John Haselden

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John Haselden
Personal information
Full name John James Haselden
Date of birth(1943-08-03)3 August 1943
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Date of death 30 March 2020(2020-03-30) (aged 76)
Position(s) Central defender
Senior career*
1961–1968 Rotherham United 99 (0)
1968–1974 Doncaster Rovers 172 (20)
1971–1972Mansfield Town (Loan) 4 (0)
Teams managed
1977 Huddersfield Town
1991 Reading (caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John James Haselden (3 August 1943 – 30 March 2020) [1] was an English professional footballer and football manager, he was also a physiotherapist. As a player, he was a central defender.


Playing career

Haselden played the professional game for 13 years and played for Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and had a loan spell at Mansfield Town.

Rotherham United

Haselden started his career at Rotherham United in 1961. He spent 7 years at Rotherham and played 99 games. He then moved to hometown club Doncaster Rovers in 1968.

Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers were Haselden's hometown club and he was to make 172 appearances in the next 6 years. He also scored 20 goals. He also had a loan spell at Mansfield between 1971 and 1972 where he played 4 games. In 1974, he retired from the game and joined Mansfield Town's coaching staff.


In 1987, Haselden had a run-out in a friendly at Reading, where he was working as a coach, at the age of 45.

Coaching career

Mansfield Town

Haselden was Mansfield Town's First Team Coach and in his first season as coach Mansfield won the Fourth Division title.

Huddersfield Town

Haselden joined Huddersfield Town in 1976 as a physiotherapist/coach under Tom Johnston and was promoted to the manager's role in 1977 when the club's board voted him into the hot-seat. This role only lasted six months, though as Johnston came back to Huddersfield for a third time in 1977. In 1978 and when Johnston took Town to 91st in The Football League he retired and Mick Buxton was brought in as caretaker manager. When Buxton was given the role full-time he made Haselden his assistant manager and in their full season at the helm Town won the Fourth Division title. Town also gained promotion from Division Three in 1983. In 1986 Haselden was sacked by Town to free up the club's wage bill.


In 1986 Haselden joined Reading's coaching staff. He took caretaker charge of Reading in 1991 for a couple of weeks. He left Reading in 1993 to join Nottingham Forest.

Managerial statistics

As of 9 April 2009.
Huddersfield Town 22 April 197729 September 1977140580
Reading (caretaker manager)30 April 199110 May 1991413025

Nottingham Forest

Haselden joined Forest as a physiotherapist where he worked for nine years before leaving to join Aston Villa in 2002. He left in 2004 for Notts County. He spent 4 years at Notts before being replaced by Paul Smith in July 2008.



Doncaster Rovers


Mansfield Town

Huddersfield Town


Nottingham Forest

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