Dave Cusack

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Dave Cusack
Personal information
Full name David Stephen Cusack[1]
Date of birth (1956-06-06) 6 June 1956 (age 63)[1]
Place of birth Thurcroft, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 Sheffield Wednesday 95 (1)
1978–1983 Southend United 186 (17)
1983–1985 Millwall 98 (9)
1985–1987 Doncaster Rovers 100 (4)
1987–1988 Rotherham United 18 (0)
1988–1990 Boston United 56 (1)
1990 Doncaster Rovers 1 (0)
1990–1991 Boston United 31 (0)
Teams managed
1985–1987 Doncaster Rovers
1987–1988 Rotherham United
1990–1992 Boston United
1992 Kettering Town
1994–1995 Dagenham & Redbridge
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Stephen Cusack (born 6 June 1956) is an English former footballer and manager who is currently a director of Essex Senior League club Basildon United.[2] A central defender, he made over 500 appearances in a career spanning 16 years.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Thurcroft, as a child Cusack attended school in Thurcroft and later went to Wales High School.[2]


Cusack began his career with Sheffield Wednesday, making his way through the club's youth system and also captaining the reserve side. After making 95 league appearances for the side, he moved to Southend United in 1978 for a then club record £50,000, where he would win the Fourth Division championship in 1981. A move to Millwall followed the following year for £30,000.[4]

He moved to Doncaster Rovers as player-manager in 1985, replacing Billy Bremner. The 1985–86 season would see Doncaster emerge as promotion contenders before eventually finishing 11th place, which would be one of Doncaster's highest placings in the league since relegation from the Second Division in 1958 and until recent times. Another mid-table finish (following a promising start) came the following season but Doncaster were facing relegation by 1988 and Cusack left the club during the season. Cusack took over at Rotherham United with the Millers in mid-table, but left in April and a slide down the league led to a promotion/relegation play-off with Swansea City which was lost.

He later became player-manager at Boston United. In 1992, he spent a short spell as manager of Kettering Town but, with the club in financial turmoil, Cusack was sacked following the appointment of new owners after taking charge of just seven games.[5]


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 152. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
  2. ^ a b "David Cusack". Basildon United F.C. Retrieved 25 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Dave Cusack". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Boston United Roll Call". Boston United F.C. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Dave Cusack". Poppies fans. Retrieved 25 June 2010.[dead link]

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