Russ Wilcox

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Russ Wilcox
Russ Wilcox adjusting superbly to his new role as Manager- 2014-02-23 12-28.jpg
Wilcox as Scunthorpe United manager in 2014
Personal information
Full name Russell Wilcox[1]
Date of birth (1964-03-25) 25 March 1964 (age 53)[1]
Place of birth Hemsworth, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Doncaster Rovers 1 (0)
1981–1982 Cambridge United 0 (0)
1982–1986 Frickley Athletic 129 (19)
1986–1990 Northampton Town 138 (9)
1990–1993 Hull City 100 (7)
1993–1995 Doncaster Rovers 81 (6)
1995–1997 Preston North End 62 (1)
1997–2003 Scunthorpe United 118 (4)
Total 629 (46)
National team
1986 England semi-pro 2 (1)
Teams managed
2004 Scunthorpe United (caretaker)
2013–2014 Scunthorpe United
2014–2015 York City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Russell "Russ" Wilcox (born 25 March 1964) is an English former professional footballer who was most recently manager of League Two club York City.

Wilcox played as a defender between 1980 and 2003 and spent the final six years of his career with Scunthorpe United which is where he began working under Brian Laws. Wilcox would act as Laws' assistant at Glanford Park from 2003 to 2006 before following him on to further jobs at Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley. The pair returned to Scunthorpe in 2012 and in November 2013 Wilcox succeeded Laws as manager of the club, taking Scunthorpe to promotion. A poor start to the following year's campaign saw Wilcox sacked from Scunthorpe and he was then recruited by York City. Another poor start to a season saw Wilcox sacked by York City in October 2015.

Club career[edit]

Wilcox was born in Hemsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire.[1] He started his career with Doncaster Rovers as an apprentice, and made his first team debut aged 17 when starting the last match of their 1980–81 Fourth Division promotion winning season, a 1–1 away draw with Mansfield Town on 6 May 1981.[2][3] His progress the following season was disrupted through injury, and he left for a brief spell with Cambridge United of the Second Division.[2] Wilcox dropped into non-League football to play for Alliance Premier League club Frickley Athletic during 1982–83.[4]

He returned to the professional game when he joined Fourth Division club Northampton Town for a £15,000 fee on 30 June 1986.[1] He later played for Hull City, Preston North End and Scunthorpe United.[citation needed] He played the majority of his career at Scunthorpe, where he was signed by Brian Laws in 1997.[citation needed] He eventually became player-assistant manager to Laws in 1999 after the win at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final against Leyton Orient.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Wilcox earned two caps and scored one goal for the England national semi-pro team, in matches against the Republic of Ireland and Wales in 1986.[5]

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

Wilcox as York City manager in 2015

When Brian Laws was sacked in 2004, Wilcox took temporary control of the Glanford Park club for four games, until Laws was reinstated.[citation needed] When Laws returned to the club, Wilcox reverted to his original role of assistant manager.[citation needed] In 2006, Laws left Scunthorpe when he was appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday, Wilcox shortly followed him to take up the assistant manager's role at Hillsborough Stadium.[citation needed]

On 13 January 2010, he joined Premier League club Burnley as assistant manager, yet again moving to work under Brian Laws.[citation needed] He left Burnley in December 2010.[6]

On 30 November 2011 at a fans forum, Wilcox was named as the new assistant manager of League One outfit Bournemouth, working alongside manager Lee Bradbury.[citation needed] On 30 October 2012 he and Laws returned to manage League One side Scunthorpe United replacing former manager Alan Knill who was sacked following a string of poor results and poor performances.[citation needed] This will be the third time he and Brian Laws have worked together at Scunthorpe.[citation needed] Laws was dismissed on 20 November 2013 with Wilcox taking over on a caretaker basis.[citation needed] On 24 December 2013 Wilcox was confirmed as permanent manager of the club on a 12-month rolling contract.[7]

On 12 April 2014, Wilcox broke the record for the longest unbeaten run at the beginning of a managerial reign, with a draw against Bury being his 26th game in charge without defeat.[8] In total, Wilcox managed 28 consecutive games without defeat, with his first loss coming in the penultimate game of the season on 26 April 2014 away to Exeter City. Results elsewhere meant that Scunthorpe secured promotion on that day regardless.[9] Scunthorpe won just two of their first eleven matches back in League One, which resulted in Wilcox being sacked on 8 October 2014.[10]

