Dave Booth

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David Booth
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-10-02) 2 October 1948 (age 69)
Place of birth Darton, England
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1972 Barnsley 164 (8)
1972–1978 Grimsby Town 200 (7)
Total 364 (15)
Teams managed
1982–1985 Grimsby Town
1987–1989 Darlington
1996–1999 Brunei
2000–2003 Myanmar
2003–2004 Mahindra United
2005 Khatoco Khánh Hòa
2006 BEC Tero Sasana
2007 Club Valencia
2007–2009 Mumbai
2009–2010 Mahindra United
2010 Laos
2011 Sisaket
2011–2012 Phnom Penh Crown
2012–2013 Salgaocar
2014–2015 Lao Toyota F.C.
2016 Khon Kaen United
2016 Lanexang United
2017– Ozone FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Booth (born 2 October 1948) is an English football coach and former player, who is the head coach of Indian club Ozone FC.[1]

Early years[edit]

Booth was brought up in Darton near Barnsley and attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield where he played rugby and cricket. Football was not played at his school. Dave joined Barnsley and made his first team debut at 19 years of age at left back where he played most of his career. He was later signed by Laurie McMenemy, later of Southampton and the England coaching staff, who was then manager of Grimsby Town.

Managerial career[edit]

David Booth became manager of Grimsby Town in January 1982 with the club at the bottom of the Second Division, following the dismissal of George Kerr. A late upturn in form enabled Grimsby to escape relegation, and good form continued into the 1982–83 season with Grimsby as high as 4th after two-thirds of the season. However, failure to win their last 14 games meant that Grimsby only narrowly avoided relegation.

The 1983–84 season, however, would see Grimsby emerge as serious promotion contenders for the majority of the season. They were third in the table at the end of February 1984, but a late dip in form meant they finished in fifth place and ten points off the top three, but it was and remains their highest finish in the league since relegation from the First Division in 1948. Good form continued the following season with a tenth-place finish, and disposing Everton from the League Cup, but Booth resigned in November 1985 to participate in a property developing venture abroad, and was replaced by Mick Lyons.

He later managed Darlington but could not prevent relegation from the Third Division. The initial challenge for promotion was not sustained and the side was facing relegation from the League when Booth was sacked in February 1989.

He moved to India in 2003 to manage Mumbai-based club Mahindra United guiding them to win Federation Cup, Super Cup and the Mumbai League. But then there was an apparent falling out with Chairman Alan Durante, and he departed for South-East Asia.

In South East Asia, he was the coach of the Myanmar national football team in 2003 guiding them to the semi-finals of the 2003 SEA Games.

Upon returning to India with newly formed Mumbai FC to join his friends Henry Menezes and Arshad, he promoted the club from second division and ensured Mumbai FC as a mid-table I-League club. With the relative success of Booth, Menezes and Arshad, Mahindra United was quick to offer better contracts to the trio.[2] with Booth signing a 3-year deal with Mahindra United starting from August 2009.

After his brief successful spell in India, he was appointed coach of Laos national football team from July 2010 till December 2010. He also had a small stint in Sisaket F.C. of Thai Premier League. He then moved to Phnom Penh Crown FC in the Cambodian League from 2011 to 2012 winning Cambodian League, also becoming runner's up in 2011 AFC President's Cup. He again returned to India and had a one-year stint at Salgaocar F.C. between 2012-13. After his unsuccessful return to India, he was again appointed as Laos national football team from August 2014.

On 1 November 2017 he was appointed as the head coach of I-League 2nd Division side Ozone.The club won 2017–18 Bangalore Super Division under his coaching.[3][4]


As a manager[edit]

Grimsby Town

Mahindra United

Mumbai FC

Phnom Penh Crown FC

Lao Toyota FC

Managerial stats[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Grimsby Town England January 1982 October 1985 177 64 63 50 36.2
Darlington England March 1987 February 1989 101 25 46 30 24.8
Mahindra United India 2003 2004
Mumbai FC India 2007 2009 32 12 10 10 37.5
Mahindra United India 2009 2010 10 4 0 6 40.0
Laos national football team Laos 2010 2010 6 1 3 2 40.5
Sisaket Thailand 2011 2011
Phnom Penh Crown Cambodia 2011 2012 36 22 8 6
Salgaocar India 2012 2013 10 2 2 6 20.0
Lao Toyota FC Laos 2014 2015 17 12 3 3
Laos national football team Laos 2014 2015
Khon Kaen United Thailand 2016 2016 2 0 0 2 0
Lanexang United Laos 2016 2016


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