John Coleman (footballer, born 1962)

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John Coleman
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-10-12) 12 October 1962 (age 59)
Place of birth Kirkby, [1] England
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Accrington Stanley (manager)
Senior career*
1979–1982 Kirkby Town
1983–1984 Burscough
1984–1985 Marine
1985–1988 Southport 89 (49)
1988 Runcorn 6 (1)
1988 Macclesfield Town 11 (1)
1988–1989 Rhyl
1989–1990 Witton Albion
1990–1996 Morecambe
1996–1997 Lancaster City
1997–1999 Ashton United
Teams managed
1997–1999 Ashton United
1999–2012 Accrington Stanley
2012–2013 Rochdale
2013–2014 Southport
2014 Sligo Rovers
2014– Accrington Stanley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Coleman (born 12 October 1962) is an English football manager and former player. He is the manager of League One side Accrington Stanley.


Playing career

Coleman had a long playing career, mainly in non-league football for Kirkby Town, Burscough, Marine, Southport, Runcorn F.C. Halton, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Lancaster City and Ashton United. He also had a short spell in Wales with Rhyl. He was one of the most prolific non-league goalscorers in history, with over 500 goals to his name in a career spanning almost two decades. This success saw him play for the England National Game XI (the England team for semi-professional players) and receive many Player of the Year awards from the clubs he played for.

Managerial career

He was appointed player-manager of Ashton United in 1997. After two years, he joined Accrington Stanley then playing in the Northern Premier League First Division. His 12-and-a-half-year tenure saw the club win three promotions as champions to enter the Football League in 2006. He was also the club's longest ever serving manager. At the time of his departure to Rochdale, Coleman was the third longest serving manager in England, behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger.

On 24 January 2012, Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell were appointed by Rochdale to replace Steve Eyre, who had left the club the previous month. [2] Their contracts were terminated by Rochdale on 21 January 2013 following a poor run in form. [3] In October 2013, Coleman declared his interest in replacing Dave Hockaday as manager of Forest Green Rovers, [4] but returned to Southport as manager on 7 December 2013, with Jimmy Bell once again as his assistant.

He took over as manager of Sligo Rovers in June 2014. [5]

On 18 September 2014, Coleman was confirmed as manager of Accrington Stanley for his second spell with the club. [6]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 19 October 2021 [7] [8] [9]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Ashton United 1 August 19971 May 199991532117058.2
Accrington Stanley 1 May 199923 January 2012587236148203040.2
Rochdale 24 January 201221 January 201352141424026.9
Southport 7 December 20133 May 201425889032.0
Sligo Rovers 21 June 201418 September 201415735046.7
Accrington Stanley18 September 2014Present37315593125041.6


As a Manager


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  1. "How two best mates went from Sunday League to League One". The Independent. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  2. "Rochdale appoint Accrington Stanley's John Coleman as boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. "Rochdale Club Statement". 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  4. "John Coleman: I'm interested in Forest Green Rovers job". Gloucester Citizen. 23 October 2013. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013.
  5. "John Coleman appointed new Sligo Rovers manager". RTE Sport. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  6. "Accrington Stanley: John Coleman returns as manager". BBC Sport. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  7. "John Coleman". Soccerbase. Racing Post . Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  8. "Matches played by Sligo Rovers 2013/14". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  9. "Matches played by Sligo Rovers 2014/15". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 25 January 2015.