Andy Linighan

Date of birth18 June 1962
Place of birthHartlepool
NationalityEnglish
Weight88 kg
Height1.88 m
PositionDefender/Centre back

A perfectly competent centre-back, Andy became an Arsenal folk hero in an instant with his last gasp winner in the 1993 FA Cup Final.

Vastly experienced with over 600 appearances for his various clubs. This veteran central defender signed a new one-year contract for Crystal Palace in the summer of 2000 but found himself edged out of the starting line-up by new signing Neil Ruddock. Andy featured just three times for the Eagles but managed to hit the vital last-minute equaliser in the Worthington Cup second round second leg tie against Burnley which earned his team victory on the away goals ruling. His contract was later cancelled by mutual consent and he signed for Second Division Oxford United where he went straight in the first team. He enjoyed a decent unbroken run before dropping out of contention only to return to make a final sentimental appearance from the subs' bench towards the end of the campaign, thus enabling him to enter the record books as the oldest player to appear in Football League action for the U's. Despite his years Andy continued to perform consistently and was still effective in the air, while his vast experience proved invaluable in helping his young team-mates at the Manor Ground. He was released in the summer of 2001 and joined St Albans City.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Hartlepool United 19 Sep 1980 15 May 1984
Leeds United 15 May 1984 17 Jan 1986
Oldham Athletic 17 Jan 1986 04 Mar 1988
Norwich City 04 Mar 1988 04 Jul 1990
Arsenal 04 Jul 1990 27 Jan 1997
Crystal Palace 27 Jan 1997 16 Oct 2000
Queens Park Rangers 25 Mar 1999 31 May 1999 L
Oxford United 16 Oct 2000 22 Jun 2001
St Albans City 22 Jun 2001

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1989-90 Norwich City FA Cup 2
1989-90 Norwich City League Division One 2
1990-91 Arsenal FA Cup 3
1
1990-91 Arsenal League Division One 7
3
1991-92 Arsenal European Cup 2
1
1991-92 Arsenal League Cup 1
1
1991-92 Arsenal League Division One 15
2
1992-93 Arsenal FA Cup 7
1
1992-93 Arsenal League Cup 4
1
1992-93 Arsenal Premier League 19
2
2
1
1993-94 Arsenal FA Charity Shield 1
1993-94 Arsenal League Cup 4
1993-94 Arsenal Premier League 20
1
1993-94 Arsenal UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 1
1
1994-95 Arsenal FA Cup 2
1994-95 Arsenal League Cup 2
1994-95 Arsenal Premier League 13
7
2
1
1994-95 Arsenal UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 3
1995-96 Arsenal FA Cup
1
1995-96 Arsenal League Cup 2
1995-96 Arsenal Premier League 17
1
1996-97 Arsenal Premier League 10
1
1
2
1996-97 Arsenal UEFA Cup 2
1997-98 Crystal Palace FA Cup 2
1
1997-98 Crystal Palace League Cup 2
1997-98 Crystal Palace Premier League 26
4
1998-99 Crystal Palace FA Cup
1
1
1999-00 Crystal Palace League Cup 2
2000-01 Crystal Palace League Cup 1
1
1
2000-01 Crystal Palace League Division 1
1
2000-01 Oxford United FA Cup 2
2000-01 Oxford United League Division 2 12
1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Sep 1989 Liverpool v Norwich City D 0-0 League Division One
28 Jan 1990 Norwich City v Liverpool D 0-0 FA Cup 4th round
31 Jan 1990 Liverpool v Norwich City L 3-1 FA Cup 4th round replay
10 Feb 1990 Norwich City v Liverpool D 0-0 League Division One


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1989-90 England B International 2
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 Nov 1989 England v Italy D 1-1 B INTER
12 Dec 1989 England v Yugoslavia W 2-1 B INTER
27 Mar 1990 Republic of Ireland v England L 4-1 B INTER
24 Apr 1990 England v Czechoslovakia W 2-0 B INTER


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.