John Dempster (footballer)

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John Dempster
John Dempster 1.jpg
Dempster playing for Mansfield Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name John Dempster[1]
Date of birth (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Kettering, England
Playing position Centre back[1]
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Rushden & Diamonds 66 (4)
2006–2007 Oxford United 23 (0)
2007–2011 Kettering Town 183 (21)
2011–2012 Crawley Town 17 (2)
2011Kettering Town (loan) 3 (0)
2011–2012Mansfield Town (loan) 12 (3)
2012–2015 Mansfield Town 69 (2)
2012Tamworth (loan) 6 (1)
Total 379 (33)
National team
2004 Scotland U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2019– Mansfield Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Dempster (born 1 April 1983) is a professional football manager and former player who played as a centre back. He is the manager of League Two club Mansfield Town.

Club career[edit]

Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire,[1] Dempster began his career playing in the Football League for Rushden & Diamonds.[2]

Oxford United[edit]

In 2006 Dempster signed for Oxford United during the January transfer window.

Kettering Town[edit]

From 2007 he has been playing for Kettering Town, where he captained the side to promotion to the Conference Premier, and was awarded Players' Player and Supporters' player.

Crawley Town[edit]

Following a string of impressive performances for Kettering Town, Dempster was signed by Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee in the 2011 transfer window, in the middle of their promotion-winning season that saw Crawley elevated to the Football League.

Mansfield Town[edit]

In May 2012, Dempster was released by Crawley after being deemed surplus to requirements[3] following a handful of League 2 appearances that year and a loan spell at Conference Premier club Mansfield Town. He signed for Mansfield permanently for the 2012/13 season. After an injury and a spell on loan at Tamworth, Dempster established himself as a regular in the side that went on to win the Conference Premier on the last day of the season. Dempster signed a new contract at The Stags for 2013/14, making a return to the Football League. He captained the team in the absence of Adam Murray.

International career[edit]

Dempster is a former Scotland under-21 international, and has also represented Scotland at under-20 level.[4][5][6] He is eligible to play for Scotland because his father is from Ayrshire.

He was also selected for Paul Fairclough's England National XI side back in 2006.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

Dempster accepted the position of academy manager at Mansfield at the end of the 2014–15 season.[7] On the resignation of club manager Steve Evans in February 2018, Dempster assumed the role of caretaker manager,[8] until new manager David Flitcroft was confirmed 1 March 2018.[9]

Dempster was promoted to the position of Mansfield Town manager when Flitcroft's contract was terminated 14 May 2019.[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 August 2019[11]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Mansfield Town 14 May 2019 Present 3 0 3 0 000.0
Total 3 0 3 0 000.0


Rushden & Diamonds

Kettering Town

Crawley Town

Mansfield Town


  1. ^ a b c d "John Dempster". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "John Dempster". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Mills among Crawley casualties". Sky Sports. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  4. ^ Fisher, Stewart (1 February 2004). "Rushden gem hopes to prove worth" (reprint). Sunday Herald. FindArticles. Retrieved 6 August 2009.[permanent dead link].
  5. ^ "Scotland Under-21 Squad". Scottish Football Association. 12 February 2004. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  6. ^ Halliday, Stephen (19 February 2004). "Bonhof rings changes, and young Scots fall apart". The Scotsman. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Retained list confirmed". Mansfield Town. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Club Statement". Mansfield Town FC. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  9. ^ David Flitcroft Announced As New Mansfield Town Manager Mansfield 103.2 FM, local commercial radio station, 1 March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  10. ^ "Club statement". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Managers: John Dempster". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  12. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2003). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2003–2004. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 47, 328–329. ISBN 978-0-7553-1228-3.
  13. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2011). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2011–2012. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 636, 648–649. ISBN 978-0-7553-6231-8.
  14. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2013). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2013–2014. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 652–653. ISBN 978-0-7553-6413-8.

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