|Full name||Frank Anthony Stapleton|
|Date of birth||July 10, 1956|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
→ Anderlecht (loan)
Le Havre AC
Brighton & Hove Albion
|1976–1990||Republic of Ireland||71 (20)|
New England Revolution
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Frank Anthony Stapleton (born July 10, 1956 in Dublin) is a former Irish football player. Events 48 BC - Battle of Dyrrhachium, Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia. Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Dublin (ˈdʌblɨn/ /ˈdʊblɨn or /ˈdʊbəlɪn/, bˠalʲə aːha klʲiəh or cliə(ɸ is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered He is best remembered for his time at Arsenal, Manchester United and as a pivotal player for the Republic of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland national football team represents Ireland in international football. He has also been a manager at Bradford City. Bradford City Association Football Club (also known as The Bantams, and previously The Paraders) is an English football club based in Bradford
Stapleton was a tough tackling forward who was an especially good header of the ball. He started his career with Arsenal, joining them in 1972 as an apprentice, after being turned down by Manchester United. He made his first-team debut in 1975 against Stoke City, and would go on to form a potent striking partnership with Malcolm Macdonald; the two scored 46 goals between them in 1976-77. Stoke City Football Club is a football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Malcolm Ian Macdonald (born 7 January 1950) is a former English footballer nicknamed "Supermac" famed for scoring goals for He was Arsenal's top scorer for the three following seasons, and helped the Gunners reach a trio of FA Cup finals; Stapleton scored one of the goals in Arsenal's 1979 3-2 win over Manchester United, and scored 108 goals in 300 appearances in total for the Gunners. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after The 1979 FA Cup Final was a football match played on 12 May 1979 at Wembley Stadium.
Stapleton went on to move to Man United in 1981 for £900,000 (a fee set by tribunal after the two clubs could not agree). Tribunal is a generic term for any body acting judicially whether or not it is called a tribunal in its title He would help United win the 1983 and 1985 FA Cups. The 1983 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley. The 1985 FA Cup Final was contested by Manchester United and holders Everton at Wembley. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after He left United in 1987, after scoring 78 goals for the club in 365 matches.
He went on to play for Ajax Amsterdam, before returning to England with Derby County and Blackburn Rovers, Aldershot, Huddersfield Town & Brighton & Hove Albion as well as a stint at Le Havre in France. Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax ( also referred to as AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax, is a professional football club from Amsterdam Derby County Football Club is a professional football club based at Pride Park Stadium in Derby England. Blackburn Rovers Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. Aldershot Football Club was an English Football League club which went out of business in 1992. Huddersfield Town Football Club is an English football club formed in 1908 and based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club are an English football club based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. Le Havre Athletic Club Football Association or Havre Athletic Club, is a French football club based in Le Havre, founded in 1872 making it the oldest football This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. He became player-manager of Bradford City, where he spent three seasons, and later went to the United States to coach Major League Soccer side New England Revolution. Bradford City Association Football Club (also known as The Bantams, and previously The Paraders) is an English football club based in Bradford The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Major League Soccer ( MLS) is the top-flight professional Soccer league in the United States and Canada with 14 teams 13 in the U The New England Revolution, nicknamed the Revs, is a professional soccer club based in Foxborough Massachusetts, that participates in Major League
In the 2003-04 season he briefly returned to English football as a specialist coach of Bolton Wanderers. Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater The Bolton manager Sam Allardyce wanted Stapleton to enhance the skills of the strikers at the club and saw the Irishman as an ideal candidate, given his successful playing career. Samuel "Sam" Allardyce (born 19 October 1954 in Dudley, West Midlands) is an English football manager and former
He also won 71 caps for the Republic of Ireland, scoring a then record 20 goals. The Republic of Ireland national football team represents Ireland in international football. Stapleton made his international debut under then player-manager Johnny Giles in a friendly against Turkey in Ankara in 1976 at 20 years of age. Johnny Giles (born 6 November 1940 in Dublin) is an Irish former Association football midfielder who played for Leeds United in the 1960s The Turkish national football team is the national football team of the Republic of Turkey and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after İstanbul. He scored after only 3 minutes of his debut when he headed home a Giles free-kick at the near post. That 'friendly' international finished 3-3 and marked the start of a magnificent international career for the quiet and reserved Stapleton.
Stapleton was committed to international football insisting that an "international release clause" be inserted to all of his contracts so that he could be released to play in international games for Ireland.
Stapleton played a significant role in Ireland's attempt to qualify for the World Cup in Spain in 1982. The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th staging of the World Cup was held in Spain from June 13 to July 11. Goals against Cyprus, Holland and France for Stapleton in the qualifying matches were not enough as Ireland were denied a place at the World Cup by a superior French goal difference. The Cyprus national football team is the national football team of the island of Cyprus and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association. The Netherlands national football team is the national football team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association The French national football team represents the nation of France in international football. Stapleton was made captain of the national team for the qualifying campaign for the 1986 World Cup though Ireland failed to emulate their fine performance in the 1982 qualifiers. The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from May 31 to June 29.
Jack Charlton took over as the Irish manager in 1986 and he kept Stapleton as captain despite a sometimes uneasy relationship between the two men. John "Jack" Charlton, OBE, DL (born Ashington, Northumberland, 8 May 1935) is a former Footballer Stapleton scored a magnificent diving header in the opening Euro '88 qualifer against Belgium in the 2-2 draw at the Heysel Stadium, Brussels that September. The 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in West Germany. See also Heysel Stadium disaster The King Baudouin Stadium (French Stade Roi Baudouin, Dutch Koning Boudewijnstadion Brussels (Bruxelles pronounced; Brussel pronounced) officially the Brussels Capital-Region, is He also scored in the 2-1 defeat by Bulgaria in Sofia on April 1, 1987 with another goal against Luxembourg in the 2-1 victory at Lansdowne Road the following September. The Bulgaria national football team is the national football team of Bulgaria and is controlled by the Bulgarian Football Union. Sofia (София ˈsɔfija is the Capital and largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, with a population of 1395568 in the Capital Municipality Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) The Luxembourg national football team is the national football team of Luxembourg, and is controlled by the Luxembourg Football Federation. Location The stadium is situated in the neighbourhood of Ballsbridge in the city's Dublin 4 area
Stapleton captained the Irish team to the 1988 Euro finals and played in all of their matches during the competition including Ireland's famous victory against England.
After the 1988 European Championships Stapleton remained on the fringe of the national team during qualification for World Cup Italia '90 making just two appearances late in the campaign.
He did, however, score an 87th minute goal against Malta in a 3-0 friendly in Valetta just prior to those finals in Italy. The Malta national football team is the national football team of Malta and is controlled by the Malta Football Association. Valletta ( Belt Valletta or Città Umilissima) is the capital city of Malta. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest
Stapleton is widely regarded as one of Ireland's greatest and most committed strikers.