Biography: Born in North Shields, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975 Waldock soon became part of the infamous Cramlington Juniors Youth Conveyor belt, under the watchful eye of legendary scout Jack Hixon Waldock’s talent, was recognised and he soon joined Sunderland AFC. Hixon unearthed such talents as Alan Shearer (England & Newcastle Utd) Andy Sinton (England & QPR) Michael Bridges (Leeds Utd) Graham Fenton (Aston Villa & Leicester) Tommy Widdrington (Southampton).
Waldock played for Sunderland AFC for a 3 year period under the stewardship of Former SAFC legend Jimmy Montgomery, John’s no-nonsense approach saw him recognised with a Northern Ireland U18 call up due to his Mothers Irish heritage.
After a bad knee injury versus Leeds United in a reserve game, Waldock’s appearances become limited & he joined the Terras in the 1995/96 season after a free transfer by then Sunderland manager Peter Reid.
Under the ‘Northeast’ revolution led by fellow ‘Geordie’ Graham Carr as manager, The Terras signed three outstanding servants in Waldock, David Laws & Ian Hutchinson. Between the three of them, they’d go onto amass over one thousand appearances of which 425 appearances were earned by John. The three became cherished fans favourites as they went onto become outstanding servants to Weymouth FC on & off the field.
During the Terras promotion season of 1997/98, Waldock was influential under ex-Shrewsbury manager Fred Davis, & in season 98/99 John was awarded fans player of the year, Players player of the year & away fans player of the year. He was awarded the Terras captaincy in 2000/01 season as his hard tacking no-nonsense defensive play made him a fan’s favourite.
John ended his playing career in 2003/04 season as he migrated to a coaching role under then manager Steve Claridge. That season the Terras finished 2nd and missed out on promotion after a promising start to the season & finished second behind Crawley Town FC.
In July 2004 John was awarded a testimonial versus Brighton & Hove Albion as the Terras fans showed up in force to show John their appreciation. John left the club as a fan’s favourite & still lives in Weymouth to this day with his family.
Debut: 22/07/1995 v Rushden & Diamonds (Fr)