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Get Your Coat Mr Holdsworth – Simmo & Grant Please

From hero at Watford, Sheffield United and Birmingham City to double zero at Mansfield Town and now Lincoln with more signings than a Harry Potter book launch complete with JK Rowley and associated adland posse! Do ex-players make good managers, the late John Reames did not think so.

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It is safe to say David Holdworth career and record has peaked. If he were a batsmen he would still put Alistair Cooke in his place – surely he is approaching the 120’s for just the one wicket (Mansfield Town) in the last two and a half years? We stopped counting here. In the interest of fairness let us start with the playing career highs and lows and end with the management slide.

 

The player

CLUB FROM TO FEE LEAGUE FA CUP LGE CUP OTHER
APS G APS G APS G APS G
Gretna 14 Jul, 03 31 May, 05 Free 31 (1) 0 3 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 2 (0) 0
Scarborough 01 Nov, 02 14 Jul, 03 Signed 16 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Bolton 31 Aug, 02 01 Nov, 02 Free 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Walsall 18 Jan, 02 22 Apr, 02 Loan 9 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Birmingham 23 Mar, 99 31 Aug, 02 £1,250,000 77 (7) 7 1 (0) 0 10 (0) 1 8 (1) 0
Sheff Utd 08 Oct, 96 23 Mar, 99 £450,000 95 (0) 4 13 (0) 3 7 (0) 0 5 (0) 0
Watford 08 Nov, 86 08 Oct, 96 Apprentice 249 (9) 10 14 (1) 1 20 (0) 2 8 (2) 0
Totals £1,700,000 477 (17) 23 35 (1) 5 40 (0) 3 23 (3) 0

 

The Manager

CLUB FROM TO MANAGED WON DRAWN LOST
Lincoln 24 Oct, 2011 Present 71 21 19 31
Mansfield 29 Dec, 2008 18 Nov, 2010 91 37 20 34

Mr Holdsworth also managed Ilkeston, ex haunt of the great Keith Alexander between 1996 & 2,000. He was replaced by Mariners duo Paul Hurst and Rob Scott. This did see his best record. He managed 31, won 18, drawn 8, lost 5, for 48, against 29).

In reality Awful, with the addition of the word downward sums it up. But then so is the standard of the League we find ourself in. It’s the Conference when you strip away the façade. Has-beens meet up-and-comers, be that clubs or players. The standard of football is substantially below that of League football yet the pricing is anything but. So for fans to turn up you need to either put in the cash, sell them the loyalty close, or start counting up the assets and liabilities and put up with the dwindling moans along the way.

 

Gary Simpson and Grant Brown would put the pride back into Lincoln City whether Mr Holdsworth beats Barrow and Mansfield Town or not.  We need football men with mud in their boots and an eye for talent on the one hand. But we also need to restore the faith and pride of the fans who would be patient, knowing we have blokes who understand what Imp means.

Lincoln is better than that. How come the club is the only thing that has not moved forward in the City in the last decade? We have hit rock bottom, get someone in at a football level that can kick things into shape, as opposed to kicking the can down the road. Someone who can get the players to sell on if need be, but above all to sell some season tickets next season and beyond.

Gary Simpson and Grant Brown might just do that. And they like us would be doing it for the love of it as much as the money. That should be the mantra at the heart of a community club surely?

 

 

 

Who Is Youth Guru Grant Brown & For How long.

Grant still has that Geordie accent even though he is now well and truly a favoured son of Lincoln, his adopted City and club. As well he should be as our record appearance holder left the field of play after 447 appearances in all competitions to join the youth set up and then become our caretaker manager on two occasions in our time of need.

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Grant Brown

Grant still has that Geordie accent even though he is now well and truly a favoured son of Lincoln, his adopted City and club. As well he should be as our record appearance holder left the field of play after 447 appearances in all competitions to join the youth set up and then become our caretaker manager on two occasions in our time of need.

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Grant was born in Sunderland in 1969 and scouted byLeicesterCity, who signed the determined centre back at the age of 13. Grant made his debut in the middle of his A-levels and after 17 years in the game finished his career in the classroom by taking his coaching badges. Grant only made 12 League & 2 league Cup appearances for the second division Foxes before Colin Murphy – a big mentor – rescued him from the reserves in 1988/89. Grant and Paul Groves joined the Imps on loan whilst protracted negotiations continued over a £150,000 deal for Tony James the other way.

