|Full name||David Calderhead|
|Date of birth||19 June 1864|
|Place of birth||Hurlford, Scotland|
|Date of death||9 January 1938(aged 73)|
|Place of death||London, England|
|1881–1889||Queen of the South Wanderers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
David Calderhead (19 June 1864 – 9 January 1938) was a Scottish football player and manager. Calderhead played for Queen of the South Wanderers, Notts County and Lincoln City. He also represented Scotland once, in 1889. He then became a manager, working for Lincoln City (1900–1907) and Chelsea (1907–1933).
Calderhead was a central defender and played for various clubs, including Dumfries team Queen of the South Wanderers (not to be confused with Queen of the South, formed in 1919). Calderhead won a Scotland cap, in a 7–0 win against Ireland at Ibrox in the British Home Championship in March 1889. This attracted Notts County. With County he played in 2 FA Cup finals.
He then moved into management, taking over at Lincoln City in 1900. In leading his side to a shock replayed win over Chelsea in the first round of 1906–07 FA Cup, he impressed the west London club's board enough for them to appoint him manager later that year. Norrie Fairgray made the same move in the same year to play for Calderhead at both clubs.
Calderhead was Chelsea's first full-time secretary-manager and spent almost 26 years at the club, making him the club's longest-serving manager. In his time there, the team were relegated twice, in 1909–10 and subsequently re-promoted as Second Division runners-up.
He took Chelsea to their first FA Cup final, in 1915, but in a match overshadowed by the First World War they were beaten by Sheffield United 0–3 at Old Trafford. The club later reached two more semi-finals under Calderhead and were on course for a domestic double in 1919–20 but ultimately finished 3rd in the First Division and were denied in the FA Cup by Aston Villa.
Calderhead was notoriously shy of the media, earning the nickname "The Sphinx of Stamford Bridge". But he was not afraid to spend headline-making transfer fees on star strikers (especially fellow Scots), bringing the likes of Hughie Gallacher, Alex Jackson and Alec Cheyne to Stamford Bridge. Despite the glamour of the squad, trophies remained elusive. 1931–32 brought a further FA Cup semi final. Tommy Lang inspired Newcastle to a 2-goal lead and despite Gallacher pulling a goal back, Newcastle progressed to the final.
Calderhead holds the record at Chelsea for managing games – 966. He left the job in June 1933 to be replaced by Leslie Knighton. Calderhead died five years after leaving Chelsea in London at the age of 73.
- Notts County (player)
- Chelsea (manager)
- David Calderhead in the QoS Club History
- "David Calderhead" full career profile on www.qosfc.com
- David Calderhead in the 1891 Blackburn Rovers v Notts County FA Cup final in the profile on Jackie Oakes Archived September 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- David Calderhead and Chelsea in the profile on Willie ferguson Archived September 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.