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Ron Greenwood

55 matches in charge

P 55 W 33 D 12 L 10 F 93: A 40
71% successful
1977-82

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Profile

Full name Ronald Greenwood CBE
Born 11 November 1921 in Worsthorne, Burnley, Lancashire [registered in Burnley, December 1921]
Childhood notes Ron spent his early days in a terraced house in Worsthorne. As the Depression hit the Greenwood family hard, they moved to Alperton in Middlesex, when Ron's father became a signwriter at Wembley Stadium. Leaving school at fourteen, Ron followed his father as an apprentice signwriter at Wembley.
Baptised 4 December 1921 at St John the Evangelist Church, Worsthorne, Lancashire. Child of Samuel Greenwood & Margaret, his father's occupation stated as Royal Irish Constabulary, living in Worsthorne. Baptised by J.A. Latham.
Married to Lucy J. Pearson [registered in Hendon, Middlesex, December 1941] Two children.
Died 9 February 2006 in Sudbury, aged 84 years 90 days [registered in Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk], following a long illness and battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Height/Weight not known

Playing Career

Centre-half who began his football life as an Chelsea FC apprentice. He was posted with the RAF in Ireland and guested for Belfast Celtic FAC in 1945. On his return from war duty, Greenwood signed for Bradford Park Avenue FC in December 1945, he would go on to make 59 league appearances over four seasons before transferring to Brentford FC in March 1949, making another 142 league appearances, scoring his only goal. He returned to Chelsea FC on 21 October 1952, played 65 league matches before transferring to Fulham FC in February 1955, completing another 42 league matches, before ending his career at close of 1955-56 season.
Football League Champions 1954-55;
Individual honours England B (one appearance).

Management Career

After retiring from playing, Greenwood took up coaching at Eastbourne United FC and Oxford University AFC. He became assistant manager of Arsenal FC in December 1957, he also managed the England Youth and Under-23 teams. He became the manager of West Ham United FC on 13 April 1961 until he became the club's general manager in July 1974, a position held for the next three years.
FA Youth Cup winner 1962-63; International Soccer League Champions 1963; American Challenge Cup runners-up 1963; FA Cup winners 1963-64; FA Charity Shield shared 1964; European Cup Winners Cup winners 1964-65;
Individual honours None

England Career

England tenure Appointed temporary manager 17 August 1977 and manager 12 December 1977; resigned following World Cup 1982 final tournament.
Other applicants Bobby Robson and Brian Clough were both favourites to land the England job in 1977.  Dave Sexton was interviewed, as was Jack Charlton and Lawrie McMenemy.  Brian Clough was the 'people's choice'.
As the vacancy had made the newspaper stands...many applied, including Jimmy Armfield, John Bond, Jimmy Bloomfield, Charles Hughes, Harry Catterick, Bertie Mee, Tony Waiters, Dennis Wishaw, and two ex-captains, Billy Wright and Bobby Moore.
First match No. 515, 7 September 1977, England 0 Switzerland 0, a friendly match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, aged 55 years 300 days.
Last match No. 569, 5 July 1982, Spain 0 England 0, a World Cup Finals second phase tournament match at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid, aged 60 years 236 days.
Major tournaments European Championship Finals 1980; World Cup Finals 1982.
Team honours British Championship winners 1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82.
Individual honours CBE 1981;
Backroom Staff Bill Taylor was his Chief Coach, with Geoff Hurst handling coaching responsibilities also. Fred Street was the physiotherapist and trainer. Dr Vernon Edwards was the team doctor. Greenwood chose an impressive list of managers and coaches to look after all the England sides. Bobby Robson and Don Howe would look after the B side. Dave Sexton and Terry Venables would look after the U21's. Brian Clough and Peter Taylor would look after the Youth side.

