With Birmingham City in 2012 pre-season
|Full name||Wade Patrick Elliott|
|Date of birth||14 December 1978|
|Place of birth||Southampton, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2014||→ Bristol City (loan)||19||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Wade Patrick Elliott (born 14 December 1978) is an English former professional footballer who last played for Bristol City. He played mainly as a right midfielder but could also play as a central midfielder.
Elliott began playing football as a youth player for Southampton before joining non-league Bashley. He began his professional career at A.F.C. Bournemouth after joining from Bashley for £5,000. After five years he joined Burnley where he won two player of the year awards and scored the only goal in the 2009 play-off final elevating his team to the Premier League. He moved on to Birmingham City in 2011, playing regularly for two seasons. He spent time on loan at Bristol City in 2014, and joined them on a permanent contract after his release from Birmingham at the end of the 2013–14 season.
Youth and non-League
Elliott was born in Southampton, and began playing football as a youth player at Southampton, where he also represented England schoolboys. He was released from the Southampton youth setup when he was 16 and instead went on to do his A-levels. He carried on playing football at non-League Bashley while studying at University – he did two years of a degree course in communications and sociology at Goldsmiths' College and completed the degree via the Open University – and was spotted by former Bournemouth player Jimmy Case who organised a trial match for him at the League One club. He trained with Bournemouth from Christmas 1998, and signed for a fee of £5,000 in February 2000.
Elliott scored three goals in the twelve games he played in his first season with Bournemouth. In the following seasons he began to have more and more of an impact, winning the club's Player of the Year award in his first full season. He was out of contract at the end of the 2003–04 season and eventually signed a one-year contract extension. In his last season at the club he played 51 games and scored 5 goals. With his and teammate Garreth O'Connor's contracts due to expire, the pair signed three-year contracts with Burnley, a team which he had impressed in an FA Cup-tie that season.
Elliott's first season at Burnley got off to a slow start; he made just 23 starts for the club and scored 3 goals. However, in his next two seasons, he became one of the club's most influential players, winning Player of the Year awards for two consecutive seasons. In the 2007–08 season, he committed his future to the club by signing a three-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2011 season. In the following season he was instrumental in Burnley's promotion to the Premier League and capped off the season by scoring the only goal in the play-off final. The 25-yard (23 m) curling shot captured much media attention with multiple references to him scoring the goal that had the potential to earn Burnley up to £60 million in the Premier League. Elliott began his first Premier League season by scoring the only goal in the home win against Everton, again leading Elliott to grab headlines. On his 200th League appearance for Burnley, he scored the final goal in a 4–1 defeat of Hull City from a in-swinging free kick on the far left at the KC Stadium.
Elliott joined Championship club Birmingham City on 31 August 2011, the last day of the summer transfer window; he signed a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He made his Birmingham debut as a second-half substitute in a 3–0 home victory against Millwall, and scored his first goal for the club against Maribor in the Europa League on 29 September. Elliott's first league goal came in March 2012 in a 3–1 defeat away to Leicester City, scored from the penalty spot after Sol Bamba brought down Nikola Žigić. His third league goal came in a win against Peterborough United in September; the goal was originally credited as an own goal when goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik punched Elliott's free kick into his own net, but was later awarded to Elliott. In June 2013, Elliott signed a one-year contract extension with Birmingham.
In October 2013, Elliott was sent off for elbowing an opponent just before half-time with Birmingham a goal down to Premier League Stoke City in the League Cup; the ten men came back to draw 4–4 after extra time but lost the penalty shootout. He returned from the resulting three-match suspension to make his 100th appearance for Birmingham, as a second-half substitute in a 3–0 win at Barnsley on 30 November.
Bristol City (loan)
After not featuring regularly in Birmingham's starting eleven, Elliott joined League One club Bristol City on 28 January 2014 on a one-month loan. He made his debut the same day, as a half-time substitute at Brentford with his new team already 3–1 behind, and was booked early in the half for a poor tackle. He went on to impress manager Steve Cotterill, who admitted that he had "[thrown] him in too soon after not playing regular first team football since October", and Elliott's loan was extended to the end of the season.
On his return to Birmingham, the club confirmed he would be released when his contract expired at the end of the 2013–14 season. He finished his Birmingham career at the age of 35, having scored 14 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions.
- As of end of 2013–14 season
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Bashley||1997–98||Southern League Southern Div.||12||0||0||0||4[a]||0||0||0||16||0|
|1998–99||Southern League Southern Div.||32||0||0||0||6[a]||1||3[b]||0||41||1|
|1999–2000||Southern League Eastern Div.||24||0||2||0||1[a]||0||4[c]||2||31||2|
|A.F.C. Bournemouth||1999–2000||Football League Second Div.||12||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||3|
|2000–01||Football League Second Div.||36||9||3||2||1||0||1[d]||0||41||11|
|2001–02||Football League Second Div.||46||8||2||0||1||0||1[d]||0||50||8|
|2002–03||Football League Third Div.||44||4||6||1||1||0||7[e]||1||58||6|
|2003–04||Football League Second Div.||39||3||3||1||1||0||1[d]||0||44||4|
|2004–05||Football League One||43||4||5||1||3||0||1[d]||0||52||5|
|Bristol City (loan)||2013–14||Football League One||19||3||—||—||—||19||3|
- Appearances in Southern League Cup
- One appearance in FA Trophy, two in Hampshire Senior Cup
- Three appearances and two goals in FA Trophy, one appearance in Hampshire Senior Cup
- Appearances in Football League Trophy
- Four appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, three appearances in Football League play-offs
- Appearances in Football League play-offs
- Five appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League, one appearance in Football League play-offs
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- Profile at Birmingham City F.C. website
- Profile at Burnley F.C. website
- Wade Elliott career statistics at Soccerbase