Richard Dinnis

Last updated

Richard Dinnis was coach of Blackburn Rovers 1970–1975, coach and manager of Newcastle United in 1975–1977. He worked as a football summariser/analyst for BBC Radio Lancashire, commentating on football games in North West England;Blackburn Rovers,Burnley,Blackpool and Preston North End. [1]

Contents

Background

Richard never played professional football, only ever playing amateur football. He gained a Diploma in Physical Education at Carnegie College,Leeds. He was a teacher in Darwen Lancashire teaching Physical Education. Dinnis was also a physical education teacher at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School between 2002–2003. He obtained his Football Association 'A' Licence coaches badge and then was employed as reserve team coach at |Blackburn Rovers]1970-1975.]. When their manager, Gordon Lee took over as manager at Newcastle United, he appointed Dinnis as first team coach. During the 1975–76 season Dinnis was a peripheral figure. Dinnis himself always said that his main job was to support Gordon Lee. At the start of the 1976–77 season Dinnis took over the coaching duties with Lee picking and motivating the team. In 1976 Newcastle went to the League Cup Final against Manchester City with Gordon Lee as manager and Dinnis as coach. [2]

Caretaker manager

When Gordon Lee suddenly resigned as manager in early 1977 after only 18 months in charge, the Newcastle board first offered the job to the Bolton Wanderers manager, Ian Greaves but he turned the job down. [2] The board made a surprising attempt to involve some players in the decision over who should be the next manager. It led to one of the most controversial months in the club history and to the appointment of Dinnis as Caretaker manager until the end of the season. [2]

Under Dinnis, the team's form was such that they found themselves with an outside chance of the League championship, but would lose four of the last five games. Nevertheless, Newcastle finished the season in fifth place in the First Division and qualified for the UEFA Cup with a win over Aston Villa in their final home game of the season on 16 May 1977. It was the club's highest league position for 25 years and the first time they had qualified for Europe for seven years. Nine days later and after much boardroom deliberation Dinnis was offered a two-year contract as Newcastle manager. [2]

Newcastle manager

Newcastle started the 1977–78 season with a 3–2 home win over Leeds United, however they then lost the next three matches. In September they lost at home to West Ham United and the Directors issued Dinnis with an ultimatum before the next game at West Bromwich Albion which they again lost 3-0; a result which left Newcastle bottom of the league. Newcastle then met Irish Premier League club, Bohemians in the UEFA Cup, a game they were expected to win, but they drew 0–0.They then won the Home Leg 4-0 to qualify for the next round,where they were defeated by a Johnny Rep inspired Bastia,who went on to the Final. The next game Newcastle again lost 3–0, this time to Birmingham City, followed by a fourth consecutive defeat to Coventry City. Dinnis survived despite crisis board meetings. However, following criticism of the board by Dinnis in the media, he was sacked as manager on 9 November 1977. [2]

Dinnis was in charge for six months and 21 games. His overall record was nine wins, seven draws and five defeats. [2]

He coached Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League in 1978, but resigned mid-season and replaced by player-coach Alan Ball. He then went on to be Youth Coach with Vancouver Whitecaps,working with Head Coach Tony Waiters and G.M.Les Wilson before returning to the U.K. as coach to Middlesbrough,and Director of Burnley F.C.Centre of Excellence. He was for 12 years a summariser/analyst for B.B.C.Radio Lancashire,dealing with Blackburn Rovers,Blackpool,Burnley and Preston North End.

 [3] 
[4]

Related Research Articles

Accrington Stanley F.C. Association football club in England

Accrington Stanley Football Club is a professional association football club based in Accrington, Lancashire, England. The club competes in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. They have spent their complete history playing at the Crown Ground. The club came to national prominence in 1989 due to the Milk Marketing Board's popular television advert that featured the slogan Accrington Stanley, Who Are They?.

Blackpool F.C. Association football club in England

Blackpool Football Club is a professional association football club based in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The team compete in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1887, the club played home games at Raikes Hall and the Athletic Grounds before moving to Bloomfield Road in 1901. Blackpool has a local rivalry with Preston North End, and matches between the two clubs are known as the West Lancashire derby. More recently a Fylde Coast derby has developed with nearby Football League newcomers Fleetwood Town.

Blackburn Rovers F.C. Association football club in England

Blackburn Rovers Football Club is a professional football club in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, which competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Burnley F.C. Association football club in England

Burnley Football Club is an English association football club based in Burnley, Lancashire. Founded on 18 May 1882, it was one of the first to become professional, and subsequently put pressure on the Football Association to permit payments to players. The club entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1885–86 and was one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888–89. The team currently competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.

