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Terence "Terry" McDermott (born 8 December 1951 in Kirkbymarker) is a former football midfielder and current coach. He is currently the assistant manager at League One side Huddersfield Town.

Playing career

Early career

McDermott joined Bury as a youngster in 1969. He made a total of 90 appearances and eight goals before joining Newcastle United in 1973.

Manager Joe Harvey gave McDermott his Newcastle debut on 17 March 1973, at Old Traffordmarker, with a match against Manchester United. He came off the bench but could not do anything to prevent Newcastle losing 2-1.

McDermott reached the FA Cup Final in 1974 against Liverpool. However, Newcastle lost the match 3-0.


Liverpool boss Bob Paisley, in his first season in charge after replacing Bill Shankly, brought McDermott to Merseyside in November 1974. He made his Liverpool debut, along with Phil Neal, on 16 November, in a Merseyside derby with fierce rivals Everton at Goodison Parkmarker. Neither side could break the deadlock with both sides sharing the points. McDermott's first goal came in a 1-1 league draw with Burnley at Turf Moormarker on 8 March 1975.

McDermott struggled for the next two years to get into the team or hold down a place once given his chance. Liverpool won the League championship and UEFA Cup in 1976 but McDermott did not play in enough matches during the season to pick up a League medal, although he was in the squad which won in Europe. Speculation mounted that he would move on in the summer of 1976, but instead he stayed at Anfieldmarker and became an integral part of the following season's triumphs.

McDermott was a fixture in the 1977 side which retained the title. Meanwhile, his goal against Merseyside rivals Everton F.C. in the semi-final of the FA Cup, a turn and chip from the edge of the penalty area, was voted the Goal Of The Season by the BBC . That game finished 2-2, with Liverpool winning the replay. A subsequent success in a European Cup semi meant that Liverpool had reached the finals of both the FA Cup and European Cup, which were scheduled to be played at Wembleymarker and Romemarker within four days of each other in May 1977. Victory in both would complete an historic "treble" which had never been achieved before.

However, Liverpool were defeated in the FA Cup final by Manchester United which ended their "treble" dream. There was joy for McDermott four days later though when he opened the scoring in the European Cup final against Borussia Mönchengladbach as Liverpool won 3-1. A few months later, he scored a hat-trick in the second leg of Liverpool's victory over Hamburg in the 1977 UEFA Super Cup Final.

Liverpool reached their first League Cup final in 1978 and this occasion was to prove memorable for McDermott for the wrong reasons. The first game at Wembley against Nottingham Forest F.C. ended goalless, but McDermott had a goal disallowed after the officials decided that team-mate Kenny Dalglish was in an offside position when McDermott struck his shot. In the replay at Old Traffordmarker, after Forest had opened the scoring with a hotly disputed penalty, McDermott scored what he thought was the equaliser with a well-struck drive, only for the officials to deny him again, claiming he had controlled the pass with his arm. Forest held on to win 1-0 and McDermott offered to swear on oath in an after-match interview that he had trapped the ball legally with his chest.

The replays showed that while Dalglish was, indeed, offside for the disallowed strike at Wembley, McDermott could count himself unfortunate to be penalised for hand ball for the goal which was ruled out in the replay.

Consolation at missing out on the League Cup was found at the end of the season when McDermott featured in the Liverpool team which retained the European Cup thanks to a 1-0 win over Club Brugge at Wembley.

The following season, McDermott scored one of Liverpool's most memorable goals. It came at Anfieldmarker in a League match against Tottenham Hotspur on 2 September 1978. Liverpool were defending a corner which was cleared from their own penalty area to striker David Johnson, who hit a long pass to the sprinting winger Steve Heighway on the left flank as McDermott started to chase forward. Within just a few seconds, the ball was in the Spurs net as Highway raced down the line and crossed the ball, without stopping to control it, for McDermott to head home after a 70-yard run. This was the final goal in a 7-0 win.

By the end of that season, McDermott and Liverpool were champions again and they retained the title in 1980, with McDermott also picking up the personal honour of being voted the PFA Players' Player of the Year. He scored another memorable goal against Tottenham that season, this time in the FA Cup, and at White Hart Lanemarker, when he took a misplaced pass from Osvaldo Ardiles on the right hand corner of the penalty area, flicked the ball into the air and hit a lob-volley into the far corner of the goal.

In 1981, McDermott featured as Liverpool beat West Ham United after a replay to win the League Cup for the first time and then featured in the team which defeated Real Madrid in the European Cup final. A further League title and League Cup would follow in 1982 but his place in the side was becoming less assured.


McDermott returned to Newcastle United in the September 1982 where he featured alongside his former Liverpool team-mate Kevin Keegan and youngsters Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley as Newcastle won promotion back to the top flight of English football.

Playing abroad

McDermott left in 1984 to play with Cork City F.C. in Irelandmarker.

In 1985, McDermott played for the Cypriot team APOEL Nicosia alongside Ian Moores where he won the Cypriot First Division championship.

International career

On 7 September 1977, Ron Greenwood gave McDermott his debut for England in a 0-0 friendly draw with Switzerland at Wembleymarker. He opened his goalscoring account on 10 September 1980 during a World Cup qualifier at Wembley against Norway. McDermott scored twice, including a penalty, as England won 4-0.

McDermott was selected in 1980 for the England squad which travelled to the 1980 European Championships in Italy. He played in two of the group games.

McDermott was picked for the England squad for the 1982 World Cup in Spain but did not play in any games, despite the fact that he had played a part in every qualifing game for this World Cup. He never played for England again and only featured as a substitute in one match for Liverpool the following season.

Coaching career

When Kevin Keegan became manager of Newcastle on 5 February 1992, he recruited McDermott as his first team coach. Together the two masterminded a return to the top of the English game for Newcastle which included a close run to the League title in 1996 which was won by Manchester United. After Keegan resigned, McDermott stayed at Newcastle for a further season under Kenny Dalglish but left Newcastle when Dalglish resigned and replacement Ruud Gullit decided to bring in his own coach.

In 2005, McDermott returned to Newcastle after he was recruited by manager Graeme Souness to work as a coach. After the sacking of Souness in February 2006, McDermott stayed on under managers Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and Keegan once again.

When Keegan quit in September 2008, McDermott also left along with Adam Sadler. Up to this point McDermott's nickname had been 'black box', because of his long survival at Newcastle under 5 previous managers and his love of the 1989 dance classic, Ride On Time. On 19 December 2008 , Terry was named Assistant Manager of League One side Huddersfield Town, effectively becoming Lee Clark's right hand man.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Newcastle United 8 January 1997 14 January 1997 1 0 0 1 00.00


* Bury F.C (1969–1973) - 91 League appearances, 8 goals

* Newcastle United F.C (1973–1974) - 56 appearances, 6 goals * Liverpool F.C (1974–1982) - 328 appearances, 80 goals * Newcastle United F.C (1982–1984) - 74 appearances, 12 goals
  • Promoted to Division 1 (level 1) after finishing 3rd in Division 2 (level 2) (1984)
* APOEL Nicosia (1985–1987) - 65 appearances, 6 goals * Personal * England (1977–1982) - 25 caps, 3 goals

Personal life

McDermott's son Neale also plays football and is currently playing for Gateshead F.C. and was formerly on the books of Carlisle United F.C.. His other son Greg McDermott, is a youth team player for Newcastle United.


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