John Gidman

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John Gidman
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-01-10) 10 January 1954 (age 60)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England[1]
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
1970–1971 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Aston Villa 197 (9)
1979–1981 Everton 64 (2)
1981–1986 Manchester United 95 (4)
1986–1988 Manchester City 53 (1)
1988–1989 Stoke City 10 (0)
1989 Darlington 13 (1)
Total 432 (17)
National team
1974–1976 England U23 4 (0)
1977 England 1 (0)
1978 England B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Gidman (born 10 January 1954) is a former English footballer who played for Aston Villa, Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City, Stoke City and Darlington.[1]

Career[edit]

Gidman played for the Liverpool youth team without ever playing for their first team, before he joined Aston Villa in 1971. He was a member of the 1977 League Cup winning side. In August 1979 Gidman demanded better terms, despite two years remaining on his existing contract; Ron Saunders agreed that he could leave the club.[2] He was subsequently signed by Everton for £650,000 in a deal which saw midfielder Pat Heard move the other way at a valuation of £100,000.[3]

Gidman then became Manchester United's new manager Ron Atkinson's first signing as he moved to United in 1981 as part of a £450,000 swap deal, with Mickey Thomas moving to Everton. He helped United win the FA Cup in 1983 and 1985. After scoring 4 goals in 120 appearances for United (including 4 substitute appearances), he left the club for rivals Manchester City in 1986. During his two seasons at City, the club was relegated to the Second Division. He then moved to Stoke City and Darlington, and retired after seeing his final club relegated to the Football Conference in 1989.[1]

Gidman made his solitary appearance for England in 1977.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1972–73 Second Division 13 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 16 0
1973–74 Second Division 30 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
1974–75 Second Division 14 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 17 1
1975–76 First Division 39 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 44 0
1976–77 First Division 27 4 4 0 10 0 0 0 41 4
1977–78 First Division 34 1 1 0 2 0 7 0 44 1
1978–79 First Division 36 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 40 3
1979–80 First Division 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Total 197 9 12 0 25 0 9 0 243 9
Everton 1979–80 First Division 29 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 35 1
1980–81 First Division 35 1 5 0 3 1 0 0 43 2
Total 64 2 11 0 3 1 0 0 78 3
Manchester United 1981–82 First Division 37 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 40 1
1982–83 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1983–84 First Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 8 0
1984–85 First Division 27 3 6 0 1 0 7 0 41 3
1985–86 First Division 24 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 31 0
Total 95 4 9 0 5 0 14 0 123 4
Manchester City 1986–87 First Division 22 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 26 0
1987–88 Second Division 31 1 7 1 5 1 2 0 45 0
Total 53 1 8 1 6 1 4 0 71 0
Stoke City 1988–89 Second Division 10 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 13 0
Total 10 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 13 0
Darlington 1988–89 Fourth Division 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Career Total 432 17 40 1 41 2 28 0 541 20
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield, Full Members Cup, Screen Sport Super Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ Lacey, David, Everton protest, The Guardian; 13 August 1979
  3. ^ The Guardian, Clough apology to directors, 19 October 1979

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