Kevin Sheldon

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Kevin Sheldon
Personal information
Full name Kevin John Sheldon[1]
Date of birth (1956-06-14) 14 June 1956 (age 61)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1981 Stoke City 15 (0)
1981–1983 Wigan Athletic 29 (1)
1982 Port Vale (loan) 5 (0)
1983–1984 Crewe Alexandra 2 (0)
Trowbridge Town
Burton Albion
Leek Town
Telford United
Total 51+ (1+)
Teams managed
2005 Meir KA
2005–2007 Stone Dominoes
2009–2010 Leek CSOB
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin John Sheldon (born 14 June 1956) is an English former footballer. He had the nickname Bomber. A Winger, he made sporadic appearances for Stoke City between 1975 and 1981, before helping Wigan Athletic and Port Vale to win promotion out of the Fourth Division. He featured twice for Crewe Alexandra, before entering the non-league scene in 1984 with Trowbridge Town, Burton Albion, Leek Town and Telford United. In the 2000s he managed Meir KA, Stone Dominoes, and Leek CSOB.

Playing career[edit]

Sheldon turned professional at Tony Waddington's Stoke City in June 1973, before making his First Division debut in a 1–0 win over Birmingham City at Victoria Ground on 19 April 1976; he went on feature in two further games in the 1975–76 season. He made nine appearances in the 1976–77 relegation campaign, but made just one substitute appearances in the Second Division in 1978–79, as the "Potters" won promotion back to the top-flight under Alan Durban. Sheldon played once in 1979–80 and 1980–81, before departing for Fourth Division side Wigan Athletic in August 1981.

He helped Larry Lloyd's "Latics" to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1981–82. At Wigan he had a loan spell with Port Vale beginning in August 1982.[1] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat at Swindon Town on 28 August 1982 and played the next four games before returning to Springfield Park in late September.[1] John McGrath led the "Valiants" to promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1982–83.[1] Following his transfer in August 1983, he played twice for Fourth Division Crewe Alexandra in 1983–84, before Dario Gradi allowed him to move on to the local non-league scene with Trowbridge Town, Burton Albion, Leek Town and Telford United.

Management career[edit]

Sheldon was invited to help Leek Town manager Paul Ogden in September 2003.[2] He was appointed as manager of Midland Football Combination side Meir KA in August 2005.[3] He was sacked in November 2005, with the chairman Des Reaney citing his "bizarre managerial style" as a factor.[4] The next month he took charge at Stone Dominoes – who were in a ground-share agreement with the Meir club.[5] Dominoes finished 21st in the 22 team North West Counties League in 2005–06, before finishing in last place in 2006–07 with just nine points. He left the club "by mutual consent" in November 2007,[6] and took up coaching at Alsager Town.[7] He later went onto manage Leek CSOB of the North West Counties League in the 2009–10 season, before resigning.

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Kevin Sheldon profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1975–76 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1976–77 First Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1977–78 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1979–80 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1980–81 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Wigan Athletic 1981–82 Fourth Division 15 1 2 0 6 0 23 1
1982–83 Third Division 14 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
Total 29 1 4 0 6 0 39 1
Port Vale (loan) 1982–83 Fourth Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Crewe Alexandra 1983–84 Fourth Division 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Career Total 51 1 4 0 7 0 62 1

Honours[edit]

with Wigan Athletic
with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 263. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Ogden Calls in "Bomber"". nonleaguedaily.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sheldon Ventures into the Unknown". nonleaguedaily.com. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Manager Set to Lose His Job This Week". nonleaguedaily.com. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sheldon Doesn't Have to go Far for New Post". nonleaguedaily.com. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "...but Sheldon goes at Dominoes...". nonleaguedaily.com. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sheldon for Bullets". nonleaguedaily.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Rags to Riches (1979–1990)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 258–290. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.