Player profile

Colin Irwin

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
Honours: League Cup 1981; European Cup 1978, 1981
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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 29 4 6 5 0 44
1977-1978 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978-1979 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979-1980 8 2 2 2 0 14
1980-1981 21 2 4 3 0 30

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 3 0 0 0 0 3
1977-1978 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978-1979 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979-1980 2 0 0 0 0 2
1980-1981 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Middlesbrough
1 Derby
1 Southampton
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
3 League
Total Goal minute period
2 16-30 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
3 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 25.08.1979 WBA Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 74 01.09.1979 Southampton The Dell League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Swansea City 1981-1982 England First Division 37 0 40 1
Swansea City 1982-1983 England First Division 8 0 8 0
Swansea City 1983-1984 England Second Division 3 0 3 0
Perth Azurri 1984-1985 Australia N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 48 0 51 1
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