Posted: 6th August 2013
Just heard the sad news of the passing of David Wagstaffe, a fine player from the 1960’s and 1970’s, seen above in an edition of GOAL magazine (#70 – January 3, 1970).
Waggy played over 500 league games initially for Manchester City but mainly for Wolverhampton Wanderers where he is in the Hall of Fame and towards the end of his career, after a short stay in the United States, for Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.
He was a mainstay of the successful Wolves side of the early to mid 1970’s captained by Mike Bailey who is alongside Dave on the front of this Football League Review from 1970/71 (#509);
Dave was quick, tricky, a brilliant crosser of the ball and although not a prolific goalscorer, when he did score, his efforts were often spectacular.
Although a key supplier of crosses which lead to many goals for the likes of Derek Dougan and John Richards, Waggy was never picked for England where Sir Alf Ramsay’s wingless wonders teams did without the classic play of a winger crossing to big target strikers.
The quote in the post’s title is taken from this lovely tribute to Dave which is on Youtube and has some striking footage of Dave at his best;
Waggy finished his career with Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.
RIP Dave Wagstaffe.
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