Ian Griffiths

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Ian Griffiths
Personal information
Full name Ian James Griffiths[1]
Date of birth (1960-04-17) 17 April 1960 (age 54)[1]
Place of birth Birkenhead, England[1]
Playing position Left-winger
Youth career
Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Tranmere Rovers 116 (5)
1983–1984 Rochdale 41 (5)
1984–1985 Port Vale 12 (0)
1985–1988 Wigan Athletic 82 (7)
1988–1990 Mazda Hiroshima
1990–1991 Wigan Athletic 12 (0)
1991–1992 Wrexham[2] 14 (0)
Total 277+ (17+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian James Griffiths (born 17 April 1960) is an English former footballer who played for Tranmere Rovers, Rochdale, Port Vale, Wigan Athletic, Mazda Hiroshima, and Wrexham. A winger, he scored 17 goals in 277 league games in the Football League between 1978 and 1992. He spent most of his career in the Third Division and Fourth Division, though did manage to win a league title in Japan and also appeared in the 1991 Welsh Cup Final.

Playing career[edit]

Griffiths began his career with John King's Tranmere Rovers, who were relegated out of the Third Division at the end of the 1978–79 season. Rovers finished 15th in the Fourth Division in 1979–80, before slipping into the re-election zone in 1980–81 under the stewardship of new manager Bryan Hamilton. They rose up to 11th in 1981–82, but ended the 1982–83 season just one point and one place above the re-election zone. He scored five goals in 116 league games in his five-year stay at Prenton Park. He then spent the 1983–84 campaign with Rochdale, and scored five goals in 41 league games for Jimmy Greenhoff's "Dale" in what turned out to be a brief stay at Spotland. He joined Fourth Division side Port Vale on trial in October 1984.[1] He scored on his full debut at Vale Park, in a 4–1 win over Scunthorpe United in a second round FA Cup game on 7 December 1984.[1] He enjoyed fairly regular first team action, but suffered a bizarre injury on 5 February 1985; trapping a finger in the toilet door of the team coach which required a skin graft.[1] The following month he damaged his knee ligaments and never played for the club again.[1] He played only 12 league and three cup games and was released at the end of the 1984–85 season by "Valiants" manager John Rudge.[1]

He re-joined former boss Bryan Hamilton at Third Division Wigan Athletic, who went on to finish the 1985–86 season one point and one place outside the promotion places. New boss Ray Mathias led the club to a fourth place finish in 1986–87, which earned the "Latics" a place in the newly created play-offs, though they were beaten by Swindon Town in the two-legged semi-finals. Wigan only managed a seventh place finish in 1987–88, and missed out on the play-offs by a three-point margin. Griffiths scored seven goals in 82 league games during his first spell at Springfield Park. He then took off to Japan to spent two seasons with JSL side Mazda Hiroshima. Playing under former Japan international Kazuo Imanishi, Mazda finished as Second Division (West) champions in 1988–89 and then finished third in the amalgamated Second Division in 1989–90, just two points behind promoted Toyota Motors. He returned to Wigan, now back under the stewardship of Bryan Hamilton, to play 12 league games in the 1990–91 season, He spent the 1991–92 season with Welsh side Wrexham, and played 14 Fourth Division games for Brian Flynn's "Dragons", and also appeared in the 1991 Welsh Cup Final defeat to Swansea City at Cardiff Arms Park. He retired from professional football after departing the Racecourse Ground.

Honours[edit]

with Mazda Hiroshima
with Wrexham

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 118. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ neilbrown stats