Willie Waddell

Willie Waddell
Willie Waddell
League 84
FAI Cup 32
Totals 116
Date Of Birth: April 16 1950
Place Of Birth: Scotland
Total Appearances: 11
Total Goals: 6
Position: F
Nationality: SCO
Debut: 6-Jan-74, League, (h) Athlone Town, 1-1


A 9-match winless run in November and December 1973, that yielded just 5 goals, had killed any real hopes of League success for new manager John Smith. The signing of Willie Waddell in January 1974 was the last throw of the dice. And it nearly paid off.

The goals began to flow and Willie only experienced defeat in two of his Dundalk games—unfortunately one of them was a 4-0 FAI Cup replay mauling against Bohemians. Defeating Bohs a few days later in the League was no consolation nor did Willie’s record of 6 goals in 11 starts save him. A week after the Cup loss he departed.

A Scottish Schoolboy International, he had been apprenticed to Leeds United as a 17 year-old, and had returned to Scotland for two years, making 32 appearances with Kilmarnock before signing for Barnsley in July 1971. He also had spells with Hartlepool United and a loan period with Workington Town before arriving at Oriel Park, after a busy 2-season English League record of 69 games and 13 goals.

Could be brilliant at times bur didn’t deliver often enough. After his Dundalk stint he ended up playing in South Africa with a number of clubs including Durban City, Durban United, Highlands Park, Maritzburg and Suburbs United.