John McGovern (footballer)
|Full name||John Prescott McGovern|
|Date of birth||28 October 1949|
|Place of birth||Montrose, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
John Prescott McGovern (born 28 October 1949 in Montrose) is a Scottish former association football player and manager. McGovern is most famous for captaining the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup twice, under the management of Brian Clough.
At the age of 19 he became the youngest player to play in all four divisions of the Football League and during his playing career he won promotion with Hartlepools United, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. He also won two Scottish under-23 caps, and was to go on a play over 500 league games during his career. He forged a long-lasting relationship with manager, Brian Clough, and assistant-manager, Peter Taylor, at Hartlepool United, Derby County, Leeds and Nottingham Forest.
McGovern transferred from Hartlepools United to Derby County for a fee of £7500 in September 1968, and by January 1969 had established himself in the Derby side that was to win promotion to the First Division.
In 1971–72 Derby won the First Division title, and McGovern played in virtually all of their matches. His final match for Derby came in February 1974.
Leeds and Forest
He was later assistant manager of Chorley and Plymouth Argyle before being appointed joint manager of Rotherham United alongside Archie Gemmill in 1994. He left Rotherham two years later and was subsequently hired as manager of Woking and had a spell as assistant at Hull City before joining Ilkeston Town to replace Keith Alexander as manager in November 2000. He was sacked by the club in March of the following year after an eight-game winless run.
As a player
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[A]||Total|
|Hartlepools United||1965–66||Fourth Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||1||0|
|Derby County||1968–69||Second Division||18||0||1||0||0||0||—||—||19||0|
|Leeds United||1974–75||First Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Nottingham Forest||1974–75||Second Division||8||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||8||0|
|Bolton Wanderers||1982–83||Second Division||14||0||0||0||4||1||—||—||18||1|
As a manager
|Bolton Wanderers||1 June 1982||7 January 1985||129||42||28||59||32.6|
|Rotherham United||14 September 1994||31 July 1996||94||36||31||27||38.3|
- Derby County
- Nottingham Forest
- First Division: 1977–78
- League Cup: 1977-78, 1978-79
- Anglo-Scottish Cup: 1976-77 
- FA Charity Shield: 1978
- European Cup: 1978-79, 1979-80
- European Super Cup: 1979
- "John McGovern". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- Mike Cockayne. "John McGOVERN – Derby County FC – (Part 1) 1968–71". John McGovern: Derby County FC. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 16 November 2012.[dead link]
- Mike Cockayne. "John McGOVERN – Derby County FC – (Part 2) 1971–74". John McGovern: Derby County FC. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 16 November 2012.[dead link]
- "John McGovern: Nottingham Forest FC". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- "McGovern: John Prescott (John)". Leeds United Player Profiles. Tony Hill. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
- "Ilkeston Town FC managers". ilsonfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- John McGovern profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- "Anglo-Scottish Cup: 1976/77". This is one of our Trophy cabinets. Forest forays. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- "European Super Cup: 1979/80". Footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2011.