Colin Walker (footballer, born 1958)

Colin Walker (born 1 May 1958) is a former professional footballer and manager who is currently Doncaster Rovers Centre of Excellence technical development officer. He was appointed as York City caretaker manager in November 2007, earning the job on a permanent basis in December, before being sacked in November 2008.

Colin Walker
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Walker with York City in 2007
Personal information
Full name Colin Walker[1]
Date of birth (1958-05-01) 1 May 1958 (age 61)[1]
Place of birth Rotherham, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
(Centre of Excellence technical development officer)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Retford Town
Matlock Town
1980 Gisborne City
1980–1983 Barnsley 24 (12)
1983Doncaster Rovers (loan) 12 (5)
1983–1985 Gisborne City 56 (38)
1985–1986 Doncaster Rovers 5 (0)
1986 Cambridge United 3 (1)
1986 Matlock Town
1986 Harworth Colliery Institute
1986–1988 Sheffield Wednesday 2 (0)
1986–1987Darlington (loan) 7 (0)
1987–1988Torquay United (loan) 3 (0)
1988 Gisborne City
Total 112 (56)
National team
1984–1988 New Zealand 15 (10)
Teams managed
1988 Gisborne City
1989–1993 Maltby Miners Welfare
2007–2008 York City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire,[1] Walker played as a trialist in York City's youth and reserve teams in 1976,[3] after which he moved to New Zealand to play for Gisborne City in 1980 after being spotted playing in English non-League football for Retford Town and Matlock Town by Kevin Fallon.[4][5] After the end of the season, he returned to play in England for Football League side Barnsley in November 1980.[1][4] He scored 12 times in 24 games for Barnsley, with an additional five goals in 12 games while on loan at Doncaster Rovers from February 1983, before returning to New Zealand to play for Gisborne City.[1] Walker reached the final of the Chatham Cup in 1983 with Gisborne.[6] He scored twice, but the match ended 2–2, and was won by Gisborne's opponents Mount Wellington 2–0 in the replay.[6] During the 1983 season, he scored seven goals in 12 appearances.[7] He scored 16 goals in 22 appearances and won the country's Player of the Year award in 1984.[7][8] He then scored 15 goals in 22 appearances in 1985.[7] Overall, he was the top scorer in New Zealand during three of the five years he spent playing in the country.[9]

In November 1985, Walker returned to Doncaster Rovers on non-contract terms, playing five times before moving to Cambridge United in January 1986.[1] He scored once in 3 games,[1] but was released by Cambridge and returned to Matlock Town.[10] From there he joined Harworth Colliery Institute from where he was signed by Sheffield Wednesday in August 1986.[1] He joined Darlington on loan in December 1986, where he made seven appearances, and Torquay United on loan in October 1987, where he made three appearances.[1] He left Sheffield Wednesday having played just two league games and after scoring a hat-trick in a League Cup tie,[2] a 7–0 victory against Stockport County, which Wednesday won 10–0 on aggregate.[11] He then returned to New Zealand for a final spell with Gisborne City,[10] where he took over as player-manager, but left because of financial problems at the club.[3] He also worked as striker-coach at the club.[12] After returning to England for a run-out with Doncaster, he suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his knee which brought an end to his playing career.[3]

International careerEdit

Whilst at Gisborne City, Walker acquired New Zealand citizenship, and so played for the New Zealand national team and scored 10 goals in 15 caps.[9][13][14] The highlight of his international career came against Brazil, during which he was marked by Aldair.[9]

Coaching and managerial careerEdit

Walker spent three-and-a-half-years after his playing career ended as manager of Maltby Miners Welfare,[3] whom he took from the Northern Counties East Football League Division One to the Premier Division.[15] He won the Presidents' Cup in his final season in charge.[15] He had coaching appointments with Barnsley, where he held a variety of different positions from youth team coach to assistant manager. Walker left Barnsley, along with manager Glyn Hodges, in July 2003.[16] He soon found employment at the Leeds United youth academy in addition to work at Rotherham R.U.F.C. and undertaking scouting assignments for lower league clubs while trying "to earn enough to pay the mortgage".[17][18] Billy McEwan appointed him as first team coach at York City on 28 May 2005, stating that Walker would "bring honesty and commitment to the club, as well as a lot of knowledge".[19]

He took over as caretaker manager at York on 19 November 2007, following McEwan's sacking by the club.[20] His first game in charge finished as a 2–1 victory against Weymouth and after achieving five wins and a draw in six games, he was appointed as the club's permanent manager on 26 December 2007.[21][22] He won the Conference National manager of the month award for December 2007, when the team gained 10 out of a possible 12 points in the league and made progress in the FA Trophy and Conference League Cup.[23] He led the team to a 14th place finish in the Conference in the 2007–08 season, and also reached the semi-final of the FA Trophy and the fifth round of the Conference League Cup.[24] During York's 1–0 defeat to Mansfield Town in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay in October 2008, Walker was targeted by some fans chanting his name.[25] He was sacked as York manager on 21 November 2008.[26]

Walker joined Forest Green Rovers as assistant manager to caretaker manager David Brown in August 2009.[27] Walker left Forest Green in September after the club appointed Dave Hockaday as their new manager.[28] He later joined Doncaster, who he played for during his playing career, as Centre of Excellence technical development officer.[29]

Notts County LadiesEdit

Walker is currently with Notts County Ladies where he is assistant manager.[30] He was appointed as assistant on 16 December 2013.

Career statisticsEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
New Zealand[31] 1984 2 1
1985 8 9
1988 5 0
Total 15 10

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 21 November 2008
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
York City 19 November 2007 21 November 2008 58 22 20 16 037.9 [32]
Total 58 22 20 16 037.9


Maltby Miners Welfare


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  28. ^ "New Rovers boss pledges quick revival". Gloucestershire Echo. Cheltenham. 10 September 2009. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
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  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  32. ^ "Managers: Colin Walker". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 June 2015.

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