John Chapman (football manager)

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John Chapman
Personal information
Full name John Albert Chapman
Place of birth Scotland
Teams managed
Years Team
1906–1921 Airdrieonians
1921–1927 Manchester United

John Albert Chapman was the sixth manager in Manchester United's history. He had previously spent 15 years as manager of Airdrieonians and took control of United on 1 November 1921 after Jack Robson stepped down due to ill health.[1] His first season in charge finished with United bottom of the league and relegated to the Second Division, however Chapman guided them to second place to win promotion back to the top flight three years later.

On 7 October 1926, The Football Association announced that Chapman had been suspended from "taking part in football or football management" during the 1926–27 season "for improper conduct in his position as Secretary-Manager of the Manchester United Football Club".[2] No further explanation for the suspension was ever given. By the next match, two days later against Bolton Wanderers, Lal Hilditch had taken over on a temporary basis as player-manager.

Following the end of his suspension, Chapman unsuccessfully applied to become manager of Leeds United and turned down two football management offers before taking up a position as the general manager of the Liverpool Greyhound Racing Club in August 1927.[3]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Airdrieonians Scotland 1906 October 1921
Manchester United England October 1921 October 1926 223 87 77 59 39.01


  1. ^ Kelly, Steven F. (1994). Back Page United. p. 62. ISBN 1-85291-553-6. 
  2. ^ Kelly (1994), p. 68
  3. ^ "Why I Have Left Football". The Sunday Post. 24 July 1927. Retrieved 11 October 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 

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