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Alan Buckley
Personal information
Full name Alan Peter Buckley
Date of birth 20 April 1951 (1951-04-20) (age 58)
Place of birth    Mansfield, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Nottingham Forest
Birmingham City
018 00(1)
241 (125)
028 00(8)
178 0(49)   
Teams managed
Walsall (caretaker)
Walsall (joint with Neil Martin)
Kettering Town
Grimsby Town
West Bromwich Albion
Grimsby Town
Lincoln City
Grimsby Town

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alan Peter Buckley (born 20 April 1951 in Mansfield, England) is an English football manager. He was manager of League Two side Grimsby Town until his dismissal in September 2008. Buckley was formerly a professional footballer, most notably as a striker for Walsall F.C.

Buckley is one of only 14 managers to have reached 1,000 matches in charge of a league club, however the only one of the 14 never to have managed a team in the Premiership or its predecessor, the First Division.

He is the older brother of former Borrowash Victoria, Burton Albion, Luton Town and Derby County full-back, Steve Buckley, and the father of former Grimsby Town and Lincoln City midfielder Adam Buckley. His other son Simon also had a brief stint with Grimsby.


Football career

Buckley began his career with Nottingham Forest, but was transferred to Walsall in 1973 having never managed to win a regular place in the first team. He became a prolific striker at Fellows Park, before he was transferred briefly to Birmingham City in October 1978. He returned to Walsall as their record signing (£175,000) in June 1979. He began his managerial career with 'The Saddlers', initially as player/manager and briefly as co-manager with Neil Martin. This was an era that became a hallmark for some of the most attractive football seen in Walsall and the side gradually established itself as promotion contenders. Buckley also gained something of a reputation as a giant killer during his time in the Black Country, scoring against Manchester United as a player during an FA Cup upset in January 1975, and leading his Walsall side as a manager to victories against the likes of Arsenal, and a draw at Anfield during a League Cup run which took them to the semi-finals, just '90 Minutes From Europe'. He was sacked in August 1986, as enigmatic millionaire Terry Ramsden bought the club, installing his own managerial team.

Later as a manager, after a spell with non-league Kettering Town, he guided Grimsby Town to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1990 and they reached the Second Division a year later - where they spent all but one of the next 12 seasons. In his first two spells at the club, Buckley's Grimsby sides were renown for their attractive passing game and mounted periodic challenges for the play-offs. Buckley remained at Blundell Park until the autumn of 1994 when he joined Grimsby's Division One rivals West Bromwich Albion. His spell at the Hawthorns lasted two-and-a-half years before he was sacked for failing to get Albion anywhere near a promotion challenge.

A few months after being sacked by Albion, Buckley returned to Grimsby in summer 1997 for his second spell as manager. Town had just been relegated to Division Two, but he took them back to Division One at the first time of asking with two Wembley visits in 1998. Buckley remained in charge for two full seasons after that, but was dismissed after just two games of 2000–01. A couple of brief, short-lived spells in Division Three followed - first with Lincoln City, arriving at Sincil Bank in January 2001.[1] Buckley left the Imps in April 2002, with the club stating that financial reasons were behind his departure.[2] He then took charge of Rochdale in June 2003,[3] but left by mutual consent in December of the same year after failing to revive the club's fortunes.[4] On 9 November 2006 Buckley was appointed manager of Grimsby for a third time.[5]

In his first season back with Grimsby, a mid-table finish was considered a creditable achievement after relegation from the Football League had looked a distinct possibility. In 2007–08, Grimsby made a slow start but soon picked up. A good run in the Football League Trophy saw The Mariners travel to the new Wembley 10 years after their first visit. However this time Grimsby lost 2-0 to MK Dons. League form suffered terribly afterwards, the season ending with eight straight defeats. After gaining just two points from the opening six games of the 2008–09 season, Buckley was again dismissed as manager.[6] In his three stints as Grimsby Town manager—spanning, in total, over 10 years—the club was never relegated.

Honours as a player



  • All time scoring record: 202 goals in all major competitions
  • Most expensive signing: £175,000 from Birmingham City in June 1979

Honours as a manager

Kettering Town

  • GMAC Cup winner: 1987

Grimsby Town

Managerial stats

As of 24 May 2007.

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Walsall England 27 June 1979 1 July 1981 93 36 24 33 38.70
Walsall England 1 July 1981 1 January 1982 18 9 4 5 50.00
Walsall England 1 July 1982 1 August 1986 201 87 66 48 43.28
Grimsby Town England 6 June 1988 20 October 1994 327 130 109 88 39.75
West Bromwich Albion England 20 October 1994 22 January 1997 118 39 45 34 33.05
Grimsby Town England 21 May 1997 22 August 2000 175 67 63 45 38.28
Lincoln City England 28 February 2001 25 April 2002 69 16 29 24 23.18
Rochdale England 1 June 2003 30 December 2003 28 8 15 5 28.57
Grimsby Town England 9 November 2006 15 September 2008 97 33 41 23 34.02


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