Ernie Walley

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Ernie Walley
Personal information
Date of birth (1933-04-07) April 7, 1933 (age 84)
Place of birth Caernarfon
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1951–1955 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1958 Tottenham Hotspur 5 (0)
1958–1959 Middlesbrough 8 (0)
1959–? Crystal Palace 0 (0)
? Gravesend & Northfleet ? (?)
? Stevenage Borough ? (?)
Teams managed
1980 Crystal Palace (caretaker)
1983–1985 Barking
1992 Bangor City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ernie Walley (born 7 April 1933 in Caernarfon) is a retired association football player, manager and coach.

Playing career[edit]

Walley joined Tottenham Hotspur as a junior in May 1951, making five league appearances as a wing half before moving to Middlesbrough in 1958.[1] After eight appearances for Middlesbrough he moved again to Crystal Palace,[2] but failed to make a first team appearance before moving to Gravesend & Northfleet and subsequently Stevenage Borough.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player Walley spent eight years as a coach at Arsenal before joining Crystal Palace in the same capacity in 1967.[2] He became caretaker manager of Crystal Palace for six matches following the departure of Terry Venables in 1980.[3] After the appointments of Malcolm Allison and subsequently Dario Gradi, Walley continued as a coach at Crystal Palace.[2] He was later assistant manager to John Hollins at Chelsea during the mid-1980s, and reserve manager under Steve Harrison at Watford. His brother Tom played for Watford and Wales, and was a coach at Watford at the same time as Ernie.[4] Ernie Walley subsequently managed Barking between December 1983 until January 1985,[5] and later Bangor City for a short spell in 1992.


  1. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur: 1946/47 to 2008/08". Neil Brown. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 57. ISBN 0907969542. 
  3. ^ "Managers". Crystal Palace FC. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 233. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  5. ^ Archive – Past Managers Barking F.C.

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