The Wing Man – Chris Waddle
“I used to get as much pleasure from setting up goals as I did from scoring them – beating a couple of players and putting a ball in for somebody like Clive Allen to finish off. There’s always a buzz when you put the ball away for a goal yourself because you’ve scored and everyone’s cheering. But I used to love just pushing the ball past a defender and crossing it in. If somebody’s headed it in from six yards from one of my crosses, then I would think, ‘Job done’. That’s what I was there for. Yeah, I was there to chip in with goals – I got 14 goals per season quite regularly, which was good for a winger – but I contributed by making a lot, too. If you were the manager of a football club you would say to your wingers: ‘I’d like you to get double figures in goals, and hopefully you’ll make 20 or 25 goals for us this season.’ That was my role as a wide player.”
Chris Waddle is featured over four pages in the ‘Flair Football’ section of the Opus.
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