Alan Willey (footballer, born 1956)
|Date of birth||18 October 1956|
|Place of birth||Houghton-le-Spring, England|
|1979–1981||Minnesota Kicks (indoor)||30||(39)|
|1981–1982||Montreal Manic (indoor)||10||(2)|
|1984–1988||Minnesota Strikers (indoor)||191||(151)|
|1988–1989||San Diego Sockers (indoor)||47||(20)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Houghton-le-Spring, Willey is the second-leading goal scorer in the history of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Willey played most of his career with the Minnesota Kicks and was inducted to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.
He began his career with English football club, Middlesbrough in 1974. In the NASL he played for the Minnesota Kicks (1976 to 1981), the Montreal Manic (1981 to 1983) and the Minnesota Strikers (1984).
He finished his NASL career with 129 goals in 238 games and an additional 13 goals in 26 play-off games. He memorably scored five goals in a play-off game against the New York Cosmos in 1978. His nickname was 'The Artful Dodger'.
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- Plenderleith, Ian (22 September 2015). Rock 'n' Roll Soccer. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. p. 153. ISBN 9781466884007.
- Jon Marthaler (13 June 2015). "United FC to salute Alan Willey, the 'Artful Dodger'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 16 December 2017.