John MacPhail

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John MacPhail
Personal information
Full name John MacPhail
Date of birth (1955-12-07) 7 December 1955 (age 61)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1979 Dundee 68 (0)
1978–1983 Sheffield United 135 (7)
1983–1986 York City 142 (24)
1986–1987 Bristol City 26 (1)
1987–1990 Sunderland 130 (22)
1990–1994 Hartlepool United 163 (4)
Total 664 (58)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Hartlepool United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John MacPhail (born 7 December 1955) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a defender.


Born in Dundee, Scotland, MacPhail started out at St Columba BC [1] before moving to Dundee. From Dundee MacPhail journeyed south to Sheffield United. MacPhail won the York City Clubman of the Year award two seasons running, winning the 1983–84 and 1984–85 awards.[2] MacPhail left York for Bristol City in July 1986. A year later he was re-united with former boss, Denis Smith at Sunderland. [3] He captained Sunderland to 2 promotions as they returned to First Division in 1990. His only top flight appearance was on the opening day of the 1990/1 season.[4] He left Sunderland for Hartlepool United, initially as a player. He was appointed player/manager of Hartlepool on 24 November 1993 and was sacked on 9 September 1994.[5]


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  2. ^ "Former Clubman Of The Year Award Winners". York City F.C. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Batters, Dave (2008). York City: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. p. 187. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  4. ^ John MacPhail’s Sunderland career
  5. ^ John MacPhail career at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database

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