Ollie Heald

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Ollie Heald
Personal information
Full name Oliver Richard Heald[1]
Date of birth (1975-03-13) 13 March 1975 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1992–1993 Norvan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Port Vale 0 (0)
1995–1996 Scarborough 9 (1)
1996–1998 Vancouver 86ers 74 (13)
1999 Seattle Sounders 15 (0)
2000 Vancouver 86ers 1 (0)
2001–2004 Vancouver Whitecaps 90 (24)
Total 189 (38)
National team
1990–1991 Canada U16 2 (0)
1994–1996 Canada U23 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Oliver Richard Heald (born 13 March 1975) is a Canadian former footballer.

He signed with English club Port Vale in September 1993, but never made a first team appearance before moving on to Scarborough in May 1995. The next year he returned to his hometown club the Vancouver 86ers. He spent the next eight years in the A-League with the club, other than a brief spell with the Seattle Sounders in 1999. His only success with the club was when they topped the Western Conference table in 2000.

Playing career[edit]

Heald joined Port Vale, initially on trial, in September 1993, before he was offered a contract by manager John Rudge.[1] The "Valiants" won promotion out of the Second Division in 1993–94 and competed in the First Division in 1994–95, though Heald never made a league appearance at Vale Park.[1] He left on a free transfer to Ray McHale's Scarborough in the Third Division in May 1995. He only started three games for the "Seadogs" in 1995–96, but made eleven substitute appearances, scoring twice in all competitions.

Heald returned to his hometown in Canada to play for the Vancouver 86ers, who were competing in the A-League. The club failed to reach the play-offs in 1996, but reached the Conference final in 1997, where they were beaten by the Milwaukee Rampage following a penalty shoot-out. They reached the quarter-finals in 1998, where they lost to the San Diego Flash. He spent the 1999 season with the Seattle Sounders, who lost out to the San Diego Flash at the semi-final stage; Heald was sent off in the game. He returned to Vancouver, who would lose to the Minnesota Thunder at the semi-finals in 2000. Now called the Whitecaps, they won the Western Conference in 2001, but lost to the Hershey Wildcats in the play-off semi-finals. In 2002 they reached the Conference final, but lost to the Milwaukee Rampage after extra time. The next year they lost to the Seattle Sounders in the division final following a penalty shoot-out; Heald successful converted his penalty but Jeff Clarke's miss proved to be fatal. The 2004 season was the last of the A-League's existence, and the Whitecaps lost again to the Seattle Sounders in the Conference final.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Ollie Heald 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
Port Vale 1993–94 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scarborough 1995–96 Third Division 9 1 1 0 4 1 14 2

Honours[edit]

with Vancouver Whitecaps

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 132. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 

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