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Wally Akers

Wally Akers
Personal information
Full nameWalter William George Akers
Date of birth1917
Place of birthWest Auckland, England
Date of death1976
Playing positionOutside forward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1934–1935Wolverhampton Wanderers0(0)
1935Newport County0(0)
1935–1937Bournemouth15(4)
1937–1939Chelsea0(0)
1939–1946Mansfield Town0(0[A])
1946–1948Gillingham40(20)
Corby Town
Goole Town
Teams managed
1950–1958Corby Town
1958–1961Kettering Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Walter William George "Wally" Akers (1917 – 1976) was an English professional association football player either side of the Second World War.

Playing career

Born in West Auckland, he began his professional career with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1934, but left the club without ever playing for the first team, and joined Newport County, where he experienced a similar spell. He finally made his debut in The Football League for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, where he made 15 League starts in total.[1] After a short spell with Chelsea, in which he again played no first-team football, he joined Mansfield Town for the start of the 1939–40 season. He played three times and scored three goals before the League was abandoned due to the start of the war.[1] After the war, he joined Gillingham of the Southern League, where he played for two seasons, scoring 20 goals in 40 games. One of his goals came in a 12–1 win over Gloucester City, which remains the club's biggest-ever win in a competitive fixture.[2] In 1948 he moved on to Corby Town and later played for Goole Town.[1]

Managerial career

In 1950 he took over as manager of Corby, and led the team to the United Counties League championship in both his first two seasons in charge.[3] He later managed Kettering Town.[4]

Notes

A. ^ Akers played three matches, scoring three goals, at the start of the 1939–40 season, but the season was abandoned due to the outbreak of the Second World War and all matches played up to that point expunged.

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