Kenny Wharton

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Kenny Wharton
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Wharton[1]
Date of birth (1960-11-28) 28 November 1960 (age 56)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Playing position Left-back/midfielder
Youth career
1975–1978 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1989 Newcastle United 290 (26)
1989–1990 Carlisle United 1 (0)
1989–1990 Bradford City 5 (0)
1989–1990 Berwick Rangers 2 (1)
Total 298 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenny Wharton (born 28 November 1960 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English former professional footballer, who was most recently academy coach for Newcastle United.

Playing career[edit]

Wharton left school at 15 and captained Newcastle Schoolboys before joining his hometown club Newcastle United on a part-time basis in 1978, turning professional a year later when Bill McGarry was in charge. Wharton went on to make 290 league appearances—335 in all competitions—and also scored 26 goals.[2]

In 1989, he was transferred to Carlisle United. He also played five times for Bradford City before ending his playing career with Berwick Rangers.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1989, a knee injury cut short his playing career and Wharton worked for a short period in the Probation Service before getting the opportunity to get back into football with St Johnstone, working under John McClelland.

Middlesbrough then offered Wharton a part-time job as coach to their first team, this later became full-time and he graduated to their under 19s, working very successfully with a number of players who later were to progress to the first team.

Wharton returned to Newcastle in 1999 and worked in tandem with former academy director Alan Irvine. In 2002, Wharton was promoted from assistant academy director to academy director, taking over from Alan Irvine who left to join Everton as assistant manager to David Moyes.

In October 2004, following restructuring of the academy personnel, John Carver took over as academy director and Wharton assumed the role of academy coach. During the 2003–04 season, Wharton also joined the reserve team coaching staff. In May 2010 Wharton was released from Newcastle Utd. In October 2010 Kenny was named Director of Coaching at Halifax City S.C. in Nova Scotia, Canada.


  1. ^ "Kenny Wharton". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Reserves/Academy: Kenny Wharton". Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  3. ^ "KENNY WHARTON". Retrieved 2008-07-29.