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Grant and Paul made their debuts in a 0-1 League Cup defeat at Molineux against Wolves but Groves was then sent back after the month. Grant was retained for another month before he managed to twist John Reames arm to the tune of £63,000. A club record at the time we and ‘Murph’ had to have him so Mr Reames (RIP) – bless him – found the cash. Colin Murphy was the first of 11 managers for Grant at the Imps – some good and some bad – including the Chairman himself. Mr Reames reasoned one day that he would be cheaper and just as good as ex-players and the hasbeens who had failed at other clubs.

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Hoof Grant was an immense ever-present figure at the heart of our defence and the first name on the team sheet for 12 years. He certainly traded the red and White stripes ofSunderlandfor those of Impdom and should you ever hear him talk to our youngsters you can tell he has Imp blood coursing through those Geordie veins. Every side he sends out understand what Lincoln City is all about – walk up the posh stairs to sign your first contract and a life size picture of grant is on the wall. Respect goes a long way to building a reputation, the old fashioned values will never die.

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In 1999/2000 with the debt time bomb ticking , Grant overtook Tony Emery’s appearance record of 424 League and cup games in an LDV Vans Trophy game against Morecambe in the November. He then broke his leg at home toHullwhich kept him out for nine-months so we had to wait a while for him to break the 403 League Games record (again held by Emery). It finally came on Tuesday 26th March 2002 in the derby against York at Bootham Crescent. Grant would make just 4 more appearance before being released. He would part company with his beloved Imps on a very sad note as we tottered towards the dreaded administration.

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Grant was offered a one year deal withTelford, followed by a two year, again near ever present stint at Alfreton (83 aps 1 goal). John Schofield, upon being given the managers job with John Deehan, insisted that Grant was the man to take over and nurture his babes. Grant, a man of his word, explained things to Worksop who released him – perhaps on the grounds of compassion, love or insanity – from one year deal he had just signed. This allowed him to play part-time for Grantham to make up his money, because Grant has always put the interests of Lincoln before the cash.

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Grant took over the first team reigns when Schoey and Deehan were sacked, before Jacko and Iffy took over. He then assisted Iffy Onuora during Jacko’s illness with Tom Spall running the youth set up. UponJackson’s return Simon Clark became first team coach, casting a doubt over his future. Then in July 2009 he was promoted to Assistant Head of Youth, taking over the head of Youth job when Tom Spall and Simon Clark took over after the sackings of Iffy and Jacko.

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With the club fighting battles in every area the spotlight will inevitably fall on the Youth set up, with Grant Brown part of a shake up that will inevitably lead to a parting of the ways unless a pot of gold turns up and fast. This despite the credible Midland Cup final win over the Spireites 3-1 and the player sales of Jerrell Sellars to Villa,  George Berkes to Leicester and possibly George Couzens to Manchester United after this weekends trial. (see full article here)

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Lincoln City Football Club Centre of Excellence was spun off from LCFC in September 2005. The grass roots funding for League 2 sides gave us £182,000 per year (plus £50,000 for LFE – League Football Education and additional paired funding and grant schemes) with 50% still available for the first year after relegation. Year two sees zero funding, something that even the kind gesture of last years saviour Mr Moyses cannot plug next season.

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The club also appear unable or reluctant to continue funding what is a stand alone operation and, with Chris Travers no longer a central part of the set up,  we have to expect and fear the worst. The website seems outdated with regard to the central sponsors and personalities on the youth board too – here –  with no mention of Chris Moyses, who by Grants own admission saved the operation last year – here.  Economic reality suggests the Centre of Excellence is unlikely to survive unless more than one white knight comes forward or the manager is prepared to think long-term and part with some of his budget for next season. Short-term yes, harsh yes, but the future of the youth set is certainly up in the air along with the future of one of the clubs greatest servants. Grant Brown certainly was one on it if not off it too.


