Sid Wallington

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Sid Wallington
Personal information
Full name Sidney Percival Wallington
Date of birth (1908-10-15)15 October 1908
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death December 1989 (1990-01) (aged 81)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
192?–1928 Wolseley Motors ? (?)
1928–1933 Birmingham 2 (0)
1933–1937 Bristol Rovers 94 (1)
1937–1939 Worcester City
1939–19?? Cradley Heath St Luke's
Teams managed
1937–1938 Worcester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sidney Percival Wallington (15 October 1908 – December 1989) was an English professional footballer who made 96 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham and Bristol Rovers.[1] He played as a wing half.

Wallington was born in the Small Heath district of Birmingham,[2] and lived in St Andrew's Road, adjacent to Birmingham F.C.'s St Andrew's ground.[3] A pupil of Ada Road School, Wallington played for the Birmingham Schools representative team that reached the final of the English Schools' Football Association Trophy in 1923.[2] He signed for Birmingham from Wolseley Motors in 1928, and played for their junior teams in a variety of positions[3] before making his debut in the First Division on 30 April 1932, the penultimate game of the 1931–32 season, in a 4–0 home win against Chelsea.[4] Though his performance received a favourable report – the Birmingham Mail described his excellent ball control and felt that "one saw enough of him to justify the conclusion that he understands the defensive duties of a wing half-back equally well"[3] – Birmingham's next game was Wallington's last for the club.

The following year he joined Bristol Rovers, where he played 94 league games in four seasons and helped them win the Football League Third Division South Cup in 1935.[1][2] He went on to Worcester City, where he also acted as manager during the 1937–38 season,[5] and finished his career at Cradley Heath St Luke's.[2]

Wallington died in his native Birmingham in December 1989 at the age of 81.[2]

Honours[edit]

with Birmingham Schools

  • ESFA Trophy runners-up: 1923

with Bristol Rovers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ a b c "Odds & Ends". Birmingham Mail Football Final. 7 May 1932. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 174.
  5. ^ "Managers". Worcester City F.C. Archived from the original on 3 April 2009.