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Alan Waddle

Alan Waddle

Birthdate: 9 June 1954
Birthplace: Wallsend, England
Other clubs:Halifax Town (1971-73), Leicester City (1977-78), Swansea City (1978-80), Newport County (1980-1981), Gloucester City (1981-82), Mansfield Town (1982), Happy Valley (1982-83), Hartlepool United (1983), Peterborough United (1983-85), Hartlepool United (2 / 1985), Swansea City (2 / 1985-86), Barry Town (1986), Al Wakrah (1986-1987), Barry Town (2 / 1987-88), Llanelli (1988), Port Talbot Athletic (1988), Maesteg Park Athletic (1988-89), Bridgend Town (1989), Llanelli (2 / 1989-93)
Bought from:Halifax Town
Signed for LFC:£40,000, 22.06.1973
Liverpool debut: 27.11.1973
Last appearance: 20.04.1977
Debut goal: 08.12.1973
Last goal: 08.12.1973
Contract expiry: 22.09.1977
Win ratio: 54.55% W:12 D:8 L:2
Honours: European Cup 1977
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 16 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 22 / 1

Player profile

A tall forward who was a deputy to John Toshack. Alan Waddle only scored once in 22 appearances but it was a memorable goal; the winner in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on 8 December 1973. Even though he was the toast of the red half of the city on the day he went unnoticed when he took a train home the same evening as he told the Liverpool Daily Post. “I’d arranged with our manager Bill Shankly before the game to have a couple of days off to go visit my father back in the North East. The media spotlight wasn’t as intense as it is now and I didn’t do any interviews after the match, I just had a quick shower and slipped away.” A solitary goal for the club was less than what was expected of him but he naturally wonders what could have been. “I ‘scored’ on my debut in front of The Kop but the goal was disallowed,” he told the Daily Post. “I remember a midweek afternoon match against Coventry when I could’ve had a hat-trick but I hit the post and the crossbar and the ball just wouldn’t go in. I sometimes think what would have happened if some of those chances had fallen for me.” 

A cousin of former England player Chris, Alan played for a lot of clubs in his career. His most prolific spell came when he scored 34 goals in 90 appearances for Swansea from 1978-1981 when Toshack's side climbed up from the Third Division to the First. He featured there alongside former Reds such as Ian Callaghan, Tommy Smith and Phil Boersma. Waddle made a surprise move to Quatar at the age of 32 and then played for several clubs in Wales, retiring in 1993. After moving to Australia in 2009 to be closer to his daughter he was appointed technical advisor of amateur Australian side Demon Knights before taking over as the club's head coach during the 2012 campaign.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 16 2 3 1 0 22
1973-1974 11 2 3 0 0 16
1974-1975 5 0 0 0 0 5
1975-1976 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976-1977 0 0 0 1 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Stoke City
2 West Ham United
2 Hull City
1 Sheffield United
1 Everton
1 Wolves
1 Leicester City
1 Burnley
1 Birmingham City
1 Doncaster Rovers
1 Zurich
1 Ipswich Town
1 Manchester United
1 Southampton
1 Norwich City
1 Coventry City
1 Newcastle United
1 Chelsea
1 Manchester City
Total Started/substitutions
16 Started
13 On the bench
6 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
16 League
3 League Cup
2 FA Cup
1 European Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 0 0 0 1
1973-1974 1 0 0 0 0 1
1974-1975 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975-1976 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976-1977 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Everton
Total Started/substitutions
1 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
1 League
Total Goal minute period
1 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
1 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 27.11.1973 Hull City Boothferry Park League Cup

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 67 08.12.1973 Everton Goodison Park League

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