George Kerr (footballer)

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George Kerr
Personal information
Full name George Adams McDonald Kerr
Date of birth (1943-01-09) 9 January 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1965 Barnsley 166 (40)
1965–1966 Bury 15 (2)
1966–1968 Oxford United 41 (5)
1968–1974 Scunthorpe United 157 (32)
Teams managed
1977 Lincoln City
1979-1982 Grimsby Town
1983-1985 Rotherham United
1985-1987 Lincoln City
1987-1990 Boston United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

George Adams McDonald Kerr (born 9 January 1943 in Alexandria) is a Scottish former association football player and manager. As a player, he scored 79 goals from 379 appearances in the Football League playing for Barnsley, Bury, Oxford United and Scunthorpe United.[1] As a manager, he took charge of Lincoln City twice, Grimsby Town, Rotherham United[2] and Boston United.

Managerial career[edit]

Kerr briefly managed Lincoln City in 1977 and became manager of Grimsby Town in 1979. The Mariners won the Third Division championship in 1980 and finished 7th in the Second Division the following season after challenging for promotion with the side third with seven games remaining, and a return to Division One after a 33-year absence looked very much on the cards, but the clubs form fell away afterwards, with them winning only one more game. That form was not maintained the following season despite a good start, and with Grimsby bottom of the league Kerr was sacked on 11 January 1982 to make way for his assistant, David Booth.

He was appointed manager of Rotherham United on 21 March 1983 but was unable to save the club from relegation to the Third Division. He remained in charge for another two years, first avoiding relegation and then challenging for promotion before finishing mid-table. In November 1983, Rotherham knocked out first division Southampton in the League Cup. In June 1985, Kerr returned to Lincoln where despite the presence of Phil Turner and Neil Redfearn in midfield, the side was relegated to the Fourth Division. He remained in charge the following season, which began well with the Imps as high as 7th in the New Year. An inexplicable collapse in form followed and Kerr left the club in March, before Lincoln became the first club to be relegated from the Football League to the Conference. He later managed Boston United.

Media career[edit]

He is currently an expert summariser on BBC Radio Humberside. He usually co-commentates on Scunthorpe games and occasionally on Grimsby matches.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "George Kerr". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Managers: George Kerr". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 April 2013.