Bob Glendenning

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Bob Glendenning
Bob Glendenning (1929).jpg
Bob Glendenning (1929)
Personal information
Full name Robert Glendenning[1]
Date of birth (1888-06-06)6 June 1888
Place of birth Washington, County Durham, England
Date of death 19 November 1940(1940-11-19) (aged 52)
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Washington United
1908–1913 Barnsley 141 (1)
1913–1915 Bolton Wanderers 73 (0)
Accrington Stanley
Teams managed
1923 Netherlands
0000–1928 Koninklijke HFC
1925–1940 Netherlands
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert Glendenning (6 June 1888 – 19 November 1940) was an English professional footballer, who played as a wing half for several English clubs prior to and just after the First World War. He later went on to coach in the Netherlands, including coaching the Dutch national side.

Club career[edit]

He started his career at hometown club Washington United before transferring to Barnsley sometime prior to 1910. He played in both FA Cup finals that Barnsley reached, in 1910 and 1912. In the first Barnsley lost in the replay to Newcastle United.[2] The second also went to a replay but Barnsley won, defeating West Bromwich Albion by one goal in extra time.[3] The Manchester Guardian praised his play in the first match,[4] and in the replay Glendenning won the ball from a West Brom player and passed it to Harry Tufnell to score in the last minutes of extra time.[5]

In March 1913 he transferred to Bolton Wanderers, for whom he played a total of 83 games as club captain. Bolton reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1915, in which they were defeated by Sheffield United captained by George Utley, Glendenning's fellow wing half from Barnsley. In the 1916–17 season, Glendinning appeared as a wartime guest player with Burnley.[6] After the war he played for Accrington Stanley.

Coaching career[edit]

After the end of his playing career he took up coaching and moved to the Netherlands. He had a short spell, only one game, a 4–1 victory over Switzerland, as coach of the national side in 1923. He then coached Koninklijke HFC until 1928. He was made the permanent coach of the Netherlands in 1925, holding both coaching positions until the 1928 Summer Olympics[7] when he chose to focus on the national team. He remained the manager of the Oranje until 1940, leading them to the World Cup finals in 1934[8] and 1938.[9] The tournaments would be disappointments, exiting in the first round on both occasions, to Switzerland by a score of 3–2, in 1934, and then to Czechoslovakia by 3–0, in 1938. Glendenning managed the Oranje through 87 games, with 36 wins, 36 losses and 15 draws.[10]

Up until October 2017, he remained the Dutch national coach with the most victories. By comparison, the only Dutch coach Rinus Michels to win a major trophy, Euro 1988, had 30 victories from 53 games, over an 18-year (1974 to 1992) on again off again association with the national team. Marco van Basten had 35 wins from 48 games before being knocked out at the quarter final stage of Euro 2008.[10] However, as of his 3rd spell in charge, Dick Advocaat has now managed 37 victories from 62 games.

Glendenning's last game as a manager was the 4–2 victory over Belgium played on 21 April 1940; the game was also Abe Lenstra's second international cap. Three weeks later the Dutch national side were in Luxembourg to play their next international match, but the game was never played because of the German invasion of the Netherlands. He died on 19 November of that same year. He is buried in Bolton (England) where the KNVB has maintained and replaced his headstone.




In some references he is referred to as Bob Glendinning
  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b "FA Cup Final 1910". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  3. ^ a b "FA Cup Final 1912". Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  4. ^ "The Cup Final". Manchester Guardian. 22 April 1912. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Barnsley's Victory". Manchester Guardian. 25 April 1912. p. 4.
  6. ^ Simpson, Ray (2007). The Clarets Chronicles: The Definitive History of Burnley Football Club. p. 489. ISBN 978-0-9557468-0-2.
  7. ^ 1928 Summer Olympics Netherlands men's football squad
  8. ^ 1934 FIFA World Cup squads
  9. ^ 1938 FIFA World Cup squads
  10. ^ a b "Coaches – Nederlands elftal: Totaal winst, gelijk, verlies" [Coaches – Netherlands team: Total won, drawn, lost]. (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 October 2016.