Micky Mellon

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Micky Mellon
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Mellon as Fleetwood Town manager in 2012
Personal information
Full name Michael Joseph Mellon
Date of birth (1972-03-18) 18 March 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Bristol City 35 (1)
1991–1992 Cork City (loan) 11 (3)
1993–1994 West Bromwich Albion 45 (6)
1994–1997 Blackpool 125 (14)
1997–1999 Tranmere Rovers 57 (3)
1999–2001 Burnley 85 (5)
2001 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 1 (0)
2001–2004 Tranmere Rovers 115 (3)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers 7 (0)
2005 Witton Albion 7 (0)
2005–2006 Lancaster City 2 (0)
Total 490 (35)
Teams managed
2008–2012 Fleetwood Town
2013 Barnsley (caretaker)
2014– Shrewsbury Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Joseph "Micky" Mellon (born 18 March 1972) is a Scottish former professional footballer who is the manager of English club Shrewsbury Town.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Mellon began his career in 1989 as a 17-year-old with Bristol City gaining promotion to the then First Division, then managed by Joe Jordan. In 1991 he was loaned out for two months to League of Ireland club Cork City, making his League of Ireland debut on 20 October 1991. He made eleven league appearances for Cork, scoring three goals.[citation needed]

He spent four years at Ashton Gate, before joining Midlanders West Bromwich Albion in 1993 for a fee of £75,000. He played 45 league games for West Brom, scoring six goals in their promotion season ending in a play off victory over Port Vale at Wembley . It was his move to Blackpool for a fee of £50,000 in 1994, however, that saw Mellon establish himself as a regular on the team and scoresheet. Under Sam Allardyce's guidance, Mellon made 138 appearances and scored 17 goals in all competitions. He was voted the club's Player of the year in the 1995–96 season as the club just missed out on promotion from Division Two.[1]

The season following Allardyce's sacking in 1997, Mellon moved up a division to join Tranmere Rovers, who were then playing in Division One, for a fee of £300,000. He spent two seasons at Prenton Park, followed by another two with Burnley, whom he joined for £350,000 gaining promotion finishing second to preston north end. He returned to Tranmere Rovers in March 2001 initially on loan, and then on a free transfer. He was released in May 2004.[2]

Mellon joined Kidderminster Harriers in August 2004, signing a two-year contract.[3]

After leaving Harriers,[3] Mellon spent a short spell at Witton Albion in 2005 before joining Lancaster City.

Management and coaching[edit]

Lancaster City and Burnley[edit]

Mellon was appointed as assistant manager of Lancaster City in June 2006.[4] However, on 10 October after an FA Cup defeat to Scarborough he left the club along with four players for financial reasons.[5] He moved to his former club Burnley as a youth team coach,[6] coaching the Under-15 and Under-16 teams.

Fleetwood Town[edit]

Chairman Andy Pilley appointed the Burnley youth team coach and former Blackpool midfielder Micky Mellon as manager on 23 September, succeeding Tony Greenwood.[7] Mellon initially divided his time between coaching the Under-15 and Under-16 teams at Burnley and managing Fleetwood.[6][8] However, on 12 January 2009, his position was made full-time, a first in the history of the club.[9] Mellon led Fleetwood to a successful FA Cup run, reaching the Second Round for the first time in their history. He introduced a number of new faces to the playing staff, and over the course of the season produced a settled team with increasingly improving league results. Fleetwood finished the season in a creditable eighth place, having been bottom of the league when he was appointed.

From the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Fleetwood were seen as serious promotion contenders. By the end of 2009, Southport and Fleetwood had established themselves as the two strongest teams in the league. A 5–0 defeat to Southport on Boxing Day at Haig Avenue appeared to have tipped the balance Southport's,[10] but this was followed by a 4–0 Fleetwood victory in the return fixture at Highbury on New Year's Day.[11]

The demise of Farsley Celtic late in the season led their entire 2009–10 playing record being expunged, thereby costing Fleetwood three points relative to Southport.[12] Fleetwood appealed against the decision but the appeal was rejected the day before the last match of the season, leaving Southport one point ahead. A final day 2–0 victory over Stalybridge Celtic proved ultimately inadequate in securing the championship as Southport defeated Eastwood Town 3–0 away from home to win the championship, and the automatic promotion place, by one point. A two-legged playoff semi-final against Droylsden away was decided on penalties, as a 2–0 defeat, countered by a 3–1 victory at Highbury.[13] Goalkeeper Danny Hurst saved the last penalty to put Fleetwood through 4–3. The final was played against Alfreton Town at Highbury on 9 May, in front of a new record capacity crowd of 3,592.

Fleetwood defeated Alfreton 2–1 in Play-off final.[14] The team's second place finish and ultimate promotion to the Conference, the fifth tier of English football, secured the highest position in the club's history since the 1997 re-establishment.

In season 2010/2011 Fleetwood finished fifth in the Conference National, losing the Play-Off semi final 8–1 on aggregate to Wimbledon.[15][16]

Fleetwood won the 2011/2012 Conference National attaining 103 points in the process.[17] Fleetwood progressed to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history; beating Wycombe and Yeovil before finally succumbing 5–1 to neighbours Blackpool in front of a sell-out crowd.[18]

Mellon's Fleetwood are progressing well in their first season in the Football League, sitting comfortably in the top half of the table.

