Notts County F.C.

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Notts County
Notts County Logo.png
Full nameNotts County Football Club
Nickname(s)The Magpies
Founded1862;159 years ago (1862) [1]
Ground Meadow Lane
Capacity19,841 [2]
Coordinates 52°56′33″N1°8′14″W / 52.94250°N 1.13722°W / 52.94250; -1.13722 Coordinates: 52°56′33″N1°8′14″W / 52.94250°N 1.13722°W / 52.94250; -1.13722
OwnerAlexander and Christoffer Reedtz [3]
ChairmanChristoffer Reedtz [4]
Head coach Ian Burchnall
League National League
2019–20 National League, 3rd of 24
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Notts County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Nottingham, England. The team participates in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1862, they are the oldest professional association football club in the world, and predate the Football Association itself. The club became one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888. They are nicknamed the "Magpies" due to the black and white colour of their home strip, which inspired Italian club Juventus to adopt the colours for their kit in 1903. After playing at different home grounds during their first fifty years, including Trent Bridge, the club moved to Meadow Lane in 1910 and have remained there since. Notts County hold a local rivalry with city neighbours Nottingham Forest, as well as with other nearby clubs such as Mansfield Town.

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Notts County finished third in the top flight of English football in the 1890–91 season, which, together with the same achievement 10 seasons later, remains their highest ever league position. They also reached the 1891 FA Cup Final, finishing as runners-up to Blackburn Rovers. However three years later the club won the 1894 FA Cup Final with a 4–1 victory over Bolton Wanderers. From 1897 until 1920 they played in the First Division which was then the top flight, barring the 1913–14 season when they won the Second Division immediately following relegation the previous year. They won the Second Division for a third time in the 1922–23 campaign, before suffering relegations down to the Third Division South, which they won in their first attempt in 1930–31.

The club were back in the Third Division South by World War II, but were again promoted as champions in 1949–50 and spent most of the 1950s in the second tier before successive relegations saw them drop back into the Fourth Division. County won promotion as runners-up in 1959–60. They returned to the fourth tier by 1964, but were promoted as champions in the 1970–71 season, before securing promotion out of the Third Division under the stewardship of Jimmy Sirrel in 1972–73. They made their return to the top flight by finishing as runners-up of the Second Division in 1980–81. County were relegated after a three-season stay, and ended the decade back in the third tier, before Neil Warnock masterminded play-off successes in 1990 and 1991 that saw them promoted back into the top flight. However they were immediately relegated, thus missing out on the first-ever season of Premier League football. They fell back into the basement division by 1997–98, but managed to finish the season as champions. Following a financial crisis they were relegated again in 2004, before they won the League Two title in 2009–10 amid a takeover bid from a Middle Eastern consortium that eventually fell through despite great publicity and initial expectations. County were relegated back to the bottom tier at the end of the 2014–15 season, and remained there until the end of the 2018–19 season, when they were relegated from the Football League for the first time.

History

Plaque at the George Hotel Nottingham commemorating Notts County Football Club's first meeting to elect officers and committee on 7 December 1864 NottsCountyGeorgeHotel1862.jpg
Plaque at the George Hotel Nottingham commemorating Notts County Football Club's first meeting to elect officers and committee on 7 December 1864
Chart showing the progress of Notts County F.C. through the English football league system Notts County FC League Performance.svg
Chart showing the progress of Notts County F.C. through the English football league system

Beginnings 1862–1942

Notts County is the oldest professional association football club in the world, having been formed in 1862. [1] [5] The club predates The Football Association and initially played a game of its own devising, rather than association football. At the time of its formation, Notts County, like most sports teams, were considered to be a "gentlemen-only" club. Notts County are considered to be one of the pioneers of the modern game and are the oldest of the world's professional association football clubs (there are older professional clubs in other codes of football, and Sheffield F.C., an amateur club founded in 1857, are the oldest club now playing association football). [6] In November 1872, the Notts County full-back Harwood Greenhalgh played for England against Scotland in the first-ever international match, thereby becoming the club's first international player. [7] In 1888, Notts County, along with 11 other football clubs, became a founding member of The Football League. [8] They finished their first league season in 11th place, but avoided the dubious honour of the wooden spoon, which went to Midlands rivals Stoke City. [9] However, the club did achieve their highest ever league finish of third in 1890–91, [10] an achievement they repeated 10 seasons later. [11]

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The team that won the 1894 FA Cup

