Tom Walker (footballer)

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Tom Walker
Personal information
Full nameThomas James Walker [1]
Date of birth (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Salford, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m) [2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Stockport County
(on loan from Harrogate Town)
Number 23
Youth career
2005–2015 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2015–2017 Bolton Wanderers 18 (1)
2016–2017Bury (loan) 11 (0)
2017 Stockport County 5 (0)
2017–2018 FC United of Manchester 10 (1)
2018–2020 Salford City 60 (11)
2019–2020Stockport County (loan) 15 (5)
2020 AFC Fylde 9 (4)
2020– Harrogate Town 7 (0)
2020Notts County (loan) 4 (0)
2021–Stockport County (loan) 11 (1)
National team
2018– England C 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 15:55, 5 January 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:54, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Thomas James Walker (born 12 December 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Stockport County on loan from Harrogate Town.

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He started his career at Bolton Wanderers, and made his first team debut in January 2015. He joined Bury on loan in August 2016, and was released from Bolton at the end of the 2016–17 season. He has since played for Stockport County and F.C. United of Manchester.

Career

Walker joined the academy at Bolton Wanderers at the age of nine, and made his Football League debut ten years later when manager Neil Lennon sent him on as a late substitute for Eiður Guðjohnsen in a 1–1 draw with Leeds United at the Macron Stadium on 10 January 2015. [3] He scored his first senior goal for the "Trotters" in a 1–1 draw with local rivals Wigan Athletic on 21 March. [4] He ended the 2014–15 season with one goal in 11 Championship matches, and signed his first professional contract in May 2015. [5] He featured a further eight times across the 2015–16 relegation campaign.

On 31 August 2016, Walker joined EFL League One rivals Bury on a season-long loan. [6] Manager David Flitcroft revealed how Walker had been on his way to join Leyton Orient on loan when the pair spoke over the phone, Walker was convinced to instead join Bury and he left his car in London and took a train to Manchester to sign with Bury. [7] He scored his first goal for the "Shakers" in a 2–1 defeat at Bradford City in an EFL Trophy match on 4 October. [8] He did not feature for four months before he was introduced as a half-time substitute in a 2–1 defeat at Oxford United on 28 March; after the game manager Lee Clark said "Tom has got lots of ability. He just needs to learn the other side of the game". [9] He made 15 appearances at Gigg Lane across the 2016–17 campaign, but made just one league start. He was released by Bolton manager Phil Parkinson in May 2017. [10]

Walker had undergone a trial at Port Vale in July 2017 but subsequently was not offered a deal by manager Michael Brown. [11] On 25 August 2017, he moved to Stockport County on a short-term deal following a successful trial spell with The Hatters. [12]

He left Stockport on 6 October 2017 after his short-term deal had ended to sign for FC United of Manchester.

On 4 January 2018 Salford City confirmed that they had agreed a deal to sign Walker. [13]

In October 2019 he joined Stockport County on loan until January 2020. [14] He returned to Salford in January 2020 on the expiry of his loan period. [15] The following day he joined AFC Fylde on a permanent, two and a half year contract. [16] He joined newly promoted League Two side Harrogate Town in August 2020 after they triggered a release clause in his contract. [17] On 30 November 2020, Walker joined National League side Notts County on loan until 3 January 2021, [18] with manager Neal Ardley revealing he had already tried to sign him on two occasions but missing out. [19] On 12 February 2021, he rejoined Stockport on another loan deal. [20]

Career statistics

As of match played 1 January 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Bolton Wanderers 2014–15 [21] Championship 111000000111
2015–16 [22] Championship7000100080
2016–17 [23] League One 0000100010
Total181002000201
Bury (loan) 2016–17 [23] League One11020002 [lower-alpha 1] 1151
Stockport County 2017–18 [24] National League North 50000050
FC United of Manchester 2017–18 [24] National League North1011000111
Salford City 2017–18 [24] National League North1860000186
2018–19 [24] National League 405301 [lower-alpha 2] 0445
2019–20 [25] League Two 4000001 [lower-alpha 1] 050
Total62113000206711
Stockport County (loan) 2019–20 [24] National League154101 [lower-alpha 2] 1175
AFC Fylde 2019–20 [24] National League94000094
Harrogate Town 2020–21 [26] League Two7000101 [lower-alpha 1] 090
Career total1372170306215023
  1. 1 2 3 Appearance(s) in the EFL Trophy
  2. 1 2 Appearance(s) in the FA Trophy

Honours

Salford City

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