John Cartwright (footballer)
|Date of birth||5 November 1940|
|Place of birth||Brixworth, England|
|Playing position(s)||Inside forward|
|1956–1959||West Ham United|
|1959–1961||West Ham United||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Brixworth, Cartwright went to Parmiter's School in Bethnal Green. He was spotted by Wally St Pier while playing for East London and London Schoolboys and signed for West Ham United. He was part of the youth team that won the Southern Junior Floodlit Cup in 1956–57, and played in the 1958–59 FA Youth Cup Final, under the stewardship of Ted Fenton. He played in both legs of the Youth Cup final, which the Hammers lost 2–1 on aggregate. He had set up West Ham's first-leg goal, a long cross which Andy Smillie headed past Blackburn goalkeeper Barry Griffiths.
Cartwright played in three youth international matches. The first was a challenge match against Luxembourg on 2 February 1957 at West Ham's own Boleyn Ground. He then played against the Netherlands in the UEFA International Youth Tournament on 14 April 1957, and against Ireland in the British Youth Championships on 11 May 1957.
It was through Ted Fenton that Cartwright got into coaching at an early age, as Fenton encouraged all the players at the Academy to take their coaching badges so that after playing they had something to fall back on. He gained his junior coaching qualification in 1958, while still playing for the youth team. He added the senior qualification in 1961, the year he left West Ham. He had also witnessed the influence that players such as Malcolm Allison had had on team tactics and motivation, later describing it as "a form of communism at the club. The players really ruled it. In short, a dictatorship of the football proletariat".
Cartwright made his senior debut for West Ham on 17 October 1959, starting the match against Everton at Goodison Park. "I made Malcolm Musgrove's goal in my first game", Cartwright later recalled. The match ended in a 1–0 win for West Ham. However, with competition from the likes of Phil Woosnam and Ron Boyce, Cartwright found his chances limited at West Ham. He made just four senior appearances in the Football League for the club between 1959 and 1961, although he managed three goals in four appearances in the League Cup and it's forerunner, the Southern Professional Floodlit Cup.
Shortly after Ron Greenwood took over the reins at West Ham, Cartwright moved to Crystal Palace, where he made 11 appearances in the League, before dropping down to the Southern League to join Malcolm Allison at Bath City in the summer of 1963. He played 60 games for the Somerset club, scoring 30 goals, and left in October 1964.
He joined Wimbledon, also of the Southern League, becoming their first player to be paid a fee after the club turned professional in 1964. He made 120 league appearances for the Dons, scoring 19 goals.
Cartwright worked as youth coach at Crystal Palace between 1971 and 1978, working with the team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1976–77 and 1977–78.
After a spell coaching with Kuwait Sporting Club, where he was assistant to Geoff Hurst, he joined Arsenal as assistant manager in March 1985. He, along with manager Don Howe, resigned in March 1986.
After another spell in Kuwait, he became technical director at the Football Association's National School of Excellence, Lilleshall. He resigned after two years in the job after disagreeing with former director of coaching and education, Charles Hughes. He has since been a vocal critic of coaching methods in England.
After a third spell in Kuwait, Cartwright became academy director at Crystal Palace. In 2001, he set up Premier Skills, a company which delivers coach education and player development courses.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|West Ham United||1958-59||Division 1||—||—||—||1[a]||0||1||0|
|Crystal Palace||1961-62||Division 3||7||0||1||0||—||—||8||0|
|Bath City||1963–64||Southern Premier||Not available[c]|
|Wimbledon||1964–65||Southern Division 1||32||8||0||0||2||0||—||34||8|
- Southern Professional Floodlit Cup (First Round) v Charlton Athletic, 27 October 1958
- Southern Professional Floodlit Cup (Semi-Final) v Arsenal, 5 April 1960 (2 goals); Southern Professional Floodlit Cup (Final) v Coventry City, 27 April 1960 (1 goal)
- Cartwright made 60 competitive appearances for Bath City, scoring 30 goals. In 1963–64, he made 50 appearances, scoring 26 goals (21 league and 5 cup). In 1964–65, he made 10 appearances, scoring 4 goals (all league).
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- "TRENERSAMLING i regi av Fotball-gymnaset og FKH" [Coaching Seminar under the direction of the Football High School and FKH] (PDF). Stegaberg IL. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
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- "Deabte: Is second-rate youth coaching hurting England? | Football". The Guardian. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- Durham, Adrian (2013). Is He All That?: Great Footballing Myths Shattered. Simon and Schuster. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-4711-3159-2.
- Cartwright, John (22 March 2002). "The guru who is not afraid to upset the apple cart". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Cartwright, John (25 November 2007). "England managers need direction". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- Jones, Ken (16 March 1998). "Football: Coaching the best out of the next Pele". The Independent. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
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- Leatherdale, Clive (1995). Wimbledon: From Southern League to Premiership: A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 978-1-874287-09-4.
- Gibbon, Alan; Cartwright, John (1972). Teaching Soccer to Boys. ISBN 978-0713517019.
- Cartwright, John (2008). Football for the Brave. M Press (Media) Ltd. ISBN 978-095-5591-78-5.