Wayne Ebanks

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Wayne Ebanks
Personal information
Full name Michael Wayne Anthony Ebanks[1]
Date of birth (1964-10-02) 2 October 1964 (age 52)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England[1]
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 West Bromwich Albion 7 (0)
1984 Stoke City (loan) 10 (0)
1985 Port Vale (loan) 11 (0)
1985–1987 Port Vale 28 (0)
1987–1988 Cambridge United 4 (0)
Total 60 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Wayne Anthony Ebanks (born 2 October 1964), known as Wayne Ebanks, is an English former footballer who played at right-back for West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Port Vale and Cambridge United between 1981 and 1987. He helped Port Vale to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1985–86. He later became a police officer.

Playing career[edit]

Ebanks began his career at West Bromwich Albion, and played seven First Division games for the "Baggies" in the 1983–84 season under the stewardship of Ron Wylie and Johnny Giles.[2] He then fell lout of the first team picture at The Hawthorns, and was loaned out to Bill Asprey's Stoke City, playing ten First Division and two cup games for the "Potters" in the disastrous 1984–85 season. After leaving the Victoria Ground, he returned to Stoke-on-Trent in March 1985, this time on loan to rivals Port Vale.[1] He featured eleven times in the Fourth Division for the "Valiants", and impressed manager John Rudge enough to win permanent transfer in June 1985.[1] He featured 15 times as Vale won promotion to the Third Division in the 1985–86 season, and then played 22 games in the 1986–87 campaign.[1] He was given a free transfer in May 1987, and joined Cambridge United on a non-contract basis. He cut his time at the Abbey Stadium short to join the police force.[3]

Post-retirement[edit]

After leaving the game Ebanks joined the police force.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Wayne Ebanks profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 1983–84 First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Stoke City (loan) 1984–85 First Division 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Port Vale 1984–85 Fourth Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1985–86 Fourth Division 12 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
1986–87 Third Division 16 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 22 0
Total 39 0 3 0 4 0 2 0 48 0
Cambridge United 1987–88 Fourth Division 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Career Total 60 0 3 0 8 0 2 0 73 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 92. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Stoke City FC". sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Sherwin, Phil (14 August 2010). "Memory Match: Port Vale 4 Walsall 1 Vale Park Division Three 27th September 1986". The Sentinel. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  4. ^ 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.