A week after leaving Scunthorpe Wilcox was appointed as the new manager of League Two club York City on 15 October 2014, following the resignation of Nigel Worthington.[11] He was sacked on 26 October 2015, with York fourth-bottom of the table after a run of nine league matches without a win.[12]

Personal life[edit]

His son Joe Wilcox, born 1989, is a former professional footballer,[13] who was a trainee at Scunthorpe United before playing in non-League football.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Wilcox as York City manager in 2015
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Doncaster Rovers 1980–81[3] Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Frickley Athletic 1982–83[4] Alliance Premier League 17 0 17 0
1983–84[4] Alliance Premier League 36 6 36 6
1984–85[4] Alliance Premier League 36 1 36 1
1985–86[4] Alliance Premier League 40 12 40 12
Total 129 19 129 19
Northampton Town 1986–87[15] Fourth Division 35 1 3 0 0 0 3[a] 0 41 1
1987–88[16] Third Division 46 4 2 0 4 0 2[a] 0 54 4
1988–89[17] Third Division 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
1989–90[18] Third Division 46 3 5 0 2 0 3[a] 1 56 4
Total 138 9 10 0 6 0 8 1 162 10
Hull City 1990–91[19] Second Division 31 1 0 0 2 0 1[b] 0 34 1
1991–92[20] Third Division 40 4 3 1 3 0 2[a] 0 48 5
1992–93[21] Second Division 29 2 2 0 0 0 3[c] 0 34 2
Total 100 7 5 1 5 0 6 0 116 8
Doncaster Rovers 1993–94[22] Third Division 40 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 44 3
1994–95[23] Third Division 37 4 1 0 1 0 3[c] 0 42 4
1995–96[24] Third Division 4 0 2 1 6 1
Total 81 6 3 0 5 2 3 0 92 8
Preston North End 1995–96[25] Third Division 27 1 1 1 1[c] 0 29 2
1996–97[26] Second Division 35 0 2 0 4 0 1[c] 0 42 0
Total 62 1 3 1 4 0 2 0 71 2
Scunthorpe United 1997–98[27] Third Division 31 2 4 2 3 0 3[c] 0 41 4
1998–99[28] Third Division 28 1 2 0 2 0 3[d] 0 35 1
1999–2000[29] Second Division 14 0 0 0 1 0 2[c] 0 17 0
2000–01[30] Third Division 36 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 43 1
2001–02[31] Third Division 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
2002–03[32] Third Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 118 4 11 2 9 0 8 0 146 6
Career total 629 46 32 4 29 2 27 1 717 53
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in Associate Members Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Full Members Cup
  3. ^ a b c d e f Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in Third Division play-offs

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 26 October 2015
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Scunthorpe United (caretaker) 25 March 2004 15 April 2004 4 0 2 2 00.0 [33][34]
Scunthorpe United 20 November 2013 8 October 2014 45 18 16 11 40.0 [33]
York City 15 October 2014 26 October 2015 54 13 20 21 24.1 [33]
Total 103 31 38 34 30.1

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Northampton Town

Preston North End

Scunthorpe United

As a manager[edit]

Scunthorpe United

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Sumpter, Chris (26 March 2014). "Russ Wilcox pours praise on Scunthorpe United players as 'crazy' run continues at Cheltenham Town – and equals Football League record". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Pilnick, Brent (26 April 2014). "Exeter 2–0 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Scunthorpe United sack manager Russ Wilcox". BBC Sport. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Flett, Dave (15 October 2014). "York City appoint former Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox as their new manager". The Press. York. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Flett, Dave (26 October 2015). "York City sack manager Russ Wilcox". The Press. York. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Joe Wilcox". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Wilcox signs new deal". Corby Town F.C. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
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  27. ^ "Games played by Russ Wilcox in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Russ Wilcox in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Russ Wilcox in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
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  32. ^ "Games played by Russ Wilcox in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  33. ^ a b c "Managers: Russ Wilcox". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
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  35. ^ "R. Wilcox". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 

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