Colin Addison

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Colin Addison
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-05-18) 18 May 1940 (age 81)
Place of birth Taunton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) [1]
Position(s) Forward, Midfielder
Senior career*
1957–1961 York City 87 (28)
1961–1966 Nottingham Forest 160 (62)
1966–1967 Arsenal 28 (9)
1967–1971 Sheffield United 94 (22)
1971–1973 Hereford United 44 (6)
Teams managed
1971–1974 Hereford United (player-manager)
1975–1976 Durban City
1976–1977 Notts County (assistant)
1977–1978 Newport County
1979 West Bromwich Albion (assistant)
1979–1982 Derby County
1982–1985 Newport County
1985–1986 Al-Ahli (Doha)
1986–1987 Celta Vigo
1987–1988 West Bromwich Albion (assistant)
1988–1989 Atlético Madrid
1990–1990 Cádiz
1990–1991 Hereford United
1992–1993 Al-Arabi Kuwait
1993–1994 Cádiz
1995–1996 Badajoz
1996–1998 Merthyr Tydfil
1999–2000 Scarborough
2000–2001 Yeovil Town
2001–2002 Swansea City
2002–2003 Forest Green Rovers
2004 Barry Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Colin Addison (born 18 May 1940) is an English former professional footballer and manager.


Born in Taunton, Somerset, Addison started his playing career with York City before moving to Nottingham Forest, Arsenal and Sheffield United. His managerial career started when he took the post of player-manager of Hereford United in 1971 during their famous 1971–72 FA Cup run, which saw them defeat Newcastle United.

Since then Addison has managed a wide variety of clubs in the UK, as well as in Spain, South Africa, Kuwait and Qatar.

Playing career

Addison was born in Taunton [1] but brought up in York. He joined York City as an amateur and turned professional in May 1957. [1]

In his second season, he scored 10 league goals helped York win promotion to the recently created Third Division, and midway through the 1960–61 season he was transferred to First Division side Nottingham Forest for £12,000, a then-record fee for City. [2]

Addison was a regular at the City Ground scoring 62 goals in 160 league appearances, before being signed by Bertie Mee's Arsenal in 1966 for £45,000. His time at Highbury was hampered by injury and, after scoring an average of 1 goal in every 3 games for the Gunners, he was sold to First Division side Sheffield United at the end of the 1967 season.

Addison joined United on the recommendation of assistant manager Andy Beattie [2] who he had played with whilst at Nottingham Forest, signing for £40,000. [2] Signed as a centre forward and provide goals, he remained a first-team regular until the 1971 season where, when he opted to move into management, joining leading non-league side Hereford United as player-manager. [2]

Managerial career


Addison arrived at Hereford United in October 1971, succeeding the legendary John Charles as player-manager. He inherited a strong group of players which he led through the club's famous Giantkilling FA Cup run and ultimately election to the Football League.

In the Second Round, Addison and his team needed two replays to get past Northampton Town but it was worth the effort as a trip to top-flight Newcastle United awaited. After going 2–1 down in the tie, it was Addison who hit the 25-yard equaliser to take the Magpies to the return fixture at Edgar Street.

In front of a capacity crowd and on a quagmire of a pitch, Addison and Hereford unbelievably won 2–1 after extra time with Radford and George scoring. They went on to take West Ham United to another replay in the Fourth Round before eventually losing 3–1 at Boleyn Ground. [3]

Hereford were elected to the Football League at the end of Addison's first season as a manager, and the success continued the following season when Hereford finished as runners-up in Division Four. [4]

Management at the Touchline

Addison carried on playing until November 1973, but with a broken leg, he proceeded as manager until 1974 when he left to manage South African side Durban City F.C.. To mark his achievements at Hereford, an area north of the Edgar Street football ground was named Addison Court in his honour.

He returned to England in December 1975, joining Notts County as assistant to Ronnie Fenton. His next managerial position was at Newport County achieving the 'Great Escape' of the 1976-77 season [5] before he returned to West Bromwich Albion as assistant manager to Ron Atkinson.

After two seasons in charge at Derby County Addison departed in 1982, returning to Newport County where he led the team to their highest post-war league finish in the 1982–83 season. In May 1985 Addison left the Welsh side, moving to Qatar to guide Al-Ahli to second position in the Qatari league. Subsequently, Addison took the reins in Spain, where he took Celta Vigo into 'La Liga' First Division in his first season in charge.

A second spell at West Bromwich Albion as assistant manager to Ron Atkinson followed, before he and Ron departed for Atlético Madrid in October 1988. However, Atkinson left Los Colchoneros after only two months, with Addison taking over the leadership of the club. Addison departed Atlético Madrid leaving the capital's side 5th in La Liga First Division, moving to Cádiz CF where he garnered a string of victories to ensure Cadiz's position in La Liga First Division. Addison then moved to Kuwait where he won the league with Al-Arabi, finishing above second-placed team managed by Felipe Scolari. Returning to the UK, Addison once again took up the reins at Hereford United.

Further management callings in the UK followed, with a succession of clubs including Yeovil Town, [6] [7] Swansea City and Conference National side Forest Green Rovers, leading the club to what was their highest ever league finish. He was manager of Scarborough in the season 1998-99 in English football when Jimmy Glass' astonishing and memorable goal for Carlisle United changed the course of the season in the last minute. [8]

Personal life

Addison currently resides in the city of Hereford,[ citation needed ] and was a pundit on BBC Radio Wales until 2008.

He has operated as commentator and pundit on Spanish Football for Sky Sports, and as experienced FA Cup player and manager, as commentator and pundit for ESPN.

Addison acts as commentator and football advisor across the UK and Europe.

He also consults for clubs and media entities in Spain, USA and Asia.


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