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Dave Wilkinson - Midfield

Debut :

Last Game :

Dave was one of the players that was under Burnsy charge during his reign as manager of the youth team in his previous spell with the Tigers. After surpassing the age limit for youth football and failing to make the step up to the first team he left Meadow Park and joined up with Brockworth in the Northern Senior League.

He played for the Mill Lane club until Burns came back to City and answered his SOS when the boss found himself with just a handful of players during the pre-season of 2001-02 season. At the time Wilko was among a team not known for their talent and his flair seemed to stand out. Lacking natural pace, his ability more than made up for it and his adventurous attitude saw him attempt many mazy runs, mostly successful.

In his first full season at the club he didn't miss a game and was named as the managers player of the season. Always looking to get forward behind the attack he can be counted on for five or six goals per season.

As 'bigger' players arrived at the club Dave found himself either on the sidelines or forced to play a more battling game. The influence of Neil Mustoe rubbed off on Wilko and he became the anchorman of the midfield after Muzzie had left.

Dave was released by the club in September 2007.

 Dave Wilkinson

Gloucester City, Brockworth, Gloucester City, Cinderford Town

Appearances & Goals:

Season Apps Subs Goals
 2001/02    37      4      2  
 2002/03    49      2      7  
 2003/04    39     10     13  
 2004/05    38      1     12  
 2005/06    32      4      7  
 2006/07    19     12      3  
 2007/08     1      2      -  
Total  215     35     44  

Wilko's Goals: (click links to view full size pics)
#1 September 22nd 2001 : Bedworth Utd (H) : 1-7
  Low shot from the left hand edge of the penalty area to open the scoring in what was to be City's biggest modern day defeat!
#2 November 24th 2001 : Sutton Coldfield Town 1-0 *
  Header deep into injury time to silence gobby Sutton keeper Justin Bray!
#3 August 26th 2002 : Merthyr Tydfil (H) 2-2
  Bundled home ball from very close range after a goalmouth scramble. Dave was a substitute in this game but played virtually the whole ninety minutes after replacing Steve Jenkins who was injured in the warm up after the ball was kicked out direct from kick off to avoid picking up a fine for altering the submitted teamsheet after 2.30pm.
  It's in! Celebration (pics courtesy of Tony Hickey)
#4 October 22nd 2002 : Cirencester Town 3-0
  Directly after Matt Bath had saved a penalty, Wilko ran the ball down the hill at the Corinium Stadium and despite looking as though he'd be caught for pace he had enough to squeeze a shot past Mark Hervin in the Cirencester goal from the edge of the area.
#5 November 12th 2002 : Sutton Coldfield Town (H) 3-1
#6 November 26th 2002 : Taunton Town (H) 4-2
#7 January 1st 2003 : Mangotsfield Utd (H) 4-3
#8 January 25th 2003 : Bromsgrove Rovers (A) 4-2
  Another typical Wilko effort, better measured in inches rather than yards as he bundled the ball home to put City 4-2 up in their memorable win against top of the table Bromsgrove at the Victoria Ground after a goalmouth scramble.
  Darren Bullock retrieves the ball after Wilko's goal at Bromsgrove
#9 April 8th 2003 : Cinderford Town (H) 4-2
#10 October 7th 2003 : Mangotsfield Utd (H) (GFA Cup) 4-2aet
#11 November 4th 2003 : Rothwell Town (H) (FA Trophy) 4-1aet
  A brave header which he timed that well that he looked very offside and then even appeared to foul the keeper as he scored a late, late equaliser to take the game into extra time to see off the challenge of Rothwell in this FA Trophy replay.
#12 November 8th 2003 : Clevedon Town 2-0
#13 November 22nd 2003 : Bedworth Utd (H) 2-1
#14 November 22nd 2003 : Bedworth Utd (H) 2-1
#15 November 29th : Bath City (FA Trophy) 1-2
  A tame looking header that Bath keeper Mark Bryant somehow managed to dive over to give City an equaliser at Twerton Park.
#16 December 6th 2003 : Ilkeston Town 3-0
  Tap in at the near post after defender Adam Hollyoak had made a mess of a mishit corner. It was City's second goal in as many minutes.
#17 December 9th 2003 : Shepshed Dynamo (H) 5-2
  Can't remember : it was foggy!
#18 December 26th 2003 : Mangotsfield Utd (H) 2-2
#19 January 10th 2004 : Yate Town (H) 1-2
#20 March 13th 2004 : Shepshed Dynamo 6-0
#21 April 3rd 2004 : Team Bath 3-1
#22 April 6th 2004 : Clevedon Town (H) 3-1
#23 August 17th 2004 : Team Bath (H) 2-1
#24 August 21st 2004 : Dunstable Town (H) 3-1
#25 August 28th 2004 : Histon (H) 1-2
#26 October 30th 2004 : Banbury Utd (H) 4-1
#27 November 2nd 2004 : Tiverton Town (H) 1-1
#28 November 13th 2004 : Merthyr Tydfil 2-2
  Twenty yard daisycutter at the beginning of the second half which Martyr's keepr Ashley Morris somehow failed to keep out as he dived to his left. Goal scored in front of the covered stand.
#29 November 17th 2004 : Tiverton Town 3-5
#30 November 17th 2004 : Tiverton Town 3-5
#31 December 27th 2004 : Halesowen Town (H) 3-3
#32 January 8th 2005 : Rugby Town (H) 6-1
#33 January 29th 2005 : Solihull Borough 3-3
#34 April 16th 2005 : Hednesford Town 1-4
  Ran onto a throw in, beat a challenge on the edge of the box before shooting wide of the keeper only to see his effort bounce off the post, along the line and back to him to tap in at the near post!
  Video Clip Picking the ball out of the net
#35 October 8th 2005 : Northwood (H) 4-1
#36 October 25th 2005 : Mangotsfield Utd 4-5
  Scrambled effort at the near post which saw him shoot through diving defenders and past keeper Danny Greaves to put City 4-3 up.
#37 December 3rd 2005 : Aylesbury Utd (H) 1-1
  Late equaliser that City didn't really deserve. There seemed to be a foul in the build up but that didn't involve or affect Wilko as he volleyed home from twelve yards at the far post in front of the T-End.
#38 January 2nd 2006 : Salisbury City (H) 1-2
  Superb overhead kick at the far post to beat Kevin Sawyer. The last goal of the Chris Burns reign.
#39 January 7th 2006 : Tiverton Town (H) 4-5
  Stunning first time volley from 25 yards that had Tivvy keeper Mark Ovendale rooted to the spot. It was the second goal for City in two minutes and put City 4-3 up after they'd been 1-3 down. This was the game that Neil Mustoe was manager.
#40 February 18th 2006 : Grantham Town (H) 4-1
#41 March 25th 2006 : Aylesbury United 1-0
  Absolutely blinding strike from 25 yards that dipped under the bar at the last minute to give the keeper no chance. I'm sure that Dave rates this as his best ever goal.
#42 October 28th 2006 : Stamford (H) 1-1
  Equaliser in a scrappy game. This goal was arguably a foul but more likely one that you'll remember Dave for as he bundled the ball home with a combination of head, chest and sheer brute force!
  Video Clip   Animated Gif
#43 November 1st 2006 : Bishops Cleeve 1-3 (GFA Cup) *
#44 January 13th 2007 : Hemel Hempstead Town (H) 3-4

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