Tony Waiters, who has died aged 83, was a footballer who played more than 250 games in goal for Blackpool and five times for England under Alf Ramsey; he later moved to the North American Soccer League, or NASL, managing Vancouver Whitecaps and going on to lead Canada to the 1986 World Cup, their only appearance in the finals tournament. Anthony Keith Waiters was born in Southport, then in Lancashire, on February 1 1937. He played at centre-half as a schoolboy, and it was only while doing National Service that he moved between the posts. In 1957 he signed for the famous amateur side Bishop Auckland of the Northern League, moving to Macclesfield Town, then of the Cheshire County League, after a season. He gained a teaching certificate in Physical Education from Loughborough College, during which time he turned out for the England amateur side.