On 21 March 1891, Notts County played in the FA Cup final for the first time. [12] The Magpies were defeated 3–1 by Blackburn Rovers at The Oval, despite having beaten the same side 7–1 in the league only a week earlier. County made up for this on 31 March 1894, when they won the FA Cup at Goodison Park, defeating Bolton Wanderers 4–1 in a game in which Jimmy Logan scored the second hat-trick in FA Cup final history. [1] This achievement is also memorable for Notts County becoming the first club outside the top division to win the FA Cup: Notts County finished third in Division Two that season. In 1910 they moved to Meadow Lane. [1] County were relegated in 1926 in what was to be their last season in the English top flight for over half a century. [13] The 1925–26 season was the last season that famed giant goalkeeper Albert Iremonger played for the club. Legend among Notts County supporters it has been said he had "hands like the claws of a JCB and was a seven foot tall monster". [14]

The club suspended all fixtures during the 1941–42 season after Meadow Lane was hit by enemy bombing. [15]

Two golden ages 1945–1987

In the 1946–47 season, the ground was used temporarily by Nottingham Forest after the River Trent flooded both Meadow Lane and the City Ground. [16] Forest again used Meadow Lane in 1968, after fire destroyed the main stand at the City Ground. [17] The 'golden age' of the club came just after the end of World War II. [1] County stunned the footballing world by signing Tommy Lawton from Chelsea for a then-record fee of £20,000 [15] (equivalent to £788,300in 2019). [18] Lawton's arrival increased crowds by over 10,000. One incident during this period saw 10,000 fans locked outside the ground. In the 1949–50 season, Notts County clinched the Third Division (South) championship. [19] Crowds averaged 35,000 as The Magpies held off Nottingham Forest in a thrilling championship race. [1] As the 1950s drew to a close, Nottingham Forest replaced Notts County as the city's biggest club. After the 1957–58 season, the two clubs did not play each other again in a League match for 16 years, on 26 December 1973. [20]

Jimmy Sirrel & Jack Wheeler statue at Meadow Lane Jimmy and Jack statue.jpeg
Jimmy Sirrel & Jack Wheeler statue at Meadow Lane

The Magpies struggled during the 1960s, being on the brink of financial ruin and striving to avoid the indignity of having to apply for re-election to the league.[ citation needed ] This situation continued until Jack Dunnett, a local member of parliament, took control of the club. [21] He appointed Jimmy Sirrel, a charismatic Scot who had once played for Celtic, as manager in November 1969. [21] In the 1970–71 season, County clinched the Fourth Division title in record-breaking style, remaining unbeaten at Meadow Lane. [22] Two seasons later, Notts County were again promoted, this time to Division Two. [23] Sirrel departed for Sheffield United in October 1975 but returned two years later.[ citation needed ] He completed the remarkable transformation of Notts County in May 1981.[ citation needed ] He had turned The Magpies from Fourth Division strugglers to a top division side in little over a decade, ending an absence of 55 years from the top flight. [1] This achievement was with the same chairman (Jack Dunnett) and trainer (Jack Wheeler) throughout the decade.[ citation needed ]

In one of the most famous moments in the club's modern history, Notts County visited newly crowned champions Aston Villa on the opening day of the 1981-82 season. The Villa team had paraded their 1980-81 League Championship trophy to an expectant crowd before kickoff, but against all odds, County came away with a 1–0 victory. After surviving relegation at the end of the season, Sirrel became the club's general manager, with his assistant Howard Wilkinson taking over as manager.[ citation needed ] County survived relegation a little more comfortably the following season, but Wilkinson was tempted away by the manager's job at his boyhood club, Sheffield Wednesday, and the board recruited former Wigan Athletic manager Larry Lloyd to replace him. Despite a good run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they eventually lost to Everton, the club had a poor league campaign that ultimately resulted in their relegation.[ citation needed ] This poor form continued into the following season, resulting in Lloyd's dismissal with the club bottom of the Second Division. Richie Barker took over as manager, but failed to improve the club's fortunes, and was dismissed after less than six months in charge.[ citation needed ]

Jimmy Sirrel took charge of the team once again, and while the club's form improved, it came too late, and County suffered their second successive relegation.[ citation needed ] After two decent but unremarkable finishes in the Third Division, Sirrel finally retired in 1987, bringing to a close one of the most successful and memorable periods in Notts County's history.[ citation needed ]

Chasing the Premier League 1987–1995

Sirrel was replaced by John Barnwell, who nearly steered the club to automatic promotion in the season that followed, but a late stumble meant they had to settle for the play-offs, where they lost to eventual winners Walsall.[ citation needed ] The team failed to repeat their form the following season and instead found themselves battling relegation to the Fourth Division, resulting in Barnwell being dismissed just before Christmas.[ citation needed ]

In late 1988, a new manager arrived. Neil Warnock had previously led Scarborough into the Football League as champions of the Football Conference. At the end of his first full season, Warnock had led Notts County to promotion back to Division Two. The club anthem The Wheelbarrow song originated during this season, stemming from the club's historic first game at Wembley Stadium in a 2–0 win over Tranmere Rovers. A famous 1–0 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup booked them a place in the quarter-final, which they lost to eventual winners Tottenham Hotspur. Notts County also booked their second successive visit to Wembley and their second successive promotion. The Magpies defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 in front of 60,000 spectators, 25,000 of which were Notts County fans.

