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Sam Walker
Full nameSamuel Colin Walker
NationalityEng England
Rovers apps (goals)a11 (0)
PositionGoalkeeper
Date of birth2 October 1991
in Gravesend
Height6 ft 6 in
Joined
14 August 2012 from Chelsea (loan)
Left
2 January 2013 to join Chelsea
Senior clubs
Chelsea
Barnet
Northampton Town
Yeovil Town
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 11/01/2013

Goalkeeper Sam Walker joined Rovers on a 5-month loan deal from Chelsea at the beginning of the 2012–13 season. He was brought in as a stand-in for injured keeper Scott Bevan, who was recovering from surgery, as manager Mark McGhee felt that reserve goalie Conor Gough was not yet experienced enough to take on the role of first team regular.

Due to the high number of goals conceded in the early part of the season, Sam found himself benched and Neil Etheridge was brought in on loan from Fulham to replace him. When Etheridge's loan expired Walker was back in the starting lineup, but was again dropped for the final game of his loan spell when experienced 'keeper Steve Mildenhall joined on loan from Millwall.

He returned to his parent club having played eleven times in League Two and once each in the FA Cup, League Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

CareerEdit

After initially being part of the Millwall youth setup, he joined Chelsea in 2007, signing his first professional contract three years later.

After playing regularly for Chelsea's reserves, he made his debut in senior football while on loan at Barnet at the tail end of the 2010–11 season, eventually going on to play seven times for them. The following campaign saw him loaned out twice more, to Northampton Town for the first half of the season, where he made 21 league appearances, then to Yeovil Town, where he played a further 20 games.

He signed for Rovers in the summer of 2012.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2010–11Chelsea 00
2010–11Barnet (loan)70
2011–12Chelsea 00
2011–12Northampton Town (loan)210
2011–12Yeovil Town (loan)200
2012–13Bristol Rovers (loan)110


Record against RoversEdit

Sam has played against Bristol Rovers just once in his career, when he was in the Northampton Town side that lost 2–1 at the Memorial Stadium in August 2011.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
16 August 2011Northampton TownMemorial Stadium2–1 to Rovers

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