b. Hanley 9 December 1946
Debut 27 December 1976 (30y 18d) Final Game 12 January 1977 (30y 34d)
First Goal 1 January 1977
CAREER: Wellington Road School;Port Vale Sep'64 (app May'62);Blackpool Aug'67[190+6-21];Bury Feb'72 (loan);Blackburn Rovers Dec'76 (loan);Port Vale Feb'77;Portland Timbers (USA) Apr'77;Halifax Town Sep'77-Jun'78;Lancaster City ‘78.
FL 3 apps 1 gl 1 ns
FAC 2 apps
Total 5 apps 1 gl 1 ns
Although a schoolboy goalkeeper, he was converted into a defender, able to play at centre back or midfield. This versatility enabled him to carve a career at Blackpool where he had to contend with Peter Suddaby, Glyn James and Paul Hart. He was at his best paired with Suddaby, the pair starring in the Anglo-Italian tournament final victory against Bologna. Bob Stokoe was of the opinion that he lacked the aggression to be a top class player but there was no sign of this in his brief loan spell at Ewood Park where he contributed an unexpected goal. After playing in America he became landlord of the Blackpool Supporters’ Club, "The Bull" in Burscough and then ran the “Birley Arms” in Warton, before moving to the Wrea Green Institute.