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David Needham (born 21 May 1949) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Notts County, Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest,[1] and in the North American Soccer League for the Toronto Blizzard,[2] in the 1970s and 1980s.

David Needham
Personal information
Full name David William Needham
Date of birth (1949-05-21)21 May 1949
Place of birth Leicester, England
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1977 Notts County 429 (32)
1977 Queens Park Rangers 18 (3)
1977–1982 Nottingham Forest 86 (9)
1982 Toronto Blizzard 12 (1)
1983–1986 Kettering Town 22 (2)
Total 567 (47)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Notts CountyEdit

Needham started his career at Notts County in 1966. He spent eleven years at the Magpies.

Queens Park RangersEdit

He was signed by Queens Park Rangers in the close season of 1977 for £90,000. He was signed to replace the recently retired Frank McLintock in the centre of QPR's defence. He only spent six months at the West London club.

Nottingham ForestEdit

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest signed him in December 1977 for £140,000. At the end of the 1977-78 season he had picked up a winners medal as Forest won the First Division, but was ineligible for the League Cup which they won as he had played for QPR earlier in the competition. He did win a League Cup winners medal the following season when Forest retained the trophy, and was in the team which lost the 1980 final, when a mix-up between Needham and Peter Shilton led to the winning goal for Andy Gray.[3] He was an unused substitute in both of Forest's European Cup final wins in 1979 and 1980.

Toronto BlizzardEdit

He left Forest in 1982 to play in Canada. He signed for Toronto Blizzard in the North American Soccer League.


Needham was capped six times for England 'B', scoring twice.[4]


  1. ^ "Dave Needham". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ "North American Soccer League Players David Needham". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  3. ^ "1980's - League Cup 50th Vote". The Football League. 10 January 2010. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ Courtney, Barrie (21 March 2004). "England - International Results B-Team - Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2010.