Andy King (footballer, born 1956)

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Andy King
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Edward King
Date of birth(1956-08-14)14 August 1956
Place of birth Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Date of death 27 May 2015(2015-05-27) (aged 58)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
0000–1974 Luton Town
Senior career*
1974–1976 Luton Town 33 (9)
1976–1980 Everton 151 (38)
1980–1981 Queens Park Rangers 30 (9)
1981–1982 West Bromwich Albion 25 (4)
1982–1984 Everton 44 (11)
1984–1985 Cambuur Leeuwarden 13 (1)
1985 Örebro SK 11 (4)
1985 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 (10)
1985–1986 Luton Town 3 (0)
1986–1987 Aldershot 36 (11)
1987–1989 Aylesbury United 2 (0)
1988–1989 Waterford United 2 (0)
1988–1989 Cobh Ramblers 6 (1)
1989 KePS 1 (0)
1989–1990 Southport 2 (1)
National team
1976–1978 England U21 2 (1)
Teams managed
1989 Waterford United
1993–1996 Mansfield Town
2000–2001 Swindon Town
2001–2005 Swindon Town
2006–2007 Grays Athletic
2013–2014 Northampton Town (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andrew Edward King (14 August 1956 – 27 May 2015) was an English professional footballer. He was capped twice by England at Under-21 level.

England national football team Mens association football team representing England

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Playing career

King was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, and began his career as an apprentice with his home town side, Luton Town, turning professional in July 1974. He left to join Everton in April 1976 for a fee of £35,000 and became a crowd favourite with his tremendous skills in midfield and a knack for scoring goals. Most notably he scored a spectacular goal to win Everton's first Merseyside derby for seven years in 1978. [1]

Luton Large town in Bedfordshire, England

Luton is a large town, borough and unitary authority area of Bedfordshire, situated in the south east of England, but in the East of England region for administrative purposes. It has a population of 214,109 (mid-2018 est.) and is one of the most populous towns without city status in the United Kingdom. The town is situated on the River Lea, about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of London. Earliest settlements in the Luton area can be traced back over 250,000 years, but the town's foundation dates to the sixth century as a Saxon outpost on the River Lea, from which Luton derives its name. Luton is recorded in the Domesday Book as Loitone and Lintone and one of the largest churches in Bedfordshire, St Mary's Church, was built in the 12th century. There are local museums which explore Luton's history in Wardown Park and Stockwood Park.

Bedfordshire County of England

Bedfordshire is a county in the East of England. It is a ceremonial county and a historic county, covered by three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

Luton Town F.C. English association football club

Luton Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, England, that competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1885, it is nicknamed "the Hatters" and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association. The team plays its home matches at Kenilworth Road, where it has been based since 1905. The club's history includes major trophy wins, several financial crises, numerous promotions and relegations, and some spells of sustained success. It was perhaps most prominent between 1982 and 1992, when it was a member of English football's top division, at that time the First Division; the team won its only major honour, the Football League Cup, in 1988.

During this period he won two England under-21 caps, but never played for the national team. He joined Queens Park Rangers in September 1980 and made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday. King was the first QPR player to score on the famous 'plastic pitch' in the opening game, although Rangers lost 1–2 to Luton Town. In all King played 30 league games for QPR scoring 9 goals before a transfer to West Bromwich Albion in September 1981.

Queens Park Rangers F.C. association football club in Shepherds Bush, England

Queens Park Rangers Football Club, commonly abbreviated to QPR, is a professional association football club based in White City, London. The club currently competes in the Championship, the second tier of English football. They were founded in 1886 after the merger of Christchurch Rangers and St Judes Institute, although their official founding date is 1882 which is when Christchurch Rangers were first formed. In the early years after the club's formation in its original home of Queen's Park, London, they played their home games at many different grounds, until finally the club settled into its current location at Loftus Road.

Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Association football club

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is a professional association football club based in Sheffield, England. The team competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Formed in 1867 as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club, they went by the name of the Wednesday Football Club until changing to their current name in 1929.

West Bromwich Albion F.C. Association football club

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King returned to Everton in July 1982 for two seasons, subsequently playing for Dutch side Cambuur Leeuwarden then Swedish team Örebro SK, before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 1985. He returned to Luton Town in December the same year, but made just three league appearances before moving to Aldershot in August 1986. He retired from the professional game at the end of the following season in May 1987.

SC Cambuur association football club

SC Cambuur is a Dutch football club from the city of Leeuwarden formed on 19 June 1964, that plays in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of Dutch football, after being relegated in May 2016 from the Eredivisie. The home ground of the club is the 10,000-capacity Cambuur Stadion. The club usually plays in yellow shirts and blue shorts. The origin of the club's emblem is the coat of arms of the House of Cammingha, a Frisian noble family.

Örebro SK Association football club in Örebro, Sweden

Örebro Sportklubb, more commonly known as Örebro SK, Örebro or ÖSK, are a Swedish professional football club based in Örebro. The club are affiliated to Örebro Läns Fotbollförbund and play their home games at Behrn Arena. The club colours are black and white. Formed on 28 October 1908 the club have played 50 seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1946–47.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Association football club

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, commonly known as Wolves, is an English professional football club in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Formed as St Luke's F.C. in 1877, they have played at Molineux Stadium since 1889 and compete in the Premier League, the top division of English football, after winning the 2017–18 EFL Championship. Wolves will compete in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, the first time the club has qualified for a European tournament for thirty-nine years, by virtue of finishing in seventh-place in the 2018–19 Premier League in their first season back in the top tier.

Overall his league playing career spanned 14 years, in which he scored more than 80 goals across more than 310 league appearances.

Coaching and managerial career

King was appointed player/manager of Irish top division team Waterford United in January 1989, [2] after Peter Thomas resigned. However, after only two league appearances he left the club by mutual consent seven weeks later. [3]

He then signed for Cobh Ramblers as a player. [4] scoring his only League of Ireland goal came on St Patrick's Day against Shamrock Rovers [5]

He was appointed as manager of Mansfield Town in August 1993. He led Mansfield to the Third Division play-offs in the 1994–95 season, losing in the semi-finals to Chesterfield. They failed to build on this the following season and King left in July 1996 after Mansfield had finished in 19th place.

He later worked as a coach and a scout, and was scouting for Sunderland when, in the 2000 close season, he joined Swindon Town as assistant manager under his former Everton teammate Colin Todd. In November 2000, after Todd had left to become assistant manager of Derby County, King took over as manager. [6] He maintained Swindon's Second Division status that season, but was replaced by former Liverpool manager Roy Evans in June 2001. Evans remained in charge for just a few months and King was re-appointed as Swindon manager on 20 December 2001 after the arrival of new owners of the club (including the former jockey Willie Carson).

The peak of his Swindon career came in the 2003–04 season, when Swindon qualified for the Division Two playoffs, only to lose on penalties to Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-finals.

King was eventually dismissed by Swindon on 26 September 2005, [7] after five successive defeats had left Swindon second from bottom in Football League One.

He then worked as a scout until being appointed as manager of Conference National side Grays Athletic on 23 November 2006. [8] However, he surprisingly resigned for personal reasons on 4 January 2007. [9]

He was a scout for former team Everton, but on 3 December 2007 King was appointed Chief Scout at Championship side Plymouth Argyle. He was then appointed as Head Scout at Colchester United in 2010.

On 30 November 2011, King was appointed as Assistant Manager to Aidy Boothroyd at Northampton Town.

After Boothroyd's dismissal as Northampton Town manager, King was placed in the role of caretaker manager, before moving on to MK Dons to take up a scouting role in February 2014.


King died at his home on 27 May 2015 following a heart attack. He had previously suffered a heart attack in 2009. He was saved by his wife and a daughter. [10] [11]

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