Alec Lindsay (born Bury, England, 27th February 1948) was a strong full back who played for the successful Liverpool team of the 1970s.
Lindsay joined the Anfield club in 1969 from his hometown club Bury and, after a settling in period, was the first choice left back at the club by 1971 when Liverpool got to the FA Cup final.
Arsenal were victorious that day at Wembley but Lindsay would be back for another go in 1974 when Liverpool, with whom he had won the League championship and UEFA Cup the previous year, reached the final again.
With the the score against Newcastle United poised delicately at 0-0 in the second half's early stages, Lindsay made a strong overlapping run down the left flank and fired a crisp and spectacular shot in at the near post. Sadly for Lindsay, the referee ruled he was offside, though television replays showed the final pass had come unwittingly from a Newcastle player and therefore the referee should have allowed the goal to stand. Ultimately, Lindsay got his winners' medal as Liverpool won 3-0.
This was the peak of Lindsay's Liverpool career, as new manager Bob Paisley elected to play new signing Phil Neal in the left back slot the following season and even after Neal then moved to his favoured right back role, Lindsay was still rarely selected. This also ended his England hopes before they had really got started, having thus far won four caps.
Liverpool won two more League titles during the next three years but Lindsay didn't qualify for a medal. He also missed out on the 1976 UEFA Cup success and the 1977 FA Cup final when Liverpool, in search of a glorious "treble", lost to Manchester United. However, he was named as one of the five substitutes for the European Cup final in Rome three days later. Liverpool beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 but Lindsay did not get on the pitch and therefore missed out on a medal. He left Anfield in the summer of 1977 and joined Stoke City.
Lindsay finished his playing career in the USA and subsequently became a publican.