John McGovern (footballer)

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John McGovern
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Personal information
Full name John Prescott McGovern
Date of birth (1949-10-28) 28 October 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Montrose, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1968 Hartlepools United 72 (5)
1968–1974 Derby County 190 (16)
1974–1975 Leeds United 4 (0)
1975–1982 Nottingham Forest 253 (6)
1982–1984 Bolton Wanderers 16 (0)
National team
1972–1973 Scotland U23 2 (0)
Teams managed
1982–1984 Bolton Wanderers
1990 Chorley
1994–1996 Rotherham United
1997–1998 Woking
2000–2001 Ilkeston Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John McGovern (born 28 October 1949 in Montrose) is a Scottish former association football player and manager. McGovern is most famous for captaining the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup twice, under the management of Brian Clough.

At the age of 19 he became the youngest player to play in all four divisions of the Football League and during his playing career he won promotion with Hartlepool United, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. He also won two Scottish U23 caps,[1] and was to go on a play over 500 league games during his career. He forged a long-lasting relationship with manager, Brian Clough, and assistant-manager, Peter Taylor, at Hartlepool United, Derby County, Leeds and Nottingham Forest.

Early career[edit]

McGovern transferred from Hartlepool United to Derby County for a fee of £7500 in September 1968, and by January 1969 had established himself in the Derby side that was to win promotion to the First Division.[2]

In 1971–72 Derby won the First Division title, and McGovern played in virtually all of their matches. His final match for Derby came in February 1974.[3]

Leeds and Forest[edit]

Clough took him to Leeds United in August 1974 just after beginning what would be an ill-fated 44-day spell as manager of the Elland Road side. Clough made a quick management comeback in January 1975 with Second Division side Nottingham Forest and signed him the following month. McGovern went on to be captain where he won the League Championship again along with two League Cups and two European Cups. He would spend more than seven years at the City Ground.[4]

Later career[edit]

McGovern joined Bolton Wanderers as player-manager in July 1982, and remained thereuntil January 1985.[5] He made a total of 16 League appearances for Bolton before moving to Horwich RMI.[6]

He was later assistant manager of Chorley and Plymouth Argyle before being appointed joint manager of Rotherham United alongside Archie Gemmill in 1994. He left Rotherham two years later and was subsequently hired as manager of Woking and had a spell as assistant at Hull City before joining Ilkeston Town to replace Keith Alexander as manager in November 2000. He was sacked by the club in March of the following year after an eight-game winless run.[7]

Honours[edit]

Derby County
Nottingham Forest

Career statistics[edit]

This table is incomplete.

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe[A] Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hartlepool United 1965–66[10] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1966–67[11] 33 1 1 0 0 0 - - - - 34 1
1967–68[12] 33 4 1 0 1 0 - - - - 35 4
1968–69[10] 5 0 0 0 1 2 - - - - 6 2
Total 72 5 2 0 2 2 - - - - 76 7
Derby County 1968–69[4] 18 0 ? ? ? ? - - - - ? ?
1969–70[4] 33 4 ? ? ? ? - - - - ? ?
1970–71[13] 34[4] 6 3 0 2 1 - - 3 1 42 8
1971–72[3] 40 3 ? ? ? ? - - ? ? ? ?
1972–73[4] 39 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1973–74[4] 26 2 ? ? ? ? - - - - ? ?
Total[3] 190 16 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 227 20
Leeds United 1974–75[4] 4 0 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nottingham Forest 1974–75[14] 8 0 ? ? ? ? - - - - ? ?
1975–76[14] 41 0 ? ? ? ? - - - - ? ?
1976–77[14] 39 0 ? ? ? ? - - ? ? ? ?
1977–78[14] 31 4 ? ? ? ? - - - - ? ?
1978–79[14] 36 0 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1979–80[14] 41 2 ? ? ? ? ? ? - - ? ?
1980–81[15] 27[14] 0 3 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 36 0
1981–82[14] 30 0 ? ? ? ? - - - - ? ?
Total[16] 253 6 18 1 33 3 ? ? ? ? 335 11
Bolton Wanderers 1982–83[17] 14 0 0 0 4 1 - - - - 18 1
1983–84[17] 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 2 0
Total 16 0 0 0 4 1 - - 0 0 20 1
Career totals 535 27 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Notes[edit]

^A European statistics should include European Cup (1972/73, 1974/75 and 1978/79 to 1980/81) and Super Cup (1979/80 and 1980/81)
^B Other statistics should include Watney Cup (1970/71), Texaco Cup (1971/72), Charity Shield (1972/73, 1974/75 and 1978/79), Anglo-Scottish Cup (1976/77), Intercontinental Cup (1980/81) and Football League Trophy (1983/84)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John McGovern". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Mike Cockayne. "John McGOVERN – Derby County FC – (Part 1) 1968–71". John McGovern: Derby County FC. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Mike Cockayne. "John McGOVERN – Derby County FC – (Part 2) 1971–74". John McGovern: Derby County FC. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "John McGovern: Leeds United FC". Seasonal breakdown for Hartlepool, Derby and Leeds. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 8 May 2011. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e "McGovern: John Prescott (John)". Leeds United Player Profiles. Tony Hill. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  7. ^ "Ilkeston Town FC managers". ilsonfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Anglo-Scottish Cup: 1976/77". This is one of our Trophy cabinets. Forest forays. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "European Super Cup: 1979/80". Footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Hartlepool stats by season at inthemadcrowd
  11. ^ List of Hartlepool appearances 66/7 at inthemadcrowd
  12. ^ List of Hartlepool appearances 67/8 at inthemadcrowd
  13. ^ Tony Williams and Roy Peskett (compilers) (1971). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1971–72. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0-362-00094-8. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "John McGovern: Nottingham Forest 1975–82". Career league stats by season. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Rollin (ed), Jack (1981). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1981–82. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0-362-02046-9. 
  16. ^ "Player profile: John Prescott McGovern". Ex-players. U-REDS.com: Nottingham Forest Supporters Online. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Simon Marland (2002). Bolton Wanderers Official History (1874–2002). 

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