Norman Piper

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Norman Piper
Personal information
Full name Norman John Piper
Date of birth (1948-01-08) 8 January 1948 (age 71)
Place of birth North Tawton, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1964–65 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1970 Plymouth Argyle 215 (35)
1970–1978 Portsmouth 313 (51)
1975Lusitano (loan) 7 (1)
1977–1978 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 41 (7)
1978–1979 Yeovil Town ? (?)
1979–1980 Columbus Magic ? (?)
1979–1982 Wichita Wings (indoor) 182 (98)
1982–1983 Pittsburgh Spirit (indoor)
National team
1970–71 England U-23 4 (0)
Teams managed
1985–1988 Wichita Wings (assistant)
1989–1990 Wichita Blue
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Norman Piper is an English former footballer (soccer player) who played professionally in England for 13 years before finishing his career in the United States,

Piper was one of that generation who bridged the gap between terminological eras, beginning his career as a wing half and ending it as a midfielder[1] despite playing a similar role throughout.[2] Born in North Tawton, Devon on 8 January 1948[3] he joined Plymouth Argyle as an apprentice and signed professional terms in February 1965. Already an England Youth international, Piper made his debut[4] for the Under 23 side[5] in 1970 against Bulgaria, the year he left The Pilgrims- for whom he scored 35 goals in 221 appearances. That summer Piper had signed for Portsmouth, becoming their record signing at £50,000.[6] Piper served Pompey with great distinction during the clubs increasingly tenuous hold on Division Two status, but eventually lost form after relegation to the third. He was dropped in February 1978,[7] being replaced by his namesake[8] Steve Piper. His contract, along with that of Bobby Stokes was terminated the following month[9] and a move to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers soon followed.[10] In 1979, Piper was the first player signed by the expansion Wichita Wings of Major Indoor Soccer League.[11] He played for the Wings until 1982 when he was sent to the Pittsburgh Spirit. Following his retirement from playing, he became and assistant coach with the Wichita Wings. He was fired on 30 January 1988.[12] In 1989, he was hired to coach the Wichita Blue in the Heartland Soccer League. In 1990, the Blue moved to the Lone Star Soccer Alliance. He was fired mid-season. He coached the men's soccer team at Bethel College (Kansas) from 1988 to 1990.[13] He now is a coach for a small travel soccer team in Southern California known as TVSA Hawks


  1. ^ As football moved from 1-2-3-5 to 1-4-3-3/1-4-2-4
  2. ^ Only at the very end of his career was he tried as a full back: "The News", 14 November 1977, article by Mike Neasom Dickinson rings the changes for Vale
  3. ^ "The PFA Premier League and Football League Players' Records 1946-98" Hugman,B: Harpenden, Queen Anne Press, 1998 ISBN 1-85291-585-4
  4. ^ "Rothmans Football Year Book,1970-71" Peskett,R/Williams,T: Harpenden, QAP,1970 ISBN 0-362-00071-9
  5. ^ All in all Piper played 4 times for the U-23s Hugman (Ibid)
  6. ^ "Portsmouth, from Tindall to Ball" Farmery, C: Southend-on-Sea, Desert Island Books, 1999 ISBN 1-874287-25-2
  7. ^ 313 games/51 goals scored
  8. ^ Namesake, but not relation
  9. ^ Farmery (Ibid)
  10. ^ FLS statistics
  11. ^ PIPER IS TOP YOUTH SOCCER COACH Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - Thursday 22 March 1990
  12. ^ MISL WINGS FIRE BOTH COACHES St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Sunday 31 January 1988
  13. ^
  • "Norman Piper". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 September 2016.

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