John Toshack

John Toshack

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John Toshack

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John Benjamin Toshack OBE (born 22 March 1949) is a Welsh former footballer 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, Wales, to a Scottish father and Welsh mother.

Playing career

Cardiff City

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......
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