Beyond England

  Greenwood did not return to management following his five years as England manager. Instead, turning to punditary and analysis on BBC Radio.
Individual honours Football Writers' Association Tribute Award for outstanding contribution to the national game 1983; Professional Footballers Association Merit Award 1985; Football Association Hall of Fame 2002. English Football Hall of Fame 2006;

 

Ron Greenwood - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 24 15 6 3 39 10 +29 6 15 1.625 0.417 75.0 +12
Away 25 14 4 7 45 27 +18 3 10 1.80 1.08 64.0 +7
Neutral 6 4 2 0 9 3 +6 1 3 1.50 0.50 83.3 +4
All 55 33 12 10 93 40 +53 10 28 1.691 0.727 70.9 +23

 

Ron Greenwood - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

10 6 1 3 17 8 +9 1 5 1.70 0.80 65.0 +3
WCF 5 3 2 0 6 1 +5 2 4 1.20 0.20 80.0 +3
World Cup 15 9 3 3 23 9 +14 3 9 1.533 0.60 70.0 +6

ECP

8 7 1 0 22 5 +17 0 5 2.75 0.625 93.8 +7
ECF 3 1 1 1 3 3 =0 1 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
European Championship 11 8 2 1 25 8 +17 1 5 2.273 0.727 81.8 +7
British Championship 14 9 3 2 20 8 +12 3 9 1.429 0.571 75.0 +7
Friendly 15 7 4 4 25 15 +10 3 5 1.667 1.00 60.0 +3
All 55 33 12 10 93 40 +53 10 28 1.691 0.727 70.9 +23

 

Ron Greenwood - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1976-78 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
WCP 1980-82 8 4 1 3 13 8 +5 1 3 1.625 1.00 56.3 +1
WCP All 10 6 1 3 17 8 +9 1 5 1.70 0.80 65.0 +3
World Cup Final Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1982 5 3 2 0 6 1 +5 2 4 1.20 0.20 80.0 +3
WCF All 5 3 2 0 6 1 +5 2 4 1.20 0.20 80.0 +3
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1976-78 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 0 2 2.00 0.00 100.0 +2
WC 1980-82 13 7 3 3 19 9 +10 3 7 1.462 0.692 56.3 +4
WC All 15 9 3 3 23 9 +14 3 9 1.533 0.60 70.0 +6
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1978-80 8 7 1 0 22 5 +17 0 5 2.75 0.625 93.8 +7
ECP All 8 7 1 0 22 5 +17 0 5 2.75 0.625 93.8 +7
European Championship Final Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECF 1980 3 1 1 1 3 3 =0 1 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
ECF All 3 1 1 1 3 3 =0 1 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
European Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 1978-80 11 8 2 1 25 8 +17 1 5 2.273 0.727 81.8 +7
EC All 11 8 2 1 25 8 +17 1 5 2.273 0.727 81.8 +7
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1977-78 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 0 2 1.667 0.333 100.0 +3
BC 1978-79 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 1 2 1.667 0.333 83.3 +2
BC 1979-80 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 0 1 1.333 1.667 50.0 =0
BC 1980-81 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 2 1 0.00 0.50 25.0 -1
BC 1981-82 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 0 3 2.00 0.00 100.0 +3
BC All 14 9 3 2 20 8 +12 3 9 1.429 0.571 75.0 +7
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 15 9 3 3 23 9 +14 3 9 1.533 0.60 70.0 +6
EC 11 8 2 1 25 8 +17 1 5 2.273 0.727 81.8 +7
BC 14 9 3 2 20 8 +12 3 9 1.429 0.571 75.0 +7
Major Tournament All (excl. BC) 26 17 5 4 48 17 +31 4 14 1.846 0.654 75.0 +13
All (incl. BC) 40 26 8 6 68 25 +43 7 23 1.70 0.625 75.0 +20

 

Matches in which Ron Greenwood was in charge of England
Took temporary charge on 17 August 1977

