Wayne Cegielski

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Wayne Cegielski
Personal information
Full name Wayne Cegielski[1]
Date of birth (1956-01-11) 11 January 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Bedwellty, Wales
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
1974–1975 Northampton Town (loan) 11 (0)
1975–1976 Stuttgarter Kickers 5 (0)
1976 Tacoma Tides
1976–1982 Wrexham 123 (0)
1982–1985 Port Vale 92 (5)
1985 Blackpool 6 (1)
1985–1987 Hereford United 50 (2)
1987 Tegs SK 8 (0)
1987 Worcester City 10 (0)
1987—1988 Northwich Victoria 32 (1)
Total 337+ (9+)
National team
1976–1977 Wales under-21s[3] 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Wayne Cegielski (born 11 January 1956) is a former Welsh under-21 international footballer. A defender, he played 282 league games in a thirteen-year career in the Football League.[4]

An FA Youth Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur in 1974, he played on loan at Northampton Town, before joining German side Stuttgarter Kickers in 1975.[5] He played in the United States for the Tacoma Tides, before heading to Welsh club Wrexham in 1976. He helped the club to the Third Division title in 1977–78, before they reached the Welsh Cup final in 1979. He signed with Port Vale in July 1982, and won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1982–83, also being named as the club's Player of the Year. He joined Blackpool in 1985, as the club won promotion out of the Fourth Division. He then spent a two-year spell with Hereford United, before joining non-league Worcester City in 1987. His final club was Northwich Victoria.

Playing career[edit]

Cegielski started his career at Tottenham Hotspur in May 1973, and was a member of the FA Youth Cup winning side of 1974. However he didn't play a First Division game for Terry Neill's side, and was instead loaned out to Fourth Division side Northampton Town. He played eleven league games for Bill Dodgin's "Cobblers".

He left White Hart Lane in 1975, and linked up with German side VfB Stuttgart. He played five games in 2. Bundesliga for István Sztáni's "Reds" in 1975–76, before he departed for the United States to play for Tacoma Tides in the ASL.

He returned to the UK in September 1976, and signed with Third Division Wrexham, then managed by John Neal. The "Red Dragons" finished fifth in 1976–77, one point behind promoted Crystal Palace. Arfon Griffiths took the reins for the 1977–78 campaign, and Wrexham topped the division with 61 points. Wrexham retained their Second Division status in 1978–79, and qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup after reaching the final of the Welsh Cup, where they lost out to Shrewsbury Town. A mid-table finish followed in 1979–80, before they avoided relegation in 1980–81 by just two points. Mel Sutton took charge for the 1981–82 campaign, however this time the club finished two points away from safety, and were relegated back into the third tier.

Cegielski left Wrexham with 123 league appearances to his name, and joined John McGrath's Fourth Division Port Vale in July 1982.[6] He quickly slotted into the squad and was a regular in the 1982–83 promotion winning season, picking up the Player of the Year award at the end of the campaign.[7] During the season he hit five goals in 48 games, striking in wins against Hereford United, Halifax Town, Crewe Alexandra, Aldershot, and Peterborough United. He then played 43 games in 1983–84, as the club suffered relegation. He fell out of favour under John Rudge in 1984–85, as Phil Sproson and Alan Webb built up a partnership.

Cegielski was allowed to move to Blackpool on a free transfer in March 1985. In six games for Sam Ellis' club, he scored one goal – Blackpool's first in a 6–1 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Bloomfield Road on 9 April 1985. The "Tangerines" won promotion out of the Fourth Division as runners-up, but he was not retained beyond the end of the season.

He then linked up with manager Johnny Newman at Hereford United, and made a total of 66 appearances for the club in league and cup. The "Bulls" finished in mid-table in the fourth tier in 1985–86 and 1986–87, after which Cegielski left the Football League for non-league Worcester City. He later turned out for Northwich Victoria.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Wayne Cegielski profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Northampton Town (loan) 1974–75 Fourth Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1973–74 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974–75 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wrexham 1976–77 Third Division 9 0 3 0 0 0 12 0
1977–78 Third Division 9 0 1 0 3 0 13 0
1978–79 Second Division 29 0 3 1 2 0 34 1
1979–80 Second Division 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
1980–81 Second Division 38 0 5 0 0 0 43 0
1981–82 Second Division 35 0 4 0 5 0 44 0
Total 123 0 16 1 11 0 150 0
Port Vale 1982–83 Fourth Division 45 5 1 0 2 0 48 5
1983–84 Third Division 39 0 0 0 5 0 44 0
1984–85 Fourth Division 8 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Total 92 5 2 0 8 0 102 5
Blackpool 1984–85 Fourth Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Hereford United 1985–86 Fourth Division 32 2 2 0 8 0 42 2
1986–87 Fourth Division 18 0 0 0 1 0 19 0
Total 50 2 2 0 9 0 61 2
Career Total 282 8 20 1 28 0 330 9

Honours[edit]

Individual
Tottenham Hotspur
Wrexham
Port Vale
Blackpool

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wayne Cegielski". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Wayne Cegielski". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "International stats". 11v11.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "WAYNE CEGIELSKI". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cegielski, Wayne" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 55. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  7. ^ a b Kent, Jeff (1990). The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. p. 305. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  8. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Rags to Riches (1979–1990)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 258–290. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.