Grant Brown


Grant Brown
Personal information
Full name Grant Ashley Brown
Date of birth 19 November 1969 (age 42)
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Lincoln City (Head of Youth)
Senior  Stats (all comps)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Leicester City 16 (0)
1989–2002 Lincoln City 447 (16)
2002–2003 Telford United 35 (0)
2003–2005 Alfreton Town 83 (1)
2005–2006 Grantham Town 42 (6)
Teams managed
2007 Lincoln City (caretaker) P2 D1 L1
2011 Lincoln City (caretaker) P4 W1 D1 L2
Totals492 First class appearances (21 other) 16 first class goals (1 other)


Peter Jackson Carpet Tiles, Cancer and A Big Shirt 2007/8

Peter Jackson, the former Huddersfield Town & Bradford City legend  was about to face a double challenge at Lincoln City both on and off the field. A veteran of the Bradford fire Jacko knew the value of life and the importance of football to the fans well,  but his choice to put football  before his own health seems forgotten somehow…………

 

 

Jacko paced around his tileless office.   Our chirpy but croaky, charismatic manager craftily  eyed his calendar,  for February was the month that would really make or break our season. Despite the horrific home debacle, by two goals to one to local rivals Mansfield on  January 29th we had thankfully gained 7 points from a realistic 12 with the beatable sides, as Jacko reasoned,  to come and soon . It was certainly a big psychological blow though. We were 21st on 25 points, three ahead of the Stags in 23rd and they had two games in hand, so we were well in the relegation mix. An ever confident Jacko also fancied Manager of the month and publicly said so ahead of the Shrewsbury Town game.

The addition of Ridley, a loan signing and Ben Wright apart; what could the Jacko  factor do against the big spending high flying Shrews who had hammered us 4-0 on opening day. More to the point Steff Wright was only going to give him one carpet tile per point. Dodds gave us the lead with a fabulous thirty yard free kick to settle the nerves. It wasn’t pretty after that but we held out until the 76th minute, when a Davies free kick evened things up. The Imps responded as if their lives depended on it with the Artful Dodger hammering home a thunderous volley. As we danced all day at the house of Imp  Jacko made a beeline for the chairman in search of those first three carpet tiles.

Now in 20th on 28 points the Imps won again on the Tuesday night away Macclesfield Town. A sensational  finale saw Dany N’Guessan & Jamie Forester score in the last 10 minutes with Evans replying  on the whistle. Ok so it wasn’t Brazil, but our new found determination saw us reach the teens and a rather respectable 18 place. Those tiles now stretched from Jacko’s door to the left hand corner leg of his desk.  Jamie the poacher and homespun Hone heroically helped us to overcome Rochdale 2-1 in an inspired, albeit rugged performance, at the Bank. But 9 points in a week was more than Schoeys Imps had mustered by October, and we now sat just 16 short of the 50 points safety barrier.

Stallard, Wright and Beevers ensured we hammered Accrington 3-0 away, to keep the fantastic run going before it happened.  Then on Valentine’s Day of all days, Peter Jackson called a news conference to explain that croaky throat affliction. We feared the worst when told it was cancer of the throat, our very own John F Kennedy moment.   Surely every Imp remembers where they were & what they were doing the day they heard of the plight of our saviour, Peter Jackson, the Lord of The Imps

It inspired the impossible. Yep we came from behind to beat Maccs at home this time and by three goals to one,  with Lenny, Jamie and Danny giving us adrenalin rushes for the last half hour.  It was high octane stuff on a day of high emotion.  Now 14th the Imps were top of the current form table going into the Rotherham United game.  Louis ‘The artful Dodger’ Dodds curled a jaw dropper into the top corner from 25 yards, to open the scoring. The Millers then got 3 past a defence that wilted like a Cadbury’s caramel in the crease of a bakers backside,  before Wright and Dany combined sublimely as The Swan got the goal of the game.

Jacko was given the manager of the month and deservedly so. Whether it was for the run, his personal bravery or an unselfish desire to see us through who knows. A week later , we presented him with a giant shirt prior to the game. But we did not part company before he saw his mission accomplished, thanks to a clinical finish from Dodds. That 1-0 win over play-off contenders Wycombe Wanderers, saw us move to 14th,  within 7 points of mathematical safety. Job done thought the fans who would carry a Lord of the Imps banner with us, signed by the Great one, from that day until his triumphant return.

Predictably Chesterfield aka Lesterfield, had a field day and hammered us 4-1 with Wright getting one in reply. Forrester then got the only goal in the all important away win at nervous Notts County.  Now 4 points shy of the bull we could start to enjoy things. We lost at Stockport, yes still our familiar foe, 1-0 then criminally caved in 5-2 at Barnet. Wright was only on for 15 minutes but bagged a brace in the snow and another defensive set-piece no show.

