Rod Wallace

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Rod Wallace
Personal information
Full name Rodney Seymour Wallace
Date of birth (1969-10-02) 2 October 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Lewisham, London, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Epsom & Ewell
(Reserve team coach)
Youth career
1986–1987 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Southampton 128 (45)
1991–1998 Leeds United 212 (53)
1998–2001 Rangers 78 (41)
2001–2002 Bolton Wanderers 19 (3)
2002–2004 Gillingham 36 (12)
Total 473 (152)
National team
1989–1991 England U21 11 (2)
1990 England B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rodney Seymour Wallace (born 2 October 1969)[1] is an English professional footballer and reserve team coach of Combined Counties Football League side Epsom & Ewell. As a player, he was a striker from 1987 to 2004.

Wallace was born in Lewisham but started his football career at Southampton in 1987 playing 128 league games scoring 45 goals. This form earned him a transfer to Leeds United where he won the First Division championship. After spending seven years at Leeds, Dick Advocaat signed him on a Bosman ruling transfer for Rangers where he scored 41 league goals and was part of the squad that won five out of six trophies in their first two seasons. After leaving Rangers in 2001 he signed for Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer for a season and then Gillingham before retiring from professional football.

Playing career[edit]


He signed for the Saints as an apprentice in 1986 along with his twin brother Ray Wallace. Elder brother Danny Wallace had already become an established member of the Southampton first team.

On 22 October 1988, his two brothers Danny and Ray lined up alongside him in the Southampton team in a match at The Dell against Sheffield Wednesday; this was the first time three brothers had played in the same team in English professional top-flight football. In his best season at Southampton, 1989-90, he scored 21 goals in all competitions. The previous season also saw his goal tally go well into double figures, as did the season after, as he formed an exciting young strikeforce with Alan Shearer and Matthew Le Tissier, which soon attracted interest from a number of bigger clubs.

The following year he played against Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland and United States for the England under-21 team.

Leeds United[edit]

Fellow top-flight team Leeds United signed him for £1.6 million in the summer of 1991, and he helped them win the old First Division championship and Charity Shield competition a year later.

He became an integral part of the Leeds squad for the next seven years and was found often playing as an out-and-out striker or in a more wide position on the flanks. In September 1992, Wallace was called up to the senior England squad for a friendly against Spain, but had to pull out because of injury.[2][3] He was never called up for international duty again.

He scored a hat-trick for Leeds on the last day of the 1992–93 season in a 3–3 draw at Coventry City.[4]

Wallace won the 1993–94 Goal of the Season competition with a mazy dribble against Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League game on 17 April 1994. His brother, Danny, had won the same award 10 seasons earlier, making them the first and, to date, only brothers to gain the accolade. Leeds finished fifth at the end of that season, repeating this finish in 1995 and 1998.[5] Wallace's contract with the Elland Road club was due to expire in the summer of 1998 and this resulted in a Bosman transfer move to Scotland to join Rangers.


Whilst North of the Border the speedy Londoner acquired a flurry of medals to add to the silverware previously won during his time in England. In his first season, he won the domestic treble, finishing as top scorer with 27 goals and scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Scottish cup final win over Celtic, the first cup final to be played at the fully renovated Hampden Park. The following season he was part of the squad that won the league and cup double. In total he made 122 appearances and scored 56 goals.[6]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

In 2001, he headed back to English football on a free transfer to link up with newly promoted Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League. He scored on his début away to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park[7] and managed to net further goals against Tottenham[8] and Blackburn again.[9] He also scored once in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest.[10] Wallace successfully helped Bolton stave off relegation, but was on the move again after rejecting new one-year contract remain at the club.[11]


In June 2002 he joined Gillingham on a two-year contract and managed to score 12 goals in his first full season at the Priestfield Stadium. His time with the Gills was blighted by a succession of injuries and at the end of the 2003–04 season he announced his retirement from professional football. The summer of 2004 saw him return to Southampton in a one-off benefit game organised for elder brother Danny who has been diagnosed with the condition Multiple sclerosis.

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2008, he was appointed as assistant manager of Kingstonian's under 18 side, before joining Molesey for season 2010–11. Wallace joined Epsom & Ewell as a reserve team coach in October 2011.[12]


Leeds United



  1. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 493. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6.
  2. ^ "Football: Pearce promoted to head a familiar cast". Independent. 1 September 1992. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Football: Ince withdrawal is withdrawn". Independent. 6 September 1992. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  4. ^ Markey, Kevin. "Hat-Trick Heroes". Leeds United Mad. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Herron, Allan (27 September 1998). "In Rod we trust! Wallace could end up the steal of the season; Football: Ranger's Rod Wallace sets himself a scoring target". The People. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Blackburn peg back Bolton". BBC. 19 September 2001. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Spurs complete comeback". BBC. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Blackburn deny Bolton". BBC. 2 March 2002. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Wallace sees off Forest". BBC. 8 October 2001. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
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  12. ^ "Rod Wallace joins Epsom & Ewell coaching team". Local Guardian. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.

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