Mick Buxton

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Michael Buxton
Personal information
Full nameMichael James Buxton
Date of birth (1943-05-29) 29 May 1943 (age 77)
Place of birth Corbridge, England
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
1962–1967 Burnley 18 (0)
1968–1971 Halifax Town (Player Trainer) 35 (0)
Teams managed
1978 Huddersfield Town(Caretaker)
1978–1986 Huddersfield Town
1987–1991 Scunthorpe United
1993–1995 Sunderland
1996–1997 Scunthorpe United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael James Buxton (born 29 May 1943) is a former footballer and football manager in England. He has managed Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and Sunderland.


Playing career

During his playing career, Buxton played in the Football League for both Burnley and Halifax Town, making a total of 53 professional appearances in nine seasons. [1] He was plagued with injuries and broke his tibia twice while playing for Burnley.

Coaching career

Buxton became Trainer at Halifax Town whilst still playing and coached at Watford, Barnsley, Mansfield Town and Southend United. [2]

Managerial career

Huddersfield Town

Buxton initially joined Huddersfield Town in late 1977 from Southend United as the Physiotherapist under manager Tom Johnston. After Johnston's resignation in 1978 Buxton was appointed caretaker manager of Huddersfield Town. He quickly got the job permanently and set about revitalising the Fourth Division club. He installed John Haselden, who was already at the club, as his Assistant Manager and he would also take on the Physio duties. Buxton's first season was the 1978–79 season where Huddersfield finished 9th in the Fourth Division. It was the season after which would prove to be the catalyst for the most successful period of Town's history in the past 10 years. He offloaded the deadwood and brought in players such as Brian Stanton, Mick Laverick and Steve Kindon. He would eventually go on to be one of the most successful managers in the club's recent history, winning promotion to the Third Division at the end of the 1979/80 season where the team scored 101 goals in the league. This team is still loved by the club to this day and have held reunions in 2000, 2010, 2016 and 2017 where the majority of the team and coaching staff still attend. Buxton then took Huddersfield up to the Second Division in 1983. [2] The Terriers would remain in the second tier for five seasons, but Buxton was sacked on 23 December 1986, to be replaced by Steve Smith. Mick Buxton later returned to Town in March 1993 as coach under Ian Ross, and helped the Terriers on one of their best runs in recent history where they only lost once in last eighteen games to avoid relegation. Buxton resigned at the end of the season and Ian Ross soon followed suit.

Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe United would be Buxton's next managerial appointment. He remained there for four years, with the team occasionally mounting a promotion challenge in this period. [2] He left by mutual consent on 31 January 1991. He returned to Scunthorpe in 1996, but left the following year.


Following the dismissal of Terry Butcher with the side in the relegation zone, Buxton would be appointed Sunderland manager in 1993. A tightening of the team's defence led to an improvement in results and Sunderland finished the 1993-94 season in 12th place. [2] Although a reasonable defensive record was maintained the following season, Sunderland were entangled in a relegation struggle and Buxton would be replaced by Peter Reid.



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  1. "Mick Buxton". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Players Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Manager Profile - Mick Buxton". League Managers Association. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.