Mel Machin

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Mel Machin
Personal information
Full nameMelvyn Machin [1]
Date of birth (1945-04-16) 16 April 1945 (age 76)
Place of birth Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
1962–1966 Port Vale 30 (6)
1966–1971 Gillingham 157 (11)
1971–1974 Bournemouth 110 (7)
1974–1978 Norwich City 96 (4)
1977Seattle Sounders (loan) 19 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1989 Manchester City
1989–1993 Barnsley
1994–2000 Bournemouth
2000–2002 Bournemouth (Director of football)
2003 Huddersfield Town (caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Melvyn Machin (born 16 April 1945) is an English former football player and manager.


A midfielder, he started his career at Port Vale in 1962, before he moved on to Gillingham four years later. He made his name at the club from 1966 to 1971, before he transferred to Bournemouth for a three-year spell. In 1974, he signed with Norwich City, also playing on loan at American club Seattle Sounders, before he retired in 1978 – he was later voted into Norwich City's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Appointed manager of Manchester City in 1987, he won them promotion out of the Second Division in 1988–89, before he left to take up the reins at Barnsley. In September 1994 he was appointed manager at Bournemouth, where he would remain for the next six years, managing them to a Football League Trophy final in 1998. He later served Bournemouth as Director of football between 2000 and 2002, before briefly managing Huddersfield Town in 2003.

Playing career

Despite being a Stoke City fan, [2] Machin started his playing career at nearby Port Vale, signing professional forms in July 1962. He made the odd appearance from October 1962 and 1964, after which point he started to appear rather more frequently. He was not a favourite with Stanley Matthews or trainer Lol Hamlett as he had a habit of talking back to the pair, so he put in a transfer request in 1966. [3] In all competitions he made 32 appearances, scoring 6 goals, being utilised mostly as an inside-forward. [4]

In July 1966 he joined Gillingham, where he attained regular first team football. After 156 league matches and 11 goals, Machin was signed in 1970 by Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, at the time managed by John Bond. [5]

His spell at Bournemouth ended after 110 appearances in December 1973, when he followed Bond to Norwich City, despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. [5] Converted to a full-back role, Machin played 117 appearances and scored four times for the club. He conceded a penalty in the 1975 League Cup Final defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium, handling on the line to prevent a headed goal from Chris Nicholl. [6] [5] After problems with injuries he finished his career in 1978, following a brief spell in the NASL with Seattle Sounders, in which time he was named in the NASL All-Stars team. [7]

Coaching and management career

After retiring as a player, Norwich then invited him to join their coaching set-up. He worked as youth team and reserve team coach, and then was promoted to chief coach before being appointed as assistant to manager Ken Brown. The partnership finished in May 1987, when he accepted an offer to manage Manchester City. [5]

After two seasons in charge, he got the club promoted to Division One with a young and promising squad. In the first season in the top-flight, his team beat local rivals Manchester United by 5–1 on 23 September 1989, in what Alex Ferguson described as the lowest point of his career. [8] Despite the victory, two months later, on 27 November, Machin was sacked by chairman Peter Swales as the club was bottom of the division. He became Barnsley manager on 29 December but resigned on 5 May 1993, as he was disillusioned with the club policy of selling their best players to make ends meet. [5]

Machin then worked as a scout for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool before he was appointed manager of Bournemouth in September 1994. In his first season at the helm he managed to keep the club in the Second Division despite a start with seven consecutive defeats and a serious financial crisis, this feat later became known as "The Great Escape". [9] In 1998, Bournemouth lost to Grimsby Town in the Football League Trophy final in their first ever Wembley appearance. In August 2000, he became director of football role [10] and later retired on 29 August 2002, [2] having had his testimonial match the previous month. It was in his testimonial – a 3–2 victory for Manchester United, [11] that United's £29.3 million signing Rio Ferdinand made his debut. [12] In October 2002 he was linked to the vacant management position at Swindon Town. [13]

On 28 January 2003, Machin came out of retirement to assist Mick Wadsworth at the helm of Huddersfield Town. [14] Two months later he was promoted to the manager role as Wadsworth was sacked. [15] Machin and Huddersfield parted ways at the end of the season as he failed to avoid relegation to the Third Division. [16]

Career statistics

Playing statistics

Source: [17]

ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup OtherTotal
Port Vale 1962–63 Third Division 10000010
1963–64 Third Division00000000
1964–65 Third Division1141000124
1965–66 Fourth Division 1821000192
Gillingham 1966–67 Third Division4242050494
1967–68 Third Division3251000335
1968–69 Third Division3112020351
1969–70 Third Division4416110512
1970–71 Third Division80100090
Bournemouth 1970–71 Fourth Division2200000220
1971–72 Third Division3413110382
1972–73 Third Division3654040445
1973–74 Third Division1811030221
Norwich City 1973–74 First Division 1500000150
1974–75 Second Division 24310110363
1975–76 First Division2804060380
1976–77 First Division2611040311
1977–78 First Division30000030
Seattle Sounders (loan) 1977 NASL 190190
Career total4122828237047730

Managerial statistics

Source: [17] [18]

Manchester City 31 May 198729 November 1989130592744045.38
Barnsley 1 December 19895 May 1993192665175034.38
Bournemouth 1 September 199418 August 200032712084123036.70
Huddersfield Town (caretaker)26 March 20036 May 20037223028.57


Playing career

Norwich City


Managerial career

Manchester City


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