Despite a solid start and sitting fourth in the play off positions, 3 defeats in a row including a 2nd Round FA Cup exit to Aldershot saw Mellon sacked on 1 December 2012.[19]

Barnsley[edit]

In December 2012 Mellon was asked to assist David Flitcroft who was caretaker manager at Barnsley following the sacking of Keith Hill.[20] In January 2013 Flitcroft was appointed permanent manager with Mellon as his assistant. Mellon helped to keep Barnsley in the Championship by securing a point at Huddersfield on May 4, 2013.[21] On 10 May 2013 he agreed a new deal to stay at Oakwell.[22]

In October 2013 Barnsley turned down two approaches for Mellon from Conference Premier side Forest Green to take over as their Manager. Mellon said “Barnsley had two approaches, but the club turned them down twice because they want to keep me. “So I am happy to stay at Barnsley as long as they want me because the Championship is where I want to be. “(But) I am delighted that there are people who think I can do a job and saw what I achieved at Fleetwood.”[23]

On 19 March 2014 Barnsley sacked Micky Mellon. A club statement read: "Barnsley Football Club has (on Wednesday) terminated the employment of assistant manager Micky Mellon and goalkeeping coach Ian Willcock with immediate effect. "The club would like to place on record its thanks to both Micky and Ian for their service and wish them all the best for the future."[24]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Mellon was appointed as the new manager of Shrewsbury Town on 12 May 2014, with former caretaker manager Michael Jackson and Danny Coyne remaining as his assistants following the clubs relegation back to League Two.[25] Inheriting only a handful of players from the previous regime, Mellon made 16 signings over the close season, reuniting with former Fleetwood Town striker Andrew Mangan,[26] and ex-Barnsley players Liam Lawrence[27] and Jordan Clark.[28]

Shrewsbury went unbeaten in their first month of the 2014-15 season, including League Cup upsets over Blackpool[29] and away at Premier League newcomers Leicester City.[30] Despite hitting a difficult run of form in September, they also beat then-Championship leaders Norwich City to set up a fourth round home tie with Chelsea.[31][32]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Statistics account for all competitions.:'[33]
Updated: 28 December 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Fleetwood Town England 27 September 2008 1 December 2012 225 116 58 51 51.56
Barnsley (caretaker) England 30 November 2013 17 December 2013 3 1 1 1 33.33
Shrewsbury Town England 12 May 2014 31 17 6 8 54.84

Personal life[edit]

Mellon has lived in Blackpool since 1994.[8] He is married to Jane.[34]

Energie Shokk Gym Franchisee[edit]

Mellon opened the very first franchised energie Shokk gym aimed at teenagers with his wife Jane in Blackpool in February 2009.[35][36]

The gym later went out of business in October 2009.[37]

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

Fleetwood Town

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "New look for City's new era". Lancaster Guardian. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Mass exodus as Giant Axe falls on Dolly Blues". Lancaster Guardian. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
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  8. ^ a b "Mellon can't wait for Fleetwood challenge". Blackpool Gazette. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Micky Mellon goes full-time". Fleetwood Weekly News. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Southport 5–0 Fleetwood". Qlocal Southport. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fleetwood 4–0 Southport". Southport Visiter. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Droylsden 1–3 Fleetwood". Manchester Evening News. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Fleetwood 2–1 Alfreton". BBC Sport. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Fleetwood 0–2 Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Wimbledon 6–1 Fleetwood". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
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  18. ^ "Fleetwood 1–5 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Fleetwood Town sack manager Micky Mellon". BBC Sport. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Keith Hill: Barnsley sack manager after defeat by Blackburn". BBC Sport. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Huddersfield 2–2 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
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  23. ^ "Barnsley turn down two Forest Green approaches for Micky Mellon". Stroud News. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Barnsley sack assistant manager Micky Mellon and coach Ian Willcock". Sky Sports. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Micky Mellon is appointed as new manager". BBC Sport. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Andy Mangan: Shrewsbury Town sign Forest Green striker". BBC Sport. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "Liam Lawrence: Shrewsbury Town sign ex-Barnsley and Stoke winger". BBC Sport. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "Shrewsbury Town: Andy Robinson & Jordan Clark 'exciting' - Mellon". BBC Sport. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  30. ^ "Leicester City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  31. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Norwich City". BBC Sport. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  32. ^ "League Cup draw: Shrewsbury face Chelsea, Liverpool v Swansea". BBC Sport. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  33. ^ "Micky Mellon". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  34. ^ http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Disgust-at-closure-of-kid39s.5772111.jp?CommentPage=3&CommentPageLength=10
  35. ^ http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sports-news/Shokk-opening-of-Jane39s-gym.4963451.jp
  36. ^ http://www.sportsmanagement.co.uk/detail1.cfm?subject=product&codeID=41943&pagetype=detail&site=SM&dom=N
  37. ^ http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Disgust-at-closure-of-kid39s.5772111.jp?CommentPage=2&CommentPageLength=10

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