David Wheeler (footballer)

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David Wheeler
Personal information
Full name David John Wheeler[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-04) 4 October 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Brighton,[1] England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
(on loan from Queens Park Rangers)
Number 21
Youth career
2000–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion
2006–2007 Lewes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Lewes ? (?)
2011–2013 Staines Town 70 (23)
2013–2017 Exeter City 149 (33)
2017– Queens Park Rangers 9 (1)
2018–2019Portsmouth (loan) 11 (0)
2019–Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:56, 5 February 2019 (GMT)

David John Wheeler (born 4 October 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two club Milton Keynes Dons, on loan from Championship club Queens Park Rangers.

Career[edit]

Lewes[edit]

Wheeler started his career at Lewes in 2007–08, making his debut as a substitute against Brighton on 5 March 2008 in the Sussex Senior Cup semi-final and his first start in the Conference Premier 2008–09 season against Torquay United. He scored his first senior goal against Altrincham, scored 8 times the following season and 4 in his final season. The first full season was in the Conference Premier, the next two seasons in Conference South.

Staines Town[edit]

On 26 June 2011, due to travel commitments associated with his studies at Brunel University, Wheeler left Lewes and signed with Staines Town of the Conference South as it was the closest club to the campus.[2] He made his Staines debut on 13 August, and scored his first goals for the club on the 29th, in a 2–1 home win against Boreham Wood.[3] He finished the season with 9 goals, and was awarded both the Players Player and Club Player of the year awards. The following season, Wheeler scored a career-best 14 goals, which helped the club to avoid relegation, and repeated his achievements of the previous season by picking up both awards in the end of season honours. Wheeler was also captain of the team for the majority of his second season at the club.

Exeter City[edit]

On 2 August 2013, Wheeler signed a deal with Exeter City of Football League Two, after impressing on a trial.[4] He made his professional debut a day later, in a 2–1 home win against Bristol Rovers.[5] On 30 November 2013 Wheeler scored his first professional goal in a 2–2 draw against Bury. In the 2016/17 season, Wheeler played a pivotal role in helping Exeter City reach a League Two play-off final, by scoring 13 league goals and 20 goals in all competitions for City.[6]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 31 August 2017, Wheeler signed for Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.[7] Wheeler scored his first QPR goal in his first start for the club, opening the scoring in a 3–2 defeat to Middlesbrough.[8]

On 7 August 2018, Wheeler joined League One club Portsmouth on a season-long loan deal.[9] He scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 4-0 EFL Trophy win over Gillingham on 4 September 2018.[10] QPR recalled Wheeler from his loan spell on 24 January 2019, he made a total of 18 appearances for Portsmouth in all competitions.[11] The following day, Wheeler joined League Two club Milton Keynes Dons on loan for the remainder of the 2018–19 season, reuniting with his former manager at Exeter City, Paul Tisdale.[12]

International career[edit]

In 2008–09, Wheeler made 8 appearances for the England U18 Schoolboys.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played 22 January 2019.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lewes 2008–09[14] Conference National 19 1 19 1
2010–11[15] Conference South 31 4 31 4
Total 50 5 50 5
Staines Town 2011–12[15] Conference South 29 9 29 9
2012–13[15] Conference South 41 14 41 14
Total 70 23 70 23
Exeter City 2013–14[16] League Two 35 3 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 38 3
2014–15[17] League Two 45 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 47 7
2015–16[18] League Two 31 6 3 0 2 2 2[a] 0 38 8
2016–17[6] League Two 38 17 1 0 2 0 5[b] 4 46 21
2017–18[19] League Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 151 33 6 0 6 2 8 4 171 38
Queens Park Rangers 2017–18[19] Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
2018–19[20] Championship 0 0 0 0
Total 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Portsmouth (loan) 2018–19[20] League One 11 0 2 1 1 0 4[c] 2 18 3
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2018–19[20] League Two 0 0 0 0
Career total 291 62 8 1 7 2 12 6 318 71
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy.
  2. ^ Three appearances and two goals in 2016–17 EFL League Two play-offs, two appearances and two goals in EFL Trophy.
  3. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Lewes

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Wheeler". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. ^ Wheeler leaves Lewes; The Argus, 26 June 2011
  3. ^ Staines Town vs. Boreham Wood 2–1; Global Sports Media, 29 August 2011
  4. ^ Wheeler deal done; Exeter City, 2 August 2013
  5. ^ Exeter 2–1 Bristol Rovers; BBC Sport, 3 August 2013
  6. ^ a b "Games played by David Wheeler in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  7. ^ "David Wheeler joins QPR". www.qpr.co.uk. 31 August 2017.
  8. ^ "David Wheeler scoops the plaudits with goal in first start for QPR". Devon Live. 16 September 2017.
  9. ^ "David Wheeler: Portsmouth sign QPR winger on loan". BBC Sport. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Pompey 4 Gillingham 0". portsmouthfc.co.uk. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Wheeler recalled from Portsmouth loan". QPR FC. 24 January 2019.
  12. ^ "David Wheeler: QPR winger joins MK Dons on loan until the end of the season". BBC Sport. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  13. ^ ESFA Under 18 Squad 2008–2009; ESFA.co.uk, 13 November 2010
  14. ^ "Games played by David Wheeler in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  15. ^ a b c "D. Wheeler". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Games played by David Wheeler in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Games played by David Wheeler in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  18. ^ "Games played by David Wheeler in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Games played by David Wheeler in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  20. ^ a b c "Games played by David Wheeler in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Player Profile: Midfielder David Wheeler". Queens Park Rangers. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Staines chairman plays Wheeler waiting game". GetSurrey.co.uk. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  23. ^ "End-of-season Gala Ball: The award winners". Exeter City. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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