Maurice Setters

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Maurice Setters
Personal information
Full name Maurice Edgar Setters
Date of birth (1936-12-16) 16 December 1936 (age 77)
Place of birth Honiton, England
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1952–1954 Exeter City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 Exeter City 10 (0)
1955–1960 West Bromwich Albion 120 (10)
1960–1965 Manchester United 159 (12)
1965–1967 Stoke City 86 (5)
1967 Cleveland Stokers (guest) 9 (3)
1967–1970 Coventry City 51 (3)
1970 Charlton Athletic 8 (1)
Total 434 (31)
Teams managed
1971–1974 Doncaster Rovers
1982 Rotherham United (assistant)
1983 Sheffield Wednesday (caretaker)
1986–1995 Republic of Ireland (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Maurice Edgar Setters[1] (born 16 December 1936) is an English former football player and manager. As player, he made more than 400 appearances in the Football League representing Exeter City, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City, Coventry City and Charlton Athletic,[2] and in the United Soccer Association with the Cleveland Stokers (Stoke City under another name).[3] His favoured position was wing half. As manager, he took charge of Doncaster Rovers and (briefly) Sheffield Wednesday,[4] and spent several years as assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Setters started his career with Exeter City making his debut towards the end of the 1953–54 season.[5] He made ten appearances for the "Grecians" in 1954–55 and impressed enough to tempt First Division West Bromwich Albion to acquire his signature in the summer of 1955.[5] Under the guidance of Vic Buckingham Setters became a regular as the "Baggies" finished in 4th in 1957–58 5th in 1958–59 and 4th again in 1959–60. Setters was included in England's 1958 FIFA World Cup squad as a reserve player, but did not travel to the tournament or play in any matches.[5] In January 1960, he was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of £30,000. Matt Busby signed Setters as a replacement for the injured Wilf McGuinness who had suffered a career ending leg break. Setters developed his reputation for being one of footballs 'hard men' and his combative style earned him the captaincy.[5] A poor 1962–63 league campaign saw Manchester United nearly relegated in the Second Division but they did beat Leicester City 3–1 in the 1963 FA Cup Final. A much improved 1963–64 season brought a 2nd place finish behind Liverpool. A 7–0 win over Aston Villa early in the 1964–65 season was Setters final game for Manchester United as he was sold to Stoke City for £30,000.[6]

He played 19 times for Stoke in 1964–65 as Stoke claimed a mid-table finish of 11th position.[6] At the end of the campaign, with the squad training for their pre-season in the United States Setters was involved in a 'bust-up' with team-mate Calvin Palmer.[6] Setters apologised to manager Tony Waddington and was allowed to travel to the United States but Palmer did not apologise and was forced to stay in England.[6] Out in America, Setters played nine times for the Cleveland Stokers scoring three goals. He missed just three matches in 1965–66 playing in 45 fixtures.[6] His run in the first team continued in 1966–67 until he sustained injury against Liverpool on 4 March 1967 which allowed Alan Bloor to take his place. After failing to dislodge Bloor, Setters joined Coventry City in November 1967.[6] He made 59 appearances for Coventry in just under three years at Highfield Road and ended his career with a four-month spell with Second Division Charlton Athletic.[6]

Managerial career[edit]

Setters spent three and half years as Doncaster Rovers manager in the early 1970s before becoming Jack Charlton's assistant at Sheffield Wednesday in 1977. When Charlton resigned on 27 May 1983, Setters stayed on as caretaker manager for four weeks, although the club played no matches during this period. He later linked up with Jack Charlton again from 1986 to 1995 as assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland senior squad.

Career statistics[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Exeter City 1953–54 Third Division South 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1954–55 Third Division South 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
West Bromwich Albion 1955–56 First Division 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
1956–57 First Division 21 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 24 1
1957–58 First Division 27 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 30 3
1958–59 First Division 41 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 43 2
1959–60 First Division 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
Total 120 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 132 10
Manchester United 1959–60 First Division 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
1960–61 First Division 40 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 45 4
1961–62 First Division 38 3 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 4
1962–63 First Division 27 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 1
1963–64 First Division 32 4 7 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 44 5
1964–65 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 159 12 25 1 2 0 5 1 1 0 192 14
Stoke City 1964–65 First Division 16 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
1965–66 First Division 39 3 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 45 3
1966–67 First Division 28 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 2
1967–68 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 86 5 5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 97 5
Coventry City 1967–68 First Division 25 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
1968–69 First Division 17 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 21 2
1969–70 First Division 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Total 51 3 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 59 3
Charlton Athletic 1969–70 Second Division 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Career Total 434 31 47 1 12 0 5 1 1 0 499 33
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield.

Managerial career[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Doncaster Rovers 1 May 1971 15 November 1974 158 47 42 69 29.75

Honours[edit]

Manchester United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maurice Setters". MUFCInfo. Mark Graham. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Maurice Setters". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "North American Soccer League Rosters Cleveland Stokers". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Maurice Setters's managerial career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "United Captains – Maurice Setters". Red Cafe. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dennis Viollet
Manchester United captain
1960-1962
Succeeded by
Noel Cantwell