Player profile

Terry McDermott

Birthdate: 8 December 1951
Birthplace: Kirkby, Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Bury (1967-73), Newcastle United (1973-74), Newcastle United (2 / 1982-84), Cork City (1985), APOEL (1985-87)
Bought from: Newcastle United
Signed for LFC: £175,000, 13.11.1974
International debut: 07.09.1977 vs. Switzerland
International caps: 25/3 - 02.06.1982
Liverpool debut: 16.11.1974
Last appearance: 28.09.1982
Debut goal: 08.03.1975
Last goal: 30.03.1982
Contract expiry: September 1982
Win ratio: 56.84% W: 187 D: 85 L: 57
Games/goals ratio: 4.06
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 232 / 54
Total LFC games/goals: 329 / 81

Player profile

Terry Mac was a spectacular midfield player. He needed two years to settle into the Liverpool side, but when he did, he blossomed. He scored some truly memorable goals and his wizardry in midfield was justly rewarded in 1980 when he became the first player to win the Football Writers' and Professional Footballers' Assocation's Player of the Year awards in the same season. Kirkby-born McDermott supported Liverpool as a boy but his first professional club was Bury, from where he moved to Newcastle United in February 1973. He played in 56 League matches for the Magpies and just like Alan Kennedy, played against Liverpool in the 1974 FA Cup final before moving to Anfield. McDermott returned to his native Merseyside in November 1974 when he was a few weeks short of his twenty-third birthday as one of Bob Paisley's earliest signings. Three days after his arrival McDermott played in six successive League games in place of Brian Hall, but it was a frustrating time for him as he was in and out of the team as he settled in at his new club. In 1975/76 he was selected in the starting 11 for the opening eight games but was then replaced by Hall whose place was taken by Jimmy Case later in the season. McDermott was stuck in the reserves as Liverpool captured the League title and the UEFA Cup and looked like a change of club would be the only way to resurrect his career.

McDermott's patience was wearing thin but his reward finally came in the memorable 1976/77 season when he was finally accepted not just as a good squad-player but an important member of the side itself. He started 36 games and was a firm fixture at the business end of the season when Liverpool successfully defended their title. The disappointment of again finishing on the losing side in an FA Cup final was soon forgotten as a typical run into space to collect Steve Heighway's pass saw McDermott fire the Reds ahead in the European Cup final against Gladbach. McDermott would add two more winners' medals to his collection in the world's most prestigious knock-out competition. McDermott also became a regular member of the England squad and was capped 25 times from 1977-1982. McDermott had scored eight goals for two seasons running when he reached double figures in 1979/80 and followed that with a goal-spree of 20 and 22 goals in the next couple of seasons which was outstanding for a midfielder. He credits a stunning hat-trick in only 16 minutes when Kevin Keegan returned with Hamburg for the second leg of the Super Cup on 6 December 1977 as the making of him at Liverpool. It wasn't like his goals were tap-ins either. His first goal of the 1978/79 season on 2 September 1978 was perhaps his most memorable when a sweeping move from one end of the pitch to the other saw him race 70 yards to powerfully head Steve Heighway's cross into the net for the final blow in Tottenham's 7-0 humiliation at Anfield. His long-range shooting became a feature of his game to add to his vision and tactical awareness and his chip in the replayed FA Cup semi-final with Everton in 1977 was voted "Goal of the Season" by the BBC. Another awesome strike dumped Spurs out of the FA Cup in 1980 when he took the ball over his shoulder on the right-hand corner of the penalty box and hit a volley that curved into the far top corner for the only goal of the game. Absolute magic! His runs from deep were very well timed and would often provide the finishing touch to a well-rehearsed attack.

By the start of the 1982/83 season, it was clear that McDermott would finally have to look elsewhere for first-team football and he returned to St. James' Park in September 1982. Newcastle got promoted to the First Division in the 1983/84 season and after one more season in the top-flight McDermott joined Cork City in 1985 and spent two years playing in Cyprus. He signed for Newcastle for a third time when he was appointed Kevin Keegan's assistant manager in 1992. Even when Keegan left McDermott stayed on as Kenny Dalglish's number two until he was sacked in September 1998 and Ruud Gullit took over. McDermott joined the coaching staff at Celtic in 1999 appointed by the ill-fated management-team of John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish. McDermott returned for his fourth spell at Newcastle in January 2005 as assistant to Graeme Souness. After Souness' sacking he continued to serve under managers Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and then eventually Keegan again. Once Keegan departed in September 2008 McDermott followed suit. A couple of months later McDermott became Lee Clark's assistant manager at Huddersfield Town. He was controversially dismissed along with Clark in February 2012 with the club in fourth place in League One. When Clark was appointed manager of Birmingham City in June 2012, McDermott soon followed as his assistant. Kenny Dalglish talked admiringly about McDermott in his autobiography, "My Liverpool home": "What a player Terry was, blessed with unbelievable stamina. 'You've got two pairs of lungs,' I said to Terry and I'm sure he did. Terry could run and run and his mind shifted as quickly. As a footballer, Terry was a creature of instinct and intelligence, a killer mix. If I even hinted at darting into a particular area, Terry read my mind. The ball was waiting for me, almost smiling at me. Not only could Terry see a great pass, he could deliver it. Vision and execution are qualities found in only the very best of players and Terry had those strengths. Along with his keen eye for goal, what made Terry even more special was his full-on, committed attitude. Surrender was for cowards, not for men like Terry, who'd never give up."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals2322336344329
1974-1975 15000015
1975-1976 9010010
1976-1977 26507038
1977-1978 37087153
1978-1979 37714049
1979-1980 37672153
1980-1981 40298160
1981-1982 293105148
1982-1983 200103

