Alan Waddle

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Alan Waddle
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-06-09) 9 June 1954 (age 66)
Place of birth Wallsend, England
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Wallsend Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Halifax Town 39 (4)
1973–1977 Liverpool 16 (1)
1977–1978 Leicester City 11 (1)
1978–1980 Swansea City 90 (34)
1980–1982 Newport County 27 (8)
1982 Gloucester City
1982 Mansfield Town 14 (4)
1982–1983 Happy Valley
1983 Hartlepool United 12 (2)
1983–1985 Peterborough United 36 (12)
1985 Hartlepool United 4 (0)
1985 Palloiluseura Apollo 10 (4)
1985–1986 Swansea City 40 (10)
1986 Barry Town
1986 Al Wakrah
1986–1987 Barry Town
1987–1988 Llanelli
1988–1989 Port Talbot Town
1989 Maesteg Park
1989 Bridgend Town
1989–1993 Llanelli
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alan Waddle (born 9 June 1954) is an English former footballer who played as a striker. Waddle began his career with Halifax Town, signing professional forms in October 1971. He made 22 League appearances and scored the crucial goal in the last match of the 1972–73 season at Walsall enabling Halifax Town to avoid relegation from the old Third Division. In June 1973 Waddle was signed by Liverpool manager Bill Shankly and netted his only goal for the Reds in a 1–0 win over rivals Everton in December 1973. Waddle made 22 appearances for the club but he lost his place in 1975, and only played one game in his remaining two years, although he did play in the home leg of the team's victory over FC Zürich in the 1977 European Cup semi-final, and made it onto the bench for the 1977 European Cup Final, before leaving that summer. He spent a year at Leicester City before moving on to Swansea City, where he had his most productive spell, working under manager John Toshack, the player he had understudied at Liverpool. In December 1980 Waddle joined Newport County for a fee of £80,000, a club record for Newport. He went on to have a much-travelled career, which included two returns to Swansea (one as commercial operations manager), and spells in Finland,[1] Hong Kong and Qatar. He is a cousin of Chris Waddle, the former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder.


  1. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1986. Suomen Palloliitto. 1986. p. 162. ISBN 951-9392-12-2.

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