List of Bradford City A.F.C. managers

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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.

History[edit]

Bradford City's first manager was Robert Campbell,[1] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[3] O'Rourke resigned in 1930 to be succeeded by first Jack Peart then Dick Ray but the club were again relegated in 1936–37.

Roy McFarland launched the club's revival during the 1980s.

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,[2] 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.[2] 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,[2] 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,[4] 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.[5] 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.

Stuart McCall, who was caretaker manager in the Premier League and later served as full-time manager from 2007 to 2010

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.[6][7] Jewell made a shock exit from the club after a disgreement with Richmond,[8] 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.[9][10]

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.[11] 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",[12] 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.[1] 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.

Managers[edit]

As of 24 August 2013
Only professional, competitive matches are counted.
Name Nationality From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %[13] Honours Notes
Campbell, RobertRobert Campbell  Scotland 20 June 1903 31 October 1905 79 29 18 32 36.7 [14]
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
[15]
Menzies, DavidDavid Menzies  Scotland 1 July 1921 1 June 1926 222 63 64 95 28.4 [16]
Veitch, ColinColin Veitch  England 1 August 1926 14 January 1928 65 14 17 34 21.5 [17]
Foster, JackJack Foster  England 14 January 1928 5 May 1928 19 10 4 5 52.6 [18][19]
O'Rourke, PeterPeter O'Rourke  Scotland 6 May 1928 1 May 1930 92 43 22 27 46.7 Division Three (North) champions 1928–29 [15]
Peart, JackJack Peart  England 1 July 1930 1 March 1935 208 79 52 77 38.0 [20]
Ray, DickDick Ray  England 1 April 1935 28 February 1937 86 27 23 36 31.4 [21]
Westgarth, FredFred Westgarth  England 1 March 1938 1 July 1943 56 26 14 16 46.4 Third Division North Challenge Cup champions 1938–39 [22]
Sharp, BobBob Sharp  England 1 July 1943 1 May 1946 2 0 1 1 0.0 [23]
Barker, JackJack Barker  England 1 May 1946 1 January 1947 23 10 6 7 43.5 [24]
Milburn, JackJack Milburn  England 1 January 1947 1 July 1948 64 26 14 24 40.6 [25]
Steele, DavidDavid Steele  Scotland 1 July 1948 1 February 1952 167 57 34 76 34.1 [26]
Harris, AlbertAlbert Harris  England 1 February 1952 1 May 1952 17 5 4 8 29.4 [27]
Powell, IvorIvor Powell  Wales 1 May 1952 1 February 1955 129 46 38 45 35.7 [28]
Jackson, PeterPeter Jackson  England 1 February 1955 1 March 1961 305 118 80 107 38.7 [29]
Brocklebank, BobBob Brocklebank  England 1 May 1961 1 October 1964 157 62 30 65 39.5 [30]
Harris, BillBill Harris  Wales 1 March 1965 31 March 1966 45 15 9 21 33.3 [31]
Watson, WillieWillie Watson  England 1 April 1966 1 January 1967 128 51 37 40 39.8 [32]
Hair, GrenvilleGrenville Hair  England 1 January 1967 7 March 1968 55 27 10 18 49.1 [33]
Jim McAnearney
Tom Hallett
 England 7 March 1968 31 May 1968 12 5 5 2 41.7 [34][35]
Wheeler, JimmyJimmy Wheeler  England 1 June 1968 7 September 1971 144 49 46 49 34.0 [36]
Wilson, RayRay Wilson  England 1 September 1971 1 November 1971 10 5 2 3 50.0 [18][37]
Edwards, BryanBryan Edwards  England 1 November 1971 17 January 1975 154 51 38 65 33.1 [38]
Kennedy, BobbyBobby Kennedy  Scotland 1 January 1975 31 January 1978 138 46 46 46 33.3 [39]
Napier, JohnJohn Napier  Northern Ireland 1 February 1978 31 October 1978 34 11 5 18 32.4 [40]
Mulhall, GeorgeGeorge Mulhall  Scotland 1 November 1978 1 March 1981 115 48 33 34 41.7 [41]
McFarland, RoyRoy McFarland  England 1 May 1981 22 November 1982 64 35 16 13 54.7 [42]
Cherry, TrevorTrevor Cherry  England 1 December 1982 5 January 1987 201 83 44 74 41.3 Division Three champions 1984–85 [43]
Dolan, TerryTerry Dolan  England 5 January 1987 30 January 1989 112 51 30 31 45.5 [44]
Yorath, TerryTerry Yorath  Wales 2 February 1989 7 March 1990 57 13 20 24 22.8 [45]
Docherty, JohnJohn Docherty  Scotland 20 March 1990 11 November 1991 83 29 22 32 34.9 [46]
Stapleton, FrankFrank Stapleton  Republic of Ireland 9 December 1991 2 May 1994 129 47 43 39 36.4 [47]
Lawrence, LennieLennie Lawrence  England 25 May 1994 27 November 1995 77 29 20 28 37.7 [48]
Kamara, ChrisChris Kamara  England 27 November 1995 6 January 1998 112 40 26 46 35.7 [49]
Jewell, PaulPaul Jewell  England 6 January 1998 18 June 2000 117 46 26 45 39.3 [50]
Hutchings, ChrisChris Hutchings  England 18 June 2000 6 November 2000 21 7 4 10 33.3 [51]
McCall, StuartStuart McCall  Scotland 6 November 2000 20 November 2000 2 0 0 2 0.0 [18][52]
Jefferies, JimJim Jefferies  Scotland 20 November 2000 24 December 2001 53 15 12 26 28.3 [53]
Smith, SteveSteve Smith  England 24 December 2001 31 December 2001 2 0 0 2 0.0 [18][54]
Law, NickyNicky Law  England 1 January 2002 9 November 2003 87 23 21 43 26.4 [55]
