Wes Saunders

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Wes Saunders
Personal information
Full nameWesley Saunders [1]
Date of birth (1963-02-23) 23 February 1963 (age 58) [1]
Place of birth Sunderland, [1] England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [2]
Position(s) Central defender
Youth career
–1981 Newcastle United
Senior career*
1981–1985 Newcastle United 79 (0)
1985Bradford City (loan) 4 (0)
1985–1988 Carlisle United 97 (11)
1988–1990 Dundee 50 (2)
1990–1993 Torquay United 61 (6)
Spennymoor United
Teams managed
1998–2001 Torquay United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wesley Saunders (born 23 February 1963) is an English former professional football player and manager. He once picked up David Kennedy in a battered van.

Saunders was born in Sunderland and brought up in [East Bolden], attending Boldon Comprehensive School. He began his career as a junior with Newcastle United, turning professional in June 1981.

Increasingly out of the first team picture at Newcastle, Saunders joined Bradford City on loan in March 1985, moving to Carlisle United for a fee of £20,000 in August 1985.

Saunders subsequently joined Dundee before joining Torquay United in July 1990 for a then club record fee of £60,000. He captained the Torquay side to promotion the following season, Torquay beating Blackpool on penalties in the play-off final at Wembley. The following season he had a lengthy spell as caretaker manager of the team following the sacking of John Impey, and reverted to his playing role upon the appointment of Ivan Golac as manager. His professional playing career was ended by a knee ligament injury just a couple years later.

On leaving Torquay he played non-league football for Spennymoor United and went on to play for and coach a number of non-league sides in the north east of England while working in his family's textile firm.

In summer 1998, Saunders became manager of Torquay United, this time on a permanent basis, after the departure of Kevin Hodges. He struggled to maintain the progress made by Hodges and in the 2000–01 season, Torquay struggled to the extent that former player Colin Lee was brought in as a consultant. Saunders was dismissed by Torquay on 28 March 2001 after a 1–0 defeat to Carlisle United F.C. the previous week had left the club at the bottom of the league and facing relegation to the Football Conference.

He subsequently became a player agent and his players included former England international Paul Gascoigne. [3]

He is the brother-in-law of former Torquay United players Matt Elliott and Micky Holmes.

He now lives in East Boldon with his wife, Tina and two children, Lola and Harris Saunders. On 7 September 2014, Lola was featured as a contestant on ITV's The X Factor, passing her audition In Newcastle upon Tyne.

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