Chris Ramsey (footballer)

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Chris Ramsey
Personal information
Full name Christopher Leroy Ramsey[1]
Date of birth (1962-04-28) 28 April 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Bristol, England
Playing position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
(Technical Director)
Youth career
1978–1980 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 (0)
1984–1987 Swindon Town 100 (5)
1987–1988 Southend United 13 (0)
1988–1991 Naxxar Lions
1991–1992 Cocoa Expos
Total 143 (5)
Teams managed
1998–2000 England U20
2001–2004 Charleston Battery
2015 Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)
2015 Queens Park Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christopher Leroy Ramsey MBE (born 28 April 1962) is a former professional footballer and the former coach of Queens Park Rangers. He played as a defender, most often as a right back, for Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Swindon Town, Southend United, Naxxar Lions and Cocoa Expos. Ramsey coached for Tottenham Hotspur working with their academy and was appointed as first team coach where he assisted Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand. He was placed in temporary charge of Queens Park Rangers, in February 2015 following the resignation of manager, Harry Redknapp. After being temporary coach of Queens Park Rangers and following their relegation to the Championship, Ramsey was named head coach on a permanent basis in May 2015. He is nicknamed "Rambo".[1]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to football and diversity in sport.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

He began his career as an apprentice at Bristol City before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion.[4] He played for Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup Final.[1] The opponents were Manchester United and, after a drawn final at Wembley, Ramsey missed the replay due to injury and Brighton lost 4–0.[5]

Ramsey went on loan to Swindon Town from Brighton on 30 August 1984, who were then under the management of Lou Macari. He signed on a permanent contract on 13 December 1984 and stayed at Swindon for three years until joining Southend United on 14 August 1987.[1] Whilst at Swindon he won a Fourth Division championship medal in the 85–86 Swindon team, playing 43 of the 46 league games.[1] He also played 25 games the following season when Swindon won back-to-back promotions by beating Gillingham in the Third Division play-off final replay at Selhurst Park on 29 May 1987.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Ramsey was also a player-coach for the Naxxar Lions in the Maltese Premier League, and in the United States was a player, assistant coach and coach for the USL PDL team Cocoa Expos.

In 1998 Ramsey began working for the Football Association (FA), holding the position of Regional Director of Coaching. While working for the FA he served as the head coach of the England national under-20 football team. During his tenure as the U-20 coach, Ramsey guided the team to the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria. He was also the assistant coach of the England national under-16 football team at the 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship in Israel. In addition to his coaching responsibilities while at the FA, Ramsey was a scout for the England national football team under Kevin Keegan.[7] After leaving the FA Ramsey was the assistant coach at Luton Town until November 2000. Ramsey holds a UEFA coaching licence and a FA Coach Education Diploma.

From 2001 to 2004 he managed American club Charleston Battery, during which time the club won the 2003 USL A-League championship. After leaving Charleston in 2004, Ramsey worked as Head of Player Development with the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Reserves and Academy. In 2008, he was listed amongst the 30 most influential black people in football by The Voice, a newspaper for the black community.[8]

Ramsey left Tottenham Hotspur on 19 June 2014, following ten years of service to the club.[9]

In August 2014, he was appointed as assistant manager of the England U17 national team.[7]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 1 November 2014, he was appointed Head of Player Development and Academy Manager at Queens Park Rangers.[10] Following the resignation of manager Harry Redknapp on 3 February 2015, Ramsey was placed in temporary charge, first with Les Ferdinand and Kevin Bond, then solely with Bond.[11] Ramsey's first competitive match as QPR head coach was on 7 February, losing to a 92nd minute, added-time winner, a 1–0 defeat to Southampton at Loftus Road.[12] His first Premier League win came three days later, on 10 February, a 0–2 victory against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, in QPR's first away victory and first away points of the season.[13] On 12 February, Ramsey was given the job until the end of the 2014–15 season.[14] On 10 May, QPR were relegated to the Championship, after a 6–0 away defeat to Manchester City.[15] He was appointed head coach on a permanent basis on 19 May, signing a three-year contract.[16] On 4 November, he was sacked as QPR head coach, with the club in thirteenth place in the league.[17] On 5 January 2016, Ramsey returned to QPR to become technical director.[18]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played on 31 May 1987.[1][4]
Club Season Division League Play-offs FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swindon Town 1984–85 Fourth Division 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 34 1
1985–86 Fourth Division 43 3 0 0 2 1 6 0 2[a] 0 53 4
1986–87 Third Division 25 1 0 0 3 0 4 0 3[a] 0 35 1
Total 100 5 0 0 5 1 10 0 7 0 122 6
Career total 100 5 0 0 5 1 10 0 7 0 122 6
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in Football League Trophy


As of 3 November 2015[19]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Queens Park Rangers England 2 February 2015 4 November 2015 32 9 6 17 28.13%
Total 32 9 6 17 28.13%



Swindon Town


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  2. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B20.
  3. ^ "Honours for Olivia Colman and Bear Grylls". 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Chris Ramsey". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Players Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b "When Brighton Almost Won The Cup". Football Speak. 14 April 2012. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  6. ^ Play-off Final Gillingham Vs Swindon.
  7. ^ a b "Chris Ramsey to assist John Peacock with England U17s". 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  8. ^ "The footballing Black List". BBC Sport. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  9. ^ "The Club can announce that Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have left the Club". Tottenham Hotspur. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Les Ferdinand welcomes Chris Ramsey academy role". Queens Park Rangers F.C. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Harry Redknapp: QPR manager resigns because of knee operation". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  12. ^ "QPR 0–1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Sunderland 0–2 QPR". BBC Sport. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Chris Ramsey confirmed as QPR head coach until end of season". Sky Sports. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Manchester City 6–0 QPR". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Chris Ramsey appointed permanent QPR head coach". BBC Sport. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Chris Ramsey sacked as Queens Park Rangers head coach". BBC Sport. 4 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Chris Ramsey: Former head coach returns to QPR in technical role". BBC Sport. 5 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Chris Ramsey's managerial career". Soccerbase.

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