John Coleman (footballer, born 1962)
|Date of birth||12 October 1962|
|Place of birth||Kirkby, England|
|Accrington Stanley (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Coleman had a long playing career, mainly in non-league football for Kirkby Town, Burscough, Marine, Southport, Runcorn F.C. Halton, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Lancaster City and Ashton United. He also had a short spell in Wales with Rhyl. He was one of the most prolific non-league goalscorers in history, with over 500 goals to his name in a career spanning almost two decades. This success saw him play for the England National Game XI (the England team for semi-professional players) and receive many Player of the Year awards from the clubs he played for.
He was appointed player-manager of Ashton United in 1997. After two years, he joined Accrington Stanley then playing in the Northern Premier League First Division. His 12-and-a-half-year tenure saw the club win three promotions as champions to enter the Football League in 2006. He was also the club's longest ever serving manager. At the time of his departure to Rochdale, Coleman was the third longest serving manager in England, behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger.
On 24 January 2012, Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell were appointed by Rochdale to replace Steve Eyre, who had left the club the previous month. Their contracts were terminated by Rochdale on 21 January 2013 following a poor run in form. In October 2013, Coleman declared his interest in replacing Dave Hockaday as manager of Forest Green Rovers, but returned to Southport as manager on 7 December 2013, with Jimmy Bell once again as his assistant.
|Ashton United||1 August 1997||1 May 1999||91||53||21||17||58.2|
|Accrington Stanley||1 May 1999||23 January 2012||587||236||148||203||40.2|
|Rochdale||24 January 2012||21 January 2013||52||14||14||24||26.9|
|Southport||7 December 2013||3 May 2014||25||8||8||9||32.0|
|Sligo Rovers||21 June 2014||18 September 2014||15||7||3||5||46.7|
|Accrington Stanley||18 September 2014||Present||383||158||96||129||41.3|
As a Manager
- 1999–2000: Northern Premier League Division One Champion (promotion to Northern Premier) – Accrington Stanley
- 2002–03: Northern Premier Champion (promotion to Football Conference) – Accrington Stanley
- 2005–06: Conference Premier Champion (promotion to League Two) – Accrington Stanley
- 2017–18: League Two Champion (promotion to League One) – Accrington Stanley
- "How two best mates went from Sunday League to League One". The Independent. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
- "Rochdale appoint Accrington Stanley's John Coleman as boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Rochdale Club Statement". rochdaleafc.co.uk. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- "John Coleman: I'm interested in Forest Green Rovers job". Gloucester Citizen. 23 October 2013. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013.
- "John Coleman appointed new Sligo Rovers manager". RTE Sport. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Accrington Stanley: John Coleman returns as manager". BBC Sport. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- "John Coleman". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Sligo Rovers 2013/14". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "Matches played by Sligo Rovers 2014/15". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- John Coleman at Soccerway