Colin Calderwood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Colin Calderwood
Calderwood, Colin cropped.jpg
Colin Calderwood in 2007
Personal information
Full name Colin Calderwood
Date of birth (1965-01-20) 20 January 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Stranraer, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Mansfield Town 100 (1)
1985–1993 Swindon Town 330 (20)
1993–1999 Tottenham Hotspur 162 (7)
1999–2000 Aston Villa 26 (0)
2000–2001 Nottingham Forest 8 (0)
2001Notts County (loan) 5 (0)
Total 631 (28)
National team
1995–1999 Scotland 36 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Northampton Town
2006–2008 Nottingham Forest
2009–2010 Newcastle United (assistant)
2010–2011 Hibernian
2011–2012 Birmingham City (assistant)
2012–2014 Norwich City (assistant)
2015–2016 Brighton & Hove Albion (assistant)
2016–2018 Aston Villa (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Colin Calderwood (born 20 January 1965 in Stranraer)[1][2] is a Scottish football player and coach, who was until October 2018 the assistant manager of Aston Villa.

Calderwood made over 150 league appearances for Swindon Town and Tottenham Hotspur. He was a regular player for the Scotland national football team during the late 1990s, appearing in two major tournaments. Calderwood retired as a player in 2001.

Calderwood became manager of Northampton Town in 2003, guiding the club to promotion in 2006. He then became manager of Nottingham Forest, helping the club win promotion in 2008. Calderwood was sacked by Forest in December 2008 and then moved to Newcastle United, working as first team coach. After a year with the Tyneside club, Calderwood became a manager again by moving to Hibernian, but he was sacked after just over a year in that job.

In recent years, Calderwood has been known for his association with Chris Hughton, acting as his assistant manager at Newcastle United, Birmingham City, Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion. He is now the assistant manager at Aston Villa, working with Steve Bruce.

Club career[edit]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Despite being born and raised in the Stranraer area, Calderwood never played in the Scottish leagues.[3] He started his career in the lower reaches of The Football League in England, with Mansfield Town.[3][4] He played 100 league games for the club, three as substitute.[1] His debut for Mansfield was spoiled by the club making an error in his registration which caused them to be deducted two league points.[2]

Swindon Town[edit]

Swindon Town manager Lou Macari signed Calderwood from Mansfield Town in 1985, with a Football League tribunal setting the fee at £27,500.

The 21-year-old Calderwood was installed as the club captain,[2] and he made his debut on the first day of the season, a 1–0 defeat at Wrexham on 17 August 1985. Although that season started badly, it ended with the Town breaking the League points record[citation needed] as they won the Fourth Division title.[2] Calderwood's performance in Swindon Town's defence won him the Adver Player of the Year award from the Swindon Advertiser.

The following season, Calderwood helped Swindon Town to their achieve their second successive promotion,[2] after beating Gillingham in the playoff final replay at Selhurst Park.

As Swindon gradually improved in Division Two, Calderwood led the defence, missing only thirteen league games over the next three years. At the end of this period, he led the Town to their first promotion to the top flight, after beating Sunderland in the playoff final at Wembley in 1990. Shortly afterwards, Swindon were demoted to the Third Division due to an irregular payments scandal. The club were reinstated to the Second Division after an appeal. Calderwood was arrested and questioned by the police with regard to the scandal, though was not ultimately charged with anything.[5]

Swindon narrowly avoided relegation in the 1990-91 season, which Calderwood mostly missed after a tackle by Wolves player Steve Bull caused a serious injury. During the following two seasons, Calderwood returned to be an ever-present in the Swindon side. Now under the management of Glenn Hoddle, Swindon were promoted to the newly founded Premier League at the end of the 1992–93 season after a 4-3 playoff final victory over Leicester. Calderwood was picked for the Football League representative side, playing against their Italian counterparts.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Calderwood's contract with Swindon expired in the summer of 1993. Former manager Ossie Ardiles signed him for Tottenham Hotspur, with a tribunal setting the transfer fee at £1.25 million.[3] This set a new Swindon Town club record for transfer fee received.

Whilst at Tottenham Hotspur for five years Calderwood played with a succession of defenders including Gary Mabbutt and Ramon Vega. While at Tottenham he gained many of his Scotland caps, making his debut against Russia in the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying Group 8 section.[2][3] Calderwood represented his country at UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing in all three matches at the first tournament and two matches at the second.[2][3] He was a regular under Scotland manager Craig Brown.

Despite not being part of Tottenham's squad for the 1999 Football League Cup Final he made four appearances during their victorious League Cup campaign.[6] Two days after the final Calderwood moved on from Tottenham in March 1999, signing for Aston Villa.[7] He then had brief spells with Nottingham Forest[8] and Notts County[8] before retiring.[3] Calderwood's career was brought to an end by a broken leg suffered while with Nottingham Forest.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Northampton Town[edit]

Upon retirement as a player, Calderwood became reserve team manager at Tottenham. He became manager of Northampton Town on 9 October 2003.[9] In his first two seasons in charge, Northampton reached the promotion playoffs.[3] They finally won promotion in 2006 by finishing second in League Two,[3] setting a new club record for clean sheets in a single season, with 25.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Calderwood was appointed as manager by Nottingham Forest in May 2006.[3][10] Calderwood enjoyed an unbeaten league start to his Forest campaign and won the managerial monthly award for August 2006.[citation needed] Forest led League One by seven points in late November 2006. This lead was squandered, and the club finished in fourth place, 11 points behind leaders Scunthorpe United. Forest lost 5–4 on aggregate to Yeovil Town in the promotion playoffs.[3][11]

