Imre Varadi

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Imre Varadi
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-07-08) 8 July 1959 (age 59)
Place of birth Paddington, London, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Letchworth
1978–1979 Sheffield United 10 (4)
1979–1981 Everton 26 (6)
1981–1983 Newcastle United 81 (39)
1983–1985 Sheffield Wednesday 76 (33)
1985–1986 West Bromwich Albion 32 (9)
1986–1988 Manchester City 65 (26)
1988–1990 Sheffield Wednesday 22 (3)
1990–1993 Leeds United 26 (5)
1992Luton Town (loan) 6 (1)
1993Oxford United (loan) 5 (0)
1993–1995 Rotherham United 67 (25)
1995 Mansfield Town 1 (0)
1995 Boston United
1995 Scunthorpe United 2 (0)
1995–1997 Matlock Town
Teams managed
1995–1997 Matlock Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Imre Varadi (born 8 July 1959) is an English former professional footballer of Hungarian origin, known as a journeyman forward who appeared for 16 different clubs at all levels of professional football in England.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Paddington, Varadi started out in non-league football with Letchworth before joining Sheffield United in 1978, shortly before his nineteenth birthday.[1]

Varadi went on to become a nomadic journeyman, who rarely spent more than two years with any club and never made 100 league appearances in the colours of any team he played for.

From Sheffield United, he moved on to Everton, Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Swansea Town, Sheffield Wednesday again, Leeds United, Luton Town, Oxford United, Rotherham United, Mansfield Town, Boston United, Scunthorpe United and finally had a spell as player-manager at Matlock Town.[1][2]

He was part of the Leeds United side that won the old First Division in 1992 but only played in three matches which was not enough games to earn a winner's medal. He was also part of the Sheffield Wednesday side that won promotion to the First Division in 1984, after 14 years away. He was sold to West Bromwich Albion a year later and was their top scorer with nine league goals in 1985-86, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated in bottom place with just 4 wins in the league. He was then sold to Manchester City, and was unable to prevent their relegation the following season, although he did help them reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in his second campaign there. He was nicknamed "Imre Banana" by the City fans, following the inflatable banana craze which the club's fans helped start that season.

In 1984, he was approached by the Hungarian FA as to his willingness to play for Hungary, but he turned them down, pointing out that they already had good strikers and attacking midfielders.[3]


He became a fully licensed FIFA Agent in March 2004 and provides commentary on games for both PA Sport (for the Football Live project) and BBC Radio Sheffield.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Wash, Roger (2008). Hatters Heroes. Roger Wash. ISBN 978-0-9560832-0-3.
  2. ^ "Boston United Football Club News". Boston United F.C. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Leeds United: Season 1991 - 1992: Division One". Retrieved 10 August 2012.

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