworth was sacked but the club couldn't pay him out so he was reinstated but was sacked again in March 2003, although Wilkes stayed as First Team Coach under Caretaker-Manager Mel Machin he left in May 2003, along with Machin and goalkeeping-coach Dave Watson, when Huddersfield were placed into administration.

Carlisle United, Again[edit]

Wilkes re-joined sometime in 2005 as Centre of Excellence Head. As of 2009 he is still Head of the Centre of Excellence.[3]


  1. ^ a b "BARNSLEY : 1946/47 – 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Spurs ponder action on Iversen". The Independent. 12 September 1997. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "David Wilkes". Carlisle United Official site. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 

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