Vic Halom

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Vic Halom
Personal information
Full name Vic Halom
Date of birth (1948-10-03) 3 October 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1967 Charlton Athletic 12 (0)
1967–1968 Leyton Orient 53 (12)
1968–1971 Fulham 72 (22)
1971–1973 Luton Town 59 (17)
1973–1976 Sunderland 113 (35)
1976–1980 Oldham Athletic 123 (43)
1980–1981 Rotherham United 20 (2)
Total 452 (131 )
Teams managed
1984–1986 Rochdale
1988 Burton Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Victor Lewis "Vic" Halom (born 3 October 1948 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England) is a former footballer


Playing career[edit]

Halom featured as a player most prominently for Sunderland and Oldham Athletic. He played as centre forward in the Sunderland team that won the FA Cup in 1973. Having only joined the club 3 months earlier, he scored important goals in the fifth round replay against Manchester City and the semi-final against Arsenal.

Coaching career[edit]

Halom moved into management in the early 1980s managing Bergsøy in Norway. He later achieved great success with Barrow taking them back into the Vauxhall Conference in 1983–84. This led to him being appointed Rochdale manager at the end of the season. Halom began with a mass clear out, many of the incomers being ex-Oldham players. The side struggled to gel at first but things markedly improved when the under-performing record signing Les Lawrence was sold and replaced by proven goalscorer Steve Taylor late in 1984. For the next calendar year Rochdale showed promotion-winning form and earned a third round FA Cup tie with Manchester United.[citation needed]

Immediately after that the team went into steep decline not helped by the disastrous signing of David Mossman who moved on at a loss after less than ten games At the end of the season despite Rochdale having escaped re-election by one point Halom was retained but told by chairman Tommy Cannon to try to sell those players under expensive contracts. This seriously weakened the side and after Taylor was sold in October 1986 the club had sunk to bottom of the League by December. Halom was sacked and after being disillusioned with the politics in football never managed a League club again.[citation needed]

In 1992, he stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Sunderland in the 1992 General Election but finished third.[1]


  1. ^ "Weekly Howl 30-04-10". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 

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