Mick Buxton

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Michael Buxton
Personal information
Full name Michael James Buxton
Date of birth (1943-05-29) 29 May 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Corbridge, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1967 Burnley 18 (0)
1968–1971 Halifax Town (Player Trainer) 35 (0)
Teams managed
1978 Huddersfield Town(Caretaker)
1978–1986 Huddersfield Town
1986–1991 Scunthorpe United
1993–1995 Sunderland
1996-1997 Scunthorpe United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael James "Mick" Buxton (born 29 May 1943) is a former footballer and football manager in England. He has managed Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and Sunderland.

Playing career[edit]

During his playing career, Buxton played in the Football League for both Burnley and Halifax Town, making a total of 53 professional appearances in nine seasons. He was plagued with injuries and broke his tibia twice while playing for Burnley.

Coaching career[edit]

Buxton became Trainer at Halifax Town whilst still playing and coached at Watford, Barnsley, Mansfield Town and Southend United.

Managerial career[edit]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Buxton initially joined Huddersfield Town in late 1977 from Southend United as Trainer (Physiotherapist). After Tom Johnston's resignation in 1978 Buxton was appointed manager of Huddersfield Town. He would eventually go on to be one of the most successful managers in the club's recent history, winning promotion to the Third Division in 1980 and the Second Division in 1983. The Terriers would remain in the second tier for five seasons, but Buxton was sacked on 23 December 1986, to be replaced by Steve Smith. Buxton returned to Town in March 1993 as coach under Ian Ross but resigned after Ross resigned.

Scunthorpe United[edit]

Scunthorpe United would be Buxton's next managerial appointment. He remained there for four years, with the team occasionally mounting a promotion challenge in this period. He left by mutual consent on 31 January 1991. He returned to Scunthorpe in 1996, but left the following year.


Following the dismissal of Terry Butcher with the side in the relegation zone, Buxton would be appointed Sunderland manager in 1993. A tightening of the team's defence led to an improvement in results and Sunderland finished the 1993-94 season in 12th place. Although a reasonable defensive record was maintained the following season, Sunderland were entangled in a relegation struggle and Buxton would be replaced by Peter Reid.

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