Christopher Roland Waddle born Dec 14th 1960
After famously working in a sausage factory he joined his hometown club Newcastle United. After 46 goals in 170 games for Newcastle, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in July 1985 for a fee of £590,000. At Tottenham he established himself as a regular in the England team, playing in the side that reached the quarter finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico linking up again with Beardsley. [ar][/ar]
After the World Cup he enjoyed his most productive season. He won an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1987 when Spurs were beaten by Coventry, while they also finished third in the League and got to the semi-finals of the League Cup. In the same year, Waddle found himself in the pop charts, with the single Diamond Lights making the UK Top 20 in a duet with Spurs and England team-mate Glenn Hoddle. In 1988, he was in the England side which lost all three group games in the European Championships.
In July 1989, after scoring 42 times in 172 appearances for Tottenham, Waddle moved to Olympique de Marseille for a fee of £4.5 million, the third highest fee in history at that time. In a team of stars he was one of the top players and during his time there the club were French champions three times (1990, 1991 and 1992). He infamously missed a penalty in a shoot-out at the end of the 1990 FIFA World Cup semi-final against West Germany, ballooning the ball over the bar.
Waddle was seen as a strong contender for the 1991 European Footballer of the Year. However the tactics of Red Star Belgrade in the 1991 European Cup Final, whose stated tactic was to play for penalties, caused Waddle to have a deeply ineffectual game. Red Star Belgrade went on to win the final and Jean Pierre Papin won European Footballer of the Year. Chris Waddle's performances in the 90-91 season were phenomenal, and probably the most complete season of a British player abroad since John Charles in the 1950s and Kevin Keegan in the 1970s. Because of English disinterest in Continental European football, having just come out of the Heysel ban, and a particular ignorance of French League Football, Waddle's time at Marseille is often overlooked.
During his years in Marseille, the fans gave him the nickname : "Magic Chris".
Here are a couple of clips:
Hoddle & Waddle - Diamond Lights :lol:
In action for Marseille (Couldn't find anything Spurs) :bowdown:
I remember Waddle as having the ability to beat a man simply by raising an eyebrow, well, that is how it appeared at the time. One game, at home to Nottingham Forest I think it was, we played piss poor and the outstanding moment of skill was Waddle bringing a long ball down with one touch as it dropped over his shoulder. It was a real shame to see him leave WHL and no surprise to see him achieve so much success at L'OM.
Appearances/goals: 137(1)/33 (LG), 15/5 (FAC), 21/4 (LG CUP)