Player profile

Tony Hateley

Birthdate: 13 June 1941
Birthplace: Derby, England
Other clubs: Notts County (1956-63), Aston Villa (1963-66), Chelsea (1966-67), Coventry City (1968-69), Birmingham City (1969-70), Notts County (2 / 1970-72), Oldham Athletic (1972-74), Boston Minutemen (1974), Bromsgrove Rovers (1974-75), Barrow (1976), Prescot Town (1976-78), Keyworth United (1978-79)
Bought from: Chelsea
Signed for LFC: £96,000, 05.07.1967
Liverpool debut: 19.08.1967
Last appearance: 31.08.1968
Debut goal: 26.08.1967
Last goal: 24.08.1968
Contract expiry: 19.09.1968
Win ratio: 48.21% W: 27 D: 15 L: 14
Games/goals ratio: 2
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 9 / 5
LFC league games/goals: 42 / 17
Total LFC games/goals: 56 / 28

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Liverpool paid Chelsea a club record fee of £96,000 to secure the services of this powerful towering centre-forward. Hateley had already scored over 150 League goals for Notts County, Aston Villa and Chelsea when he arrived at Anfield as a 26-year-old and looked like he had the best years of his career ahead of him. His main strength was his heading and he was somewhat lacking in the technical department as Tommy Docherty, his boss at Chelsea, put it so eloquently: "Hateley’s passes should be labelled ‘To whom it may concern’ and ‘This boy can trap a ball further than I could kick it.’" He scored a hat-trick in only his third League match for the Reds and missed only four first division fixtures during his debut season, netting 16 times in all. He added another eight goals as Liverpool reached the FA Cup quarter-final stage, including four in one game as Walsall were thrashed 5-2 in a fourth round replay on Merseyside. Three goals in Europe meant he had scored no less than 27 goals in his first season!

Hateley never managed to repeat the success of that first season and his career at Anfield was to be only a brief one. He was substituted at Leeds on the last day of August 1968 and was never to pull on the famous red shirt again. Liverpool's pass-and-move style did not seem to suit Hateley's game and only 15 months after his arrival he was on the move. Shankly bought Alun Evans and the youngster from the West Midlands took over the No. 9 shirt. Tommy Smith, his former teammate, revealed why Hateley was sold despite his impressive goal tally: "Tony was a nice fella and a good player in the right team. However, his arrival changed our style of play. From being a passing team, we suddenly started launching the long ball up to the big man. It is not something you plan. It’s just that a centre-forward who is good in the air becomes a magnet for the long, high ball." Hateley never regained the spark that had made him such an asset and he drifted down the Football League. He had though a happy return to his first club, Notts County,  in the 1970/71 season when he scored 22 goals in 29 games as the fourth division title was won. Tony, who is the father of former England international, Mark, played for 12 clubs in his career and scored 209 goals in 429 League appearances.

Tony passed away on 1 February 2014, 72 years of age.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals42725056
1967-1968 38725052
1968-1969 400004

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Tottenham
3Stoke City
3Sunderland
3Leeds United
3Everton
3WBA
2Burnley
2Arsenal
2Fulham
2Wolves
2Bolton Wanderers
2Leicester City
2Manchester United
2Coventry City
2Newcastle United
2Walsall
2Chelsea
2Manchester City
2West Ham United
2Nottingham Forest
2Malmo
2TSV Munich
1Ferencvaros
1Bournemouth
1Sheffield United
1Southampton
1Sheffield Wednesday
Total Started/substitutions
56 Started
1 On the bench
Substitute
5 Substituted
TotalCompetition
42League
7FA Cup
5European Fairs Cup
2League Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals17803028
1967-1968 16803027
1968-1969 100001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
28Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
17League
8FA Cup
3European Fairs Cup
TotalGoal minute period
51-15 minutes
216-30 minutes
731-45 minutes
546-60 minutes
561-75 minutes
476-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
28Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
119.08.1967Manchester CityMaine RoadLeague
5004.05.1968Leeds UnitedElland RoadLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
1826.08.1967Newcastle UnitedAnfieldLeague

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Related Quotes

In the days when rail travel to London took over three hours Bill Shankly spent all the time telling me how we'd reap a harvest from Tony Hateley's heading abilities. 'With Hateley nodding them in at one post and Ron Yeats on the other post we'll net a hatful', he kept telling me. What happened? On his debut Hateley did score with his head, but through his own goal!"

Peter Robinson recalling Liverpool's transfer negotiations with Tony Hateley. His own goal was actually in his fourth game, but why ruin a good story?

"Tony was a nice fella and a good player in the right team. However, his arrival changed our style of play. From being a passing team, we suddenly started launching the long ball up to the big man. It is not something you plan. It’s just that a centre-forward who is good in the air becomes a magnet for the long, high ball."

Tommy Smith on Tony Hateley

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1967-1968 * Striker
1968-1969 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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