An article by Chris Wright from Liverpool Daily Post on 27th April 2007. A strong and pacey left winger with two good feet, Heighway settled into top flight football with some ease after making his debut on 22 September 1970 in a League Cup 2nd round replay at Anfield. Among Heighway's successes are Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Dominic Matteo, David Thompson and Michael Owen. Following a number of appearances on the bench or as a substitute he nailed down a first team place from the beginning of October of the 1970/71 season. "Nowadays, it's harder for them to get the opportunity to show what they can do.

Stephen Derek Heighway (born 25 November 1947) is an Irish former footballer who was part of the hugely successful Liverpool team of the 1970s.

He remained so for the whole of the 1970s, winning a total of 34 caps. But managers don't have time to run youth departments. "At under-15 level, particularly with the FA Schools trophy, we have always said to the boys, if you want to play for Liverpool schoolboys, you can play. He won 34 caps and scored no goals.

"Under-18 coach John Owens and reserve manager Gary Ablett talk most days, so if Gary needs our players at Melwood we liaise."

It was a 1982 World Cup qualifier that ended in a 2-2 draw. Heighway announced his retirement from Liverpool on 26 April 2007, immediately after the side he managed won the FA Youth Cup for the second year running: he commented: "I don't know what the future holds just yet, we'll have to wait and see.

He also scored two goals in the UEFA Cup as Liverpool went on to win their first European silverware. Steve, there are rumours you're about to leave Liverpool. "You've got to remember in the majority of cases you're not 100 per cent sure if a player will make it. Heighway admits he's close to retiring from his crucial position at Anfield, but in this frank, two-part interview, he launched a passionate defence of The Academy, responding to recent criticisms to the ECHO'S Liverpool FC correspondent, Chris Bascombe. Beyond the starting elevens, there are now eight others with international experience.

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"As clubs, there is discussion about expanding our role even further.

There are 280 people with the last name HEIGHWAY displayed over 4 pages. "The game has changed beyond all recognition. In 1999, Liverpool completed the first purpose-built academy in England, as Heighway embraced the youth football revolution led by then FA technical director Howard Wilkinson. "I'm saying it's harder for any English boy to play for a Premiership club. They come here because they want to, they love it, and they have a dream. The third was a penalty from Phil Neal.

"The great finishing school for any player is not The Academy or the reserves, it's walking down the tunnel. There are two processes in how someone becomes a top player. Since 1999, the injury record at this level has declined unbelievably."

"These things go in cycles.

"At most top clubs there will always be friction somewhere because the first team is all that matters.

Skelmersdale United (amateur), Minnesota Kicks (USA). Other cities don't have this competition. Today, Heighway talks about his future, the relationship between the Academy and Melwood and explains why he believes it's harder than ever for local boys to make the grade. If that's the answer, I'll be the first to say let's do it. It's about the group just below that who become top players." I'm nearly 60 now, so I won't be here forever.

"In ten years time, each club may have 100 community coaches each." That was perceived to be the problem with English football. "Maybe there are no trophies at the end of the games, but to suggest it's not competitive is ridiculous., Football League First Division (5): 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, Charity Shield (4): 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, Liverpool F.C. I've never been asked to bend the rules here, going back to the days of Bill Shankly, it's been drummed into us here not to cheat. If the goal had stood it would have meant Ireland and not France qualifying for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Bill Shankly was urged to recruit the Dublin-born winger from Skelmersdale Town by Bob Paisley in May 1970.

You're always looking to improve, but I can tell you there's nothing wrong with the work that's done here. If you're Gerrard or Owen, you will always play. If someone is asked this question on Sky TV, they'll say of course foreign players have been good for the English game, but everyone knows that's not necessarily the truth. Regarded as one of the greatest ever Liverpool players, he was ranked 23rd in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop poll. How has your relationships with the first team manager changed since 1989?

"To suggest we should hand players back to the schools and Sunday leagues is ridiculous, and I was disappointed credence was given to this argument by your newspaper. A month later he scored against Merseyside rivals Everton in a hard-fought 3–2 win, this after the Reds had found themselves 2–0 down not long into the second half. What's the truth? He added a second European cup winners' medal a year later when he came on for Jimmy Case against Bruges at Wembley. Other clubs:

We've ten on our doorstep, all recruiting from the same area. Steve Heighway played his last match for the Republic of Ireland on 9 September 1981 against Holland in Rotterdam. "I'd like to give credit to every boy who comes here.

