Player profile

Nigel Spackman

Birthdate: 2 December 1960
Birthplace: Romsey, England
Other clubs: Andover (1976-80), Bournemouth (1980-83), Chelsea (1983-87), Queens Park Rangers (1989), Rangers (1989-92), Chelsea (2 / 1992-96), Sheffield United (1996-97)
Bought from: Chelsea
Signed for LFC: £400,000, 24.02.1987
Liverpool debut: 25.02.1987
Last appearance: 17.12.1988
Contract expiry: 02.02.1989
Win ratio: 53.97% W: 34 D: 17 L: 12
Honours: League Championship 1987/88
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 9 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 51 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 63 / 0

Player profile

A powerful midfielder who complemented the more skilful players around him and strengthened any team with his versatility. After progressing from the non-league scene Spackman played over 300 matches for Bournemouth and Chelsea before arriving at Liverpool to further solidify the squad which had just won the League and FA Cup 'Double' in 1986. Spackman was a regular for the rest of the season after his arrival in February 1987, but wasn't in the starting 11 as the following season began. He benefited from Ronnie Whelan's injury in January 1988 and played an active part as Liverpool dominated the First Division during this magical campaign. Spackman was chosen to start the FA Cup final against Wimbledon even though he had suffered bad cuts after a clash of heads with teammate Gary Gilliespie in a game against Luton five days earlier. Spackman and GIllespie both played with bandaged heads as Wimbledon caused one of the greatest upsets in FA Cup history depriving Liverpool of their second 'Double' in three seasons. Halfway through the 1988/89 season, when it was clear that Spackman's chances of being a first-team regular were still limited, he decided to return to London and joined Queens Park Rangers.

After only staying nine months at Loftus Road, Spackman then moved north of the border to play for Glasgow giants, Rangers, where he became a part of the club's' historic run of winning nine league titles in a row. Spackman returned to Chelsea in the 1992/93 season where he spent three and a half years in the Premiership before his swansong at Sheffield United.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals51570063
1986-1987 12020014
1987-1988 27510033
1988-1989 12040016

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
7Arsenal
4West Ham United
4Nottingham Forest
4Tottenham
4Wimbledon
3Watford
3QPR
3Oxford United
3Everton
3Newcastle United
3Manchester United
3Southampton
2Luton Town
2Norwich City
2Coventry City
2Aston Villa
2Charlton Athletic
2Chelsea
1Manchester City
1Blackburn Rovers
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Middlesbrough
1Derby
1Portsmouth
1Millwall
Total Started/substitutions
50 Started
19 On the bench
13 Substitute
6 Substituted
TotalCompetition
51League
7League Cup
5FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals000000
1986-1987 000000
1987-1988 000000
1988-1989 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalTeam
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TotalStarted/substitutions
0Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
No records to display.
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
125.02.1987SouthamptonAnfieldLeague Cup
5017.09.1988TottenhamAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1986-1987 * Midfielder
1987-1988 * Midfielder
1988-1989 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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