Devon White (footballer)

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Devon White
Personal information
Full name Devon White
Date of birth (1964-03-02) 2 March 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Arnold Kingswell
1984–1986 Lincoln City 29 (4)
1985–1986 Boston United (loan) 7 (2)
1985–1986 Naxxar Lions (loan) 1 (3)
1986–1987 Boston United 12 (2)
1986–1987 Shepshed Charterhouse
1987–1988 Grantham 0 (0)
1987–1992 Bristol Rovers 202 (53)
1992–1993 Cambridge United 22 (4)
1993–1994 Queens Park Rangers 26 (9)
1994–1996 Notts County 44 (16)
1996–1997 Watford 38 (6)
1997 Notts County 15 (2)
1997–1999 Shrewsbury Town 45 (10)
1999–? Ilkeston Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Devon White (born 2 March 1964) is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for seven different Football League clubs.

Playing career[edit]

Devon began his career in the non-league ranks whilst training as an electrician. In 1984 his talents were spotted by Lincoln City and he moved into the professional game. He spent two seasons with Lincoln, from where he was loaned to Maltese club Naxxar Lions,[1] before dropping back into the non-league ranks with first Boston United and then Shepshed Charterhouse. At the beginning of the 1987-1988 season he appeared in a Lincolnshire Senior Cup tie for Grantham before surprisingly rejoining the pro ranks at Bristol Rovers. He also had a short stint at non league Oxhey jets, scoring one goal in 5 matches.

The move occurred following the appointment of Gerry Francis as manager at Bristol Rovers. Francis was looking for a strong physical striker and remembered a performance White had given for Lincoln against Rovers and contacted Lincoln to enquire about signing White. He was somewhat surprised to discover White had drifted back into non-league football and it took some detective work to track him down. He grasped his second chance at the professional game and went on to enjoy a long career.

Post playing career[edit]

At the culmination of his professional career, Devon returned to his initial trade as an electrician and now runs his own company in Nottingham. In December 2006, he returned to non-league football circuit as temporary first-team coach at Gedling Town, a role he occupied until the completion of the 2006-07 season.

In 2011, he was the victim of an impostor who posted comments on Facebook containing racist remarks, as well as references to drug use and serious sexual offences while claiming to be White. White reported the matter to the police and to Facebook.[2]


  1. ^ Jay, Mike; Byrne, Stephen (1994). Pirates in Profile: A Who's Who of Bristol Rovers Players. Bristol: Potten, Baber & Murray. ISBN 0-9524835-0-5. 
  2. ^ "Bristol Rovers legend Devon White falls victim to a web of deceit". This is Bristol. Bristol Evening Post. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.