Who is Tony Waiters? Tony Waiters Bio/Wiki
Anthony Keith Waiters was an international football goalkeeper from England and head coach of the Canadian national football team (manager). He was born on 1 February 1937 in Southport, England.
When Canada qualified for the 1986 World Cup finals, their only time in the finals, Waiters, who managed the Vancouver Whitecaps to the NASL championship, was in charge.
On 10 November 2020, he died. He was 83 years old.
TONY WAITERS | Burnley Football Club is saddened to hear of the death of former England and Clarets’ goalkeeper Tony Waiters, at the age of 83. The thoughts of everyone at Turf Moor are with his family and friends. RIP. pic.twitter.com/vO2ee7GHmC
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) November 10, 2020
He was 83 years old.
Waiters started his career with the Northern League club, Bishop Auckland, as an amateur, moving in 1958 to Macclesfield Town. While at Loughborough College, he was capped as an England Amateur in May 1959.
In schoolboy football, he played center-half and took up goalkeeping while serving in the RAF.
He was spotted by Blackpool manager Ron Suart the same year and signed to replace the aging George Farm. He turned professional, playing for Blackpool over 250 times.
In 1964, as Alf Ramsey found a substitute for Gordon Banks with the 1966 World Cup imminent, he won five England caps. While selected in Ramsey’s initial squad of 40, Waiters was ultimately not selected for the final 22.
In 1970, an injury to Peter Mellor, Burnley’s goalkeeper, led to Waiters’ retirement. He eventually retired in 1972 after making another 40 appearances.
As Blackpool was relegated from the First Division, Waiters retired in 1967. Taking up coaching, he worked as a regional coach for the Football Association and for the youth development program in Liverpool before moving to Burnley.
Waiters continued to mentor kids and young adults, encouraging them to achieve their soccer ambitions and to mold future players.
He was named as the first Director of the Goalkeeping Institute of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), stepping down in 2006. He remained a coach of the NSCAA and U.S. National Staff Football.
At the age of 83, former promotion-winning Plymouth Argyle manager Tony Waiters died.
We’re sad to learn that Tony Waiters, who won five caps for the #ThreeLions in 1964, has died at the age of 83.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with Tony’s family, friends and former clubs. pic.twitter.com/Y4VBrXUtti
— England (@England) November 10, 2020
We are saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Tony Waiters. Sending lots of love and best wishes to his family, friends and fans 💚 pic.twitter.com/uMpN7xtMPZ
— Green Taverners (@greentaverners) November 10, 2020
Very sad news that former Blackpool and England goalkeeper Tony Waiters has passed away at the age of 83. RIP Tony pic.twitter.com/xhvhApev2C
— Gary Lawrence (@garythegooner56) November 10, 2020