Still 14th we were 13 points clear of Mansfield Town, with 2 games in hand but the Imps were on the blink and very much edging towards the brink. Next up, high flying Hereford United.  When captain Scott Kerr was shown an early red, we feared the worst but rallied magnificently. Young Pembleton starred on his debut, diminutive he may be, but he had the heart and strength of Atlas. Dany the red flare – le fusee rouge –  got a breakaway sol effort and though they equalised on the hour; justice was done with a penalty. The Red Flare – the gorgeous Gallic Gassman glowed a setting sun saw Sincil Bank all red sky at night shepherds delight as we walked out to ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ .  Those three points were a terrific bonus and money in the bank ahead of a  trip to Posh. They naturally hammered us 4-0, having ‘done’ our only decent defender early doors.

Not surprisingly the Franchise (MK Dons) beat us 2-1, in a very close game that deserved a draw. The fact that we were 2-0 down prior to Wright finish did not stop a rampant second half display from the Imps. We then went on a run. We wiped the grin off Chesters faces 2-1 with all 3 goals coming in 3 minutes. Forrester bagged our two and the points in the 20th and 22 minute. The 3-1 win over Brentford saw fearless flowing football. King got a deflection, before Forrester and Freck finished things.

We then stunned the critics with a 2-1 win at Morecambe. Over 500 Imps partied at the seaside as Wright and Green got gems. Could we finish in the top half to cap our come back? Nope. In true Imp style at the Theatre of the Absurd, we stunned the critics again, going down 4-2 at home to already relegated Wrexham. Wright got one but the joke was on Steve Evans. Beavers punted a 50-yard clearance into the Wrexham box, huge centre-back Steve Evans was under no pressure bar the attentions round the back of inch high Forester, but alas he sent his header over the advancing Ward.

As for those tiles they had to post the last 9 though his office window to complete the jigsaw on Jacko’s return – and the return of a not so magnificent 7.  But that’s football, heroes to zeroes thanks to choices over teams and schemes that either end in dreams or screams.

Forget Fear Factor Holdsworth Will Never Be Impdom’s Worst Manager.

Time to take the pressure off David Holdsworth and the Mighty Imps who take that first step on the road to recovery tomorrow. David, fear not, for even with less cash than a bankrupt buddhist monk on remand,  you can’t possibly be our worst manager. Just as Lee Evans cannot possibly buy the cheapest suit in the shop, because he is always wearing it – and the wet version at that – unbelievably Steve Tilson, who has  just left, is not a contender either.  That is not to say you should get too complacent as we have had some roses growing out of the manure, your mentor – The Enticer – Graham Taylor being one. Those with a glass half full will also wax lyrical of  Colin Murphy, John Henry Strawson and perhaps the Lord of The Imps himself the great Bill Anderson.

Back to the point and Steve ‘ three times a charm’  Tilson certainly has a unique hat-trick and to be honest many managers would rather have the CV of Attila the Hun.  Incredibly he has now taken Southend down from the Championship to League 1. He followed that with double trouble and a drop to League 2. With the hat-trick in his sight, Uncle Bob was taken in by the allure of a track record that – well I would feel more confident walking under 10 ladders and stuffing snakes down my trousers and then asking a spiritualist to ask Joan of arc to an intimate tête-a-tête and barbecue on bonfire night – many would find a tad less than fortuitous. Surprise  surprise Tilly, then, clearly on a bit of a roll,  sensationally nailed the unique treble with the Imps exit from the Football League.  I bet trapdoor Broughton was gutted.  It is some record – for sure for sure – but sorry Steve, you are nowhere near our worst manager.

For despite us needing to cross a Bridge of Sighs that is the latest Sincil shambles, those pressing pins into their Sutton and Tilson voodoo dolls, are not even close when it comes to the worst manager in our history.  The winner, hands down , was aptly named CON.   That’s right when long-serving manager Bill Anderson retired in 1965,  Con Moulson was the shock choice to be the club’s new manager.  Another visionary decision by a Lincoln City board you say? Quite, given the 58 year old ex player  had not had any day-to-day involvement in football for almost three decades.

After only eight matches all defeats, which saw an unconventional 3-3-4 formation being deployed and 21 goals conceded, Moulson was relieved of his duties. After his turn as manager, Moulson reverted to his role as kit man and resumed work at the factory where he had been previously working. And no he did not take pre-season training. Word has it our new manager has the perfect answer not to mention man to sort our fitness problems and lack of punching power.