The following season was disappointing, seeing Notts County relegated from the top flight after just one season back there. Their first game of that season was a visit to Manchester United at Old Trafford, where they lost 2–0. However, they did manage to hold Manchester United to a 1–1 draw in the return game at Meadow Lane just after the turn of the year, as United began a dismal second half of the season which ultimately cost them the league title. County's relegation came shortly after the sale of strikers Paul Rideout and Tommy Johnson, which raked in nearly £2million in total and contributed towards a £5million stadium revamp which saw Meadow Lane rebuilt on three sides shortly afterwards. [24] With the introduction of the Premier League, County were relegated from the old Division One to the new Division One. Warnock was dismissed in January 1993 and was succeeded by Mick Walker. Walker successfully averted a second consecutive relegation.[ citation needed ]

The Magpies narrowly missed the play-offs for promotion to the Premiership.[ citation needed ] The season is most remembered for a 2–1 victory over archrivals Nottingham Forest in which Charlie Palmer scored the winning goal with just four minutes remaining. Notts had led for much of the game, until Forest got a free kick from which they equalised. Notts fans were reluctantly resigning themselves to a draw, when Palmer headed in the winner. This was all the more remarkable because he only scored 4 goals in his whole career. The game has become a celebrated event among Notts County fans, who have dubbed 12 February (the anniversary of the game) Sir Charlie Palmer Day, and Charlie Palmer has been referred to as "Sir Charlie" by Notts fans ever since. [25] In March 1994, Notts County lost the Anglo-Italian Cup final to Brescia. [26]

Walker was surprisingly sacked in September 1994.[ citation needed ] This event triggered a dramatic decline in the club's fortunes that has persisted to the present. Notts won the Anglo-Italian Cup at Wembley in March 1995, but ended the season relegated to Division Two, with Walker, Russell Slade, Howard Kendall and Steve Nicol each taking control of the team at different times throughout the season, before the club appointed yet another manager, Colin Murphy after the season ended. [27]

Mixed fortunes 1995–2008

County made another visit to Wembley Stadium in the 1996 play-off final, but missed the chance of a return to Division One with a 2–0 defeat to Bradford City. [28] The following season ranks among the club's worst, as they managed just seven victories all season and finished in the bottom position of the league table. [29] Relegation to the league's basement division happened just six years after promotion to the top flight. However, success followed relegation under Sam Allardyce. [30] The Magpies secured the Division Three title in March 1998 by a record margin of seventeen points. [31] They became the first side since World War II to win promotion in mid-March, with six games still remaining. [32]

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Logo used from 2002 to 2009

Allardyce left in October 1999 to join his old team Bolton Wanderers. [33] In September 2003, Notts County faced the real possibility of dissolution. [34] Crippling debts and an increasingly impatient Football League board combined to leave the future of the league's oldest club in doubt. [34] However, the considerable efforts of a group of local businessmen and the club's supporters helped save the club from extinction. [35] But despite new ownership, the club were unable to avoid relegation back to the bottom division in 2004. [36] In a similar circumstance as their relegation in 1992, due to the rebranding of the Football League, County went from Division Two to League Two.[ citation needed ]

Ian Richardson replaced Gary Mills as manager in November 2004. [37] Richardson managed to guide the club away from the relegation zone and held the manager's job until the end of the season when Gudjon Thordarson became the club's sixth manager in five years. [38] The 2005–06 season began well for the Magpies: they won or drew their first seven league games and were top of the table in September. [39] But their form dropped and they escaped relegation only on the final day of the season with a 2–2 draw against Bury, whilst Oxford United lost and went down. [40] The Magpies' 21st place in League Two, and 89th place overall, was the lowest position the club had ever finished, and at the end of the season both the chairman and the manager left, a long-standing youth squad programme was ended, and many of the first-team players were out-of-contract or nearing contract maturity.[ citation needed ]

