John Cornforth (footballer)

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John Cornforth
Personal information
Full name John Cornforth
Date of birth (1967-10-07) 7 October 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Whitley Bay, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Sunderland 32 (2)
1986 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 7 (3)
1989 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 3 (0)
1990 Lincoln City (loan) 9 (1)
1991–1996 Swansea City 149 (16)
1996 Birmingham City 8 (0)
1996–1999 Wycombe Wanderers 47 (6)
1998 Peterborough United (loan) 4 (0)
1999 Cardiff City 10 (1)
1999–2000 Scunthorpe United 4 (1)
2000–2001 Exeter City 24 (2)
National team
1995 Wales 2 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Exeter City
2004–2005 Newport County
2006 Torquay United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Cornforth (born 7 October 1967 is a former Wales international football player and is now a coach, most recently Head Coach at English League Two side Torquay United. Originally from Whitley Bay in the north-east of England, Cornforth and his family have been settled in Devon for some time.

Cornforth is currently assistant manager at Northern Premier side Blyth Spartans.

Playing career[edit]

Cornforth usually appeared in midfield during his playing days. He made a total of 322 starts for his various clubs over his career, scoring 36 goals in the process. At one point he commanded a transfer fee of £350,000, in his 1996 transfer from Swansea to Birmingham City. Originally a fan of whoever won the league in that year, his four and a half years and nearly 200 games for Swansea led him to declare himself 'a true Jack'.

International career[edit]

Cornforth was eligible to play for the Wales national football team due to his paternal grandmother, who was from Llantrisant. He gained two caps before a cruciate ligament injury hampered any chances of further caps.

Coaching career[edit]

Cornforth was player-coach assistant manager and manager of Exeter City.

In July 2004 he joined the coaching team (unpaid) at his local side Crediton United.[1]

In September 2004 he took over from Peter Nicholas as manager of Newport County but was sacked in 2005.[2]

In January 2006 Cornforth took over as caretaker manager at Torquay United from Leroy Rosenior with the side deep in relegation trouble[3] and soon after was appointed as manager until the end of the season.[4] The side's form worsened however, and Ian Atkins replaced Cornforth in April, having joined the club as an advisor to Cornforth the previous month.[5] Against all odds, Atkins managed to rescue the side and lift them a comfortable three points clear from relegation.

In August 2007, Cornforth rejoined his local side Crediton United as an advisor.[6] The following month he was reported to be combining this role with working as a milk tanker driver, while hoping for a return to football management at a higher level.[7]

In November 2010 Cornforth was appointed Manager of South West Peninsula League side Witheridge.

In February 2012 Cornforth joined Blyth Spartans F.C.. as Assistant manager to Tom Wade.


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