Steve Heighway:  Midfielder in club 1970 - 1981
 Steve Heighway:  Midfielder
 Date of Birth:   25.11.1947
 Squad: number:
 With the Reds:  1970-1981
 Bought from: Skelmersdale
 Signed for LFC:   Ј0 - May 1970
 Debut: 29th August 1970 v West Bromwich Albion (A) D1 draw 1-1 (Aged 22)
 Debut goal:  17.10.1970
 1st team league games:  331  (19 as sub)
 1st team league goals:  50
 Total 1st team games:  475  (27 as sub)
 Total 1st team goals:  76
 Contract expiry:  1981
 International caps: 34 Rep. Irland
 International goals: 
 International debut:  23.09.1970 vs. Poland
 Former clubs: Skelmersdale United, Minnesota Kicks
 Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
 Honours:  4 Division One Championships 72/73, 75/76, 76/77, 78/79, 1 FA Cup 73/74, 2 European Cups 76/77, 77/78, 2 UEFA Cups 72/73, 75/76, 2 Charity Shields 74, 76, 1 European Super Cup 77, 1 Central League Championships 80-81

  Runners up:  1 FA Cup 70/71
 Personal Honours:

  Total LFC and other club games/goals

League FA Cup FL Cup Europe Other Total
Seasons App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls App Gls
1970-71 29/4 4 7 2 2 7 1 45/4 7
1971-72 40 5 2 3 2 4 1 1 50 8
1972-73 38 6 4 8 2 12 2 62 10
1973-74 35/1 5 6 2 6 1 4 51/1 8
1974-75 32/3 9 2 1 4 2 4 1 1 43/3 13
1975-76 39 4 2 2 11 2 54 6
1976-77 39 8 7 3 2 9 3 1 58 14
1977-78 28 5 1 8 8/1 1 45/1 6
1978-79 26/2 4 2/3 1 2/1 31/6 4
1979-80 2/7 1 0/1 3/8
1980-81 4/2 1 2/1 7/3
Total 312/19 50 33/3 8 38 7 63/4 11 3 448/27 76

  A more detailed look at the player's appearances

  Total   started/substitutions   Total   Competition
  448   Started   331   League
  57   On the bench   38   League Cup
  27   Substitute   36   FA Cup
  48   Substituted   26   European Cup
  23   UEFA Cup
  8   European Cup Winners Cup
  7   European Fairs Cup
  3   European Super Cup
  3   Charity Shield

  Career Milestones for Steve Heighway: 

  Appearances in all competitions

Date Against Result Venue Competition
1 29.08.1970   WBA 1-1   The Hawthorns League
50 07.08.1971   Leicester 0-1   Filbert Street Other
100 12.08.1972   Manchester C 2-0   Anfield League
150 17.03.1973   Stoke City 1-0   Victoria Ground League
200 16.03.1974   Leeds United 1-0   Anfield League
250 08.02.1975   Ipswich Town 5-2   Anfield League
300 13.03.1976   Birmingham C 1-0   St Andrews League
350 16.02.1977   Manchester U 0-0   Old Trafford League
400 07.02.1978   Arsenal 2-1   Anfield LC
450 31.03.1979   Manchester U 2-2   Maine Road FA

  Goals in all competitions

Date Min Against Result Venue Competition
1 17.10.1970 51   Burnley 2-0   Anfield League
50 08.11.1975 12   Manchester U 3-1   Anfield League

  Update 16.05.2007


  Dublin-born Steve was spotted playing for non-League Skelmersdale United and signed for Liverpool in May 1970 when he was 22 years old. Like his team-mate Brian Hall, Steve was a University graduate (with a degree in Economics) and therefore had a very different background to most professional sportsmen of the time. The club had a fairly settled side at the start of the 1970-71 season as Bill Shankly continued his rebuilding programme in the wake of the dreadful F.A. cup defeat at Second Division Watford at the start of the decade but a freak accident in the home match with Chelsea early in October was the start of a long run of success for Heighway as a Liverpool player for the rest of the 1970's and into the 80's.

  Bobby Graham's broken leg (which effectively ended his Liverpool career) saw Steve replace him from the substitute's bench and when the starting line-up for the next League match (away to Tottenham) was announced, his long run in the side would start for good. He had an unorthodox style and that and his pace caused many a problem for defenders during his debut season. He turned one of the most memorable 'derby' matches in history in November 1970 when with Liverpool two goals down to the defending champions at Anfield he received the ball out on the left-wing after a raking pass from Tommy Smith. Side-stepping John Hurst's attempt to cut him in half, he made his way into the penalty-area and, with everyone expecting a cross, squeezed the ball past Andy Rankin at the near post. Seven minutes later his pin-point cross from the left landed on John Toshack's head and Liverpool were level. Chris Lawler scored the winner for the Reds a few minutes from time.

  Total LFC club games/goals for Reserves

League LS Cup Total
Seasons App Gls App Gls App Gls
1970-71 3 1 3 1
1973-74 3 3
1977-78 1 1
1978-79 1 1
1980-81 22 1 22 1
Total 30 1 30 1


  The statistics of matches and goals at the top is included in the table by the conducted player of a reserve in a seasons 1970-71, 1973-74,, 1977-78 not completely.

  Shankly's young side reached the F.A. cup final that season and Steve scored a similar goal past Bob Wilson but despite taking the lead, Liverpool suffered the heartbreak of an extra-time defeat to Arsenal. Like a number of his colleagues that day, Steve would return to Wembley three years later as a winner and again he scored (this time against Newcastle). By then he was an established and important member of the side and had many caps as a regular international with the Republic of Ireland to add to the championship and UEFA cup medals he had won with Liverpool in 1973. Steve was never a prolific scorer (the highest number of goals he managed in a League season was the 9 he got in 1974-75) but he created numerous openings for players like Keegan & Toshack and later on for the likes of Dalglish, Johnson & Fairclough.

  Steve added another UEFA cup winners' medal in 1976 before being part of the team that won the greatest prize of all in Rome in 1977 and he added a 2nd European cup winners' medal a year later when he came on for Jimmy Case against Bruges at Wembley. He couldn't be absolutely sure of his place after that but still made 26 League appearances in 1978-79 as he collected the 4th of his First Division championship medals. He was hardly called on at all during the next two years and made a decision to leave England and try his luck with Minnesota in the United States after playing nearly 450 first-team matches in all competitions for Liverpool. It was not a happy time for the popular Irishman who was affected by severe financial problems at his American club. Eventually he returned to England and although his playing-career was at an end, the years of good service he had given Liverpool had not gone un-noticed and he became an employee of the club again, taking over the responsibility of Liverpool's new Academy of Football.


  1979 v Wales, Argentina, Belgium; 1980 v Portugal, Sweden, Portugal; 1981 v Israel, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Portugal; 1982 v Spain, Northern Ireland (sub), Wales, England, New Zealand, Brazil, USSR, East Germany, Switzerland, Belgium; 1983 v Switzerland; 1985 v Wales (sub); 1986 v Romania(sub); 1987 v Republic of Ireland (twice), Luxembourg (26).

  Claim to fame: Scoring in both the '71 and '74 FA Cup Final

   Did you know? As a boy he supported Sheffield United but didn't see his first football match until moving from Ireland to England when 10

  Where is he now? Director of the Liverpool Academy

  Brian Hall on Steve Heighway: "Steve's a very bright lad academically but he learnt his football trade very quickly. He made an immediate impact when he got into the side and continued for many, many years and that's why he won so many trophies with this football club. Outstanding and at times truly brilliant."

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