Brian Talbot

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Brian Talbot
Personal information
Full name Brian Ernest Talbot
Date of birth (1953-07-21) 21 July 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth Ipswich, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1968–1972 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1979 Ipswich Town 177 (25)
1971 Toronto Metros (loan) 10 (2)
1972 Toronto Metros (loan) 10 (2)
1979–1985 Arsenal 254 (40)
1985–1986 Watford 48 (8)
1986–1988 Stoke City 54 (5)
1988–1990 West Bromwich Albion 74 (5)
1990–1991 Fulham 5 (1)
1990–1992 Aldershot 11 (0)
1992–? Sudbury Town
National team
1976 England U21 1 (0)
1977–1980 England 6 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1991 West Bromwich Albion
1991 Aldershot
1993–1996 Hibernians
1997–2004 Rushden & Diamonds
2004–2005 Oldham Athletic
2005–2006 Oxford United
2006–2008 Marsaxlokk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Ernest Talbot (born 21 July 1953) is a former English football manager and former player. His son is Daniel Talbot.[1]

Talbot played for Ipswich Town, Toronto Metros (United States), Arsenal, Watford, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and Aldershot. He then went into management with West Bromwich Albion, Aldershot, Hibernians (Malta), Rushden & Diamonds, Oxford United and Marsaxlokk (Malta).

Playing career[edit]

A midfielder, Talbot began his footballing career as an apprentice with Ipswich Town in 1968, turning professional in 1972; in the meantime he had spent two seasons on loan with Canadian club Toronto Metros. He made 227 appearances for Ipswich, and won the 1978 FA Cup with the club. In the 1978 FA Cup semi-final against West Bromwich Albion, Talbot scored the first goal eight minutes into the game. He was injured on the play when he collided head-to-head with Albion's skipper, John Wile. Wile played with a bandaged head for the remainder of the contest while Talbot was removed on a stretcher. In January 1979, Talbot moved to Arsenal for a fee of £450,000.

Talbot immediately became a first-team player at Arsenal. He played for the Gunners in the FA Cup final of that year, scoring a goal in a 3–2 victory over Manchester United; Talbot thus achieved the unique distinction of winning the FA Cup with two different teams in consecutive seasons.[2] The following year he set a club record, as an ever-present in Arsenal's marathon 1979–80 season, when he played a total of 70 matches in a single season (the club reached the finals of both the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but lost them both).

Talbot's impressive stamina and fitness meant he played nearly every Arsenal first-team game for the next five seasons, missing fewer than half a dozen League games. In all, the strong and sturdy midfielder played 327 first-team matches for the Gunners, scoring 49 goals. He also played for England, five times while at Ipswich and once as an Arsenal player.

He left Arsenal in June 1985 and joined Watford. He spent a season and a half at Vicarage Road before joining his old Ipswich Town team-mate Mick Mills at Stoke City in October 1986.[3] His presence helped inspire the side as Stoke climbed the table and fell six points short of a play-off place.[3] In 1987–88 made 27 appearances before he left in January 1988 after being offered a player-manager role at West Bromwich Albion.[3] He spent two and a half years in that role before leaving for Fulham in March 1991. After a short spell there he ended his career at Aldershot.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

Talbot first tasted football management with West Bromwich Albion, where he served as player-manager from February 1989 to January 1991. His tenure started well, with the side challenging for promotion in the 1988–89 season. But a collapse during the final weeks of the season meant they didn't even achieve playoff qualification. However, the following season saw the side struggle and narrowly survive in the Second Division, which continued into the 1990–91 season. His dismissal from Albion came after the famous 4–2 FA Cup defeat at the hands of non-league Woking. Albion ended the season with relegation to the Third Division for the first time ever. After leaving Albion, he joined Fulham and played five times in the Third Division, scoring once, before being appointed player-manager of Fourth Division strugglers Aldershot, who were deep in debt. After a dismal start to the 1991–92, Talbot left the Shots in November 1991 and was succeeded by Ian McDonald, and four months later the club went bust and were forced out of the Football League. Talbot then moved abroad and managed Maltese club Hibernians, where his team won the island's Premier League in 1993 and 1994.

