John Benjamin Toshack OBE
(born 22 March 1949) is a Welsh
and manager. He is the former manager of the Welsh national football team
, having taken on this role in late 2004, and briefly managed the national side once before in the early 1990s. He has also managed several others clubs including Swansea City
, who he took from the Fourth Division to the First in four seasons.
As a player, he is remembered for being part of the Liverpool
side of the 1970s, where he formed a forward partnership with Kevin Keegan
Toshack was born in 1949 in Cardiff
, to a Scottish father and Welsh mother.
Toshack started his footballing career with Cardiff City
, signing for them as a 16 year old. He became the youngest ever player to play in a league match for the club when he came off the bench to make a goalscoring debut during a 3–1 win over Leyton Orient
on 13 November 1965 at the age of 16 years and 236 days old, a record which stood for 41 years until it was broken by Aaron Ramsey
in 2007. BBC Sport
, 30 April 2007; Retrieved 3 May 2007 Establishing himself in the side over the next few years, scoring his first hat-trick in January 1968 in an 8–0 win over Ebbw Vale
in the Welsh Cup
, he went on to form one of the most lethal strike partnerships in the clubs history alongside Brian Clark
After four years at Cardiff City, Toshack was signed by Bill......