john gorman - fact file

1976 - 1979            defender

FULL NAME :  JOHN GORMAN

Born on 16th August 1949 in Winchburgh, West Lothian, Scotland.

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A solid full back, John Gorman joined Spurs from Carlisle United and made a significant contribution to the team, but a bad knee injury ruled him out of the relegation season of 1976-77 and the promotion back to the First Division in 1978.

Gorman attended Broxburn St. Nicholas Secondary School, Winchburgh and began his football career at Uphall Saints (a Scottish juvenile team) before he went on to play for Edina Hearts, becoming captain of the side.  John played for both the junior and senior West Lothian district boy's teams and had a trial for the Scottish schoolboy side.

The defender worked as an apprentice joiner before he took up football as a profession.  He signed for Celtic as a 13 year-old schoolboy and then signed "provisional" forms two years later, before becoming a professional at 17, where he was the under-study to Tommy Gemmill.  He made only one appearance for Celtic before moving to Carlisle United in September 1970, where he had a greater chance of progressing his career and suddenly found himself in the spotlight as the Cumbrians made it to the First Division, being their Player of the Year when they got promoted in 1974.

Joined Spurs from Carlisle United in November 1976 and proved an alert and dogged defender, who made the opposing winger's task difficult by his hunched positioning to force them wide and his scampering running style that gave them little time to cross the ball.

Lived at Upshire while at Spurs and enjoyed drawing and oil painting.  Used his artistic skills to pen a series of caricatures of tem-mates and staff in the Spurs programmes of the 1977-78 season.  

Following a knee injury sustained by a tackle from Liverpool's Jimmy Case, he could not continue to face the rigours of playing top flight football and retired in 1979, but John went off to play in the Indoor Soccer League in America for the Tampa Bay Rowdies - firstly in the MLS and then in indoor football, where he continued his playing days with Phoenix Inferno in 1982 and Phoenix Pride in 1983.

Went on to have a successful management career, often linking up with his good friend Glenn Hoddle, as manager or assistant manager with Swindon Town, England, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town, Ipswich Town, Queens Park Rangers and MK Dons.  Also coached at Glenn Hoddle's academy for released Premier League youngsters in Spain.

Retired at the end of 2011-12, when at MK Dons, after 44 years in the game.
 

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Uphall Saints 1963 ?? ??  1 0
Glasgow Celtic (provisional) October 1964 ?? ??  1 0
Glasgow Celtic (professional) December 1967 ?? ??  1 0
Carlisle United September 1970 Free ??  261 5
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR November 1976 80,000 13th November 1976 v Bristol City (First Division) (home)  lost 0-1 32 0
Tampa Bay Rowdies March 1979 ?? ??  111 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies (Indoor) 1979 ?? ??  48 15
Phoenix Inferno (Indoor) 1982 ?? ??  45 7
Phoenix Pride (Indoor) 1983 ?? ??  45 9
Gillingham 1986 ?? ??  2 0
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Career Record
Glasgow Celtic
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Carlisle United
229 League appearances; 5 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
30 League appearances; 0 goals
2 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
?? Other appearances; ?? goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

 

Managerial career

Gillingham Youth Team manager 1985
Gillingham Assistant manager December 1987 November 1989
Gillingham Youth Team manager November 1988
Leyton Orient youth team manager December 1988
Swindon Town Assistant manager April 1991
Swindon Town Manager June 1993 to November 1994
Bristol City Assistant manager December 1994
England Assistant manager July 1996 to February 1999
Wycombe Wanderers coach February 1999
Ipswich Town First Team coach March to June 1999
West Bromwich Albion Assistant manager July to September 1999 (including spell as caretaker manager)
Reading coach/Assistant manager September 1999
Southampton Assistant manager January 2000
Spurs Assistant manager April 2001
Northampton Town
Queens Park Rangers
MK Dons



Honours
Scotland international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---
Player of the Year 1973-74  (Carlisle United)

Milestones
- appearance

 

 

1999

Managed Spurs veterans to win London Masters March 1999.
 

1976

Signing for Spurs was quoted as his career highlight.

Alfie Conn played in the same Edina Hearts side as Gorman for a year and succeeded him as captain.

With his wife Myra and daughter Amanda (3) and Nicholas (under 5 months), John was living in a hotel in Enfield, but was planning to move to Hertfordshire.

Spent a year as an apprentice joiner when at Celtic, something he continued at evening classes when playing for Carlisle. I was making wardrobes at the college and have even left the wood there. I paid for that wood, so I'd better go back !

Enjoys drawing and sketching and even has done some oil painting.

John likes people and is interested in them. He got 15 telegrams before his Spurs debut four from old friends in Winchburgh, one from Danny McGrain from his time at Celtic and two from ex-Carlisle colleagues Chris Balderstone and manager Bob Stokoe.
 

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What they said about John Gorman
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What John Gorman said about ...
... Tottenham Hotspur ...  27.11.1976 (THFC programme)

"This is a great club. It was always my ambition to join a top club and I now want to prove myself at First Division level. I was happy at Carlisle, but this is a different world. The facilities are incredible. They're better than (Glasgow) Celtic's.

The crowd were great to me in that first game against Bristol City. Even though the team is struggling, it gave me great encouragement."
 

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                Appearances

Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Football Combination Other
1968-1969 (Glasgow Celtic) 1 - 1 - N/A -
1969-1970 - - - - N/A -
1970-1971 - - - - N/A -
1971-1972 - - - - N/A -
1972-1973 - - - - N/A -
1973-1974 - - - - N/A -
1974-1975 - - - - N/A -
1975-1976 - - - - N/A -
1976-1977 15 1 - - - -
1977-1978 0 0 - - - -
1978-1979 15 1 - - - -
1979 (Tampa Bay Rowdies) 29 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1980 (Tampa Bay Rowdies) 28 (1 goal) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1981 (Tampa Bay Rowdies) 27 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1982 (Tampa Bay Rowdies) 27 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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