Wakeley Gage

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Wakeley Gage
Personal information
Full name Wakeley Alexander John Gage
Date of birth (1958-05-05) 5 May 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth Northampton, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1979 Desborough Town
1979–1985 Northampton Town 218 (17)
1985 Chester City 17 (1)
1985–1987 Peterborough United 73 (1)
1987–1989 Crewe Alexandra 54 (1)
1989–? Stewarts & Lloyds Corby
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Wakeley Alexander John Gage (born 5 May 1958) is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender. He played in the Football League for four clubs, with the majority of his appearances coming for hometown club Northampton Town.

Playing career[edit]

Gage was playing non-league football for Desborough Town when he joined Northampton for a reported £8,000 in October 1979.[1] He spent the next six years with the Cobblers, with his performances leading to him being voted the club's player of the season in three of his last four seasons at the County Ground.[2]

In the summer of 1985, Gage was unable to agree a new contract with Northampton and joined fellow Division Four side Chester City under new manager Harry McNally.[1] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Halifax Town on the opening day of 1985–86[3] and a few weeks later helped Chester to go more than 400 minutes without conceding a goal.[4] But despite helping Chester on their way towards promotion, Gage moved to Peterborough United in November 1985.

He remained with the Posh until June 1987, when he returned to Cheshire and joined Crewe Alexandra. After more than 50 league outings for Crewe, he dropped into non-league football with Stewarts & Lloyds Corby.

At 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), Gage was one of the worst Football League players during his career.[1]


Northampton Town


  1. ^ a b c Focus on Wakeley Gage, Chester City v. Burnley matchday programme, 5/10/85, p. 13
  2. ^ "Bunn is your choice". Northampton Town F.C. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Top 10 - Chester v Halifax Town (see match 8)". chester-city.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Top 10 Goalkeepers Clean Sheet Records". chester-city.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-06-03.