Martin Drury

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Martin Drury
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Playing position(s) Left back
Club information
Current team
Bradford City (coach)
Youth career
Doncaster Rovers
Senior career*
2002–2004 Doncaster Rovers 0 (0)
2004Gainsborough Trinity (loan)
2004–2006 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
2006–2009 Gainsborough Trinity
2007Belper Town (loan)
2009–2014 Bradford (Park Avenue)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Bradford (Park Avenue)
2019 Bradford City (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martin Drury (born 10 April 1986) is an English football coach and former player. He is currently a coach at Bradford City.


Playing career

Born in Huddersfield, Drury played as a left back for Doncaster Rovers, Gainsborough Trinity, Sheffield Wednesday, Belper Town, and Bradford (Park Avenue). [1] [2] [3] He retired at the age of 28 due to injury. [4]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Drury worked for Bradford (Park Avenue) (as both assistant manager and then manager), and also as a coach at Boston United. [1]

At Park Avenue, he was appointed manager in April 2015, replacing John Deacey. [5] He left the club in March 2016, and was replaced by Darren Edmondson. [6]

Drury joined Bradford City in 2016, initially working in their Academy. [4] [7] In July 2017 he became a full-time youth coach at the club, [8] and in May 2018 he became Lead Development Coach for the club's entire youth set-up. [4]

He later worked as first-team coach under both Michael Collins and David Hopkin. [7] In February 2019, after the resignation of Hopkin, Drury was appointed as the club's caretaker manager. [7] A few days later he appointed Paul Caddis as club captain, replacing Anthony O'Connor. [9] Drury's game in charge, on 2 March 2019, was a 5–1 away defeat against Portsmouth. After the game, Drury said that appointing a new permanent manager was a "matter of urgency". [10] Two days later, on 4 March 2019, Gary Bowyer was appointed as Bradford City manager until the end of the 2018–19 season. [11] Drury was retained by the club as a coach. [12]

Personal life

As of November 2012, Drury was married with two sons. [13]

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  3. Martin Drury at Soccerbase
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  6. Ian Whiting (26 March 2016). "No regrets from Drury after being replaced as Park Avenue boss". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
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  10. Simon Parker (4 March 2019). "Bantams poised to reveal new manager TODAY". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
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  12. Simon Parker (9 March 2019). "Bradford City boss won't make coaching changes". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. "Martin Drury". Bradford (Park Avenue) A.F.C. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2019.