John Henry Layton (born 29 June 1951 in Hereford) is an English former footballer, and coach who spent much of his career at Hereford United both as a player and a manager. He played in the position of centre back.
John began his career at his local club while they were still in the Southern League, before playing for Gloucester City and Kidderminster Harriers. He returned to Edgar Street in 1974, while still working part-time as a bricklayer, and went on to make 200 league appearances with 13 goals scored. He returned to Gloucester in 1981 and went on to play for Trowbridge Town and later Newport County before finishing his playing career at Worcester City.
He moved into coaching and became the manager of Hereford in 1994, having previously been the assistant manager. However the club was struggling at the time and he left at the end of the season, to be replaced by Graham Turner. More recently Layton has coached abroad first for the Pakistan youth teams and then the Pakistan national side from 1999 to 2002. He has also coached Hurriyya in the Maldives in 2003, and his most recent position was at Lower Hutt City in New Zealand in 2005.
John, now a Granddad to Granddaughters Chloe & Hollie was appointed as the Youth Development Manager for Hereford United in April 2011.
John has a UEFA ‘A’ Licence.
John Layton Senior
John's father, sometimes referred to as Pinchet Layton, played for Hereford for almost his entire career between 1946 and 1962, at right back. He made a total of 549 competitive appearances, and no one has played more games for the club in its entire history. Only Mel Pejic has come close to breaking this record, with 523. John Layton Senior died in November 2000.
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