In the 2007–08 season, Forest failed to win any of their first six competitive games of the season. Forest went on a good run of form after this, losing just once in fifteen games. Calderwood won a manager of the month award during this run, but he decided to sell the award trophy on eBay to raise funds for presents to hospital patients in Nottingham.[12] The auction was said to have raised around £2,000.[12]

After this, there was a spell of inconsistent results, particularly away from home, which led to Forest dropping into the promotion play-off zone. Forest were nine points short of the automatic promotion places with just four games remaining, which led Calderwood to admit that automatic promotion was unlikely.[13] Forest won six out of their last seven games, which was enough to earn a second-place finish and automatic promotion to the Football League Championship.[3]

Calderwood was sacked by Forest in December 2008, as the club had secured just four wins by Christmas.[3][14]

Newcastle United[edit]

Calderwood was appointed first team coach at Newcastle United on 26 January 2009.[15] Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.[16] Calderwood then worked as an assistant manager to Chris Hughton as Newcastle gained promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt by winning the 2009–10 Football League Championship.


On 18 October 2010, Calderwood left Newcastle to become manager of Edinburgh side Hibernian.[17] After three losses in his first three matches in charge, including an Edinburgh derby defeat by rivals Hearts, Calderwood's first win as Hibs boss came in a shock 3–0 win against Rangers at Ibrox.[18] Despite this surprise victory, Calderwood suffered criticism after Hibs went on a poor run of results, winning just two of his first fourteen matches as manager.[19][4] This prompted speculation that he had offered to resign, which was denied.[19] A five match winning run lifted Hibs up into eighth place in the SPL[20] and earned Calderwood the SPL monthly award for February 2011.[21] Hibs finished the 2010–11 season in tenth place.[22]

In June 2011, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest both approached Hibs with a view to appointing Calderwood as their assistant manager.[22][23][24] Calderwood was sacked by Hibs on 6 November 2011, having won just 12 games out of 49.[25]

Assistant manager[edit]

Calderwood was appointed assistant manager at Championship club Birmingham City on 24 November 2011, working with Chris Hughton for a third time.[26] When Hughton left for Premier League club Norwich City on 7 June 2012, Calderwood went with him as assistant manager.[27] He left the club when Hughton was dismissed on 6 April 2014.[28]

In early February 2015, he was appointed assistant manager at Brighton & Hove Albion, rejoining Hughton for a fourth time.[29] He resigned from the club on the 12 November 2016 to take up a position elsewhere.[30] After Brighton played out a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa on 18 November, it was confirmed that Calderwood would become assistant manager at Villa, working with Steve Bruce.[31]

Career statistics[edit]


Scotland national team[32]
Year Apps Goals
1995 9 1
1996 8 0
1997 7 0
1998 8 0
1999 4 0
Total 36 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.[2]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 April 1995 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 18:52, 6 November 2011 (UTC)[33]
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Northampton Town  England 9 October 2003 30 May 2006 154 74 40 40 048.05
Nottingham Forest  England 30 May 2006 26 December 2008 136 57 42 37 041.91
Hibernian  Scotland 18 October 2010 6 November 2011 49 12 11 26 024.49
Total 339 143 93 103 042.18


As player[edit]


As manager[edit]



  1. ^ a b Colin Calderwood at Soccerbase
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Calderwood at the Scottish Football Association
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "David Pleat hails new Hibernian boss Colin Calderwood". BBC Sport. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Interview: Hibs manager Colin Calderwood insists he's in for the long haul and vows to instil some steel in a fragile team". The Scotsman. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Games played by Colin Calderwood in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Football: Sharpe shipped back to Bradford". Independent. 24 March 1999. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Calderwood makes short hop". BBC Sport. 13 March 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  9. ^ "Calderwood joins Cobblers". BBC Sport. 9 October 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  10. ^ "Calderwood named new Forest boss". BBC Sport. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Nottm Forest 2-5 Yeovil". BBC News. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  12. ^ a b "Calderwood auctions off accolade". BBC Sport. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2007.
  13. ^ "Automatic hopes gone - Calderwood". BBC Sport. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Calderwood sacked as Forest boss". BBC Sport. 26 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  15. ^ "Magpies coach role for Calderwood". 26 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  16. ^ "Reality begins to bites for Newcastle United". 30 May 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  17. ^ "Colin Calderwood Appointed Manager". Hibernian F.C. official website. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  18. ^ McDermott, Scott (11 November 2010). "Colin Calderwood's new laid back approach helps inspire troops to shock Ibrox win". Daily Record. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  19. ^ a b McLauchlin, Brian (20 January 2011). "No offer to resign from Hibs - Colin Calderwood". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  20. ^ "Calderwood 'not too worried' by Hibs' initial poor form". BBC Sport. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  21. ^ "Monthly awards for Colin Calderwood and Callum Booth". BBC Sport. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  22. ^ a b "Birmingham City ask to speak to Colin Calderwood". BBC Sport. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  23. ^ Majoribanks, Brian (29 June 2011). "Calderwood set for crunch talks after Birmingham ask for permission to speak to Hibs boss". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  24. ^ "Colin Calderwood wants Forest return - Steve McClaren". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  25. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (6 November 2011). "Calderwood sacked as Hibs manager". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  26. ^ "Colin Calderwood joins Birmingham City as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  27. ^ "Chris Hughton appointed as new Norwich City manager". BBC Sport. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  28. ^ "Chris Hughton: Norwich sack manager and appoint Neil Adams". BBC Sport. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  29. ^ "Colin Calderwood named Brighton & Hove Albion assistant manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  30. ^ "Club Statement". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  31. ^ "Colin Calderwood: Brighton assistant manager leaves to join Aston Villa". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  32. ^ National Football Teams profile
  33. ^ Colin Calderwood management career statistics at Soccerbase