List of Bradford City A.F.C. managers
The following is a list of Bradford City managers from 1903, when the club was founded, to the present day. It details the record of the managers and their honours.
Bradford City's first manager was Robert Campbell, who was given the role upon the club's election into the league in 1903 although the club was administered by a 13-man sub-committee. He left by mutual consent in 1905 to be succeeded by the club's most successful manager Peter O'Rourke in the first of two periods in charge of the club. O'Rourke's first spell as manager lasted 16 years, during which time he oversaw the club's first title and promotion in 1907–08 and the FA Cup success of 1911. David Menzies took over in 1921, but the club were relegated the following year. The club continued to struggle and Menzies' successor Colin Veitch oversaw a second relegation in 1926–27 before O'Rourke returned to the club. During his second spell he brought the Division Three (North) title in 1928–29 when the club set a number of records which remain today. O'Rourke resigned in 1930 to be succeeded by first Jack Peart then Dick Ray but the club were again relegated in 1936–37.
For half-a-century, City remained in the bottom two divisions of the Football League under a succession of managers until the 1980s brought an upturn in the club's fortunes. Former England international Roy McFarland was appointed player-manager in 1981, bringing instant success with promotion from Division Four in 1981–82. But he left in controversial circumstances to Derby County, to be replaced by another England international Trevor Cherry as player-manager from rivals Leeds United. Cherry oversaw a turbulent period at the club, which included City going into liquidation in 1983, the Division Three title in 1984–85 and the tragic fire on 11 May 1985. He was only the third City manager to win a trophy.
Cherry was sacked just one month after the club returned to Valley Parade in a move which shocked the Bradford public. His successor was first team coach Terry Dolan, who had played for the club for five years making nearly 200 league appearances. With the fans still singing Cherry's name, Dolan quickly won over the fans with a 5–1 FA Cup victory over Oldham Athletic in his first game, before guiding the club away from relegation and a 10th place finish in 1986–87. The following season a final day defeat to Ipswich Town then failure in the play-offs against Middlesbrough prevented Dolan from taking the club into top flight for the first time in 66 years. He was unable to replace star players Stuart McCall and John Hendrie, who left during the summer, and was sacked to be replaced by Welsh manager Terry Yorath but relegation followed in 1989–90.
John Docherty had taken over two months before relegation was confirmed. During the 1990 close season he signed Sean McCarthy, to solve the club's goal-scoring problem, and a number of his former players from Millwall but he could not help City bounce back. He was replaced by Frank Stapleton, who also failed to deliver promotion before new chairman Geoffrey Richmond bought the club. Richmond's first appointment was experienced manager Lennie Lawrence, who had made a solid start to the 1995–96 season before he was enticed away to Luton Town. Richmond appointed assistant Chris Kamara, who took City to promotion via the play-offs following a run of results at the end of the season, taking 28 points from a possible 39 to edge Chesterfield out of the play-off places by just one point. A 2–0 victory in the final against Notts County meant City and Luton Town swapped divisions.
Kamara was also succeeded by his own assistant Paul Jewell originally on a temporary basis before the striker, who had been at the club since 1988, was given the job permanently in the summer of 1998. Richmond gave Jewell the biggest transfer budget in the club's history. Jewell signed the club's first three £1million players to mastermind Bradford's return to the top flight in his first full season. He then defied the critics by keeping the club in the Premiership with a 1–0 victory over the club where he had begun his career Liverpool. Jewell made a shock exit from the club after a disagreement with Richmond, who made his third successive appointment from within the club by elevating Chris Hutchings to the manager's seat. Hutchings was given unprecedented money for a Bradford manager to spend on a series of talented players including record signing David Hopkin, Benito Carbone and Dan Petrescu but he was sacked after 137 days and just one win from 12 league games.
The money Hutchings was given, combined with the collapse of ITV Digital continued to have repercussions on the club's league position and finances long after he had left. Three relegations have followed with a succession of respected managers, including Jim Jefferies, former England captain Bryan Robson and Colin Todd unable to stop the club from dropping through the league. Having stated in his autobiography he would one day "love to manage Bradford", Stuart McCall, who had two playing spells at the club, came from Sheffield United on 22 May 2007 to become the club's 38th full-time manager. McCall was given a two-year contract and promised to deliver promotion in his first season. He later changed his judgement and aimed at promotion in his second season; when he again failed he offered to resign, but stayed on for a third campaign. He left in February 2010, and was replaced by Peter Taylor. Taylor's reign lasted only a year before he resigned after criticism from fans, to be replaced by Peter Jackson. Jackson staved off relegation to the Football Conference, which was looking a possibility when Taylor resigned, but his reign proved to be even shorter-lived and he resigned after just six months in charge, with the lowest win percentage of any permanent manager in the club's history. Phil Parkinson succeeded Jackson and won another relegation battle, before bringing about a major revival in the club's fortunes the following year, taking the side to the final of the League Cup before winning promotion back to League One via the play-offs.
