Tony Waiters

Tony Waiters played for Redcar Albion and England

There are very few players with a connection to Redcar to have had a career like Tony Waiters. Born in Southport, Waiters found himself in the North East whilst stationed there with the RAF. Originally a centre half, it was here that he took up goalkeeping. In his search for competitive football, he joined Redcar Albion in the 1950s where he competed in the Ellis Cup.

His talents were spotted by Bishop Auckland and he spent the 1957/58 season in the Northern League. He moved to Macclesfield the following season, signing a professional contract with Blackpool in 1959. He made 257 league appearances with The Tangerines, during which time he gained his highest honour. Alf Ramsey called Waiters up to the England squad in 1964, where he made a total of five appearances. He was in Ramsey’s 40-man list for the 1966 World Cup, but sadly didn’t make the final cut.

Waiters ended his career at Burnley, choosing to take up a managerial role instead. He coached the England youth team, then gained promotion with Plymouth in 1975. He then moved to Canada, taking charge of Vancouver Whitecaps and leading them to victory in the 1979 NASL.

His managerial success earned him the honour of taking charge of Canada’s national side in 1981. He helped The Maple Leafs reach the quarter finals of the 1984 Olympics and took them to the 1986 World Cup. He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001.

See also

Redcar Albion