John Cottam (footballer)

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John Cottam
Personal information
Full name John Edward Cottam
Date of birth (1950-06-05) 5 June 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Warsop, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Central Defender
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1966–1968 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1976 Nottingham Forest 95 (4)
1972 Mansfield Town (loan) 2 (1)
1973 Lincoln City (loan) 1 (0)
1976–1979 Chesterfield 120 (7)
1979–1982 Chester 120 (1)
1982–1984 Scarborough 84 (5)
1984–1985 Burton Albion
1985–1988 Metropolitan Police
Teams managed
1982–1984 Scarborough
1995–1997 Metropolitan Police
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Cottam (born 5 June 1950, Warsop) was an English professional footballer who played as a defender. He played in The Football League for five clubs and later became a manager in non–league football.

Playing career[edit]

Cottam began his career with Nottingham Forest, whom he signed professional forms with in April 1968. He made his debut in the 1970–71 season when the club were in The First Division. Apart from loan spells with Mansfield Town and Lincoln City, Cottam remained at Forest until August 1976, making nearly 100 league appearances in the process.

Cottam then moved on to Chesterfield, where he played regularly for three years in Division Three. In July 1979 he moved to divisional rivals Chester for £12,500,[1] making his debut in a Football League Cup tie against Walsall the following month.[2] In his first season, he missed just one of Chester's 58 first-team games[3] and helped the Blues reach the FA Cup fifth round.[4] He remained a regular for the next two years with Trevor Storton his regular defensive partner.[3]

Ahead of the 1982–83 season, Cottam moved to Alliance Premier League side Scarborough as player–manager, taking Chester players David Burns and Brynley Jones with him.[5] His first season saw the club finish as runners–up in the Bob Lord Trophy, with the Seadogs going on to win the competition the following season.[6] However, Cottam was sacked in November 1984, shortly after an FA Cup defeat to Tow Law Town.[6]

After Playing Career[edit]

After a spell playing for Burton Albion, Cottam joined the Metropolitan Police force in July 1985, becoming a police sergeant.[6] He began playing for the Metropolitan Police in the Isthmian League.[6] He played for three years and then became coach at the start of the 1992–93 season.[6] Cottam became club manager in 1995 for two years.[7]

John now works for Chelsea Football Club in Security as their Compliance Officer.



External links[edit]


  • Sumner, Chas (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City F.C. 1885-1997. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 


  1. ^ Sumner (1997), p.94
  2. ^ Sumner (1997), p.94-95
  3. ^ a b Sumner (1997), stats section
  4. ^ "Ipswich Town v Chester in the FA Cup". Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  5. ^ Sumner (1997), p.98
  6. ^ a b c d e Player Memories, Chester City v. Scarborough matchday programme; 12/3/1994; p.24
  7. ^ "History of Metropolitan Police F.C.". Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-21.