Full name Derek James Statham
Date of birth 24 March 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England
Playing position Full-back
picture card by Paninni
West Bromwich Albion
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1987 West Bromwich Albion 373 (11)
1987–1989 Southampton 64 (2)
1989–1991 Stoke City 49 (1)
1991–1993 Walsall 58 (0)
1993–1994 Telford United 34 (0)
Total 488 (11)
1977–1982 England U21 6 (0)
1983 England 3 (0)
Derek James Statham (born 24 March 1959) is a former English footballer who played at defensive left-back. He played for West Bromwich Albion (373), Southampton(64), Stoke City (49) and Walsall (58).
Statham won three international caps for England in 1983 under the management of Bobby Robson.
Statham was born in Wolverhampton and began his career with West Bromwich Albion where he earned a reputation as a solid, classy defender with excellent passing ability. He made over 330 league and cup appearances for West Brom, playing for several years alongside Bryan Robson and the ‘Three Degrees’ of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in an impressive side assembled by Ron Atkinson. In total Statham spent 12 years at the Hawthorns making 373 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals in all helped Albion win the FA youth cup in 1976 and qualify for the UEFA Cup in 1978, 1979 and 1981.
Statham left West Brom for Southampton in 1987 the fee being in the region of £200,000, playing alongside a young Alan Shearer (in his first professional season) and Matthew Le Tissier, and was an immediate success winning the club’s player of the season award for 1987–88. He stayed at Southampton for the 1988–89 season before joining Stoke City (75,000 + £25,000 if he played 40 games) in August 1989. He played 21 times for Stoke in 1989–90 as the team suffered relegation to the Third Division. He played in 28 games in 1990–91 before being released at the end of the season.
He joined Walsall on a free transfer, where he played his final professional game in the 1992–93 season. His last team were semi-professional side Telford United in the English Football Conference, where he was a mainstay for the 1993–94 season.
In 2004 he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion’s 16 greatest ever players, in a poll organised as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.