Not a lot of football fans nowadays recognise the name Des Walker, but for those who have lived and witnessed Walker’s incredible defensive skills, Walker was one of England’s icons – a defender who relied not just on his strength but also on his speed, able to chase and mark any player. He was so good, it had become a maxim that “You’ll never beat Des Walker”.
Desmond Sinclair Walker started his footballing career with Nottingham Forest, having climbed through the youth ranks to eventually make it to the first team in 1984. It was with Forest that he would win a place in the PFA First Division Team of the Year for four consecutive years from 1989 to his last season at the club in 1992.
He also had impressive stints with Sampdoria and Sheffield Wednesday. He would, however, eventually return for his boyhood club in 2002, where he played for three more seasons until his retirement at the age of 38.
Goals Scored: 1
Total Appearances: 671
Clubs Played For: Nottingham Forest, Sampdoria, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest