Alan Walsh (footballer)

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Alan Walsh
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-12-09) 9 December 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Hartlepool, England
Playing position Winger/Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Middlesbrough 3 (0)
1978–1984 Darlington 251 (87)
1984–1989 Bristol City 218 (77)
1989–1991 Beşiktaş 45 (13)
1991 Walsall 4 (0)
1991 Huddersfield Town 4 (0)
1992 Shrewsbury Town 2 (0)
1992 Cardiff City 1 (0)
1992–1993 Michelotti (6)
1994–1995 Hartlepool United 4 (1)
1995 Bath City

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:24, 13 April 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Alan Walsh (born 9 December 1956 in Hartlepool) is a retired English footballer, who played as a winger/striker. He spent much of his career with Bristol City and Darlington, where he was the club's record goalscorer. He won two Süper Lig championships in Turkey with Beşiktaş.

Early and personal life[edit]

Walsh was born to June (née Stockton) and John Walsh. He has one younger sister, Terry. His son, Phil is also a footballer who has played in the Football League for Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet. His eldest daughter, Kayte, married actor Kelsey Grammer in February 2011.


Walsh started his career in 1977 with Middlesbrough, but moved to Darlington the following year. He spent six years at the club, where he became the club's record goalscorer, with 87 goals in the league and 100 overall.

In 1984 he joined Bristol City, where he amassed 218 league appearances, winning their player of the season award in 1987-88. During his time at Bristol City he became renowned as an early exponent of the stepover football skill, colloquially known as the ‘Walshy shuffle’, later to be popularised by players such as Cristiano Ronaldo.[1] In 1986 Walsh won a winners medal as part of the Bristol City team that beat Bolton Wanderers 3-0 in the Football League Trophy final.[2]

He moved to Turkish club Beşiktaş in 1989, where he won two Süper Lig titles, before finishing his professional career back in the English Football League with short spells at Walsall, Huddersfield Town, Shrewsbury Town and Cardiff City.

After retiring from playing he rejoined Bristol City as a coach and stayed with the club for 11 years in a variety of coaching roles.[3] On 19 October 2011 he left his job as the development coach with Bristol City. He is currently youth-team coach at Bristol Rovers.[4]


Bristol City

Football League Trophy (Freight Rover Trophy): Winner 1986

1989-90, 1990-91[5]