Ken Wagstaff

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Ken Wagstaff
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Wagstaff[1]
Date of birth (1942-11-24) 24 November 1942 (age 79)[2]
Place of birth Langwith,[2] England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Mansfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1964 Mansfield Town 181 (93[2])
1964–1976 Hull City 378 (173[3])
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Kenneth Wagstaff (born 24 November 1942)[2] is an English former footballer noted for his playing career at Mansfield Town and Hull City football clubs. In 2000, club fans of both Mansfield Town and Hull City voted Wagstaff their club's player of the century – the only player to be named by two football league clubs. During club centenary celebrations in 2004 he was voted "The greatest player to play for Hull City AFC" by supporters. He was voted for by both Mansfield and Hull City fans as "all-time favourite player" in 2007.[4]


Wagstaff was born in Langwith, Nottinghamshire.[2] In 1960, as a 17-year-old,[5] he was signed by Mansfield Town F.C's then-manager Raich Carter after playing in Mansfield's youth league. Carter put him in the first team squad and he made his league debut on 30 August 1960. In his first game with Mansfield's first squad, the team won, scoring 2–1 over Rochdale.[2] Wagstaff scored both Mansfield goals and he went on to score 93 goals over 181 appearances for Mansfield Town, attracting attention from larger clubs.[2] On 12 November 1964, Hull City paid a then-record purchase fee of £40,000 for Wagstaff.[3]

Wagstaff scored 31 goals in the 1965–66 promotion season and went on to score 173 goals for Hull City in 378 appearances.[3]

Wagstaff played for Hull City between 1964 and 1975, scoring 197 goals for the club.[6] In the 1970s, Wagstaff joined the Sunshine George Cross Football Club in Melbourne Australia as a player-coach.[7] After a career-ending knee injury, Wagstaff spent a short period on the club's coaching staff.[6]

Retirement and personal life[edit]

In November 2002, Wagstaff celebrated his 60th birthday at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Willerby with 350 friends, including players from the Hull City 1965–66 Third Division championship team.[8]

Author John Maffin wrote a biography about Wagstaff, Waggy: The Ken Wagstaff Story. Wagstaff co-operated with the author and the book was published in 2002 with a second edition published in 2004.[9]

In 2005, as part of Hull City's club centenary celebrations, Wagstaff was voted by supporters as the "best Hull City player of all time".[6][10]

After retiring from his football career, Wagstaff ran The Golden Ball pub (since demolished) and then bought The Marlborough club, affectionately known as "Waggies". He has since sold the club and retired,[3] but remains active in philanthropy and charity work in the local Kingston upon Hull community. In 2003, Wagstaff joined a group of footballers in a "World Cup-style tournament" to raise money to assist children with learning difficulties.[11] In 2006, he participated in the Sport Relief Mile in Hull to raise money for marginalised people,[12] and in 2007, he took part in a charity golf tournament at Bridlington Belvedere Golf Club.[13]

Wagstaff's wife Eileen died from breast cancer in August 2007. In February 2008, Wagstaff and his family raised money to start a lifestyle centre in her memory at the Princess Royal Hospital in Saltshouse Road, east Hull. The centre would provide breast cancer patients with diet and lifestyle advice.[14]

After a brief stint during 2009 running the Roos Arms, a village pub in Roos, East Riding of Yorkshire[15] he has since completely retired to spend more time with his family and now lives in Hull.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 631. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Captainmiffymoo (22 December 2005). "Tigers Legends No1 Ken Wagstaff". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Struthers (22 April 2007). "Caught in Time Hull City win the Third Division, 1966". Times Online. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  4. ^ Henderson, Michael (20 December 2007). "Bryan Douglas deserved place on fans' list". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  5. ^ Richardson, M. (2 December 2000). "Ken Wagstaff WHEN it comes to Hull City popularity polls...". Hull Daily Mail. OCLC 839771656.
  6. ^ a b c "Wagstaff voted greatest Tiger". Europe Intelligence Wire. 15 March 2005. OCLC 225889922.
  7. ^ "History: Ken Wagstaff". Sunshine George Cross Football Club's website. 2 February 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Hull City Stars Toast Waggy's Birthday". Europe Intelligence Wire (From Hull Daily Mail). 23 November 2002. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  9. ^ Maffin, John. Waggy: The Ken Wagstaff Story. Tempus Publishing, Limited. pp. 160 pages. ISBN 0-7524-2732-6.
  10. ^ "Fab four for wagstaff". Hull Daily Mail (UK). 12 March 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Football Teams Score For Kids". Hull Daily Mail. 29 July 2003. OCLC 839771656.
  12. ^ "Stars help raise cash for vulnerable people". Hull Daily Mail. 13 July 2006. OCLC 839771656.
  13. ^ "Celebrities to get charity golf tournament in full swing". Hull Daily Mail. 29 August 2007. OCLC 839771656.
  14. ^ "Health centre in memory of brave Eileen". Hull Daily Mail. 20 February 2008. OCLC 839771656.
  15. ^ "Waggy too nervous to watch last match". Hull Daily Mail. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2010 – via

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