Justin Edinburgh

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Justin Edinburgh
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Personal information
Full name Justin Charles Edinburgh
Date of birth (1969-12-18) 18 December 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Basildon, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Southend United 37 (0)
1990 Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 0 (0)
1990–2000 Tottenham Hotspur 213 (1)
2000 Portsmouth (loan) 1 (0)
2000–2003 Portsmouth 34 (1)
2003–2006 Billericay Town 1 (0)
Total 286 (2)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Billericay Town (player-manager)
2006 Fisher Athletic
2007–2008 Grays Athletic
2009–2011 Rushden & Diamonds
2011–2015 Newport County
2015– Gillingham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:55, 7 Feb 2025 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Justin Charles Edinburgh (born 18 December 1969) is an English professional football manager and former player. He is currently manager of Gillingham.

Playing career[edit]

A defender, usually employed as a left-back,[1] Edinburgh started his career as a trainee with Southend United, turning professional in August 1988. He helped the Shrimpers win promotion from the Football League Division Four in 1990. In all competitions he played 47 games for the seaside club, scoring one goal.[2]

He moved to Tottenham Hotspur for £150,000 in January 1990, initially on loan. He joined Spurs permanently in July 1990, making his debut for them on 10 November 1990, as a substitute in a 4–2 win at home to Wimbledon. He played for Spurs for most of the 1990s. He won an FA Cup winner's medal in 1991 despite just previously starting only 12 league games.[3] He would also win a League Cup winner's medal with Spurs, in 1999. This second medal was awarded to Edinburgh despite his being sent off in the final for raising his arms to Robbie Savage, as the post-match analysis showed that Savage had distinctly over-reacted to a minimal contact and that the red card was unjustly awarded.[3] In total, he made 190 league appearances (and 23 as substitute) for Tottenham, scoring a solitary goal.

Edinburgh left London for Portsmouth in March 2000 for a fee of £175,000, playing 35 league games over the next two years, scoring once against Sheffield United,.[4] However, he did not play a single competitive game during Portsmouth's Division One title winning campaign (2002–03), and joined non-league Billericay Town as player-manager in July 2003. This was the club at which he would finally retire.

Managerial career[edit]

In January 2006, he left Billericay to become manager of semi-professional side Fisher Athletic. Fisher finished third in the Isthmian League Premier Division in season 2005–06 and beat Hampton & Richmond 3–0 in the play-off final to win promotion to Conference South. Edinburgh left Fisher by mutual consent in November 2006.[5]

He subsequently joined Grays Athletic as assistant manager to Andy King and took over as manager on 4 January 2007 after King's resignation.[6] However, Edinburgh's first match in charge ended in disappointment as his team lost 3–1 to Southport. His reign as manager of Grays Athletic came to an end on 20 February 2008, when his contract was terminated by mutual consent,[7] leaving the club 14th in the Conference National.

On 9 April 2008 it was announced that Edinburgh would become Colin Lippiatt's assistant at Woking following the departure of Frank Gray and Gerry Murphy. His contract was not renewed for the 2008–09 season.

Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

In October 2008, Edinburgh became assistant manager to Garry Hill at Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds.[8] In February 2009 he was appointed as caretaker manager following Hill's resignation[9] and on 24 April 2009, Edinburgh was appointed manager on a permanent basis. He guided the team to a fourth placed finish in the 2009-10 season securing a play-off spot within the Conference National but they were unable to reach the Conference Play-off Final at Wembley after lacklustre performances in both games of the two legged tie against Oxford United. The games finished 1–1 and 2–0 to Oxford.

The 2010-11 season saw Rushden & Diamonds secure a mid-table finish in 13th place but they never seriously challenged for promotion. In the summer of 2011, the club was expelled from the Football Conference and subsequently went into liquidation, bringing Edinburgh's time at the club to an end.

In November 2011 Edinburgh gave a statement at the inquest into the death of Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper Dale Roberts in December 2010.[10]

Newport County[edit]

On 4 October 2011, Edinburgh was appointed manager of Newport County, taking over from Anthony Hudson with the team in 23rd place in the Conference National league.[11] Jimmy Dack was appointed as his assistant manager on 6 October 2011.[12] Newport County finished the 2011–12 season in 19th position hence avoiding relegation and reached the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium on 12 May 2012 which Newport lost 2–0 to York City.

In August 2012 Edinburgh was selected as Conference Manager of the Month after Newport County won all five of their opening matches of the 2012–13 season.[13] He led Newport to a 3rd place finish that season, reaching the Conference National playoffs. Newport County won the 2013 Conference Premier play-off Final versus Wrexham at Wembley stadium 2–0 to return to the Football League after a 25-year absence with promotion to Football League Two.[14] Edinburgh was named the Conference National Manager of the Year.[citation needed]

On 2 December 2013, Newport County announced on their official website that, having consulted Edinburgh, they had rejected an approach from Edinburgh's former club Portsmouth to be interviewed as a successor to Guy Whittingham as Portsmouth manager.[15] In January 2014 Edinburgh stated he had rebuffed an unofficial approach directly to himself to be considered as manager of Northampton Town[16] In his first season as a Football League manager Edinburgh led Newport County to a 14th place finish in League Two for the 2013–14 season.


On 7 February 2015, with Newport County in 6th place in League Two, Edinburgh was appointed manager of League One club Gillingham, with Gillingham paying Newport compensation as Edinburgh was under contract.[17]


As a player[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur

As a manager[edit]

Newport County win the Conference National play-off winners' trophy at Wembley
Fisher Athletic
Rushden and Diamonds
Newport County


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