Former assistant manager Steve Thompson was appointed as manager and he led the team to a 13th place division finish in 2006–07.[ citation needed ] The following season started with poor results, including early exits from the League Cup and the EFL Trophy, and Thompson was sacked in October 2007, to be replaced by Ian 'Charlie' McParland.[ citation needed ] However, the team's poor form continued and safety from relegation was only secured in the penultimate match of the season.[ citation needed ]

The 2009–10 season

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The logo used during the 2009–10 season

In June 2009, it was announced that County were in talks on a takeover by Munto Finance, a Middle Eastern consortium owned by Qadbak Investments and represented by Nathan and Peter Willett. Speculated by the British media and supported in part by various press releases, the club were believed to be given multimillion-pound backing, and were linked during the takeover's initial planning stages with the Qatari royal family by British tabloids. However, the latter claim was denied by the family. [41] The supporters' trust, which owned the majority 60% share in the club, voted in favour of the takeover. [42] On 14 July 2009, the takeover was confirmed, with Peter Trembling being appointed as executive chairman. [43] A week later, former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson was announced as the club's new director of football, [1] [44] having been persuaded by convicted fraudster Russell King to join Notts County. [45] On 28 July 2009, the club unveiled a new logo. [46]

The biggest headlines of the summer were made with the signings of England international defender Sol Campbell, and of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Schmeichel, a future Denmark international and Premier League winner, had just been released by Manchester City, and dropped a full three divisions to accept a five-year contract with County. Campbell, 34, moved from Premier League Portsmouth where he had been an FA Cup winner just eight months previously, but played only one game for County before walking out citing false promises. [47] Schmeichel remained for the whole season, travelling with the squad to away games by private jet, but was never paid by the club, claiming in hindsight "it was all a farce" and "I knew something was wrong but I didn’t care because I just wanted to play football". [48]

On 20 October 2009, the League announced that County's owners had met its "fit and proper persons" regulations, and that while their structure was "complicated" and featured "both offshore entities and discretionary trusts", it had provided "extensive disclosure" to the League on their ownership structure. [49] The League also stated that public disclosure of their ownership structure was a "matter for the club". [49] McParland parted company with the club in October 2009 with Notts fifth in League Two and 4 points from the top of the table; youth team manager Michael Johnson and assistant manager Dave Kevan were installed as joint caretaker managers.[ citation needed ].

On 27 November 2009, The Guardian revealed that the league had reopened inquiries into the ownership of Notts County. [50] The League chairman, Brian Mawhinney, confirmed the club had been sent a series of questions relating to its ownership structure. [50] On 12 December 2009, Peter Trembling purchased the club from Munto Finance for a nominal fee. [51] Hans Backe, Eriksson's former assistant at Manchester City, was given the job of manager in October 2009. He signed a three-year deal and stated his intent to get the club promoted to League One, but resigned two months later after just nine games in charge. [52]

Ray Trew bought the club in February 2010, [53] after it had been served with two winding up petitions from HM Revenue and Customs due to demands for a late PAYE payment of around £500,000. [54] After two months without a permanent manager, Steve Cotterill was given the Notts County job until the end of the 2009–2010 season in February 2010. [55] [56] Cotterill led the club to the League Two title after a 5–0 away win against the already-relegated Darlington, [57] becoming the third club to win the fourth tier of English football three times. A month after winning the title, Cotterill stated that he would not be renewing his contract at Meadow Lane.

Falling out of the Football League 2010–

A succession of short-term managers were able to keep the club afloat in League One. Ex-Notts County player Craig Short replaced Cotterill as Manager but was relieved of duties on 24 October 2010. [58] Paul Ince took over in October 2010, [59] then Martin Allen in April 2011, [60] Keith Curle in February 2012, Chris Kiwomya in March 2013 after a short caretaker spell, [61] and Shaun Derry in November 2013. [62] Derry was able to turn the team's fortunes around and avoid relegation thanks to a 1–1 draw away at Oldham Athletic on the final day of the 2013–14 season. [63]

County's luck ran out in March 2015, when Derry and assistant manager Greg Abbott were sacked with the team relegated to League Two. [64] Ricardo Moniz joined on a three-year contract, [65] but lasted only until 29 December 2015. [66] Jamie Fullarton's reign was even shorter; appointed in January 2016 on a three-and-a-half year contract, [67] but sacked in March after 12 games, [68] during which time Ray Trew stepped down as chairman. Mark Cooper was Fullarton's temporary replacement, with the contract to be made permanent if a certain, undisclosed, points total was achieved, [69] but on 7 May Cooper left the club of his own volition. [70]

Later that month John Sheridan left Oldham Athletic to become manager on a three-year contract. [71] Sheridan was sacked in January 2017 for gross misconduct, following his verbal assaults and threats against match officials during the club's 2–0 home defeat by Wycombe in December. [72] [73] On 7 January 2017, Notts County set a new club record of 10 successive defeats.

