Mike Elwiss

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Mike Elwiss
Personal information
Full name Michael Walter Elwiss
Date of birth (1954-05-02) 2 May 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Doncaster Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1974 Doncaster Rovers 97 (30)
1974–1978 Preston North End 192 (60)
1978–1980 Crystal Palace 20 (7)
1980 Preston North End (loan) 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Walter "Mike" Elwiss (born 2 May 1954 in Doncaster)[1] is an English former footballer who scored 100 goals from 314 games in the Football League playing as a forward for Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End and Crystal Palace.[2]

He joined Doncaster Rovers as a junior, and scored twice in a 3–1 win against Newport County in October 1971 on his Football League debut. He was the club's top scorer in his first full season, repeated the feat the following year, then, having scored 34 goals from 108 appearances in all competitions, he joined Preston North End in February 1974 for a club record £70,000 fee.[1]

He scored both goals in a 2–2 draw against Carlisle United in his debut on 2 March 1974.[3] He was twice named as the club's Player of the Year, and his strike partnership with Alex Bruce helped the club to promotion to the Second Division in 1978.[4][5] After 60 goals from 192 league appearances,[2] he joined Crystal Palace for a club record fee of £200,000. He played 20 games for Palace, scoring 7 goals, and helped them to promotion to the First Division in 1979,[6] but a knee injury effectively finished his career. He returned to Deepdale on loan in March 1980, making a further 10 appearances and scoring 3 goals, before his injury forced his retirement at the age of 27.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Mike Elwiss". DoncasterRovers.co.uk. Forward Productions. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Mike Elwiss". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "The Big Interview: Mike Elwiss". Lancashire Evening Post. 15 December 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "'A Time For Heroes': The Greatest Strike Pairing?". Preston North End FC. 7 December 2006. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Dewhurst, Tony (29 May 2008). "PNE legend backs Mellor to shine". Lancashire Evening Post. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "30 Years On.....May 11th". Crystal Palace FC. 12 May 2009. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 

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