Player profile

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

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals16231022
1973-1974 11230016
1974-1975 500005
1975-1976 000000
1976-1977 000101

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals100001
1973-1974 100001
1974-1975 000000
1975-1976 000000
1976-1977 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalTeam
1 Everton
TotalStarted/substitutions
1Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
1League
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
161-75 minutes
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
1Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
127.11.1973Hull CityBoothferry ParkLeague Cup

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
16708.12.1973EvertonGoodison ParkLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1973-1974 * Striker
1974-1975 * Striker
1975-1976 * Striker
1976-1977 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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