On 12 January 2017, Alan Hardy completed the takeover of the club from Ray Trew [74] and appointed Kevin Nolan as manager, followed in August 2018 by Harry Kewell. [75] On 13 November 2018, Kewell left the club to be replaced by Neal Ardley. [76] [77] On 27 January 2019 with County bottom of League Two, Hardy officially put the club up for sale, [78] though not before attracting the attention of the FA for accidentally including a picture of his penis in a screenshot posted to Twitter. [79] On 4 May 2019 following a 3–1 defeat away at Swindon Town, Notts County were relegated from the English Football League for the first time in their 157-year history. The club was sold in the summer to Danish businessmen Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz. [80]

Notts County came within 90 minutes of regaining their Football League status at the first attempt, losing 3–1 to Harrogate Town on 2 August 2020 in the National League promotion play-off final behind closed doors at Wembley Stadium. [81]

Kit and badge

Notts County's first known colours were amber and black hooped shirts, dating from the 1870s. This was followed by short spells playing in amber, then chocolate and blue halves. In 1890, the club adopted black and white striped shirts, and have played in these colours for most of the rest of their history. [82]

Juventus F.C. shirts

The Italian football club Juventus F.C. derived its famous black-and-white striped kits from Notts County. Juventus have played in black and white striped shirts, and with white or sometimes black shorts, since 1903. Originally, they played in pink shirts with a black tie, which only occurred due to the wrong shirts being sent to them, the father of one of the players made the earliest shirts, but continual washing faded the colour so much that in 1903 the club sought to replace them. [83] Juventus asked one of their team members, Englishman John Savage, if he had any contacts in England who could supply new shirts in a colour that would better withstand the elements. He had a friend who lived in Nottingham, who being a Notts County supporter, shipped out the black and white striped shirts to Turin. [84] Juve have worn the shirts ever since, considering the colours to be aggressive and powerful. [84]

On 8 September 2011 to mark the opening of the new Stadium in Turin, Juventus invited Notts County for an historic exhibition match. After a spectacular opening ceremony referencing Juve's history, the game ended 1–1 with goals from Luca Toni and Lee Hughes both coming in the second half. [85] [86]

Stadium

The club initially played at Park Hollow in the grounds of the old Nottingham Castle. [87] In December 1864, the decision was made to play games against outside opposition, and it was decided that the club needed to find a bigger venue. After playing at several grounds, including the Castle Ground, the Magpies settled at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in 1883. [87] However, when Trent Bridge was in use for cricket, Notts played matches at the Castle Ground or Nottingham Forest's Town Ground. [87] The club moved to their current ground, Meadow Lane, in 1910. It currently has an all-seated capacity of 19,841 for Football League games. The record attendance is 47,310, who watched Notts lose 1–0 to York City in the FA Cup Sixth Round on 12 March 1955. [88]

Supporters and rivalries

The Notts County Supporters Trust were the majority shareholders in the club between 2006 and 2009. When the club went into administration in 2003, and looked to be going out of business, the money to keep the club in business was only found a week before the Football League's deadline. During this time, the supporters decided to form a supporters trust. In 2006 the trust eventually took control of Notts County Football Club, buying the club from Haydn Green. In 2009, members of the trust voted to accept a takeover bid from Munto Finance, with Peter Trembling named as Chairman. The group saw Sven-Göran Eriksson come in as Director of Football and Sol Campbell as a player. The club has a very large overseas following, with a large number of overseas fans mostly from Italy and Hungary, despite its relative lack of silverware; it was reported the number was one of the highest in The Football League [89] [90]

Famous supporters include television and theatre writer William Ivory, [91] musician Jake Bugg who sponsored the club in 2017, [92] MP Kenneth Clarke [93] (although he supports Forest as well) and infamously mass-murderer serial killer Harold Shipman. [94] [93] [95]

Notts County view their main rivals as neighbours Nottingham Forest. However, during recent stints in the lower levels of the Football League, rivalry has increased with Nottinghamshire neighbours Mansfield Town. Other clubs sharing local rivalries with Notts County are Derby County, Leicester City, Lincoln City and Chesterfield.

