Mellon managing Fleetwood Town in 2012
|Full name||Michael Joseph Mellon|
|Date of birth||18 March 1972|
|Place of birth||Paisley, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1991–1992||→ Cork City (loan)||11||(3)|
|1993–1994||West Bromwich Albion||45||(6)|
|2001||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
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.
Management and coaching
Lancaster City and Burnley
Mellon was appointed as assistant manager of Lancaster City in June 2006. However, on 10 October after an FA Cup defeat to Scarborough he left the club along with four players for financial reasons. He moved to his former club Burnley as a youth team coach, coaching the Under-15 and Under-16 teams.
On 23 September 2008 Mellon was appointed manager of Fleetwood Town in the Conference North, succeeding Tony Greenwood. Mellon initially divided his time between coaching at Burnley and managing Fleetwood. However, on 12 January 2009, his position was made full-time, a first in the history of the club. 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.
Chairman Andy Pilley appointed the Burnley youth team coach and former Blackpool midfielder Micky Mellon as manager on 23 September. Macauley was later named as his assistant. Mellon at first divided his time between coaching the Under-15 and Under-16 teams at Burnley and managing Fleetwood., but on 12 January 2009, his position was made full-time, a first in the history of the club. Mellon 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. The team finished in eighth place overall, thereby securing the highest position in the club's history since the 1997 re-establishment.
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 way, but this was followed by a 4–0 Fleetwood victory in the return fixture at Highbury on New Year's Day.
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. 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 was decided on penalties, as a 2–0 defeat at Droylesden was countered by a 3–1 victory at Highbury. 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. 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.
Fleetwood won the 2011/2012 Conference National attaining 103 points in the process. 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.
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.
In December 2012 Mellon was asked to assist David Flitcroft who was caretaker manager at Barnsley following the sacking of Keith Hill. 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.
- Statistics account for all competitions.
- Updated: 1 December 2012
|Fleetwood Town||27 September 2008||1 December 2012||225||116||58||51||51.56|
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- "Vote or the 2002–2003 Player of the Year". Blackpool F.C. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
- "Tranmere release quintet". BBC Sport. 7 May 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "Mellon set to leave Kidderminster". BBC Sport. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "New look for City's new era". Lancaster Guardian. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "Mass exodus as Giant Axe falls on Dolly Blues". Lancaster Guardian. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- "Mellon becomes Fleetwood manager". BBC Sport. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- Moore, Andy (24 September 2008). "Mellon can't wait for Fleetwood challenge". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "Micky Mellon goes full-time". Fleetwood Weekly News. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
- With Fleetwood Town this includes Conference North, Conference National, Conference playoff matches, Setanta Shield, Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy and FA Cup matches. It excludes the two expunged Conference North games against Farsley Celtic in 2009–10 but includes the F.A. Cup Second Qualifying Round gave against the same opponents in Sept 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Micky Mellon.|
- Micky Mellon career stats at Soccerbase
- Micky Mellon management career stats at Soccerbase
- An article by Mellon in The Guardian, 6 January 2012