Player profile

Colin Irwin

Birthdate: 9 February 1957
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Swansea City (1981-84), Perth Azurri (1984-85)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: November 1974
Liverpool debut: 25.08.1979
Last appearance: 05.05.1981
Debut goal: 01.09.1979
Last goal: 05.05.1981
Contract expiry: August 1981
Win ratio: 45.45% W: 20 D: 14 L: 10
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 29 / 3
Total LFC games/goals: 44 / 3

Player profile

Irwin proved an able deputy for Alan Hansen or Phil Thompson at the centre of defence or for Alan Kennedy at left-back. Liverpool-born Irwin came through the junior ranks at Anfield and made his League debut at home to West Bromwich Albion on 25 August 1979. A promising start continued in the next League match with a headed goal at Southampton, even though Liverpool lost 3-2. But after starting against Dinamo Tbilisi in the beginning of October, Irwin lost his place and didn't feature in the first team again until six months later. Irwin came close to making his debut a couple of years earlier when he was still a part-timer at the club, training three times a week, while still working as a cameraman technician at a Kirkby factory. The electrician was on standby for the 1977 FA Cup semi-final replay against Everton if Tommy Smith would have been ruled out with a bruised thigh. The veteran passed his fitness test and was part of a 3-0 win.

In 1980/81 Irwin only missed one match from 22 November to 28 March mainly filling in for injured Thompson. He fought valiantly in the second leg of the European Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich but had to settle for a place on the bench in the final against Real Madrid in Paris as he had been three years earlier at Wembley when Liverpool defeated Bruges in the European Cup final. When Mark Lawrenson arrived from Brighton in August 1981, Irwin was longer needed at the club and he joined John Toshack's Swansea for a club record fee of £340,000. Irwin was made captain of the Swans who had a season to remember when they finished sixth in the First Division. Irwin played 37 out of 42 League games, but unfortunately knee injuries curtailed his progress and he only made 11 appearances in the following two seasons when Swansea had been relegated. Irwin emigrated to Australia in the summer of 1984 where he featured for Perth Azurri. When Phil Neal was appointed as Bolton's player-manager in December 1985 he appointed Irwin as the new first-team coach. He remained with the club until the end of the 1986/87 season. Irwin returned later to Perth in Western Australia as a distribution manager for a wine and spirits wholesaler. 

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals29465044
1977-1978 000000
1978-1979 000000
1979-1980 8222014
1980-1981 21243030

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
4Arsenal
3Southampton
2Norwich City
2Birmingham City
2Tottenham
2Sunderland
2Aston Villa
2Dinamo Tbilisi
2CSKA Sofia
2Everton
2Wolves
2WBA
1Leicester City
1Chesterfield
1Altrincham
1Ipswich Town
1Manchester United
1Leeds United
1Middlesbrough
1Derby
1Brighton & Hove Albion
1Stoke City
1Portsmouth
1Bayern Munich
1Tranmere Rovers
1Coventry City
1Manchester City
1West Ham United
1Nottingham Forest
Total Started/substitutions
40 Started
12 On the bench
4 Substitute
1 Substituted
TotalCompetition
29League
6League Cup
5European Cup
4FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals300003
1977-1978 000000
1978-1979 000000
1979-1980 200002
1980-1981 100001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
3Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
3League
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
216-30 minutes
031-45
046-60
161-75 minutes
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
3Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
125.08.1979WBAAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
17401.09.1979SouthamptonThe DellLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1977-1978 * Defender
1978-1979 * Defender
1979-1980 * Defender
1980-1981 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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