Noel Blake

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Noel Blake
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Personal information
Full name Noel Lloyd George Blake
Date of birth (1962-01-12) 12 January 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Sutton Coldfield Town
1979–1982 Aston Villa 4 (0)
1982 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 6 (0)
1982–1984 Birmingham City 76 (5)
1984–1988 Portsmouth 144 (10)
1988–1990 Leeds United 51 (4)
1990–1992 Stoke City 75 (3)
1992 Bradford City (loan) 6 (0)
1992–1993 Bradford City 39 (3)
1993–1995 Dundee 54 (2)
1995–2001 Exeter City 147 (10)
Total 602 (37)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Exeter City
2003–2006 Stoke City Academy
2009–2014 England U19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Noel Lloyd George Blake (born 12 January 1962) is a retired footballer and was most recently employed as the head coach of the England national under-19 football team.[1] He played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Shrewsbury Town, Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Leeds United, Stoke City, Bradford City and Exeter City, and in the Scottish Football League for Dundee.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Blake moved to England and played football with non-league side Sutton Coldfield Town. He was spotted by scouts at Aston Villa who signed Blake a year later. He struggled to force his way into the Villa side and went out on loan to Shrewsbury Town in 1982. He left Villa upon his return and joined local rivals Birmingham City. He quickly became a fan favourite with Birmingham as he scored against Villa in December 1982.[3]

He spent two years with Birmingham before signing with Portsmouth on the south coast. Whilst he did enjoy some success at 'Pompey' winning promotion in 1987, Blake had problems with racial abuse from his own supporters.[4] After making over 150 appearances with Portsmouth, Blake joined Leeds United on a free transfer and he helped to club to promotion in the 1989–90 season. However his opportunities were limited the following season and so he was sold to Stoke City.[5]

Blake's old manager at Portsmouth Alan Ball tempted Blake to join him at Stoke City in 1990. Ball was sacked in February 1991 as Stoke went on to record their worst league position of 14th in the third tier. Stoke's new manager Lou Macari only used Blake sparingly and later joined Bradford City on loan in 1992.[2] He joined Bradford permanently and latter played for Scottish side Dundee before ending his playing career with Exeter City.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Blake held the position of manager of Exeter City from January 2000 until September 2001.[7]

A qualified coach and holder of the UEFA Pro Licence,[8] Blake was appointed in February 2007 as one of the Football Association's National Coaches to work with players in England's youth teams and to assist with coach education.[9] He was placed in charge of the England under-19 team in 2009, leading the side to the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in both 2010 and 2012 before leaving the Football Association in June 2014.[1]

On 1 July it was reported that Blake was about to become first-team coach at Blackpool.[10]

Honours[edit]

Portsmouth

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1979–80 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1980–81 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981–82 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 1981–82 Second Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Birmingham City 1982–83 First Division 37 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 44 3
1983–84 First Division 39 2 5 0 8 0 0 0 52 2
Total 76 5 8 0 12 0 0 0 96 5
Portsmouth 1984–85 Second Division 42 3 2 0 4 0 0 0 48 3
1985–86 Second Division 42 4 2 1 7 1 3 1 54 7
1986–87 Second Division 41 3 2 0 3 0 3 0 49 3
1987–88 First Division 19 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 23 1
Total 144 10 10 2 14 1 6 1 174 14
Leeds United 1988–89 Second Division 44 4 2 0 3 0 2 0 51 4
1989–90 Second Division 7 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 11 0
Total 51 4 2 0 5 0 4 0 62 4
Stoke City 1989–90 Second Division 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
1990–91 Third Division 44 3 3 0 4 0 1 0 52 3
1991–92 Third Division 13 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 20 0
Total 75 3 4 0 6 0 5 0 90 3
Bradford City 1991–92 Third Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1992–93 Second Division 32 3 3 1 2 0 3 0 40 3
1993–94 Second Division 7 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
Total 45 3 5 1 3 0 4 0 57 3
Dundee 1993–94 Scottish Premier Division
1994–95 Scottish First Division
Total 54 2 5 0 2 0 3 0 64 2
Exeter City 1995–96 Third Division 44 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 47 2
1996–97 Third Division 46 6 2 0 2 0 2 0 52 6
1997–98 Third Division 38 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 43 1
1998–99 Third Division 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1999–2000 Third Division 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 1
2000–01 Third Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 147 10 6 0 6 0 5 0 164 10
Career Total 602 37 40 3 48 1 27 1 717 42
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs Full Members Cup.

As a manager[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Exeter City 10 January 2000 24 September 2001 86 20 24 42 23.26
England U19 8 September 2009 26 June 2014 52 33 12 7 63.46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Coach and Young Lions boss Noel Blake leaves". http://www.thefa.com/. The FA. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Noel Blake". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Christmas Cracker 1982 – Blues 3 Villa 0". birminghamcity-mad.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Moxley, Neil (5 March 2010). "Zulu warrior still fighting: Birmingham and Portsmouth legend Noel Blake relishes Fratton Park clash". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Noel Blake". leeds-fans.org.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Matthews, Tony: "The Who's who of Stoke City " (Breedon's, ISBN 1-85983-473-6)
  7. ^ "Blake steps down at Exeter". http://news.bbc.co.uk/. BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Austin, Simon (22 February 2007). "Focus: Football's black mark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Noel Blake on board". The Football Association. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "England coach set for Pool". Blackpool Gazette. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 

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