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Tony Waiters (ENG)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1937-02-02
Age 81
Birthplace: Southport, ENG
Raised: Southport, ENG
School(s): Loughborough College
Height: 188 cm
All Positions: Hall of Fame honoured member
Goalkeeper
Coach
Profile Text Last Updated 2017-08-26
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Anthony Keith Waiters... grew up playing rugby and football... served in the Royal Air Force... earned his Teacher’s Certificate in Physical Education from Loughborough College... 
 
as noted on the back of his 1962-63 football card, “tall and fearless, Tony is a boss in the penalty area”... as noted on the back of his 1963-64 football card, he was “an agile keeper for such a big man”... said Canada Soccer president Jim Fleming after Canada qualified in 1985, Tony “was always well prepared for the task at hand and nothing appeared to worry him; his outward calm spread to his support staff and they were all organised in a very effective and efficient way”.... said Bruce Wilson in 1985 after Canada qualified for the FIFA World Cup, “I give credit to Tony Waiters: he looked after all the players on and off the field and made sure we all had jobs”... wrote Kevan Pipe in 1986, “he took players with varying styles and molded them into a unit that played the only type of game he knew would make Canada competitive on the world stage; on 1 June, he and his team were 11 minutes, or one goal, away from the first upset of the 1986 FIFA World Cup”... 

For Country

he made five appearances for England in the 1960s...

For Sport

served as manager of Plymouth Argyle (he helped the club earn a promotion from the third to second division)... after being fired by Plymouth Argyle, he was recruited by the Canadian Soccer Association to coach the national team, but he turned down the offer and soon after took a job with Vancouver Whitecaps... was coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps (he succeeded Eckhard Krautzun)... led Whitecaps to the 1979 NASL championship... served as Canada’s head coach when the team reached the quarter-final stage at the 1984 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament... served as Canada’s head coach during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1985 (Canada qualified for Mexico 1986)...  served as Canada’s head coach at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico... it was noted in a 1986 FIFA Official Report that “there was no other team at this World Cup tournament with such a highly-developed feeling of solidarity”... he returned as Canada’s men’s national head coach on 5 October 1989... served as Canada’s head coach at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup... his international record as Canada’s head coach was 11 wins, 11 draws and 22 losses in 44 “A” matches...

Year Prize Honour
2001 Honoured Coach / Entraîneur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
1996 Recipient / Récipiendaire Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Award

Men's Soccer

End Date Team Coach National Team Project Role
1992-05-18 canm23 Tony Waiters [1992-05] CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Head Coach
1992-04-27 canm23 Tony Waiters [1992-04] CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament Head Coach
1992-04-02 canm23 Tony Waiters [1992-04] Men’s U-23 pre-tournament camp Head Coach
1992-03-25 canm23 Tony Waiters [1992-03] Men’s U-23 European Tour Head Coach
1992-02-10 canm23 Tony Waiters [1992-01] Men’s U-23 camp Head Coach
1991-09-01 canm23 Tony Waiters [1991-08] CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Head Coach
1991-08-23 canm23 Tony Waiters [1991-08] Pre-competition camp Head Coach
1991-07-04 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1991-06] CONCACAF Gold Cup Head Coach
1991-05-20 canm23 Tony Waiters [1991-05] CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Head Coach
1991-04-18 canm23 Tony Waiters [1991-04] Men’s U-23 Tour to the Orient Head Coach
1991-04-01 canm23 Tony Waiters [1991-03] Men’s U-23 camp Head Coach
1991-03-17 CAN MNT Bruce Twamley [1991-03] North American Nations Cup Chef de Mission
1990-08-19 canm23 Tony Waiters [1990-08] Men’s U-23 camp in Montréal and Ottawa Head Coach
1990-07-28 canm23 Tony Waiters [1990-07] Men’s U-23 camp Head Coach
1990-05-24 canm23 Tony Waiters [1990-05] Men’s U-23 camp in Trinidad and Tobago Head Coach
1990-05-14 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1990-05] Corona 3-Nations Cup Head Coach
1990-04-09 canm23 Tony Waiters [1990-03] Men’s U-23 camp in Trinidad and Tobago Head Coach
1986-06-10 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-06] FIFA World Cup™ Head Coach
1986-05-29 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-05] Men’s international series and camp Head Coach
1986-05-17 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-05] Men’s national camp and preparation matches Head Coach
1986-04-30 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-04] Men’s International Friendly match Head Coach
1986-04-24 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-04] Men's national camp Head Coach
1986-03-25 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1985-03] Tour of Caribbean and Costa Rica Head Coach
1986-02-17 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-02] Men’s national camp in Mexico Head Coach
1986-02-10 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-02] International tournament Head Coach
1986-01-30 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1986-01] Men’s International Friendly match Head Coach
1985-09-15 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1985-08] FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers Head Coach
1985-08-15 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1985-08] Pre-competition camp Head Coach
1985-05-09 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1985-04] FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers Head Coach
1985-04-21 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1985-04] FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers Head Coach
1985-04-05 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1985-04] Pre-competition men’s International Head Coach
1984-11-03 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1984-10] Tour of the Maghreb and Middle East Head Coach
1984-08-08 CAN OLY Tony Waiters [1984-08] Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Head Coach
1984-07-26 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1984-07] Men’s International Friendly Head Coach
1984-07-02 CAN “B” Bob Bearpark [1984-06] Tour of China and Great Wall Championship MNT Coach
1984-06-16 CAN “B” Bob Bearpark [1984-06] Pre-tournament camp MNT Coach
1984-05-27 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1984-05] Men’s International Friendly in Toronto Head Coach
1984-04-19 CAN OLY Tony Waiters [1984-04] Olympic Qualifying Head Coach
1984-03-29 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1984-03] Men’s national camp Head Coach
1983-12-21 CAN OLY Tony Waiters [1983-12] Olympic Qualifying Head Coach
1983-12-15 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1983-12] Men’s International Series Head Coach
1983-11-07 CAN OLY Tony Waiters [1983-10] Olympic Qualifying Head Coach
1983-06-20 CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1983-06] The Challenge Series Head Coach
CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1990-04] Pre-tournament camp Head Coach
CAN MNT Tony Waiters [1985-05] Pre-competition camp Head Coach

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