Alan Warboys

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Alan Warboys
Personal information
Date of birth (1949-04-18) 18 April 1949 (age 67)
Place of birth Goldthorpe, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1968 Doncaster Rovers 40 (12)
1968–1970 Sheffield Wednesday 79 (13)
1970–1972 Cardiff City 60 (27)
1972 Sheffield United 7 (0)
1972–1976 Bristol Rovers 144 (53)
1976–1977 Fulham 19 (2)
1977–1979 Hull City 49 (9)
1979–1982 Doncaster Rovers 89 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alan Warboys (born 18 April 1949 in Goldthorpe) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker.


Warboys began his career at Doncaster Rovers, making his debut in April 1967 at the age of 17, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in 1968. Following Wednesday's relegation in 1970, he joined Cardiff City for a fee of £42,000, as a replacement for John Toshack who had joined Liverpool. On his home debut for the club, Warboys scored twice against the team he had just left, Sheffield Wednesday and went on to finish the season having scored 13 goals in 17 league games, including scoring four times in one match during a 4–0 win over Carlisle United, as the club missed out on promotion by one place. After spending one more year at Cardiff, he returned to Yorkshire to join Sheffield United as part of a swap deal which saw Gil Reece and Dave Powell move the other way to Ninian Park.

After a brief spell with Sheffield United, Warboys joined Bristol Rovers. In his five seasons at the club, he forged a lethal forward pairing with Bruce Bannister which would be much-celebrated, taking Rovers to promotion to the Second Division and earning the duo the nickname Smash and Grab in reference to Warboys' physical playing style and Bannisters ability to grab the resulting chances created by Warboys.[1][2] He later played for Fulham and Hull City before returning to Doncaster Rovers. In his first season back at the club he was awarded the club's Player of the Year award before later moving into Defence.[3] Following an operation to remove a disc from his back, he retired in 1982.[4]

After football[edit]

After retiring from football, Warboys settled in Doncaster, working as a lorry driver.[1]


  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  1. ^ a b "Smash and Grab". The Guardian. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Were you there...". BBC Sport. 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Expert Corner - Alan Warboys". Doncaster Free Press. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  4. ^ "Alan Warboys profile". Retrieved 2010-01-28. 

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