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Che Wilson

Norwich Career: 1997-2000 (25 appearances)
Current Club: Richmond Athletic (New Zealand)
Date of Birth: 17/01/1979
Nationality: English


Another youth team graduate who played in the successful youth side of 1996/97. Originally regarded as a full back, Che has played as sweeper and in midfield for both the youths and the reserves. He played in 29 of the Reserves' 34 Avon Insurance Combination matches in 1997/98.

Che broke through into the first team at the end of 1998 and ended the season with 17 appearances. Having made only 8 appearances in the 1999/2000 campaign, Che was released by Norwich on Thursday 27th April 2000 in Bryan Hamilton's restructuring of the club in his own image. Che played a trial game for Cambridge United soon after being released. Bristol Rovers also invited him to make an appearance for their Reserves against Gillingham whilst West Brom's manager Gary Megson tried to contact him. Cheltenham were also interested and Che played for their Reserves in a 3-2 victory over Worcester City in early May 2000.

On 8th July 2000, Che signed a one year contract with Bristol Rovers despite competition from Luton. Bristol Rovers were relegated to Division Three on 2nd May 2001 and they did not perform well in the lower division. Che was surprisingly released by new Rovers manager Ray Graydon on 26th April 2002. Within weeks, he had been linked with Rob Newman's Southend United

Che resurfaced on the opening day of the 2002/03 Dr Martens season coming on as substitute for Cambridge City in their 3-1 defeat at home to Newport County on 17th August 2002. Che had a trial with Cheltenham at the end of August 2002 but was not taken on. As such, he signed an extended contract with Cambridge City in November 2002.

Che had a trial with Exeter but their financial situation meant they could not sign him. Cambridge City announced in June 2003 that Che would be joining Southend United for pre-season training at the end of June 2003. This went well and on July 23rd, Che was offered a one year contract by the Essex side which he accepted, passed the medical and thus returned to the professional game.

In June 2004, Che was linked with a move to Norwegian side Viking but revealed that he was only visiting his friend Erik Fuglestad

Che was in the Southend team that won the League Two play-off finals at the Millennium Stadium against Lincoln City on 28th May 2005.

Che was loaned to Brentford on 15th January 2007. Returning to Roots Hall, he was loaned out again on 22nd March 2007 to Rotherham where he joined former Canaries Mark Robins & Craig Fleming plus loanees Ian Henderson and Rossi Jarvis.

Following Southend's play-off defeat by Doncaster in May 2008, five Southend players (Kevin Maher, Lewis Hunt, Che Wilson, Tommy Black and Steve Collis) were released . Two serious Achilles injuries forced the defender to retire at the age of 30.

Rather than get down about his misfortune, he studied for a sports science degree at Anglia Ruskin University, and has completed his Uefa B coaching badge. He is also the coach of the Cambridge University first and second teams, who play in the British Universities and College competition.

In July 2011, he joined New Zealand side Richmond Athletic, his short-term contract with them arranged by former City apprentice Joe Green.

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