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
17Arsenal
16Nottingham Forest
16Ipswich Town
15Manchester United
13Leeds United
13Coventry City
13Middlesbrough
13Everton
12West Ham United
12Aston Villa
10Wolves
10Birmingham City
10Tottenham
9Manchester City
8WBA
8Norwich City
8Southampton
7Bristol City
7Stoke City
7QPR
6Brighton & Hove Albion
6Derby
6Leicester City
5Sunderland
5Chelsea
4Bolton Wanderers
4Crystal Palace
4Swansea City
4Newcastle United
3Sheffield United
3Oulu Palloseura
3Gladbach
3Exeter City
3CSKA Sofia
2Barnsley
2AZ 67 Alkmaar
2Notts County
2Southend
2Bayern Munich
2Trabzonspor
2Aberdeen
2Zurich
2Benfica
2Tranmere Rovers
2Dinamo Tbilisi
2Bradford City
2Anderlecht
2Burnley
1Wrexham
1Dundalk
1Blackburn Rovers
1Portsmouth
1Bury
1Luton Town
1Saint-Étienne
1York City
1Crusaders
1Swindon Town
1Dyn. Dresden
1Bruges
1Hamburg SV
1Flamengo
1Chesterfield
1Grimsby Town
1Altrincham
1Real Madrid
Total Started/substitutions
317 Started
32 On the bench
12 Substitute
26 Substituted

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
116.11.1974EvertonGoodison ParkLeague
5009.04.1977Manchester CityAnfieldLeague
10015.03.1978BenficaAnfieldEurope
15020.03.1979WolvesAnfieldLeague
20012.02.1980Nottingham ForestAnfieldLeague Cup
25013.12.1980Ipswich TownPortman RoadLeague
30001.12.1981ArsenalHighburyLeague Cup

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
17408.03.1975BurnleyTurf MoorLeague
503911.10.1980Ipswich TownAnfieldLeague

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Related Quotes

"I remember him going a week without alcohol so that’s good for Terry McDermott. That’s why he gets into this dream team of mine."

Alan Kennedy

"I will always remember this game. Not only because I scored two goals, but because I played a part in what I think was the greatest ever goal to be scored at Anfield. Why Terry McDermott ran 80 yards to make it seven I will never know, but that really summed up Liverpool for me."

David Johnson talking about McDermott’s goal in Liverpool’s 7-0 win over Tottenham

"Terry McDermott once got us hysterical in the dressing room, laughing at Bob Paisley’s expense. The boss had a habit of saying the word “doings” all the time. He’d refer to opposition players as “doings” instead of naming them. So Bob comes into the dressing room and starts a talk.

Terry stood behind him with a big grin on his face and every time Bob says “doings” he holds a finger up. By the time he gets to six, Terry is starting to titter and we’re trying not to laugh. Ray Kennedy is kicking me and when he gets to 10, Ray just turns and flees into the toilet, he’s in absolute fits. We were like a bunch of schoolkids."

Phil Neal

"I was 46 before I got rid of my perm. Kevin Keegan was the first to get it done, then came the two Phils, Thompson and Neal, before I followed suit. Thommo looked like Shirley Temple. I remember going to get my first perm with him in Kirkby.

Terry McDermott

"Terry’s strengths were running, passing and finishing. Along with his vision, Terry had another great quality: he was always upbeat. The banter at Liverpool was unbelievable particularly when Terry Mac was in full flow."

Kenny Dalglish on Terry McDermott

"Terry, for my money, must be one of the improved player in the country since he came into the side. As much as anyone, he has been responsible for us getting us to Wembley, to Rome and to the closing stages of the Championship. That’s how highly I rate his contributions." In the past he’d come in when someone was injured and done a good job for a few matches before, I thought, easing off and going out of the side again. What a difference now, - he just gets better and better!"

