Ray Wallace (footballer)

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Ray Wallace
Personal information
Full name Raymond George Wallace[1]
Date of birth (1969-10-02) 2 October 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Lewisham, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Playing position Full back
Youth career
1986–1988 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Southampton 35 (0)
1991–1994 Leeds United 7 (0)
1992 Swansea City (loan) 2 (0)
1994 Reading (loan) 3 (0)
1994–1999 Stoke City 179 (15)
1994–1995 Hull City (loan) 7 (0)
1999 Airdrieonians 1 (0)
1999 Altrincham 1 (0)
1999 Winsford United
2000 Drogheda United 5 (0)
2001–2002 Witton Albion
National team
1989 England U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Raymond George Wallace (born 2 October 1969 in Lewisham) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League and Premier League for Southampton, Leeds United, Swansea City, Reading, Stoke City and Hull City, in the Scottish Football League for Airdrieonians,[2][3] and in the League of Ireland for Drogheda United. He was capped for the England under-21 team.

Playing career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Wallace signed for Southampton Football Club as an apprentice in 1986 along with his twin brother Rod. Elder brother Danny had already become an established member of the Southampton first team. In the early part of his career Wallace was regarded as promising talent, if slightly lightweight, playing as right fullback or right defensive midfield.

On 22 October 1988, he made his Southampton debut, replacing Gerry Forrest at The Dell against Sheffield Wednesday alongside his two brothers;[4] this was the first time three brothers had played in the same team in the Football League First Division for 67 years.[5] He was a virtual ever-present until September 1989, when he lost his place to Jason Dodd through suspension, after which he played only once more for the Saints. While a Southampton player, he won four caps for the England under-21 team.[6]

Leeds United[edit]

In May 1991, Leeds United signed Wallace and twin brother Rod in the same transaction, with Wallace being valued at £100,000.[7] Rod Wallace formed a successful strike partnership with Lee Chapman,[8] but Wallace made only seven appearances for the club, and spent time on loan to Swansea City and Reading.[3]

Stoke City[edit]

In August 1994 Wallace joined Stoke City on a free transfer.[9][10] He made a slow start to his Stoke career and by December 1994 he was loaned out to Second Division Hull City where he made seven appearances.[10] He returned to the Victoria Ground in January 1995 and ended the 1994–95 season with 28 appearances.[10] Manager Lou Macari used Wallace in a different role in 1995–96 playing him alongside Nigel Gleghorn in centre midfield.[10] It worked well as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost 1–0 to Leicester City and Wallace won the player of the year award jointly with goalkeeper Mark Prudhoe.[10] He missed just one match in 1996–97 as Stoke finished in a mid-table position of 12th. The 1997–98 season saw Stoke play at the new Britannia Stadium but results were poor and relegation to the third tier was suffered.[10] Under Brian Little in 1998–99 Wallace was used mainly as a substitute and was released by the club at the end of the season.[10]

Later career[edit]

He went on to play for clubs including Airdrieonians (one game in the Scottish First Division),[3] Altrincham (one game in the Conference, in which he was brought down for a penalty from which Altrincham scored the only goal of the game),[3][11] Winsford United,[12] League of Ireland club Drogheda United,[13] and Witton Albion.[14][15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southampton 1988–89 First Division 26 0 1 0 5 0 2 0 34 0
1989–90 First Division 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
1990–91 First Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 35 0 1 0 8 0 2 0 46 0
Leeds United 1991–92 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Premier League 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1993–94 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Swansea City (loan) 1991–92 Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Reading (loan) 1993–94 Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stoke City 1994–95 First Division 20 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 28 1
1995–96 First Division 44 6 2 0 3 0 5 1 54 7
1996–97 First Division 45 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 50 2
1997–98 First Division 39 3 1 0 5 0 0 0 45 3
1998–99 Second Division 31 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 34 3
Total 179 15 6 0 14 0 12 1 211 16
Hull City (loan) 1994–95 Second Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Career Total 233 15 7 0 22 0 14 1 276 16
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs and Full Members Cup.

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Wallace". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ray Wallace". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ray Wallacex". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 203. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  5. ^ Culley, Jon (13 October 1997). "Football: Family Tree". The Independent. London. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Past Players". Swansea City F.C. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Smyth, Rob (17 July 2008). "On Second Thoughts: Leeds United's 1991–92 title". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ray Wallace Stoke City FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Ray Wallace". Draw for me the Boothen. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hot-shot Joe is the Belle of the ball" (reprint). Sunday Mercury (Birmingham). FindArticles. 10 October 1999. Retrieved 8 January 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Ray of Hope". Winsford Guardian. 20 October 1999. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  13. ^ O'Hagan, Dolan (4 February 2000). "Goal famine continues for United after Rovers visit". Drogheda Independent. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ray of Hope Doesn't Happen". Knutsford Guardian. 21 March 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Clearout at Witton". NonLeague Daily. 21 January 2002. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 

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