John McGovern (footballer)

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John McGovern
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Personal information
Full name John Prescott McGovern
Date of birth (1949-10-28) 28 October 1949 (age 66)
Place of birth Montrose, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1968 Hartlepools United 72 (5)
1968–1974 Derby County 190 (16)
1974–1975 Leeds United 4 (0)
1975–1982 Nottingham Forest 253 (6)
1982–1984 Bolton Wanderers 16 (0)
National team
1972–1973 Scotland under-23 2 (0)
Teams managed
1982–1984 Bolton Wanderers
1990 Chorley
1994–1996 Rotherham United
1997–1998 Woking
2000–2001 Ilkeston Town

* 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,[1] 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.

Early career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Leeds and Forest[edit]

He moved to Leeds United in August 1974, and in January 1975 moved to Second Division side Nottingham Forest, who he captained to two European Cups.[4]

Later career[edit]

McGovern joined Bolton Wanderers as player-manager in July 1982, and remained there until January 1985.[5] He made a total of 16 League appearances for Bolton before moving to Horwich RMI.[6]

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.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

[8]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hartlepools United 1965–66 Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1966–67 Fourth Division 33 1 1 0 0 0 34 1
1967–68 Fourth Division 33 4 1 0 1 0 35 4
1968–69 Third Division 5 0 0 0 1 2 6 2
Total 72 5 2 0 2 2 76 7
Derby County 1968–69 Second Division 18 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
1969–70 First Division 33 4 4 0 6 0 43 0
1970–71 First Division 34 6 3 0 2 1 3 1 42 8
1971–72 First Division 40 3 5 0 1 0 5 1 51 4
1972–73 First Division 39 1 5 0 3 1 8 1 0 0 55 3
1973–74 First Division 26 2 0 0 3 0 29 2
Total 190 16 18 0 15 2 8 1 8 2 239 21
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
1975–76 Second Division 41 0 2 0 4 1 47 1
1976–77 Second Division 39 0 3 0 2 0 7 0 51 0
1977–78 First Division 31 4 4 0 7 0 42 4
1978–79 First Division 36 0 3 1 7 2 8 1 1 0 55 4
1979–80 First Division 41 2 2 0 8 0 9 0 1 0 61 2
1980–81 First Division 27 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 36 0
1981–82 First Division 30 0 1 0 3 0 34 0
Total 253 6 18 1 33 3 19 1 11 0 334 11
Bolton Wanderers 1982–83 Second Division 14 0 0 0 4 1 18 1
1983–84 Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 16 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 20 1
Career total 535 27 38 1 54 8 27 2 19 2 674 40
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield, Anglo-Scottish Cup, Football League Trophy, Watney Cup, Texaco Cup, European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

As a manager[edit]

[8]

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
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
Total 223 78 59 86 35.0

Honours[edit]

Derby County
Nottingham Forest

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John McGovern". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Mike Cockayne. "John McGOVERN – Derby County FC – (Part 1) 1968–71". John McGovern: Derby County FC. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 16 November 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ Mike Cockayne. "John McGOVERN – Derby County FC – (Part 2) 1971–74". John McGovern: Derby County FC. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 16 November 2012. [dead link]
  4. ^ "John McGovern: Nottingham Forest FC". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "McGovern: John Prescott (John)". Leeds United Player Profiles. Tony Hill. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  7. ^ "Ilkeston Town FC managers". ilsonfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b John McGovern profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Anglo-Scottish Cup: 1976/77". This is one of our Trophy cabinets. Forest forays. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "European Super Cup: 1979/80". Footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 

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