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Wayne Carlisle
Nationality:Nir
Rovers apps (gls)1:71 (14)
Date of birth:9 September 1979
Place of birth:Lisburn
Height:5 ft 7 in
Position:Midfielder
Date joined:March 2002
Joined from:Crystal Palace
Date left:June 2004
1 League appearances and goals only.

Wayne Carlisle is a midfielder who joined Rovers on a free transfer from Crystal Palace at the tail end of the 2001-02 season. He was the final signing made by then-manager Garry Thompson prior to his sacking in April 2002, and he remained at the club for two full seasons, until the end of the 2003-04 campaign.

He was immediately brought into the starting eleven after signing for the Pirates, but his debut went badly when he was dismissed after 63 minutes of Rovers' 1–0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle on 30 March 2002. He played in all four of the remaining five games that season in which he was eligible to play, with him being suspended from one of them for his red card. The following season, 2002-03, Carlisle was an almost permanent fixture in the Rovers starting eleven, playing in 41 of Rovers 46 league games and scoring seven goals.

During the 2003-04 season, Rovers found themselves in financial difficulties, and Wayne was placed on the transfer list in December 2003. He played his last game for Rovers in February 2004, and was released from the club on expiry of his contract that summer.

Wayne has never been capped by the Northern Ireland senior side, but has a number of representative honours to his name. He was capped nine times by the under-21 side, scoring once, and has also played in a 'B' international for the country. He has also represented Northern Ireland at youth and schoolboy level.

CareerEdit

Wayne began his footballing career in England as a trainee with Crystal Palace. He spent five years as a senior player with Palace, making 46 league appearances and scoring three times, before being loaned to Swindon Town in 2001 and then joining Rovers on a free transfer.

After leaving the Pirates, Wayne joined Leyton Orient, where he signed a two-year contract. He found himself surplus to requirements at the Os, and he was transferred to Exeter City in January 2006. He was released by Exeter at the end of the season, but a change in management at the club saw him get a second chance with the Grecians, where he stayed until the summer of 2008, at which time Exeter had won promotion into the Football League from the Conference. Carlisle opted against a return to league football, and instead signed for Torquay United, the side which he had helped knock out of the Conference play-offs the previous season by scoring two goals against them in the semi-finals.

He and teammate Danny Senda were both released by Torquay in December 2010. Senda went on to join The Gas for the end of the 2010–11 season, while Carlisle joined wealthy Southern League side Truro City, where he played alongside former Rovers players Barry Hayles and Alex Jeannin. He lasted only a month with the Cornish side however, leaving at the end of March 2011 stating that he felt he could no longer "give it 100%".

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1996–97Crystal Palace 00
1997–98Crystal Palace 00
1998–99Crystal Palace 60
1999–00Crystal Palace 263
2000–01Crystal Palace 140
2001–02Crystal Palace 00
2001–02Swindon Town (loan)112
2001–02Bristol Rovers 50
2002–03Bristol Rovers 417
2003–04Bristol Rovers 257
2004–05Leyton Orient 283
2005–06Leyton Orient 120
2005–06Exeter City 61
2006–07Exeter City 245
2007–08Exeter City 324
2008–09Torquay United 378
2009–10Torquay United 242
2010–11Torquay United 100
2010–11Truro City ??

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