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Friendly
1 515 7 September 1977 - England 0 Switzerland 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (42,000)
  HD
World Cup Preliminaries
2 516 12 October 1977 - Luxembourg 0 England 2 [0-1]
Stade Municipal,
Stad Lëtzebuerg (10,621/11,000)
R.Kennedy, Mariner AW
3 517 16 November 1977 - England 2 Italy 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (92,500)
Keegan, Brooking HW
Took permanent charge on 12 December 1977
Friendlies
4 518 22 February 1978 - West Germany 2 England 1 [0-1]
Olympiastadion, München (77,850/78,000)
Worm, Bonhof
Pearson
AL
5 519 19 April 1978 - England 1 Brazil 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (92,500)
Keegan
Gil
HD
British Championships
6 520 13 May 1978 - Wales 1 England 3 [0-1]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff (17,698)
Dwyer
Latchford, Currie, P.Barnes
AW
7 521 16 May 1978 - England 1 Northern Ireland 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (50,000)
Neal HW
8 522 20 May 1978 - Scotland 0 England 1 [0-0]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (88,319)
Coppell AW
Friendly
9 523 24 May 1978 - England 4 Hungary 1 [3-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (74,000)
P.Barnes, Neal (pen), T.Francis, Currie
Nagy
HW
Season 1978-79
European Championship Preliminaries
10 524 20 September 1978 - Denmark 3 England 4 [2-2]
Idrætsparken, København (47,600 to 48,000)
Simonsen (pen), Arnesen, Røntved
Keegan (2), Latchford, Neal
AW
11 525 25 October 1978 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin (48,613 to 55,000)
Daly
Latchford
AD
Friendly
12 526 29 November 1978 - England 1 Czechoslovakia 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (92,000)
Coppell HW
European Championship Preliminary
13 527 7 February 1979 - England 4 Northern Ireland 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (91,224/92,000)
Keegan, Latchford (2), Watson HW
British Championships
14 528 19 May 1979 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2 [0-2]
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast (35,000)
Watson, Coppell AW
15 529 23 May 1979 - England 0 Wales 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (70,220/74,000)
  HD
16 530 26 May 1979 - England 3 Scotland 1 [1-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (98,000/100,000)
P.Barnes, Coppell, Keegan
Wark
HW
European Championship Preliminary
17 531 6 June 1979 - Bulgaria 0 England 3 [0-1]
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija (31,322 to 55,000)
Keegan, Watson, P.Barnes AW
Friendlies
18 532 10 June 1979 - Sweden 0 England 0 [0-0]
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län (35,691)
  AD
19 533 13 June 1979 - Austria 4 England 3 [3-1]
Praterstadion, Prater, Wien (31,000/60,000)
Pezzey (2), Welzl (2)
Keegan, Coppell, Wilkins
AL
Season 1979-80
European Championship Preliminaries
20 534 12 September 1979 - England 1 Denmark 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (88,000 to 90,000)
Keegan HW
21 535 17 October 1979 - Northern Ireland 1 England 5 [0-2]
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast (17,755/25,000)
Moreland (pen)
T.Francis (2), Woodcock (2), J.Nicholl OG
AW
22 536 22 November 1979 - England 2 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (71,491 to 85,621)
Watson, Hoddle HW
23 537 6 February 1980 - England 2 Republic of Ireland 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (90,299/91,043)
Keegan (2) HW
Friendlies
24 538 26 March 1980 - Spain 0 England 2 [0-1]
Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona, Barcelona (50,000)
Woodcock, T.Francis AW
25 539 13 May 1980 - England 3 Argentina 1 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (92,000)
Johnson (2), Keegan
Passarella (pen)
HW
British Championships
26 540 17 May 1980 - Wales 4 England 1 [2-1]
Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham (24,236)
Thomas, Walsh, L.James, Thompson OG
Mariner
AL
27 541 20 May 1980 - England 1 Northern Ireland 1 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (33,676)
Brotherston OG
