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Alec Stock (30 March 1917 - 16 April 2001) was an English footballer and manager.

Alec Stock was born in Peasedown St John and played as an inside-forward for Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton Athletic and QPR before the Second World War and guested for several other clubs during the hostilities. He joined Yeovil Town in 1946.

He came to prominence as the player/manager of Yeovil Town during a historic F.A.Cup run in 1949. They had thrilling victories over Bury and Sunderland, before losing to Manchester United in the fifth round. He later managed Leyton Orient (1949-1959), AS Roma, QPR (1959-1965) (general manager 1965-1968), Luton Town (1968-1972), Fulham (1972-1976) and AFC Bournemouth (1979-1980). He was also the assistant manager of Arsenal for 53 days during the 1955/1956 season and was a director of QPR (1977-1979). He was asked to manage the Third Division South team against the North in 1955/56.

It was perhaps Alec's time as manager of Queens Park Rangers where he is most fondly remembered. It was during his spell in the 1960s that coincided with the development of the club with chairman Jim Gregory. The team enjoyed unprecedented success in 1967 and 1968 winning consecutive promotions with the club reaching the First Division for the first time and becoming the first Third Division team to win the Football League Cup in 1967 beating then First Division West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in a come from behind win. Stock had a focus on youth bringing many of the team through the clubs youth system (including Frank Sibley, Tony Hazell, Roger Morgan, Ian Morgan and Mick Leach) as well as blending characters such as Rodney Marsh and Mark Lazarus into the set up.

With internal pressures mounting in the club following the 1967/68 season however, Stock was absent for 3 months, suffering from asthma.[1] In his book 'A Little Thing Called Pride' Stock tells how Jim Gregory sacked him in 1968 for being ill, just as he thought he was about to return to the helm and save Rangers from relegation.[2] He later had success with Luton Town who he helped to promotion from the Third Division and also with Fulham when he led them to the 1975 FA Cup Final.

References

  1. ^ Glanville, Brian. "Alec Stock Obituary". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2001/apr/18/guardianobituaries.football. Retrieved 2009-08-22.  
  2. ^ "Alec Stock R.I.P.". Queens Park Rangers FC. http://www.queensparkrangersfc.com/stock.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-22.  

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