Talbot returned to English club football as part of the coaching staff of Rushden and Diamonds, then in the Football Conference, in 1997. After a spell as head coach he was appointed club manager before the start of the 1999–2000 season. At the end of the 2000–01 season Rushden secured promotion to the Football League under his management. The team reached the Division Three playoffs in 2002 but lost in the final. In their second season in the League they secured the 2002–03 Division Three title, but were relegated the following season, Talbot having left the club in March 2004 after seven years to take over at Oldham Athletic.

Talbot succeeded in keeping Oldham in Division Two in 2004, then the following season he took them into the 3rd round of the FA Cup where the Latics beat local rivals Manchester City 1–0 thanks to a goal from Scott Vernon. But results in the League were not the same following a defeat to Bolton Wanderers the club went on a 10 match losing streak which led to him resigning at the end of February 2005 following a 5–1 defeat at the hands of Bristol City. In May 2005 he signed a two-year contract as manager of Oxford United before the final game of the 2004–05 season. However, after an unsuccessful stint in charge, Talbot was sacked in March 2006, leaving the club 22nd in League Two and destined to lose their League status at the end of the season.[4]

Talbot made a quick return to management with Maltese side Marsaxlokk, and guided them to the domestic league title and a place in the UEFA Champions League. Following a disappointing start to the 2008–09 season, Marsaxlokk appointed former Msida Saint-Joseph manager Patrick Curmi as the club's new head coach on 17 December 2008. Talbot, however, remained with the club until early 2011, after he took over the Technical Director role. In February 2011, he joined English Premier League side Fulham as a scout. Talbot mostly watches matches in the top leagues for the London club, for example in France or Germany.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 1973–74 First Division 15 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 18 3
1974–75 First Division 40 8 9 0 5 1 2 1 56 10
1975–76 First Division 19 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 23 2
1976–77 First Division 42 5 3 0 3 0 6 1 54 6
1977–78 First Division 40 4 7 3 3 0 6 1 56 8
1978–79 First Division 21 3 0 0 1 0 4 0 26 2
Total 177 25 23 3 13 1 20 3 233 32
Toronto Metros (loan) 1971 NASL 10 2 10 2
1972 NASL 10 2 10 2
Total 20 4 20 4
Arsenal 1978–79 First Division 20 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 26 2
1979–80 First Division 42 1 11 2 7 1 9 0 69 4
1980–81 First Division 40 7 1 0 4 0 0 0 45 7
1981–82 First Division 42 7 1 0 5 0 4 1 52 8
1982–83 First Division 42 9 7 1 7 0 2 0 58 10
1983–84 First Division 27 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 29 6
1984–85 First Division 41 10 3 2 3 0 0 0 47 12
Total 254 40 30 7 27 1 15 1 326 49
Watford 1985–86 First Division 41 7 8 0 2 0 0 0 51 7
1986–87 First Division 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 48 7 8 0 3 0 0 0 59 7
Stoke City 1986–87 Second Division 32 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 37 4
1987–88 Second Division 22 2 2 0 1 1 2 0 27 3
Total 54 5 7 1 1 1 2 0 64 7
West Bromwich Albion 1987–88 Second Division 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
1988–89 Second Division 39 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 42 2
1989–90 Second Division 20 1 2 0 3 1 1 0 26 2
Total 74 5 4 0 3 1 2 0 83 6
Fulham 1990–91 Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Aldershot 1990–91 Fourth Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1991–92 Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Career Total 643 87 72 11 48 4 39 4 802 106
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield, Football League Trophy, UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

As a manager[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
West Bromwich Albion 2 November 1988 8 January 1991 114 34 39 41 29.82
Rushden & Diamonds 1 March 1997 8 March 2004 341 163 88 90 47.80
Oldham Athletic 10 March 2004 25 February 2005 55 20 14 21 36.36
Oxford United 6 May 2005 14 March 2006 44 10 16 18 22.73
Total 554 227 157 170 40.97

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Ipswich Town
Arsenal

As a manager[edit]

Hibernians
Rushden & Diamonds
Marsaxlokk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Day to forget for Talbot". The Times. 31 January 2005. Retrieved 12 September 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 223. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  4. ^ Talbot dismissed as Oxford boss
  5. ^ Brian Talbot on West Brom, Ipswich and being named Arsenal's 23rd greatest player

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