alton thelwell - fact file

1997 - 2000            defender


Born on 5th September 1980 in Islington, London, England.

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Young Spurs defender who had broken into the first team squad in season 1998-1999, because of the injury problems in the middle of the back four. Has previously been a regular performer in the Premier Youth side and is highly rated; some say the next Sol Campbell !! This may spring from the fact that he plays the same position and comes from the same part of London. There are big hopes for him as he has leapt ahead of others and could be a useful addition to the squad for many years to come.

An injury victim last season saw him rebuild  in the reserves.  His debut at home to Liverpool in November 2000 showed him to be a competent and hard working addition to the squad.  He has performed with a great sense of purpose and had very long run in the side through the 2000-2001 season because of injuries to others.  Looks good enough to be a useful member of the team, but when everyone is fit, he could be pushed down the pecking order.

Injuries again caused him to miss out large chunks of the 2001-02 season, but he did become captain of the reserves during this time.  Another summer injury made him miss out on the opening games of the 2002-03 season, but he could be a useful squad member.

Alton needed to improve his distribution and also to be more comfortable on the ball and it was hoped that working under Glenn Hoddle would help him develop these aspects of his game.  However, he did not feature in the first team in 2002-03 after a run of injuries and although he played in the reserves, he looked nervous and the club released him at the end of that season.  Second Division Hull City, managed by former England Under-21 boss Peter Taylor who knew Alton from that team, picked him up on a free transfer.

Once more, he was unfortunately hit by injury in his time at the Yorkshire club and he moved to Leyton Orient on a free transfer in January 2007.

Served the O's for two seasons, in which he had some injuries, but left the club in May 2009 and played Essex Senior League football with APSA London to keep fit, before signing for Newport County and then Kettering Town.


Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (trainee) 27th January 1997        
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) ??   19th November 2000 v Liverpool (Home) Won 2-1 13 + 8 as a sub 0
IFK Hassleholm (Sweden) Summer 2000 Loan      
Hull City 12th June 2000 Free   32 + 7 as a sub 1
Leyton Orient January 2007 Free   23 + 2 as a sub 1
APSA London July  2009 Free   - -
Newport County October 2009 Free   - -
Kettering Town 1st December 2009 Free   - -

England international
0 full caps;  0 goals
1 Under-21 cap; 0 goals


What they said about Alton Thelwell
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What Alton Thelwell said about ...
getting over his injury late in 1999-2000 ...  21.10.2000 (THFC programme)

"I spent two months over in Sweden (on loan at IFK Hasselholm) and really enjoyed my time there.  I managed to get games under my belt and the injury was fine, so I returned fit and ready for the new season.

It was a very different way of life, much more laid back than it is here and there was no pressure on the team.  We had a young side which made it easier for me to settle in and because they were part-time players and had jobs during the day, we didn't start training until five o'clock each evening."

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