|Full name||Edward Lee Glover|
|Date of birth||24 April 1970|
|Place of birth||Kettering, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1989||→ Leicester City (loan)||5||(1)|
|1990||→ Barnsley (loan)||8||(0)|
|1991||→ Luton Town (loan)||1||(0)|
|1997||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||11||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Edward Lee Glover (born 24 April 1970) is an English-born Scottish former footballer and football manager.
A forward, he started his career with Nottingham Forest in 1987. He spent seven years at the club, and also spent time on loan at Leicester City, Barnsley, and Luton Town. He moved on to Port Vale in 1994. Two years later he signed with Rotherham United, and stayed with the "Millers" until 2000. He then played for Macclesfield Town and Mansfield Town, before moving into non-league football with Burton Albion and Corby Town. He travelled to Wembley three times: in the 1991 FA Cup and 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup finals, and was also an unused substitute at the 1992 Football League Cup Final – he picked up a runners-up medal on all three occasions.
Glover started his career with Nottingham Forest in 1987. Under the management of Brian Clough, the club were competing for the First Division title in 1987–88 and 1988–89. Glover was sent out on loan to regain fitness following an injury in the 1989–90 season. In September 1989, he joined Leicester City on loan, and scored once in five Second Division games for David Pleat's "Foxes". In January 1990, he had a spell on loan with Mel Machin's Barnsley, and made 12 goalless appearances for the "Tykes" in league and cup competitions. Forest could only post an eighth-place finish in 1990–91, but found greater success in the FA Cup. Glover played at Wembley in the 1991 FA Cup Final, in what finished as a 2–1 defeat to Terry Venables's Tottenham Hotspur.
Glover joined Luton Town on loan in September 1991, in a move that reunited him with David Pleat, but he played just the one First Division game in a brief stay at Kenilworth Road. After returning to Nottingham he scored against "Spurs" at White Hart Lane in the semi-final of the League Cup. He was an unused substitute in the final, as Forest lost 1–0 to Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. He scored just two goals in 1991–92, both times in the League Cup.
Forest were relegated out of the newly created Premier League in 1992–93. Glover scored against East Midlands rivals Leicester City in a 4–0 home win on 6 February 1994. He scored a total of six goals in the 1993–94 season, helping the club to win promotion out of the First Division with a second-place finish under new manager Frank Clark. In seven seasons at the City Ground, Glover scored 14 goals in 105 league and cup appearances.
Glover signed with First Division Port Vale in July 1994, after manager John Rudge put in an offer of £200,000, plus an extra £25,000 based on appearances. He made his debut on 14 August, in a 2–0 defeat by Swindon Town at the County Ground. He lost his first team place two months later, as Martin Foyle and Tony Naylor built an effective strike partnership. Glover scored seven goals in 1994–95. He only found the net three times in 1995–96, but played in the 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup Final, as the "Valiants" lost 5–2 to Genoa.
In August 1996, he was purchased by Danny Bergara at Second Division side Rotherham United for a club record £150,000. He was brought in to replace Shaun Goater and Nigel Jemson, but flopped badly with just one goal in 24 appearances in 1996–97. He lost his first team place to Mark Druce, and was sent out on loan to Brian Horton's Huddersfield Town, who were actually playing one level above the "Millers". He made 11 appearances for the "Terriers", without finding the net. He returned to Millmoor at the end of the season to find that Rotherham had been relegated in his absence.
Glover adapted well to the Third Division, and became the club's top-scorer with 18 goals in 42 games in 1997–98. This tally included four goals in a 5–4 home win over Hull City on 28 December. He also served as captain under new boss Ronnie Moore. He started the 1998–99 campaign strongly, hitting 12 goals in 25 games, but was out of action in the new year after struggling with injury. He featured just six times in the 1999–2000 promotion campaign, and was allowed to join Macclesfield Town on a free transfer in July 2000.
Remaining in the basement division, Glover scored 10 goals in 40 games in 2000–01. He started the 2001–02 campaign in fine form, but only added one goal to his tally in the second half of the campaign for a total of 13 goals in 49 appearances. He left Moss Rose and signed with Mansfield Town in September 2002, but ten days later joined Burton Albion under former Forest teammate Nigel Clough. After six starts in three months his contract with Burton was not renewed, and he moved on to Corby Town of the Southern League.
Despite being born in Kettering, Glover opted to declare himself for Scotland,and made three appearances for the under-21 team. In 1987 he was called up to the squad to face the Belgium under-21s in the 1988 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. He made his debut in that game as a substitute. His first start for the Scotland U21s came on 13 September 1988 against the Norway under-21s. His final international appearance came nearly a year later in a 4–1 loss to Yugoslavia on 5 September 1989.
Style of play
The Rotherham United website states that Glover was a "striker blessed with an ability to hold the ball up in the tightest of situations, he also had an eye for goals with his accurate shooting ability."
In 2003, Glover ended his playing career at Corby Town and became manager of the club. With the "Steelman" looking likely to drop into the United Counties League, a move to higher league Grantham Town turned out to be too tempting for Glover, who soon left the Northamptonshire club.
Glover spent two years as manager of Grantham Town, from 2004 to 2006. He was sacked by the "Gingerbreads" following a bad run of results, which saw the club relegated from the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League.
He later took the position of assistant-manager at King's Lynn, under Keith Webb. While Glover was at the club, Lynn were promoted to the Conference North in 2007–08. Two years later, he and Webb resigned. He later worked under Nigel Clough and Steve McClaren at Derby County, where he became Senior Professional Development Coach.
- with Nottingham Forest
- FA Cup runner-up: 1991
- Football League Cup runner-up: 1992
- Football League First Division runner-up: 1993–94
- with Port Vale
- with Rotherham United
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