Lincoln City Managers 1892-1947

Scunthorpe may be  Lincolnshire’s sole League yo yo club and Grimsby may have enjoyed their time in the old first Division in the thrilling thirties but the Imps became the Lincolnshire G- force to be reckoned with in the Fab fifties.  If we  look back at the history books, the passion for football is as much a part of a yellow bellies fabric as it is in the North East.  Despite the Sincil Shambles Tilson is not even close when it comes to the worst manager in our history and we owe so very very much, warts, prawns and all to John Henry Strawson and Geordie lad Bill Anderson and of course the cavaliers that met at the Monson Arms on the High Street in the Summer of 1884.

During the course of our history the Imps have had 40 managers in one variation or another. Seven have been caretakers and eight held the post of Secretary-Manager, a curious job & title that saw the day to day running of the clubs administration combined with the organisation and training of the team only. The Directors would then pick the team and hire and fire (8 after a cup exit against the cods in 1885) accordingly with the Secretary having just the one vote in the selection process. Our first manager Joe McClelland, appointed in 1936, still had to submit his team to the directors for approval but with a 43% win rate they tended to trust his judgement.

Our first secretary manager, John Henry Strawson, who also played for us in our first season, had two spells at the club. His first between 1884 and 1896 saw indifferent form, not surprising given he had all the balls in the air. He did the books found and trained the players and was even instrumental in building the ground and organising the move to Sincil Bank to celebrate us getting in as founder members of the second division. His second spell (1907-19) also saw him wield some magic as he continually kept us in the League by doing deals to ensure we won re-election meetings time and again. Strawson`s eloquence was renowned; perhaps we owe our very existence today to John who ensured we did not waste away like so many sides in those early formative days of football. The Football League rewarded him with a long service record in 1919, noting that he had even refereed for 7 years between 1888 and 1905. He also returned after the defection of David Calderhead Senior to Chelsea in 1907 after we had impressed in an FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge. David`s son would also manage us in yet another time of turbulence after World War 1.

After Strawson George Frazer lasted a season (P 42 W 9 D 9 F 24) David Calderhead Junior 3 years (P 118 W 37 D 28 L 53) and Horace Henshall 3years (P 126 W 50 D 25 L 51). We would then hire the artful, the crafty, the one and only Harry Parkes. Our last secretary Manager would be our best one, with the Brummie (Ex WBA & Coventry) defecting from Chesterfield in 1927. He would bring us our first title in 31/32 a year after they had taken the same Division 3 North Title. We would come second and fail to be promoted after a controversial 2-3 defeat at their place sealed the title in front of 20,092. Parkes was an astute manager who signed Allan Hall (1931-33 Apps : 76 ; Goals : 68 ) and Johnny Campbell 1933/34-38/39) Aps 198(0) Goals 110 as well as numerous others as the club returned to Division two and financial stability. In his 376 games we won 178, drew 76 and lost 122 with him winning
47.34% of his games. After being relegated two years after our triumph he was given a further two years at the helm before leaving for an ill fated season at Mansfield and two at County.

McClelland then became Lincoln`s first true manager after an impressive spell at Halifax. He had been their first manager too, literally. He was present at the formation of the club in 1911 and even chipped in part of the £1 to incorporate it. He took them from the Yorkshire Combination League to the Football League and even layed the first turf at their Shay stadium. He left in 1930 and spent 6 years away from the game, until The Imps re ignited his passion for the game. Joe`s impact at Lincoln was solid though unspectacular and blighted by the Second World War. Joining in June 1936 his third season would be interrupted by the outbreak of the conflict, though he did run the interwar side and his record was a solid one. Under Joe The Imps played 168
Games, won 73, drew 29 and lost 66 with a 43.45 % win rate. He would relinquish control in 1947 to be replaced by the greatest manager Lincoln City has ever had, Bill Anderson, perhaps the one true Lord Of The Imps.

