Geoff Salmons

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Geoff Salmons
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Salmons[1]
Date of birth (1948-01-14) 14 January 1948 (age 71)[1]
Place of birth Mexborough, England[1]
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1974 Sheffield United 180 (8)
1974–1977 Stoke City 118 (14)
1977Sheffield United (loan) 5 (0)
1977–1978 Leicester City 26 (4)
1978–1981 Chesterfield 120 (15)
Gainsborough Trinity
Total 449 (41)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Geoffrey "Geoff" Salmons (born 14 January 1948) is an English former footballer who played for Chesterfield, Leicester City, Sheffield United and Stoke City as a midfielder.[1]

Career[edit]

Salmons was born in Mexborough and joined Sheffield United as a schoolboy and made his league debut at West Bromwich Albion on 30 September 1967. He became a regular starter under manager John Harris at the end of the 1960s and played 31 times in 1970–71 helping the "Blades" gain promotion to the First Division. Salmons and Sheffield United adapted to life in the top tier well finishing in mid table three seasons in a row. After making 204 appearances for the Bramall Lane side he moved to Stoke City for a fee of £160,000.[1] Salmons' first season at the Victoria Ground saw Stoke come within four points of winning the title and play Ajax in the UEFA Cup.[1] In January 1976 a severe storm in Stoke-on-Trent saw the Victoria Ground badly damaged and as a result the club had to sell their players to fund the repair costs.[1]

A weakened Stoke side were relegated in 1976–77 and Salmons re-joined Sheffield United on loan, playing five matches before signing for Leicester City for £45,000. He spent one season at Filbert Street scoring four goals in 28 matches before leaving for Chesterfield.[1] He spent four seasons with the "Spireites" scoring 19 goals in 153 appearances helping them to win the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1981 1980–81.[1] He later played for non-league Gainsborough Trinity and after he ended his playing career he went on to run his own pub in his native Mexborough.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[2]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield United 1966–67 First Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
1967–68 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1968–69 Second Division 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
1969–70 Second Division 25 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 30 2
1970–71 Second Division 29 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 31 1
1971–72 First Division 42 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 48 2
1972–73 First Division 29 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 35 2
1973–74 First Division 41 2 1 1 1 0 2 0 45 3
Total 180 8 7 1 12 0 5 0 204 9
Stoke City 1974–75 First Division 42 8 1 0 5 1 2 0 50 9
1975–76 First Division 40 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 45 6
1976–77 First Division 35 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 38 1
1977–78 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 118 14 7 1 7 1 2 0 134 16
Sheffield United (loan) 1977–78 Second Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Leicester City 1977–78 First Division 26 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 4
Total 26 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 4
Chesterfield 1978–79 Third Division 37 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 41 5
1979–80 Third Division 46 7 2 1 5 0 0 0 53 8
1980–81 Third Division 33 3 6 1 4 0 9 2 52 6
1981–82 Third Division 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Total 120 15 10 2 12 0 11 2 153 19
Career total 449 41 26 4 31 1 18 2 524 48
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Scottish Cup, Football League Group Cup, Texaco Cup, UEFA Cup and Watney Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  2. ^ Geoff Salmons at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

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