Richard Walker (footballer, born 1980)
|Full name||Richard Stuart Walker|
|Date of birth||17 September 1980|
|Place of birth||Stafford, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1999–2000||→ Northwich Victoria (loan)||10||(0)|
|2001||→ Halesowen Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|2007||→ Wrexham (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Richard Stuart Walker (born 17 September 1980) is an English former footballer who played as a defender. In an eleven-year career he played 185 competitive games, including 158 appearances in the Football League.
He spent most of his career with Crewe Alexandra, and played over 100 games for the club between 1999 and 2006. During this time he also played on loan for non-league clubs Northwich Victoria and Halesowen Town. He joined Port Vale in 2006, and was loaned out to Wrexham in 2007. In 2008, he signed for signed with Macclesfield Town, before transferring to non-league Hednesford Town the following year. He left the club in January 2010.
Born in Stafford, Staffordshire, Walker attended Wolgarston High School in Penkridge, playing for Penkridge Juniors until signing for Crewe Alexandra at age fourteen. After working his way through the ranks to the first team, He made over 100 appearances for the "Railwaymen" in seven years, making his debut in November 2000 as a 20-year-old. Before making his professional bow, he had been sent out on loan to local non-league side Northwich Victoria to gain first team experience, making ten appearances at the Drill Field during a six-month loan during the 1999–2000 season.
The 2001–02 season saw Walker make only one substitute appearance for Crewe, though he was still offered a new two-year deal. The following season saw him become a virtual ever-present at Gresty Road as the club won promotion from the Second Division in 2002–03. He agreed a new three-year deal in June 2003, keeping him at Crewe until the summer of 2006. The next two years saw Walker continue to play regular football. He was not offered a new contract by Crewe at the end of the 2005–06 season, and instead joined near neighbours Port Vale on a free transfer in June 2006.
Despite a good start to his time at Vale Park, which included a goal in the League Cup against Championship side Queens Park Rangers, he faded from the first team picture and was loaned to struggling League Two side Wrexham in March 2007. His form for the "Dragons" in just three appearances impressed to the extent that Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy added money to the pot collected to pay the defender whilst at the Racecourse Ground.
He returned to Vale Park in the summer, but was a peripheral figure during the 2007–08 season, and was released in January 2008 after suffering problems with tendinitis in his knee. After a short spell training with Shrewsbury Town and turning out for their reserves, he joined Macclesfield Town on a short-term deal in March 2008. His form in his ten games impressed manager Keith Alexander sufficiently to win Walker a twelve-month contract in June 2008. He turned out sixteen times for the "Silkmen" in 2008–09, playing against Premier League Everton in the FA Cup Third Round in January 2009.
With his contract coming to an end at Moss Rose in May 2009, he made contact with Hednesford Town manager Dean Edwards, who was in the market for an experienced player to become part of the coaching staff at Keys Park after Matt Elliott's departure. Despite his relative young age and Football League background, he decided to take the step down to Southern League Premier Division and join the "Pitmen" as the club's new first team coach. However he left the club by mutual consent in January 2010.
In July 2009 he was appointed the under-11's coach at Stoke City on a part-time basis.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Northwich Victoria (loan)||1999–2000||Conference National||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Halesowen Town (loan)||2000–01||Southern League||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Crewe Alexandra||1999–2000||First Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Wrexham (loan)||2006–07||League Two||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Port Vale||2006–07||League One||16||0||1||0||4||1||1[a]||0||22||1|
|Macclesfield Town||2007–08||League Two||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Hednesford Town||2009–10||Southern League||12||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||1|
- Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.
- with Crewe Alexandra
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 427. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- "Crewe release nine". BBC Sport. 29 April 2002. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Walker signs new deal". BBC Sport. 25 June 2003. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Striker Jones will leave Crewe". BBC Sport. 2 May 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Boss adds trio to Port Vale squad". BBC Sport. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Vale allow duo to leave on loan". BBC Sport. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Wrexham take Port Vale's Walker". BBC Sport. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Bellamy donation boosts Wrexham". BBC Sport. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Lawrie signs deal as Walker goes". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Silkmen tie up Walker and Hessey". BBC Sport. 23 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Macclesfield release 13 players". BBC Sport. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Richard Walker leaves the club". hednesfordfc.co.uk. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Games played by Richard Walker in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.