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Chris Withe
Personal information
Full name Christopher Withe
Date of birth 25 September 1962 (1962-09-25) (age 47)
Place of birth    Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Full Back
Youth career
1979–1980 Newcastle United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Newcastle United
Bradford City
Notts County
Chester City (loan)
Mansfield Town
Shrewsbury Town
Boston United
002 (0)
143 (2)
080 (3)
031 (1)
002 (0)
076 (5)
089 (2)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Chris Withe (born 25 September 1962) was a professional footballer who played in the Football League for seven clubs. He is the younger brother of the former Aston Villa and England striker Peter Withe.


Playing career

Withe was born in Liverpool, England as the younger brother of Peter Withe. He began his career as an apprentice with Newcastle United, who he turned professional with in October 1980. His two first-team appearances for the Magpies came during the same month in matches against Shrewsbury Town[1] and Chelsea.[2]

He remained with the club until June 1983, when he moved to Bradford City on a free transfer.[3] Withe was to spend more than four years with City, missing just one game when they won the Football League Division Three title in 1984–85. On the last day of that successful season his day was to turn into a nightmare when 56 spectators were killed in a horrendous stand fire while playing Lincoln City. He was He moved on for £50,000 to Notts County in October 1987, playing regularly before joining Bury in July 1989. He had a loan spell with Chester City in October 1990 and then moved to Mansfield Town in January 1991.

Withe experienced two relegations and a promotion in his three seasons at Field Mill. He moved to Shrewsbury Town in August 1993, a season that ended with the Gay Meadow club topping Division Three. He remained with the club until the end of the 1995–96 season, a campaign that saw him play at Wembley Stadium in the final of the Auto Windscreens Shield against Rotherham United.[4]

Withe then dropped into non-league football with Boston United, where he played for three seasons. He was voted the club's player of the season and player’s player of the season in 1996–97.[5]

Since finishing his playing days, Withe has turned out occasionally for Hucknall based Sunday league team Spot On along with his son Matt, as well as playing in the Masters football series.[6]


Bradford City

Football League Division Three champions: 1984–85 (45 apps).

Mansfield Town

Football League Division Four promotion as third place team: 1991–92 (10 apps, 1 goal).

Shrewsbury Town

Football League Division Three champions: 1993–94 (26 apps).

Auto Windscreens Shield runners-up: 1995–96.

Boston United

External links


  1. ^ "Match Details". Newcastle United – a statistical journey. Retrieved 2008-01-19.  
  2. ^ "Match Details". Newcastle United – a statistical journey. Retrieved 2008-01-19.  
  3. ^ "Player Profile". Newcastle United – a statistical journey. Retrieved 2008-01-19.  
  4. ^ Glen Isherwood (2006). Wembley:The Complete Record 1923-2000. pp. p.310. ISBN 1-899807-42-X.  
  5. ^ "Boston United Squad 1998/9 (see near foot of page)". Boston United Unofficial Website. Retrieved 2008-01-19.  
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2008-01-19.  


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