Senior players  England 9 November 2003 23 November 2003 1 0 0 1 0.0 [56][57]
Robson, BryanBryan Robson  England 24 November 2003 17 June 2004 28 7 1 20 25.0 [58]
Todd, ColinColin Todd  England 18 June 2004 12 February 2007 139 44 46 49 31.7 [59]
Wetherall, DavidDavid Wetherall  England 12 February 2007 22 May 2007 14 2 4 8 14.2 [18][60]
McCall, StuartStuart McCall  Scotland 22 May 2007 8 Feb 2010 133 46 35 52 34.6 [52]
Jacobs, WayneWayne Jacobs  England 8 Feb 2010 16 Feb 2010 1 0 1 0 0.0 [18][61]
Taylor, PeterPeter Taylor  England 17 Feb 2010 26 Feb 2011 25 10 5 10 40.0 [62]
Jackson, Peter AllanPeter Allan Jackson  England 27 Feb 2011 25 Aug 2011 19 4 4 11 21.0 [63]
Cooper, ColinColin Cooper  England 25 Aug 2011 29 Aug 2011 2 1 1 0 50.0 [18][64]
Parkinson, PhilPhil Parkinson  England 29 Aug 2011 Present 117 40 38 39 34.1 [65]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Manager History". Bradford City Official Website. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. pp65–82. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  3. ^ "History". Bradford City Official Website. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  4. ^ Markham, David (2007). The legends of Bradford City. Breedon Books Sport. pp. p81, 115. ISBN 978-1-85983-572-2. 
  5. ^ Markham. The legends of Bradford City. pp. p117. 
  6. ^ "Paul Jewell: the Scouse Special One". Independent Online. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  7. ^ Markham. The legends of Bradford City. pp. p99. 
  8. ^ Markham. The legends of Bradford City. pp. p99, p207. 
  9. ^ "Bradford sack Hutchings". BBC Sport. 6 November 2000. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  10. ^ "Hutchings shown the door". BBC Sport. 6 November 2000. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  11. ^ "Lawn Pitches In As City Investor". Telegraph & Argus. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  12. ^ McCall, Stuart (1998). The Real McCall. Mainstream Publishing. pp. p184. ISBN 1-84018-078-1. 
  13. ^ Winning percentage is correct to one decimal place.
  14. ^ Robert Campbell management career stats at Soccerbase
  15. ^ a b Peter O'Rourke management career stats at Soccerbase
  16. ^ David Menzies management career stats at Soccerbase
  17. ^ Colin Veitch management career stats at Soccerbase
  18. ^ a b c d e f g Caretaker manager
  19. ^ Frost. Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. pp. p67, p210. 
  20. ^ Jack Peart management career stats at Soccerbase
  21. ^ Dick Ray management career stats at Soccerbase
  22. ^ Fred Westgarth management career stats at Soccerbase
  23. ^ Bob Sharp management career stats at Soccerbase
  24. ^ Jack Barber management career stats at Soccerbase
  25. ^ Jack Milburn management career stats at Soccerbase
  26. ^ David Steele management career stats at Soccerbase
  27. ^ Albert Harris management career stats at Soccerbase
  28. ^ Ivor Powell management career stats at Soccerbase
  29. ^ Peter Jackson management career stats at Soccerbase
  30. ^ Bob Brocklebank management career stats at Soccerbase
  31. ^ Bill Harris management career stats at Soccerbase
  32. ^ Willie Watson management career stats at Soccerbase
  33. ^ Grenville Hair management career stats at Soccerbase
  34. ^ Joint caretaker managers
  35. ^ Frost. Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. pp. p76, p226. 
  36. ^ Jimmy Wheeler management career stats at Soccerbase
  37. ^ Ray Wilson management career stats at Soccerbase
  38. ^ Bryan Edwards management career stats at Soccerbase
  39. ^ Bobby Kennedy management career stats at Soccerbase
  40. ^ John Napier management career stats at Soccerbase
  41. ^ George Mulhall management career stats at Soccerbase
  42. ^ Roy McFarland management career stats at Soccerbase
  43. ^ Trevor Cherry management career stats at Soccerbase
  44. ^ Terry Dolan management career stats at Soccerbase
  45. ^ Terry Yorath management career stats at Soccerbase
  46. ^ John Docherty management career stats at Soccerbase
  47. ^ Frank Stapleton management career stats at Soccerbase
  48. ^ Lennie Lawrence management career stats at Soccerbase
  49. ^ Chris Kamara management career stats at Soccerbase
  50. ^ Paul Jewell management career stats at Soccerbase
  51. ^ Chris Hutchings management career stats at Soccerbase
  52. ^ a b Stuart McCall management career stats at Soccerbase
  53. ^ Jim Jefferies management career stats at Soccerbase
  54. ^ Steve Smith management career stats at Soccerbase
  55. ^ Nicky Law management career stats at Soccerbase
  56. ^ Senior players Peter Atherton, Wayne Jacobs, David Wetherall and Dean Windass took temporary charge.
  57. ^ Windass, Dean (2007). From Gipsyville to the Premiership. Great Northern. pp. p125. ISBN 978-1-905080-29-8. 
  58. ^ Bryan Robson management career stats at Soccerbase
  59. ^ Colin Todd management career stats at Soccerbase
  60. ^ David Wetherall management career stats at Soccerbase
  61. ^ Wayne Jacobs management career stats at Soccerbase
  62. ^ Peter Taylor management career stats at Soccerbase
  63. ^ Peter Jackson management career stats at Soccerbase
  64. ^ Colin Cooper management career stats at Soccerbase
  65. ^ Phil Parkinson management career stats at Soccerbase