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Eric Young (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameEric Young
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Eric Young (born 25 March 1960 in Singapore) is a Welsh retired footballer, who was a strong, commanding centre half nicknamed "Ninja" due to his ever-present brown headband.

Young started his career at non-league Southall and then moved to Slough Town where his commanding style was noticed by a number of league clubs; he played for Slough for 3 seasons (Slough Town also produced the former Chelsea centre half Micky Droy). Young was eventually signed by Brighton & Hove Albion in 1982. During the period in non league football Young continued with his accountancy training. He made his league debut in the first match of the 1982 83 season and went on to make 126 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals before transferring to Wimbledon for £70,000 on the eve of the 1987 88 season.

He became a firm favourite at Wimbledon and had a formidable central defensive partnership with Andy Thorn, playing in their famous victory over Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. After 99 appearances and 9 goals for the club he was sold to Crystal Palace for £850,000 (at the time a huge fee for a 30 year old). At Palace he played some of the best football of his career, and resumed the Thorn/Young defensive partnership that had been so successful with Wimbledon. Eric was a mainstay in the team that finished third in the old first division (now the Premiership) and kept his place in the side until a public fall out with manager Alan Smith at the beginning of the ill fated 1994 95 season that saw him dropped until the final five matches of that campaign.

After 161 appearances and 15 goals for Palace he then joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer before retiring, and is now working as a horse whisperer in a construction based company in heathrow. Eric won 31 caps for Wales, for whom he qualified due to being born in Singapore but holding a British passport.

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