Alan Walsh

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09 December 1956

Position: Midfielder
Nationality: English
Born: 09/12/1956

Walsh began his career with Middlesbrough but soon moved on to Darlington, where he spent six years and became the club's record goalscorer.

He joined City in 1984, winning the Player of the Year award in 1987/88.

Renowned for his stepover, dubbed the "Walshy shuffle", Walsh terrorised defences week in, week out.

He featured in the 1986 Freight Rover Trophy winning team, beating Bolton Wanderers 3-0 in the club's first-ever visit to Wembley.

In 1989 City reached the League Cup semi-finals, where they met Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest.

The first leg ended 1-1, with Walsh providing the assist for Paul Mardon's opener, only for John Pender's late own goal to restore parity.

Back at Ashton Gate the second leg was locked at 0-0 when Walsh fired a late shot against the foot of the post. Forest survived and grabbed the match-winning goal in extra time.

Walsh moved on to Turkish giants Besiktas, before returning to England for short spells with the likes of Cardiff City, Shrewsbury Town, Huddersfield Town and Walsall.

He went on to work in the club's Academy as a youth coach for 11 years, before leaving in 2011. More recently he spent four years on the coaching staff at Bristol Rovers.

Appearances: 279
Goals: 97