David Chadwick (footballer)

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Dave Chadwick
Personal information
Full name David Edwin Chadwick
Date of birth (1943-08-19) 19 August 1943 (age 76)
Place of birth Ootacamund, India
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1959–1960 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1966 Southampton 25 (1)
1966–1970 Middlesbrough 102 (3)
1970–1972 Halifax Town 95 (15)
1972–1974 Bournemouth 36 (4)
1972–1973 Torquay United 10 (0)
1974–1975 Dallas Tornado 35 (5)
1974–1975 Gillingham 35 (3)
1976 Tacoma Tides[1] 17 (9)
1977–1979 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 24 (2)
Teams managed
1976 Tacoma Tides (assistant)
1980–1981 Atlanta Chiefs
1982 Georgia Generals
1983–1984 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1984 Minnesota Strikers
1986 Atlanta Datagraphic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Edwin Chadwick (born 19 August 1943) is an English retired professional footballer/soccer player, who played as a wing-forward, before a career coaching in the United States. He was born in Ootacamund, India.

Playing career[edit]

Chadwick began his career as a junior with Southampton, and became the youngest player to appear for their reserves on 31 October 1959, aged 16 years 73 days. He turned professional in October 1960 and made his first-team debut on 4 November 1961, at home to Bristol Rovers in place of the injured Terry Paine. His six years at the Dell were spent in the shadow of Paine and John Sydenham and as a result he only made 25 league appearances for The Saints, in which he scored once.[2] In July 1966 he moved to Middlesbrough, costing the Ayresome Park side £10,000, and slotted straight into the side, making his Boro debut on 20 August against Colchester United.

He played the last of just over 100 league games for Boro on 27 September 1969 against Blackpool, before moving to Halifax Town in January 1970. In February 1972, after 15 goals in 95 league games, he left the Shay to join Bournemouth, but struggled to make an impact. He was loaned to Torquay United in December 1972, and in the summer of 1974 joined NASL side Dallas Tornado on loan.

In September 1974 he joined Gillingham on a free transfer. He remained at Priestfield Stadium for only one season before returning to Dallas for the 1975 NASL season. He spent the 1976 season with the newly formed American Soccer League side Tacoma Tides where he served as a player and assistant coach.[3] The Tides lasted only a single season before folding. On a minor note, Chadwick coached Bruce Arena, the future manager of the United States men's national soccer team, who was a Tides back up goalkeeper. In 1977, Chadwick returned to the NASL with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1980 Dan Wood, who had been the head coach of the Tacoma Tides and was now the head coach of the Atlanta Chiefs, brought Chadwick to the Chiefs as a joint head coach. Following Wood's departure at the end of the season, Chadwick became the sole head coach the following year. The Chiefs folded after the 1981 season, but Chadwick remained in the city, becoming head coach of the newly formed Georgia Generals as they played their first season in the Second Division American Soccer League. After a successful season with what started as a scratch side, Chadwick returned to the NASL as head coach of Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1983, signing with the team in September.[4] He followed the franchise to Minnesota for the 1984 season and continued to coach the team through the last season of the NASL. In 1986, he coached the amateur Atlanta Datagraphic.[5]

After coaching for the United States Soccer Federation, Chadwick became Technical Director and Director of Coaching at AFC Lightning a youth side based in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he led his U18 team to victory, to become national champions. (This was a first for any Georgia team.)

In 2001 "Chaddy" was inducted into the Georgia State Soccer Association's Hall of Fame. In June 2007, after 16 years coaching at AFC Lightning, David Chadwick retired.


  1. ^ The Year in American Soccer – 1976: North American Soccer League (Div. 1)
  2. ^ *Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 87. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  3. ^ Tacoma Tides Head Coach
  4. ^ CHADWICK 'COMES HOME' AS STRIKER COACH Miami Herald, The (FL) – Thursday, 30 September 1982
  5. ^ Datagraphic still the big name in amateur soccer The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution – Thursday, 26 June 1986

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