The Anglo-Scottish Cup was a tournament arranged for teams in the English and Scottish football leagues during the summer for several years during the 1970s. It was created in 1975 as a new incarnation of the Texaco Cup, with a similar format to its predecessor, but involving clubs from England and Scotland only.

The 1977–78 season was the 98th season of competitive football in England.

David Dunn English footballer

David John Ian Dunn is an English former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He is now a manager, currently in charge at Barrow.

John Smith was an English footballer and football manager. A forward, he scored 119 goals in 216 league games during nine seasons of peacetime football in the Football League.

Gordon Francis Lee is an English former footballer and football manager. He played 120 league matches in a 12-year career in the Football League, before going on to greater success as a manager.

The 1976–77 season was the 97th season of competitive football in England. This year The Football League revamped the tie-breaking criteria for teams level on points, replacing the traditional goal average tie-breaker with one based on goal difference to try to encourage more scoring. Coloured red and yellow cards were introduced for the first time in domestic English football.

East Lancashire derby Match between English football clubs Blackburn and Burnley

The East Lancashire Derby also known as the Cotton Mills Derby is a football rivalry between Blackburn Rovers and Burnley. The nickname originates from the fact that the places Blackburn and Burnley are former mill towns.

The 1916–17 season was Blackpool F.C.'s second season in special wartime football during World War I. They competed in two Football League competitions spread over the full season — the Lancashire Section, Northern Group Principal Competition, for thirty games, and then in the Lancashire Section, Group C, Subsidiary Competition, for a further six games. The club finished in last place, 16th, in the principal competition and 10th in the subsidiary competition. Williamson was the club's top scorer, with ten goals. Harry Hampton, who scored over 200 goals for Aston Villa between 1904 and 1920, briefly played for Blackpool this season, scoring eight goals in seven league games.

The 1917–18 season was Blackpool F.C.'s third season in special wartime football during World War I. They competed in two Football League competitions spread over the full season — the Lancashire Section, Northern Group Principal Competition, for thirty games, and then in the Lancashire Section, Group C, Subsidiary Competition, for a further six games. The club finished in 12th place in the principal competition and fifth in the subsidiary competition. Thomas Hunter was the club's top scorer, with eight goals.

The 1918–19 season was Blackpool F.C.'s fourth and final season in special wartime football during World War I. They competed in two Football League competitions spread over the full season — the Lancashire Section, Northern Group Principal Competition, for thirty games, and then in the Lancashire Section, Group A, Subsidiary Competition, for a further six games. The club finished in 11th place in the principal competition and first in the subsidiary competition, which led to their appearance in the Lancashire Senior Cup. They lost to Liverpool at the semi-final stage by a single goal at Bloomfield Road.

Ian Miller is a Scottish former footballer who played his football in England as a winger. He made 660 league and cup appearances in the English Football League over an eighteen-year professional career, scoring 48 goals. He was assistant manager to Simon Grayson at Blackpool between July 2019 and February 2020.

David Hamilton is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He won caps for the England national under-19 football team. He is currently a scout for Championship side Ipswich Town, which he joined in February 2011. He was born in South Shields and was one of three brothers to become a footballer. He also played amateur cricket.

The 1920–21 season was the 33rd season of competitive football played by Burnley Football Club. Burnley began the season confidently, despite not having played a match for almost four months before their first league fixture of the season. After losing their first three games, Burnley embarked on a 30-match unbeaten league run from 4 September 1920 until 26 March 1921, winning the Football League First Division and becoming English champions for the first time in their history. Burnley's unbeaten run stood as a Football League record for over 80 years, until it was bettered by Arsenal in the 2003–04 season. Burnley ended the 1920–21 season on 59 points, having won 23 games, drawn 13, and lost 6.

The 2012–13 season was Blackburn Rovers' 125th season as a professional football club. It was their first season back in the Football League Championship after an 11-year run in the Premier league English football.

The 2012–13 season was Blackpool F.C.'s second-consecutive season in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English professional football, and their 104th overall season in the Football League. They finished in 15th position. Tom Ince was the club's top scorer, with eighteen goals in all competitions.

The 2013–14 season was Blackpool's third-consecutive season in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English professional football, and their 105th overall season in the Football League.

References

  1. Dinnis, Richard (8 August 2007). "The Score!". BBC News . Retrieved 18 August 2007.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Don't shoot the ball boy". Toonarama. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
  3. http://national.soccerhall.org/history/NASL_AllTimeCoachesRegistry.html
  4. http://www.philadelphiaatoms.com/pseudoatoms.html