Cochrane
HD
28 542 24 May 1980 - Scotland 0 England 2 [0-1]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (85,000/88,000)
Brooking, Coppell AW
Friendly
29 543 31 May 1980 - Australia 1 England 2 [0-2]
Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park, Sydney (30,000/c.45,000)
Cole (pen)
Hoddle, Mariner
AW
European Championship Finals in Italy
30 544 12 June 1980 - Belgium 1 England 1 [0-1]
Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino (15,186/200)
Ceulemans
Wilkins
ND
31 545 15 June 1980 - England 0 Italy 1 [0-1]
Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino (56,649/59,649)
Tardelli AL
32 546 18 June 1980 - Spain 1 England 2 [0-1]
Stadio San Paolo, Napoli (14,440 to 15,000)
Dani (pen)
Brooking, Woodcock
NW
Season 1980-81
World Cup Preliminaries
33 547 10 September 1980 - England 4 Norway 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (48,200)
McDermott (2 (1 pen)), Woodcock, Mariner HW
34 548 15 October 1980 - Romania 2 England 1 [1-0]
Stadionul 23 August, Bucureşti (75,000/80,000)
Răducanu, Iordănescu (pen)
Woodcock
AL
35 549 19 November 1980 - England 2 Switzerland 1 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (70,000)
Tanner OG, Mariner
Pfister
HW
Friendly
36 550 25 March 1981 - England 1 Spain 2 [1-2]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (71,840)
Hoddle
Satrústegui, Zamora
HL
World Cup Preliminary
37 551 29 April 1981 - England 0 Romania 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (62,500)
  HD
Friendly
38 552 12 May 1981 - England 0 Brazil 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (75,000)
Zico HL
British Championships
39 553 20 May 1981 - England 0 Wales 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (34,280)
  HD
40 554 23 May 1981 - England 0 Scotland 1 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (90,000)
Robertson (pen) HL
World Cup Preliminaries/England Summer Tour
41 555 30 May 1981 - Switzerland 2 England 1 [2-0]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel (40,000)
Scheiwiler, Sulser
McDermott
AL
42 556 6 June 1981 - Hungary 1 England 3 [1-1]
Népstadion, Budapest (62,000 to 70,000)
Garaba
Brooking (2), Keegan (pen)
AW
Season 1981-82
World Cup Preliminaries
43 557 9 September 1981 - Norway 2 England 1 [2-1]
Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo (28,000/500)
Albertsen, Thoresen
Robson
AL
44 558 18 November 1981 - England 1 Hungary 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (92,000)
Mariner HW
British Championships
45 559 23 February 1982 - England 4 Northern Ireland 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (54,900)
Robson, Keegan, Wilkins, Hoddle HW
46 560 27 April 1982 - Wales 0 England 1 [0-0]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff (23,927)
T.Francis AW
Friendly
47 561 25 May 1982 - England 2 Netherlands 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (69,000)
Woodcock, Mariner HW
British Championship
48 562 29 May 1982 - Scotland 0 England 1 [0-1]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (80,529)
Mariner AW
Scandanavian Tour
49 563 2 June 1982 - Iceland 1 England 1 [1-0]
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík (11,110)
Gudjohnsen
Goddard
AD
50 564 3 June 1982 - Finland 1 England 4 [0-2]
Olympiastadion, Helsinki (21,421)
Haaskivi (pen)
Mariner (2), Robson (2)
AW
World Cup Finals in Spain
51 565 16 June 1982 - England 3 France 1 [1-1]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao (44,172)
Robson (2), Mariner
Soler
NW
52 566 20 June 1982 - England 2 Czechoslovakia 0 [0-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao (38,000/44,182)
T.Francis, Barmoš OG NW
53 567 25 June 1982 - England 1 Kuwait 0 [0-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao (31,000/39,700)
T.Francis NW
54 568 29 June 1982 - West Germany 0 England 0 [0-0]
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid (75,000)
  ND
55 569 5 July 1982 - Spain 0 England 0 [0-0]
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid (65,000)
  AD
Resignation effective 5 July 1982

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