John Dreyer (footballer)
|Full name||John Brian Dreyer|
|Date of birth||11 June 1963|
|Place of birth||Alnwick, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, midfielder|
|1985||→ Torquay United (loan)||5||(0)|
|1988||→ Fulham (loan)||12||(2)|
|1995||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||2||(0)|
|2013||Preston North End (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Alnwick, Northumberland, Dreyer started his career with Wallingford Town, leaving to join Oxford United in January 1985. He joined Torquay United on loan in December 1985 and made his league debut, for Torquay, on 14 December in a 1–1 draw at home to Cambridge United. He returned to Oxford on 13 January 1986, but moved on loan again on 27 March 1986, joining Fulham until the end of the season. He broke into the Oxford first team the following season, playing 60 times before a £140,000 move to Luton Town on 27 June 1988.
In six years at Kenilworth Road he played 214 games, scoring 13 times, but was released at the end of the 1993–94 season. In July 1994 he joined Stoke City, but started only two games for the Potters. He joined Bolton Wanderers in March 1995, and was part of the Trotters squad which secured promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
On 6 November 1996, he signed for Bradford City for £25,000. He scored on his debut in a 3–3 draw at Huddersfield Town. Dreyer scored a further three goals that season all in the FA Cup. They included two goals at Wycombe Wanderers and one in City's 3–2 upset of Everton.
Dreyer struggled to hold down a regular place in the side the following season but in 1998–99 he helped the Bantams to gain promotion to the Premier League including making a vital clearance in the final win of the season, 3–2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Although Dreyer made just 14 starts in City's season in the top flight, he made an equally vital contribution with the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Sunderland as Bradford stayed up by just two points.
He left the Bantams after turning down a new one-year contract as he felt he deserved a two-year deal. He joined Cambridge United in July 2000, playing a major role in keeping Cambridge in Division Two the following season. He left after one season (and one goal against Colchester in the Football League Trophy) and was linked with a return to Oxford United as player-coach in July 2001. Later that month he did join Oxford, but only on trial as a player, joining in with pre-season training and playing in a pre-season friendly. However, the Oxford board would not provide the money needed, claiming that they had no need for an extra defender, and on 4 August 2001 he signed for Conference side Stevenage Borough. In January 2002 he was linked with a move back to the Football League with Torquay United, but remained with Stevenage. He was caretaker manager of Stevenage for a spell in January 2003 alongside David Preece, winning 3 and drawing 1 of his first 4 games in charge. but left in May 2003 to seek a managerial position.
In May 2003, Dreyer became manager of Maidenhead United, guiding the team to the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy and securing promotion in the new Conference South. Dreyer leaves Maidenhead in November 2004.
In December 2006, Dreyer was named as assistant manager of Rushden & Diamonds. taking the club from 2nd bottom of the Conference to 12th in less than 3 months. On 2 May 2008, Dreyer was named assistant manager to Graham Westley at Stevenage Borough. Reaching the Conference play off Semi finals and Winning the FA Trophy in 2009. In 2010 Stevenage Win the Conference title and reach the FA Trophy final at Wembley. In 2011 Stevenage win back to back promotions beating Torquay United in the League 2 play off final at Old Trafford. Despite being well placed to achieve a third consecutive promotion Dreyer followed Westley to Preston North End in January 2012, taking up the role of assistant manager. On 14 February 2013, Dreyer was named as Caretaker Manager of Preston North End following the departure of Graham Westley. Beating Eddie Howe's top of the table Bournemouth 2-0. Preston reach the League 1 play off semi finals, where they are beaten by eventual winners Rotherham United. Preston are promoted to the Championship, beating Swindon 4-0 at Wembley in the League 1 play off final. In January 2016 Dreyer joins eventual League 2 champions Northampton Town on a short term contract as Head of recruitment.
- Sourced from John Dreyer profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Oxford United||1984–85||Second Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Torquay United (loan)||1985–86||Fourth Division||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Fulham (loan)||1985–86||Second Division||12||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||13||2|
|Luton Town||1988–89||First Division||18||1||0||0||5||0||1||0||24||1|
|Stoke City||1994–95||First Division||18||2||0||0||2||0||3||0||23||2|
|Bolton Wanderers (loan)||1994–95||First Division||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||4||0|
|Bradford City||1996–97||First Division||28||1||3||3||0||0||0||0||31||4|
|Cambridge United||2000–01||Second Division||40||0||1||0||2||0||1||1||44||1|
|Stevenage Borough||2001–02||Conference National||24||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||25||0|
- Telegraph & Argus, City doomed fears Dreyer
- Dreyer quits Bantams. BBC News (1 July 2000). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Cambridge snap up Dreyer. BBC News (14 July 2000). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- "Cambridge Utd 2-0 Colchester Utd". BBC. 5 December 2000. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Dreyer returns to Oxford. BBC News (10 July 2001). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Torquay chase Dreyer. BBC News (23 January 2002). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Dreyer leaves Boro. BBC News (14 May 2003). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Dreyer appointed boss at Maidenhead. Nonleaguedaily.com (16 May 2003). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Maidenhead United F.C. Bbc.co.uk (13 February 2008). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Dreyer quits Maidenhead. Nonleaguedaily.com (24 November 2004). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Rushden name new assistant boss. BBC News (19 December 2006). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
- Stevenage Borough Football Club[dead link]
- "Stevenage confirm Westley departure". Stevenage F.C. 13 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- "Preston North End: John Dreyer named caretaker boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 February 2013.