John Chapman (football manager)

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John Chapman
Personal information
Full name John Albert Chapman
Date of birth (1882-03-14)14 March 1882
Place of birth New Monkland, Scotland
Date of death 31 December 1948(1948-12-31) (aged 66)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1904–1905 Rangers
1905–1906 Albion Rovers
1906–1907 Dumbarton[1] 9 (3)
Teams managed
1906–1921 Airdrieonians
1921–1927 Manchester United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Albert Chapman (14 March 1882 – 31 December 1948) was a Scottish football player and manager. Born in New Monkland, Lanarkshire, he began his playing career with Rangers in 1904. A year later, he moved to Albion Rovers, before another transfer in 1906 to Dumbarton, where he scored three goals in nine appearances.[2]

He later moved into management, and after 15 years as manager of Airdrieonians, he became the sixth manager in the history of Manchester United on 1 November 1921 after Jack Robson stepped down due to ill health.[3] His first season in charge finished with United bottom of the league and relegated to the Second Division; however, Chapman guided them to second place to win promotion back to the top flight three years later.

On 7 October 1926, The Football Association announced that Chapman had been suspended from "taking part in football or football management" during the 1926–27 season "for improper conduct in his position as Secretary-Manager of the Manchester United Football Club".[4] No further explanation for the suspension was ever given. By the next match, two days later against Bolton Wanderers, Lal Hilditch had taken over on a temporary basis as player-manager.

Following the end of his suspension, Chapman unsuccessfully applied to become manager of Leeds United and turned down two football management offers before taking up a position as the general manager of the Liverpool Greyhound Racing Club in August 1927.[5]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Airdrieonians Scotland 1906 October 1921
Manchester United England October 1921 October 1926 223 87 77 59 039.01


  1. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
  2. ^ Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
  3. ^ Kelly, Steven F. (1994). Back Page United. p. 62. ISBN 1-85291-553-6.
  4. ^ Kelly (1994), p. 68
  5. ^ "Why I Have Left Football". The Sunday Post. 24 July 1927. Retrieved 11 October 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).

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