Emlyn Hughes in 1977 on Terry McDermott

"We’d talked about Lawson’s tendency to come out a long way and Terry kidded him with that chip. We all thought Terry was going to blast it until he pulled it back and floated it in. that, for me, is the hallmark of an exceptional player."

Emlyn Hughes in 1977 on Terry McDermott's great goal in the FA Cup semi-final vs. Everton on 23.04.1977

"I was in the player's lounge and the payphone rang. It was a reporter. He told me and I gave my famous quote: 'I can't believe a rag-bag like me has won a trophy like this. Look at all the players before me, like George Best, Billy Bremner and Norman Hunter, who have all won these awards but never done it in the one year."

Terry McDermott on when he became the first footballer to win the PFA and FWA awards in one season

"There were many times when I went to see Bob Paisley and slammed the door so it almost came off its hinges. On numerous occasions I told him to stick his club where he wanted it. I just felt aggrieved at times because there were days I thought I'd played well and the pop-up toaster would come up showing 8 or 11, or I never played the next game. Maybe that was just a learning curve for me, for them to say to me: 'Hey, you think you've made it. You bloody haven't'!"

Terry McDermott had a terrible first two years at Liverpool where he couldn't break into the team

"I used to enjoy my football. I used to enjoy going out at night. I enjoyed having a laugh. I enjoyed wind-ups. That was just my character. I loved having a laugh with the lads. It was just me. Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish were two of the funniest people you could wish to meet. That's probably why all gelled together and got on so well. The camaderie in the dressing room was superb and that's so important. We were by far the best team for a lot of years. When you look back at it, bloody hell, the team that we had, no wonder nobody could beat us. We knew we were the best team in the country, if not in Europe."

Terry McDermott on his Liverpool career

"Someone was injured, I think it may have been Ian Callaghan. I was moved in rather than be out wide on the right. I scored a hat-trick and I always remember John Toshack saying: 'That's your position'. I got the confidence from John Toshack saying a thing like that. He probably won't remember, but I do."

Terry McDermott says his performance in the 6-0 demolition of Hamburg in the European Super Cup was the turning point in his Liverpool career

"Off the field he was one of the biggest jokers we have had and a man who enjoyed a pint or two. But no matter how well he celebrated he was always in at training the following morning and that is all that mattered to Liverpool Football Club."

Bob Paisley on Terry McDermott

"Terry McDermott blasted in an FA Cup sixth round super-goal at White Hart Lane in March 1980. Ossie Ardiles made the mistake of presenting Terry with the ball and before Barry Daines could blink, Terry’s shot was in the net. March was really Terry Mac’s month. He wrapped it up by winning the PFA Players’ Player award, and deservedly."

Kenny Dalglish recalls the high point of Terry McDermott's career

"I've never come across so much hatred and unrest over one person. I have experienced it from the inside, and it's across the board. What I've been told, not by players and coaches, but by people who have been at United for 30 and 40 years, hardly made for harmony. They've begged me not to let this guy back into the club. I've no axe to grind with Craig Bellamy. I've never met him and he's done me no personal harm. But, in the six days I've been here, what I've heard from many sources means I don't want to meet the guy. Some of the things said by him, not just last week but throughout his period here, have been disgraceful. I know about the voicemail message he sent because I was playing golf with Alan [Shearer] when he received it. That message alone should mean Bellamy never plays here again.

Former assistant manager at Newcastle Terry McDermott on Craig Bellamy’s legacy at Newcastle

"I'm not one of these people who like the adulation. I'd sooner be in the background. Even when I won the Player of the year in 80 I never turned up. I never went down to London to get it from the sportswriters. I think I am the only one who has ever done that. I'm not proud of that. I'm so proud now when I see it. I actually won that award. At that time that wasn't me. I'd sooner go on have a pint and a pie in the pub rather than go to a big function like that. That's no disrepect to anybody, that's just way I was and still am like that now. I don't go to any functions with the former players because I don't like the adulation. People might think that´s strange, because he's an outgoing fellow, but that's just the way I am."

The unique Terry Mac

"Who voted for that by the way? Some of the players who got in front of me.. I thought... Stevie Wonder must have voted. Just to be in the top 100... Things like that don't bother me. I get wound up by the guys at Newcastle, 'You're only 37, we thought you were a good player.' To be in the top 37 at Liverpool, I'm very proud of that... Maybe I should have been number 20, not 37."

Terry Mac on being voted number 37 in the 100 players who shook the Kop.

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1974-1975 * Midfielder
1975-1976 * Midfielder
1976-1977 * Midfielder
1977-1978 * Midfielder
1978-1979 * Midfielder
1979-1980 * Midfielder
1980-1981 * Midfielder
1981-1982 * Midfielder
1982-1983 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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