He also earned 34 Republic of Ireland caps.

He had an unorthodox style and that and his pace caused many a problem for defenders during his debut season.

"The trouble with English football is no-one tells the truth. Heighway became academy director at Liverpool in a period when the club brought through such players as Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher. We've created a fantastic environment for those who are good enough.

"We won the youth cup last season with some terrific kids such as Lindfield, Spearing, Darby and Threlfall. Already an economics graduate he had come to believe that his opportunity to play professional football had passed him by when Bill Shankly signed him for Liverpool FC. In 1989, Kenny Dalglish appointed Heighway to the key role of youth development officer at Anfield. How can you nurture the right characters to become footballers?

Heighway came to prominence while playing for amateur club Skelmersdale United as a 22 year old. They're the three aspects of a successful club and we focus on our responsibilities here." He scored the second goal to give the Reds a 2-0 win at Anfield. "Having said that there's a massive review of the rules taking place at this moment, assessing where The Academies are, and this is one of the areas. Their opponents were Arsenal, who were after a coveted "double" having won the League championship. The following year he was again in the side frequently as Liverpool won yet another League title, but from 1980 onwards his opportunities in the side diminished. All rights reserved - © - [email protected] - This is an independent website not owned by Liverpool Football Club, Departing Heighway hails ‘best ever’ side after FA Youth Cup win, Liverpool's Academy Director Steve Heighway talks, It's right to cast net far and wide in the search for future stars.

"Callum Woods left Liverpool last summer to play in the Scottish Premier League. I had played at underage level for Ireland on the international scene already but had also represented England in School's football but Ireland was the team that I had decided to play for, and I never had to give it anymore thought after that.

His career didn't progress at Liverpool, but he still did it. You are viewing page 4. I'm not sure if even I'd get through with things how they are now, and we were speaking to Jamie Carragher recently and he made the same point.

"Equally, there is no one who believes it can happen, so it's hardly worth looking down that road. It was a 1982 World Cup qualifier that ended in a 2-2 draw. Like his team-mate Brian Hall, Steve was a University graduate, with a degree in Economics, and therefore had a very different background to most professional sportsmen of the time. Something will give.

With a swift turn outside Heighway gained a yard on Rice and hit a low drive into the net past Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson who had committed the cardinal goalkeeping sin of coming out too far from his near post to anticipate a cross, thereby leaving a gap. But has the arrival of Malcolm Elias, new head of youth recruitment, led to an alteration in policy where youngsters from other Academies are now Liverpool targets? "We would be reluctant to uproot a family in this way, unless, as in that case, it was a certainty he'd make it. Heighway had already signed a two-year contract in the North American Soccer League with Minnesota Kicks, sold his house and was scheduled to move his family … Posted by Bob Hannah (employee) On Saturday, February 13, 2016 I worked for Bruce at the P.U.C for one year one of the best managers I ever worked for he was the epitome of class.

Do you think Arsenal fans see their team, with no English players, and wish it was any different?

Like his team-mate Brian Hall, Steve was a University graduate, with a degree in Economics, and therefore had a very different background to most professional sportsmen of the time.

Liverpool F.C. "There's a legal process by which, if there's a boy outside our area who is 15 or 16, can be brought here for a fair level of compensation.

I've always had to be careful because I worked with a French manager here who had some very strange views of the game, didn't like anyone disagreeing with him, who bought 14 French players who all had to be sold when a new man came in. My condolences to his family. Steve was never a prolific scorer, the highest number of goals he managed in a league season was the nine he got in 1974-75, but he created numerous openings for players like Keegan and Toshack and later on for the likes of Dalglish, Johnson and Fairclough. However, he did have a goal disallowed in a qualifier for the 1978 World Cup against Bulgaria in Sofia. Think about the impact on his schooling and every other aspect of his family's life. In one memorable match he destroyed Dynamo Berlin at Anfield creating the first goal for Phil Boersma and scoring the second goal in a 3-1 win. He just needs to know there will be some good players to choose from.

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