- Know any others ??! Let me know and I'll
include them on this page.
/ September 2003
Sports Football Yearbook 2003-2004 Update.
main index of Bob 70-71 Players currently holding an
English League (and some Scottish League) club post has
been maintained on the year by year Rothmans Football
Yearbook page of the site.
year is no exception, though the famous Football Yearbook
has now become the Sky Sports Football
year's update included the following changes that have
not been reported elsewhere ....
Gordon Banks (Stoke City) is now listed as
the Stoke City Club President in the Sky News Football
Yearbook, and as an honoury vice- president on the
Official Leicester City website !
Tony Book (Manchester
City) is listed
on Manchester City's official website as an Honoury
Phil Boersma (Liverpool squad) is no longer listed as a coach
at Blackburn Rovers
Viv Busby (Luton
Town squad) is
no longer listed on the Swindon Town website as a youth
David Cross (Rochdale) is no longer the senior youth
coach at Oldham Athletic, following a series of
redundancies made in February 2003, brought about by the
need for the club to save money. David was one of a
number of people to be laid off.
BBC SPORT Cross laid off by
assistant manager David Cross is being made redundant
by Oldham Athletic as part of cost-cutting measures
at Boundary Park.
Cross is one of three members of the backroom staff
being laid off as promotion-chasing Oldham bid to
reduce their losses.
Long-serving youth-team coach Billy Urmson, who has
been with Oldham for 27 years, is also to leave,
along with youth development education and welfare
officer Jack Edwards.
Cross's playing career took in spells with Oldham,
West Ham, Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion,
Coventry and Norwich City.
The 52-year-old was promoted from coaching the
reserves and youth-team to become number two to Iain
Dowie last summer.
Latics' chief executive Alan Hardy said: "These
redundancies are something we would have liked to
"But due to increasing financial pressures it
was necessary that economies were made through all
departments, including coaching, as well as the
recent redundancies from players, administration and
"I have known Billy and David as friends for a
number of years and to have to sit down and discuss
redundancies with them has not been easy.
"We have enjoyed some wonderful footballing
"I would like to place on record my sincere
thanks for the all the hard work and dedication put
in by David and Billy over their many years
association with the Latics," Hardy told the
Cross and Urmson are in talks with the club over a
Bobby Downes (Rochdale) whilst checking out the
officail website for Blackburn Rovers, I see that Bobby
is their Youth Academy Director.
Stewart Henderson (Brighton and Hove Albion) A slight correction to the
site, which had listed that (according to Pringle and
Fissler) Stewart was the Under-19s Coach at Ipswich Town.
Well he is an under-19s coach, but at Southampton.
ending his playing career and for the following 18 years
he held various coaching posts at Reading, and moved to
Southampton in 1991, and has been there since. Hence, his
football career stretches some 40 years now !
Alan Hill (Nottingham Forest) is no longer listed as the
Youth Academy Director at the Leicester City Official
Pat Holland (West Ham United)
Spurs Official Site offers the following brief
profile for Pat:
returned to the White Hart Lane coaching staff in
December 1997 as coach to our Under-19 FA Premier
Academy League side Born in Poplar, he joined West
Ham as an apprentice, signing as a professional in
April, 1969. He won an FA Cup winners' medal in 1975
and helped Hammers win the Second Division
championship in 1981.
forced his retirement in 1983 and he was appointed
Youth Coach at Leyton Orient and also had a spell as
Reserve/Youth Team Coach with QPR.He returned to
Orient as First Team Coach before joining us in
November 1988 as our Youth Team Coach. He
subsequently moved up to Youth Team Manager and
Reserve Team Manager before leaving us to take over
as Manager of Orient in April 1995. He was later
Assistant Manager at Millwall.
Jimmy Neighbour (Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs Official Site offers the following brief
profile for Jimmy:
Spurs winger, Jimmy returned to White Hart Lane to
take over as the club's Under-17 Coach. He made 190
appearances for Spurs, scoring 15 goals and was part
of the team that won the 1971 League Cup against
Aston Villa. He moved to Norwich City in September
1976 and spent three years at Carrow Road before
joining West Ham.He retired from playing after four
years with the Hammers.
coaching at Enfield, winning the FA Trophy in 1988
and two years later returned to West Ham as their
Youth Development Officer. He then took over as
Assistant Manager of Doncaster Rovers in 1994 before
manager St Albans City for two years. Returned to
Spurs to coach the Under-15s on a part-time basis
before taking up his current role.
Keith Peacock (Charlton Athletic) is assistant manager at
Charlton Athletic, he has been since the site began, but
this was the first time I spotted that his name had not
been included on the Yearbook pages before !
Martin Peters (Tottenham Hotspur) is no
longer listed as a non-exective director at Tottenham
Bryan 'Pop' Robson (Newcastle United) The official
site does not seem to list any back-room staff - not even
the manager, so I can no longer confirm he is the club's
Under-19 Coach, and have had to remove him from the page.
Peter Shilton (Leicester City) is listed on Leicester City's
Official website as an honoury vice-president.
Steve Smith (Huddersfield Town) is no longer listed as youth
coach at Bradford City
Graham Taylor (Lincoln
City) is now
listed as Life President at Watford, this follows his
departure from Aston Villa in May 2003.
John Ward (Lincoln
added in November 2003) Following Wolves' promotion into
the Premiership, John leaves the club in May 2003 and
remained out of football until November when he returned
as manager of Division Three Cheltenham Town.
John Wile (Peterborough United) ended his reign as Chief
Executive at West Bromwich Albion on 1 July 2002. It
seems there was a big board room upheaval that saw former
player Brendan Batson come in as Managing Director. uefa.com on 1 July 2002 reported:
Bromwich Albion FC of the FA Premiership have
continued their boardroom shake-up with the
announcement of a new chief executive and managing
director. Businessman and lifelong fan Mike O'Leary
was named as the Midlands club's new chief executive
yesterday, while Brendon Batson MBE, who played for
West Brom between 1978 and 1984, becomes managing
director and will work closely with manager Gary
the past 18 years, the 49-year-old Batson has worked
at the Professional Footballers Association - the
players' union - where he is currently deputy chief
have long admired Gary Megson and look forward to
working with one of the brightest young managers in
the [FA] Premiership,"
club, who won promotion from the first division to
the FA Premiership last season, said they were still
in talks with former captain John Wile to terminate
his position as chief executive and main board
week West Brom's acting chairman Clive Stapleton quit
under pressure from other board members and was
replaced by Jeremy Peace.
chairman Paul Thompson stepped down last month after
he fell out with Megson.
Also see BBC SPORT Baggies bring back
Lawrence has been added to the page as
manager of Cardiff City. Lennie would have been 22 at
the start of the 70-71 season, but as he had a
non-League career I am as yet unable to place on
Bob's 70-71 Pages.
current League managers who were the right age but do
not yet have a place on the site are Arsène
Wenger - Arsenal manager, Gerald
Houllier - Liverpool, Craig Brown
- Preston North End, and Martin Wilkinson
Allardyce - Boton Wanderers and Steve
Wignall - Southend United, were both born in
1954, but I do not yet have the proof that they were
apprentices in 70-71.
Flynn - Swansea City, Steve Coppell
- Brighton and Hove Albion and Gudjon
Thordarson - Barnsley were all born in 1955,
and again I do not have any proof that they were on
anyone's books in 70-71.
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