Honours and achievements

FA Cup [96]

Second Division (1892–1992), First Division (1992–2004), The Championship (2004–present) [96]

Third Division (1958–92), Second Division (1992–2004), League One (2004–present) [96]

Third Division South (1921–58) [96]

Fourth Division (1958–92), Third Division (1992–2004), League Two (2004–present) [96]

Anglo-Scottish Cup

Anglo-Italian Cup [96]

Club records

Highest Attendance47,310 vs York City, FA Cup 6th Round, 12 March 1955
Highest Gate Receipts£277,781.25 vs Manchester City, FA Cup 4th Round, 30 January 2011
Record League Victory11–1 vs Newport County, Division Three South, 15 January 1949
Record Cup Victory15–0 vs Rotherham Town, FA Cup 1st Round, 24 October 1885
Most League Points (2 for a win)69, Division Four 1970–71
Most League Points (3 for a win)99, Division Three 1997–98
Most League Goals107, Division Four 1959–60
Highest Scorer in One Season Tom Keetley, 39, Division Three South 1930–31
All Time Top Scorer (League) Les Bradd, 125, 1967–78
Fastest Goal 6 seconds, Barrie Jones, 31 March 1962
All Time Most Appearances (League) Albert Iremonger, 564, 1904–26
Youngest player (League) Tony Bircumshaw, 16 years and 54 days, 3 April 1961
Most consecutive away league games without defeat19, 28 February 2012 – 26 December 2012

As of the 2018–19 season, Notts County had played more league games (4,986) than any other English team, although following relegation to the National League this has subsequently been superseded by Preston North End. [97] [98]

League history

L1 = Level 1 of the football league system; L2 = Level 2 of the football league system; L3 = Level 3 of the football league system; L4 = Level 4 of the football league system; L5 = Level 5 of the football league system.

With a total of 13 promotions and 17 relegations, [99] no club has moved between the divisions of the Football League on more occasions than Notts County.

Promotion years: 1897 1914 1923 1931 1950 1960 1971 1973 1981 1990 1991 1998 2010

Relegation years: 1893 1913 1920 1926 1930 1935 1958 1959 1964 1984 1985 1992 1995 1997 2004 2015 2019

Most appearances

NameCareerAppearances
1 Flag of England.svg Albert Iremonger 1904–26601
2 Flag of England.svg Brian Stubbs 1968–80486
3 Flag of England.svg Pedro Richards 1974–86485
4 Flag of England.svg David Needham 1965–77471
5 Flag of Scotland.svg Don Masson 1968–82455
6 Flag of England.svg Les Bradd 1967–78442
7 Flag of England.svg Percy Mills 1927–39434
8= Flag of England.svg Billy Flint 1908–26408
8= Flag of England.svg David Hunt 1977–87408
10 Flag of England.svg Dean Yates 1985–95394

Most goals

NameCareerGoals
1 Flag of England.svg Les Bradd 1967–78137
2 Flag of England.svg Tony Hateley 1958–63, 1970–72114
3 Flag of England.svg Jackie Sewell 1946–51104
4 Flag of England.svg Tommy Lawton 1947–52103
5 Flag of England.svg Tom Keetley 1929–3398
6 Flag of Scotland.svg Don Masson 1968–8297
7 Flag of Scotland.svg Tom Johnston 1948–5793
8 Flag of Scotland.svg Ian McParland 1980–8990
9 Flag of England.svg Harry Daft 1885–9581
10= Flag of England.svg Mark Stallard 1999–2004, 200579
10= Flag of England.svg Trevor Christie 1979–8479
10= Flag of England.svg Gary Lund 1987–9579

Players

Current squad

As of 08 March 2021 [100]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Slocombe
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Richard Brindley
3 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Mark Ellis (on loan from Tranmere Rovers)
4 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jake Reeves
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Turner
6 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Jim O'Brien
7 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordan Barnett
8 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Michael Doyle (captain)
9 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Kyle Wootton
10 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Cal Roberts
11 FW Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Enzio Boldewijn
13 DF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Connell Rawlinson
14 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Damien McCrory
15 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tylor Golden (on loan from Salford City)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Dion Kelly-Evans
17 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Matty Wolfe (on loan from Barnsley)
18 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Jimmy Knowles (on loan from Mansfield Town)
19 FW Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Elisha Sam
20 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rúben Rodrigues
22 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Tiernan Brooks
23 DF Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  ZIM Adam Chicksen
24 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Alex Lacey
25 GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Luke Pilling
27 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Knight
28 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Regan Griffiths (on loan from Crewe Alexandra)
29 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Calvin Miller (on loan from Harrogate Town)
30 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Jake Kean (player-coach)