John Strawson Sep 1892-Feb 1896
P 97 W 31 D 11 L 55
WIN %AGE 31.96

Alf Martin Feb 1896-Mar 1897
P 35 W 9 D 2 L 24
WIN %AGE 25.71

James West Mar 1897-Sep 1900
P 106 W 34 D 22 L 50
WIN %AGE 32.08

David Calderhead Snr Sep 1900-May 1907
P 246 W 86 D 51 L 109
WIN %AGE 34.96

Jack Strawson Aug 1907-May 1919
P 228 W 62 D 49 L 117
WIN %AGE 27.19

George Fraser Sep 1919-Apr 1921
P 42 W 9 D 9 L 24
WIN %AGE 21.43

David Calderhead Jnr Apr 1921-May 1924
P 118 W 37 D 28 L 53
WIN %AGE 31.36

Horace Henshall May 1924-Jun 1927
P 126 W 50 D 25 L 51
WIN %AGE 39.68

Harry Parkes Jun 1927-May 1936
P 376 W 178 D 76 L 122
WIN %AGE 47.34

Joe McClelland Jun 1936-Jul 1947
P 168 W 73 D 29 L 66
WIN %AGE 43.45

 

Lincoln City Managers 1947-72.

 

Although Graham Taylor undoubtedlywent on to great things with Watford England and Aston Villa there is only one true contender for the title of Lord Of The Imps, Bill Anderson. Hailing from North East he was simply immense building side after side and ensuring a decade of Division Two football for the Imps as they stood toe to toe with the big boys. Forget Dell Boy Bill could wheel and deal with the best of them and with our budget he would need to. As the first person to be given the job on an uninterrupted basis in July 1947 Bill cobbled together two grand and built a title winning side to win the 3rd Division North. The heady heights of Division 2 lasted but a season as we were relegated, but unbeaten he vowed a return for good within 3 years as the side was sold off around him.

Bill was true to his word in the 51/52 season. We netted 121 goals with Graver getting 36 goals, Jonnie Garvie 21 and Ernie Whittle 20. We would hold our heads high until the sisxties including the great escape of 1957-58: when Lincoln produced the most dramatic escape from relegation in League history winning our last 6 games. Bill defied gravity until 1960-61 when the financially impossible dream ended as we went down bottom. The following year the same thing happened as the financial position worsened and we were relegated to the Fourth Division, though Bill stayed on in the job until retirement in 1965. Bill Anderson was our longest serving manager from Jul 1947-Jan 1965 overseeing 762 games, winning 276, drawing 168, losing 318 and enjoying a win rate of 36%.

You think the Chris Sutton decision is a strange one, well a man, not the beer; called Moulson was the shock choice to be the club’s new manager. Despite the ex player, named Con, being 58 and having no day-to-day involvement in football for almost three decades, he was given the job and literally rode in from Ruston`s on his bike. The 3-3-4 formation was revolutionary, but after only eight matches, all defeats, and 21 goals conceded, Moulson was given a part time job as kit man and resumed work at the factory where taking out his frustrations on metal plates. We`ll leave the stats as this is one 100% record no one wants brought up.

The board then brought in ex legend Roy Chapman to similar effect though he won 16 and lost half of his 68 games. The steadying influence of Gray at least ensured we did not have to apply for re election during his four-year tenure. Gray`s only lasting legacy however is our Red Imps nickname. Gray`s record from Oct 1966-May 1970 was as follows P 172 W 59 D 51 L 62 – win %AGE 34. Bert Loxley then tried the task from Jul 1970-Mar 1971 and would remain as kit man until 1986. P 31 W 11 D 4 L 16 WIN %AGE 35.5

The Imps then hired a famous ex striker by the name of David Herd who would last just over two seasons despite having a reasonable record (Mar 1971-Dec 1972 P 82 W 30 D 30 L 22 win %age 36.6). So this bodes well for Chris Sutton, well hushed up scandal apart anyway. We would then move on to another untried expro The one the only GT – Graham Taylor OBE.

Bill Anderson Jul 1947-Jan 1965
P 762 W 276 D 168 L 318
WIN %AGE 36.22

Con Moulson Jan 1965-Mar 1965
P 8 W 0 D 0 L 8
WIN %AGE 0.00

Roy Chapman Mar 1965-Oct 1966
P 68 W 16 D 17 L 35
WIN %AGE 23.53

Ron Gray Oct 1966-May 1970
P 172 W 59 D 51 L 62
WIN %AGE 34.30

Bert Loxley Jul 1970-Mar 1971
P 31 W 11 D 4 L 16
WIN %AGE 35.48

David Herd Mar 1971-Dec 1972
P 82 W 30 D 30 L 22
WIN %AGE 36.59