- As of 24 August 2013
- Only professional, competitive matches are counted.
|Campbell, RobertRobert Campbell||Scotland||20 June 1903||31 October 1905||79||29||18||32||36.7|||
|O'Rourke, PeterPeter O'Rourke||Scotland||1 November 1905||30 June 1921||497||204||121||172||41.0||Division Two champions 1907–08
FA Cup winners 1911
|Menzies, DavidDavid Menzies||Scotland||1 July 1921||1 June 1926||222||63||64||95||28.4|||
|Veitch, ColinColin Veitch||England||1 August 1926||14 January 1928||65||14||17||34||21.5|||
|Foster, JackJack Foster||England||14 January 1928||5 May 1928||19||10||4||5||52.6|||
|O'Rourke, PeterPeter O'Rourke||Scotland||6 May 1928||1 May 1930||92||43||22||27||46.7||Division Three (North) champions 1928–29|||
|Peart, JackJack Peart||England||1 July 1930||1 March 1935||208||79||52||77||38.0|||
|Ray, DickDick Ray||England||1 April 1935||28 February 1937||86||27||23||36||31.4|||
|Westgarth, FredFred Westgarth||England||1 March 1938||1 July 1943||56||26||14||16||46.4||Third Division North Challenge Cup champions 1938–39|||
|Sharp, BobBob Sharp||England||1 July 1943||1 May 1946||2||0||1||1||0.0|||
|Barker, JackJack Barker||England||1 May 1946||1 January 1947||23||10||6||7||43.5|||
|Milburn, JackJack Milburn||England||1 January 1947||1 July 1948||64||26||14||24||40.6|||
|Steele, DavidDavid Steele||Scotland||1 July 1948||1 February 1952||167||57||34||76||34.1|||
|Harris, AlbertAlbert Harris||England||1 February 1952||1 May 1952||17||5||4||8||29.4|||
|Powell, IvorIvor Powell||Wales||1 May 1952||1 February 1955||129||46||38||45||35.7|||
|Jackson, PeterPeter Jackson||England||1 February 1955||1 March 1961||305||118||80||107||38.7|||
|Brocklebank, BobBob Brocklebank||England||1 May 1961||1 October 1964||157||62||30||65||39.5|||
|Harris, BillBill Harris||Wales||1 March 1965||31 March 1966||45||15||9||21||33.3|||
|Watson, WillieWillie Watson||England||1 April 1966||1 January 1967||128||51||37||40||39.8|||
|Hair, GrenvilleGrenville Hair||England||1 January 1967||7 March 1968||55||27||10||18||49.1|||
|England||7 March 1968||31 May 1968||12||5||5||2||41.7|||
|Wheeler, JimmyJimmy Wheeler||England||1 June 1968||7 September 1971||144||49||46||49||34.0|||
|Wilson, RayRay Wilson||England||1 September 1971||1 November 1971||10||5||2||3||50.0|||
|Edwards, BryanBryan Edwards||England||1 November 1971||17 January 1975||154||51||38||65||33.1|||
|Kennedy, BobbyBobby Kennedy||Scotland||1 January 1975||31 January 1978||138||46||46||46||33.3|||
|Napier, JohnJohn Napier||Northern Ireland||1 February 1978||31 October 1978||34||11||5||18||32.4|||
|Mulhall, GeorgeGeorge Mulhall||Scotland||1 November 1978||1 March 1981||115||48||33||34||41.7|||
|McFarland, RoyRoy McFarland||England||1 May 1981||22 November 1982||64||35||16||13||54.7|||
|Cherry, TrevorTrevor Cherry||England||1 December 1982||5 January 1987||201||83||44||74||41.3||Division Three champions 1984–85|||
|Dolan, TerryTerry Dolan||England||5 January 1987||30 January 1989||112||51||30||31||45.5|||
|Yorath, TerryTerry Yorath||Wales||2 February 1989||7 March 1990||57||13||20||24||22.8|||
|Docherty, JohnJohn Docherty||Scotland||20 March 1990||11 November 1991||83||29||22||32||34.9|||
|Stapleton, FrankFrank Stapleton||Republic of Ireland||9 December 1991||2 May 1994||129||47||43||39||36.4|||
|Lawrence, LennieLennie Lawrence||England||25 May 1994||27 November 1995||77||29||20||28||37.7|||
|Kamara, ChrisChris Kamara||England||27 November 1995||6 January 1998||112||40||26||46||35.7|||
|Jewell, PaulPaul Jewell||England||6 January 1998||18 June 2000||117||46||26||45||39.3|||
|Hutchings, ChrisChris Hutchings||England||18 June 2000||6 November 2000||21||7||4||10||33.3|||
|McCall, StuartStuart McCall||Scotland||6 November 2000||20 November 2000||2||0||0||2||0.0|||
|Jefferies, JimJim Jefferies||Scotland||20 November 2000||24 December 2001||53||15||12||26||28.3|||
|Smith, SteveSteve Smith||England||24 December 2001||31 December 2001||2||0||0||2||0.0|||
|Law, NickyNicky Law||England||1 January 2002||9 November 2003||87||23||21||43||26.4|||
|Senior players||England||9 November 2003||23 November 2003||1||0||0||1||0.0|||
|Robson, BryanBryan Robson||England||24 November 2003||17 June 2004||28||7||1||20||25.0|||
|Todd, ColinColin Todd||England||18 June 2004||12 February 2007||139||44||46||49||31.7|||
|Wetherall, DavidDavid Wetherall||England||12 February 2007||22 May 2007||14||2||4||8||14.2|||
|McCall, StuartStuart McCall||Scotland||22 May 2007||8 Feb 2010||133||46||35||52||34.6|||
