Derek Parker (footballer)

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Derek Parker
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Personal information
Date of birth (1926-06-23)23 June 1926
Place of birth Wivenhoe, Essex, England
Date of death 2011 (aged 84)
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Grays Athletic
1946–1957 West Ham United 199 (9)
1957–1961 Colchester United 130 (1)
Stowmarket Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:45, 12 April 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:00, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Derek Parker (23 June 1926 – 2011) was an English footballer. He played as an inside-forward, but later switched to half-back.

Parker joined West Ham United from Grays Athletic in October 1944. He made a total of 199 League appearances for the east London club between 1946 and 1957. He also made eight cup appearances, and over 200 Football Combination appearances with the reserve team.

He was signed by Colchester United, then managed by Benny Fenton (brother of Hammers manager Ted) in March 1957. He went on to make 130 League appearances for the club, and later joined Stowmarket Town as player-manager.

Parker died in 2011.[1]


  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 159. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 

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