Best wishes to Andrew Waterworth who confirms his retirement today

Posted : 2nd July 2022 at 20:36:17

Linfield legend Andrew Waterworth has today confirmed his retirement from football aged 36.

The popular striker enjoyed a successful and prolific career in the Irish League. His career started at his local club Kilmore Rec and he went on to score goals for Ards, Lisburn Distillery, Hamilton Academical, Glentoran, Linfield and Glenavon.

Whilst Andy scored goals for all his previous clubs, it was his move to Linfield in 2013 that sparked the best form of his career, as he earned legendary status amongst the Linfield faithful in his eight years at Windsor Park.

Labelled 'Johnny-on-the-spot' by Linfield manager David Healy, Andy netted a remarkable 190 goals in 349 appearances for the Blues.

All 12 of his senior career hat-tricks came in a Linfield shirt and two of them in particular will go down in Linfield folklore, as he netted back-to-back hat-tricks to win the League and Irish Cup in 2017 in what is now referred to as 'Waterworth Week'.

During his Linfield career, he won four Irish League titles, two Irish Cups, a League Cup and also enjoyed two County Antrim Shield successes.

He remains Linfield’s all time leading goalscorer in European competition with 7 goals.

Considered one of the best Irish League players of his generation, Waterworth made 675 Irish League appearances across his career, scoring 293 goals and assisting 91.

After leaving Linfield last summer due to not being able to commit to Full Time football, the Crossgar native spent last season with Glenavon.

Speaking to Graham Luney of the ‘Belfast Telegraph’, Waterworth explained that the demands of his current job with the Irish Football Association meant he couldn't committ to playing any more but he reflects on his career with great pride.

“I don’t want to play football anymore, I don’t have that hunger or desire. I will always love the game and have special memories of the Cup win with Glentoran and the ‘Waterworth week’ with Linfield when I won the league and Cup double.

“I’m very proud of that because I took a big gamble, with people expecting me to fail at Linfield. I had a passion and hunger in my stomach to work hard and prove people wrong. At the biggest club in the land, I won everything, many times. Nothing touches those memories but I don’t have that hunger to play any more, as I pursue hopefully a long career in coaching.”

Everyone at Linfield Football Club wishes Andy a happy retirement and congratulates our former star on a wonderful career, whilst also wishing him every success for the next chapter in his life in coaching.

Hopefully, Andy won't be a stranger to Windsor Park where he'll always be made most welcome and remembered for all the great times he gave the Linfield faithful.

Jamie Megarry

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