Players of the season

As voted for by supporters of the club. [101]
YearWinner
1965 Flag of England.svg George Smith
1966 Flag of England.svg Brian Bates
1967 Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Gibson
1968 Flag of England.svg Keith Smith
1969 Flag of Scotland.svg Don Masson
1970 Flag of England.svg David Needham
1971 Flag of England.svg Brian Stubbs
1972 Flag of England.svg Les Bradd
1973 Flag of England.svg Roy Brown
1974 Flag of Scotland.svg Don Masson
1975 Flag of England.svg Bill Brindley
1976 Flag of Ireland.svg Ray O'Brien
1977 Flag of Scotland.svg Arthur Mann
1978 Flag of England.svg Mick Vinter
1979 Ulster Banner.svg Eric McManus
YearWinner
1980 Flag of England.svg David Hunt
1981 Flag of Scotland.svg Don Masson
1982 Flag of Scotland.svg Iain McCulloch
1983 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Radojko Avramović
1984 Flag of Nigeria.svg John Chiedozie
Flag of England.svg Trevor Christie
1985 Flag of England.svg Pedro Richards
1986 Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg Tristan Benjamin
1987 Flag of England.svg Dean Yates
1988 Flag of England.svg Geoff Pike
1989 Flag of England.svg Chris Withe
1990 Flag of England.svg Phil Turner
1991 Flag of England.svg Craig Short
1992 Flag of England.svg Steve Cherry
1993 Flag of England.svg Dave Smith
YearWinner
1994 Flag of England.svg Phil Turner
1995 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shaun Murphy
1996 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shaun Murphy
1997 Flag of England.svg Matt Redmile
1998 Flag of England.svg Gary Jones
1999 Flag of England.svg Ian Richardson
Flag of England.svg Darren Ward
2000 Flag of England.svg Alex Dyer
2001 Flag of England.svg Mark Stallard
2002 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Danny Allsopp
2003 Flag of England.svg Mark Stallard
2004 Flag of England.svg Ian Richardson
2005 Flag of England.svg Ian Richardson
2006 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg David Pipe
2007 Flag of England.svg Mike Edwards
YearWinner
2008 Flag of England.svg Kevin Pilkington
2009 Flag of England.svg Matt Hamshaw
2010 Flag of England.svg Neal Bishop
2011 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ben Davies
2012 Flag of Ireland.svg Alan Judge
2013 Flag of England.svg Gary Liddle
2014 Flag of Ireland.svg Alan Sheehan
2015 Ulster Banner.svg Roy Carroll
2016 Flag of England.svg Jon Stead
2017 Flag of England.svg Robert Milsom
2018 Flag of England.svg Matthew Tootle
2019 Flag of England.svg Kane Hemmings
2020 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Connell Rawlinson [102]

Club management

Coaching staff

PositionStaff
Head Coach Ian Burchnall
Player/Assistant Coach Michael Doyle
Goalkeeping Coach Jake Kean
Academy ManagerDave Plant
Performance AnalystJimmy Redfern

