Neil Wilkinson (footballer)

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Neil Wilkinson
Personal information
Full name Neil Wilkinson[1]
Date of birth (1955-02-16)16 February 1955[1]
Place of birth Blackburn, England[1]
Date of death 2 August 2016(2016-08-02) (aged 61)
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1977 Blackburn Rovers 30 (0)
1978 Port Vale 7 (0)
1978–1981 Crewe Alexandra 75 (0)
Total 112 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Neil Wilkinson (16 February 1955 – 2 August 2016) was an English footballer. A right-back, he made 112 league appearances in a nine-year career in the Football League, turning out for Blackburn Rovers, Port Vale, and Crewe Alexandra. He won the Third Division title with Rovers in 1974–75.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Wilkinson began his career with Blackburn Rovers, who finished third in the Third Division in 1972–73 under the stewardship of Ken Furphy. They dropped to 13th in 1973–74, before new boss Gordon Lee guided them to promotion as champions in 1974–75. Jim Smith then took charge at Ewood Park, as Rovers retained their Second Division status with mid-table finishes in 1975–76 and 1976–77. Wilkison then spent a brief time in South Africa, before he returned to England to join Fourth Division club Port Vale in June 1978.[1] He played nine competitive games for Dennis Butler's "Valiants" in 1978–79, before being transferred to Warwick Rimmer's Crewe Alexandra, along with £3,000, in exchange for Kevin Tully in October 1978.[1] The "Railwaymen" finished bottom of the Football League in 1978–79, and under Tony Waddington's stewardship had to re-apply for re-election again in 1979–80, before rising to 18th place in 1980–81.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Neil Wilkinson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 1972–73 Third Division 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
1973–74 Third Division 4 0 1 0 3 0 8 0
1974–75 Third Division 2 0 0 0 3 0 5 0
1975–76 Second Division 21 0 0 0 1 0 22 0
1976–77 Second Division 2 0 0 0 3 0 5 0
Total 30 0 2 0 10 0 42 0
Port Vale 1978–79 Fourth Division 7 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
Crewe Alexandra 1978–79 Fourth Division 26 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
1979–80 Fourth Division 38 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
1980–81 Fourth Division 11 0 1 0 1 0 13 0
Total 75 0 4 0 1 0 80 0
Career Total 112 0 6 0 13 0 131 0

Honours[edit]

with Blackburn Rovers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 309. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ rovers.co.uk. "Rovers were saddened to learn of the passing of former defender Neil Wilkinson, who died on Tuesday age 61.". rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2016.