10 Nov 2020

TONY WAITERS: FEBRUARY 1937 - NOVEMBER 2020

The LMA is deeply saddened following the death of Tony Waiters, at the age of 83.

A hugely talented goalkeeper, Tony began his professional career at Blackpool, making over 250 appearances. He won five England caps in 1964 under Sir Alf Ramsey. In 1967, Tony retired and took up a coaching role with the Football Association before moving to Burnley. In 1970, an injury to Burnley's goalkeeper resulted in Tony coming out of retirement and making another 40 appearances. He finally retired from playing in 1972.

Tony began his career in management with Plymouth Argyle between 1972 and 1977, leading the club to the Third Division championship and promotion in 1975. He later led the Vancouver Whitecaps to an NASL championship in 1979 and managed the Canada national team who qualified for the 1986 World Cup finals, their only time in the finals.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Tony had two football passions, playing the game and coaching. He was one of the early champions of coach education who, despite his prowess, went about his passion for the game’s development with great modesty and dignity. 

He was an excellent club and international goalkeeper, a successful manager with Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada, and had a huge influence on coach education in Canada for many years.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “This is a very sad loss to the game and to everyone who knew Tony. The LMA offers its sincerest condolences to all of Tony’s family and friends.”