Last updated: 24 March 2021
Source: Staff directory

Managerial history

As of 1 May 2021
NameNatFromToDays in
Charge
Record
PWDLWin %
by committee [103] Flag of England.svg 18621913
Albert Fisher (secretary – manager) Flag of England.svg 19131927
R.C.White (Fisher's absence due to WW1) Flag of England.svg 19171919
Horace Henshall (secretary – manager) Flag of England.svg 19271934
Charlie Jones Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 19341935
David Pratt Flag of Scotland.svg 19351935
Percy Smith Flag of England.svg 19351936
Jimmy McMullan Flag of Scotland.svg 19361937
Harry Parkes Flag of England.svg 19381938
J.R. `Tony`Towers Flag of England.svg 19391942
Frank Womack Flag of England.svg 19421943
Frank Buckley Flag of England.svg 19441946
Arthur Stollery Flag of England.svg 19461949
Eric Houghton Flag of England.svg 19491953
George Poyser Flag of England.svg 19531957
Frank Broome (Caretaker) Flag of England.svg 19571957
Tommy Lawton Flag of England.svg 7 May 19571 July 19584413625029.55
Ernie Coleman (Caretaker) Flag of England.svg 19581958
Frank Hill Flag of Scotland.svg 19581961
Ernie Coleman Flag of England.svg 19611963
Eddie Lowe Flag of England.svg 19631965
Tim Coleman Flag of England.svg 19651965
Jack Burkitt Flag of England.svg 19661967
Andy Beattie Flag of Scotland.svg February 1967September 1967225314022.73
Billy Gray Flag of England.svg 19671968
Jack Wheeler Flag of England.svg 19681969
Jimmy Sirrel Flag of Scotland.svg 196919752911397280047.77
Ronnie Fenton Flag of England.svg 1975197790352431038.89
Jimmy Sirrel Flag of Scotland.svg 19771982180615762033.89
Howard Wilkinson Flag of England.svg 198219834919822038.78
Larry Lloyd Flag of England.svg 1983198466191532028.79
Richie Barker Flag of England.svg 19841985275616018.52
Jimmy Sirrel Flag of Scotland.svg 19851987110463232041.82
John Barnwell Flag of England.svg 1987198874282323037.84
Neil Warnock Flag of England.svg 5 January 198914 January 19931,470205904570043.90
Mick Walker Flag of England.svg 14 January 199314 September 199460882311932037.80
Russell Slade Flag of England.svg September 1994January 1995236512026.09
Howard Kendall Flag of England.svg 12 January 19951 April 19957915447026.67
Steve Nicol Flag of Scotland.svg 20 January 19955 June 199513620479020.00
Colin Murphy Flag of England.svg 5 June 199523 December 199656783332426039.76
Sam Allardyce Flag of England.svg 16 January 199719 October 19991,006145563950038.62
Gary Brazil Flag of England.svg 23 October 1999June 20003410915029.41
Jocky Scott Flag of Scotland.svg 28 June 200010 October 200146971281924039.44
Gary Brazil Flag of England.svg 10 October 20017 January 200289204610020.00
Bill Dearden Flag of England.svg 7 January 20026 January 2004730103302746029.13
Gary Mills Flag of England.svg 9 January 20044 November 200430140101119025.00
Ian Richardson (Caretaker) Flag of England.svg 4 November 200417 May 20051943411914032.35
Gudjon Thordarson Flag of Iceland.svg 17 May 200512 June 200639150131621026.00
Steve Thompson Flag of England.svg 12 June 200616 October 200749165211925032.31
Ian McParland Flag of Scotland.svg 18 October 200712 October 2009725103283144027.18
Dave Kevan /
Michael Johnson (Caretakers)
Flag of Scotland.svg
Flag of Jamaica.svg
13 October 200927 October 2009142110050.00
Hans Backe Flag of Sweden.svg 27 October 200915 December 2009497232028.57
Dave Kevan (Caretaker) Flag of Scotland.svg 15 December 200923 February 20107011632054.55
Steve Cotterill Flag of England.svg 23 February 201027 May 201093181431077.78
Craig Short Flag of England.svg 1 July 201024 October 201011518819044.44
Paul Ince Flag of England.svg 27 October 20103 April 20111582910613034.48
Carl Heggs (Caretaker) Flag of England.svg 3 April 201111 April 201182002000.00
Martin Allen Flag of England.svg 11 April 201118 February 201231343161017037.21
Keith Curle Flag of England.svg 20 February 20122 February 201334851231414045.10
Chris Kiwomya Flag of England.svg 2 February 201327 October 2013267349916026.47
Steve Hodge (Caretaker) Flag of England.svg 27 October 20136 November 2013102101050.00
Shaun Derry Flag of England.svg 6 November 201323 March 201550277261437033.77
Paul Hart /
Mick Halsall (Caretakers)
Flag of England.svg
Flag of England.svg
23 March 20157 April 2015153030000.00
Ricardo Moniz Flag of the Netherlands.svg 7 April 201529 December 20152663411815032.35
Mick Halsall /
Richard Dryden (Caretakers)
Flag of England.svg
Flag of England.svg
29 December 201510 January 2016121001000.00
Jamie Fullarton Flag of Scotland.svg 10 January 201619 March 20166912318025.00
Mark Cooper Flag of England.svg 20 March 20167 May 20164810325030.00
John Sheridan Flag of England.svg 27 May 20162 January 2017220328618025.00
Alan Smith (Caretaker) Flag of England.svg 3 January 201712 January 2017101001000.00
Kevin Nolan Flag of England.svg 12 January 201726 August 201859184352326041.67
Steve Chettle /
Mark Crossley (Caretakers)
Flag of England.svg
Flag of England.svg
26 August 20181 September 201861001000.00
Harry Kewell Flag of Australia (converted).svg 31 August 201813 November 20187414347021.43
Steve Chettle (Caretaker) Flag of England.svg 13 November 201827 November 2018154121025.00
Neal Ardley [104] Flag of England.svg 28 November 201824 March 2021855108462933042.59
Ian Burchnall Flag of England.svg 25 March 2021present3710226020.00

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