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Stuart Walker (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameStuart Walker
Date of birth9 January 1951(age 65)
Place of birthGarforth, England
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubAston Villa (physiotherapist)

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Stuart Walker (born 9 January 1951 in Garforth) is an English former professional football goalkeeper and is currently a physiotherapist at Aston Villa.

Walker began his football career as an apprentice with Leeds United, but joined York City in August 1975 from non-league Tadcaster Albion, making his debut in the 1976-77 season. He played just two league games for York before injury ended his professional career and he returned to non-league football with Marine.

Walker initially worked in Rugby League with Leeds and was Castleford's physio when they played on the 1985 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. He then returned to football and became physio at Sunderland. In July 1998 he was awarded a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Salford while working as the physio at Chester City.

He became physio at Aston Villa under manager John Gregory and after a spell as Shrewsbury Town physio also worked under Gregory with Derby County. He left Derby under a cloud after being suspended along with Gregory and assistant manager Ross McLaren in March 2003.

He subsequently returned to Aston Villa as physio and following the departure of manager David O'Leary Walker was temporarily one of Villa's first team coaches under caretaker manager Roy Aitken.




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