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.
Gillingham Youth Team manager 1985
Managed Spurs veterans to win London Masters March 1999.
Signing for Spurs was quoted as his career
|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.
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|Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||UEFA Cup||Football Combination||Other|
|1968-1969 (Glasgow Celtic)||1||-||1||-||N/A||-|
|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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