|Jacobs, WayneWayne Jacobs||England||8 Feb 2010||16 Feb 2010||1||0||1||0||0.0|||
|Taylor, PeterPeter Taylor||England||17 Feb 2010||26 Feb 2011||25||10||5||10||40.0|||
|Jackson, Peter AllanPeter Allan Jackson||England||27 Feb 2011||25 Aug 2011||19||4||4||11||21.0|||
|Cooper, ColinColin Cooper||England||25 Aug 2011||29 Aug 2011||2||1||1||0||50.0|||
|Parkinson, PhilPhil Parkinson||England||29 Aug 2011||Present||196||68||62||66||34.69|||
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- Markham. The legends of Bradford City. pp. p99, p207.
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- McCall, Stuart (1998). The Real McCall. Mainstream Publishing. pp. p184. ISBN 1-84018-078-1.
- Winning percentage is correct to one decimal place.
- Robert Campbell management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Peter O'Rourke management career statistics at Soccerbase
- David Menzies management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Colin Veitch management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Caretaker manager
- Frost. Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. pp. p67, p210.
- Jack Peart management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Dick Ray management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Fred Westgarth management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Bob Sharp management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Jack Barber management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Jack Milburn management career statistics at Soccerbase
- David Steele management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Albert Harris management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Ivor Powell management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Peter Jackson management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Bob Brocklebank management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Bill Harris management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Willie Watson management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Grenville Hair management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Joint caretaker managers
- Frost. Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. pp. p76, p226.
- Jimmy Wheeler management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Ray Wilson management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Bryan Edwards management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Bobby Kennedy management career statistics at Soccerbase
- John Napier management career statistics at Soccerbase
- George Mulhall management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Roy McFarland management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Trevor Cherry management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Terry Dolan management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Terry Yorath management career statistics at Soccerbase
- John Docherty management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Frank Stapleton management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Lennie Lawrence management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Chris Kamara management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Paul Jewell management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Chris Hutchings management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Stuart McCall management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Jim Jefferies management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Steve Smith management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Nicky Law management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Senior players Peter Atherton, Wayne Jacobs, David Wetherall and Dean Windass took temporary charge.
- Windass, Dean (2007). From Gipsyville to the Premiership. Great Northern. pp. p125. ISBN 978-1-905080-29-8.
- Bryan Robson management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Colin Todd management career statistics at Soccerbase
- David Wetherall management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Wayne Jacobs management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Peter Taylor management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Peter Jackson management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Colin Cooper management career statistics at Soccerbase
- Phil Parkinson management career statistics at Soccerbase