Andy Wilkinson

Andrew Gordon "Andy" Wilkinson (born 6 August 1984) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Stoke City. Wilkinson joined Stoke City's academy from his local club Stone Dominoes and made his professional debut in October 2001. Since then Wilkinson has gradually worked his way into the first team and after four loan moves and a number of injury problems had restricted his career. He broke into the side during the 2007–08 season in which Stoke were promoted to the Premier League. He has since established himself as a fans favourite due to his committed and passionate performances at right back. Wilkinson was born in Stone, Staffordshire, and is a graduate from Stoke City's youth academy. In 2001 he signed his first professional contract with the club. He made his Stoke City debut on 16 October 2001 in a Football League Trophy match against Blackpool, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute for Clive Clarke. His influence on the first-team may have been greater had it not have been for some unfortunate injuries which ruled him out for the entire 2002–03 season. He had to wait until the 2003–04 season season to start playing again, starting the League Cup first-round tie...

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