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Derek Statham

Personal information
Full nameDerek James Statham
Date of birth24 March 1959(age 57)
Place of birthWolverhampton, England
Playing positionFull Back

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Derek James Statham (born 24 March 1959 in Wolverhampton) is a former English footballer who played at defensive left-back. He played for West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, Walsall and Stoke City.

Statham won three international caps for England in 1983 under the management of Bobby Robson.

Regarded as a solid, classy defender with excellent passing ability, Statham's professional career spanned 16 years, making almost 500 professional league appearances and scoring 11 goals. He made over 330 league and cup appearances for WBA, playing for several years alongside Bryan Robson and the 'Three Degrees' of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in an impressive side assembled by Ron Atkinson.

Statham left WBA for Southampton in 1987, playing alongside a young Alan Shearer (in his first professional season) and Matthew Le Tissier, and was an immediate success. He was the club's Player of the Season for 1987-1988.

His last team were semi-professional side Telford United in the English Football Conference, where he was a mainstay for the 1993-1994 season.

In 2004 he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest ever players, in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.

He currently lives in Spain.

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