Roy Chapman

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Roy Chapman
Personal information
Full nameRoy Clifford Chapman [1]
Date of birth(1934-03-18)18 March 1934 [1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England [1]
Date of death 21 March 1983(1983-03-21) (aged 49) [2]
Place of death Stoke-on-Trent, England [2]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) [3]
Playing position(s) Inside-forward
Youth career
Kynoch Works
1951–1952 Aston Villa
Senior career*
1952–1957 Aston Villa 19 (8)
1957–1961 Lincoln City 105 (45)
1961–1965 Mansfield Town 136 (78)
1965–1967 Lincoln City 70 (31)
1967–1969 Port Vale 76 (35)
1969 Chester 9 (3)
1969–1970 Nuneaton Borough 9 (9)
1970–1975 Stafford Rangers
Teams managed
1965–1966 Lincoln City
1970–1975 Stafford Rangers
1975–1976 Stockport County
1977–1980 Stafford Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roy Clifford Chapman (18 March 1934 – 21 March 1983) was an English professional footballer and manager, born in Birmingham. He was the father of former Arsenal and Leeds United striker Lee Chapman. [1]


An inside-forward, he started his career at Aston Villa in 1952, before he moved on to Lincoln City five years later to find first team football. In 1961 he was sold to Mansfield Town, where he remained for the next four years, before he returned to Lincoln as the club's player-manager in 1965. He gave up his management duties the following year, before moving on to Port Vale in 1967. In all he scored 200 goals in 415 games in the Football League.

In 1969, he joined Stafford Rangers via Chester. He was also given the management job at Rangers, and held this position until 1975, at which point he was made manager of Stockport County. His reign at Stockport was brief, and he became a coach before returning to Stafford for a second spell as manager in 1977, before he left for a second time in 1980. As Stafford manager he led the club to a Northern Premier League, FA Trophy, and Staffordshire Senior Cup treble in 1972; as well as another Staffs Cup victory in 1973 and another FA Trophy success in 1979.

Playing career

Chapman began his professional playing career with Aston Villa in February 1952, having initially joined the club as an amateur three months earlier. [4] He made 19 appearances for the "Villans" in the First Division. Finding his first team opportunities limited at Villa Park, manager Eric Houghton allowed him to leave for Bill Anderson's Lincoln City in November 1957. The "Imps" narrowly avoided relegation out of the Second Division in 1957–58, finishing one place and one point above relegated Notts County. He finished as the club's top scorer in 1958–59 with 15 goals, as Lincoln avoided relegation despite achieving a lower points tally than in the previous campaign. They rose up the table to 13th in 1959–60, but were relegated in last place in 1960–61, despite Chapman becoming top-scorer again with 16 goals. He then departed Sincil Bank on a £7,000 move to Mansfield Town. [5]

The "Stags" finished 14th in the Fourth Division in 1961–62 under Raich Carter's stewardship, before Chapman and strike partner Ken Wagstaff fired the club to promotion in 1962–63. Mansfield took to life in the Third Division well under new boss Tommy Cummings, and posted a seventh-place finish in 1963–64, before missing out on promotion in 1964–65 due to their inferior goal average.

Chapman left Field Mill and returned to Lincoln as player-manager in March 1965, who were by now seeking re-election to the Fourth Division. In August 1965 he came on as a substitute, replacing Bunny Larkin; this was the first substitution in the club's history. [1] Lincoln finished 22nd in 1965–66, and once again had to apply for re-election. In October 1966 he reverted to solely a playing capacity as Ron Gray was appointed as manager. [1] He scored 21 goals in 1966–67 to become the club's top-scorer, but despite his scoring efforts the "Imps" still finished bottom of the Football League.

In June 1967, he joined Port Vale in a playing capacity, on a wage of £35 a week. [2] He was ever-present in the 1967–68 season, finishing as the club's top scorer with 25 goals in 49 games; he was also the division's joint top-scorer, along with Halifax Town's Les Massie. [2] In the summer manager Stanley Matthews resigned, and Gordon Lee took charge at Vale Park. [2] Despite suffering from sciatica, Chapman scored 12 goals in 34 games in the next season to once again become the top marksman. [2]

His final playing club in the Football League was Ken Roberts's Chester, who he joined in May 1969. He struck five goals in four pre-season friendly matches, [6] and then followed it up with two goals on his league debut at Scunthorpe United to take his career tally to 200. [6] However just one more league goal followed in his next eight league games and Chapman moved on to Southern League Premier Division side Nuneaton Borough for a fee of £1,500, as part of manager Dudley Kernick's £10,000 spending spree. [3] He scored 27 minutes into his first game for the club, a friendly with a Crystal Palace XI. [3] He left Nuneaton at the end of the 1969–70 season to join Stafford Rangers as player-manager. [6]

Style of play

A two footed player, he was aggressive and had ball control skills, but lacked pace. [7]

Managerial career

Chapman steered Stafford Rangers to a treble of the FA Trophy, Northern Premier League and Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1972. [8] Rangers topped the league with 71 points, and beat Barnet 3–0 at Wembley in the Trophy final. This was followed up by him leading Rangers to the FA Cup fourth round three years later. [8] He then returned to professional circles with a short spell as Stockport County manager, where he signed George Best on a short-term deal. [1] His reign at Stockport was short and he returned to Port Vale as a coach in August 1976, before being sacked in May 1977 and returning to Stafford. [2]

In his second spell in charge of Rangers he led them to another FA Trophy triumph (this time a 2–0 victory over Kettering Town) before standing down in 1980. [8]

Later life and death

After leaving Rangers he took up the position as manager of Walsall Sports Company. [2]

He died in Stoke-on-Trent, three days after his 49th birthday. He had suffered a fatal heart attack, when playing in a five-a-side tournament. [9]


Playing statistics

Source: [10] [11]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupOther [A] Total
Aston Villa 1953–54 First Division 43000043
1954–55 First Division11000011
1955–56 First Division62000062
1956–57 First Division82000082
Lincoln City 1957–58 Second Division 1980000198
1958–59 Second Division341510003515
1959–60 Second Division1870000187
1960–61 Second Division321520213616
1961–62 Third Division 20000020
Mansfield Town 1961–62 Fourth Division 372000203920
1962–63 Fourth Division443055325237
1963–64 Third Division361911103820
1964–65 Third Division19920122211
Lincoln City 1964–65 Fourth Division1351000145
1965–66 Fourth Division2071022239
1966–67 Fourth Division372011304121
Port Vale 1967–68 Fourth Division462410214925
1968–69 Fourth Division301131103412
Chester 1969–70 Fourth Division930010103
Nuneaton Borough 1969–70 Southern League Premier Division99126121623
Career total42421018102420466240
A.  ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the League Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs, Full Members Cup, Southern League Cup, Birmingham Senior Cup, Midland Floodlit Cup, President's Cup and Camkin Cup.

Managerial statistics

Source: [10]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Lincoln City 1 March 196531 May 196659151430025.4
Stockport County 1 August 19756 May 197644121121027.3


As a player

Mansfield Town

As a manager

Stafford Rangers

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