• Ian Whitehead

  • Preston-born Ian was an amateur at Deepdale in the mid-to-late 1950's. He usually occupied the inside-left position in the Club's A & B teams but did occasionally play outside-left and centre-forward. He served his time at the local firm of English Electric as a tinsmith. He only managed to get nine reserve team games under his belt due to the large number of players on the club's books at that time. His one and only goal came in a Lancashire Senior Cup tie at Bolton Wanderers in a 5-2 win (Dec 1959).

  • However, his potential had been noted, and Ian, despite having had the chance of joining Leicester City opted to join Morecambe FC. So in August 1960, Ian left Preston to sign for former North Ender, Joe Dunn, now player/manager at Morecambe. After a season under Joe's watchful eye, Ian started to" come good." The following two seasons the Club won the Lancashire Combination League title, with Ian being their leading goalscorer on both occasions. He bagged 48 league and cup goals during 1961-62 and 49 the following season. He holds the club goalscoring record with 45 league goals during 1962-63 season. They also won the Lancashire Junior Cup final too that season, beating Horwich RMI by 2-1. Ironically the final was played at Deepdale.

  • In December 1963 Ian was transferred to Horwich RMI on a free, their manager at that time being another ex-North Ender, Ken Horton. At the start of the 1965-66 season, Ian returned to Morecambe, playing another nine games, before going over to the United States to play and work. He had amassed 116 league and cup goals for Morecambe.

  • Ian worked in the Insurance business and was an Associate Member of our Association. He sadly died on Christmas Eve 2011, aged 75.

  • Ian Rigby. (Morecambe stats kindly sent in by Lawrence Bland, Morecambe FC Historian).