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Bill Dearden
Personal information
Full name William Dearden
Date of birth 11 February 1944 (1944-02-11) (age 65)
Place of birth    Oldham, England
Playing position Striker (retired)
Club information
Current club Blackpool (chief scout)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Oldham Athletic
Crewe Alexandra
Chester City
Sheffield United
Chester City
034 0(2)
047 0(7)
085 (22)
175 (61)
036 0(7)
027 0(2)   
Teams managed
Port Vale (caretaker)
Mansfield Town
Notts County
Mansfield Town

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

William (Bill) Dearden (born 11 February 1944 in Oldham, Lancashire, England) is an English football manager, most recently at Mansfield Town before his departure on 8 March, 2008. Dearden also managed the Stags between 1999 and 2002, and was named Mansfield manager for the second time on 28 December 2006.[1] He has also managed Notts County, and had a four-day spell as joint caretaker manager of Port Vale in 1999.


Playing career

As a player, Dearden was a striker with hometown club Oldham Athletic, as well as Crewe Alexandra, two spells with Chester City, Sheffield United and Chesterfield. His most successful spell as a player was arguably his six years at Sheffield United, where he scored 61 goals in 175 league appearances.[2]

Dearden began in the junior teams at Oldham Athletic and made his league debut for the Latics in the 1964-65 season. In 1966, he moved to Crewe Alexandra and two years later he was on the move again to Chester City. His performances in the lower divisions prompted Sheffield United to invest £10,000 in his transfer in 1970. In season 1971-72, he was the Blades leading scorer with 18 goals, and topped the scoring list again a year later with 23. He then moved to a midfield role in the team and, after losing his place in 1975, he returned to Chester City. In 1977, he was transferred to Chesterfield where he completed his playing days.

Managerial & coaching career

His coaching career began in the late 1970s when he was player-coach at Chesterfield. He joined Mansfield's coaching staff in 1983.

Dearden spent eleven years at Mansfield, first as youth-team coach, and later first-team coach. In 1994, he took up a similar position at Port Vale,[3] and was briefly the club's caretaker manager following John Rudge's 1999 dismissal. He subsequently left Port Vale when Brian Horton was named manager. He returned to Mansfield later the same year when he was named caretaker manager and later full-time manager, following Steve Parkin's departure.

During his three-year stay as Mansfield manager, he brought up several talented youngsters from the youth team, including Liam Lawrence, Bobby Hassell and Lee Williamson, and signed key players such as Chris Greenacre and Wayne Corden, guiding the Stags to the verge of promotion. However, he left the club midway through the 2001/02 promotion season to take control of local rivals Notts County. It is rumoured that his departure came as a result of a dispute with Mansfield chairman Keith Haslam.

Dearden joined Notts County on January 7, 2002 with the club on the brink of relegation and suffering serious financial problems. Dearden successfully guided the Magpies to Division Two safety thanks to winning streak of eight wins in the club's final eleven games. This dramatic turnaround in form was nicknamed the "Great Escape" by the Magpies faithful and help earn Dearden Nottinghamshire's Sports Personality of the Year in 2003.[4]

The remainder of his tenure at Meadow Lane was dominated by the club's financial problems. He was unable to make a single permanent signing but comfortably kept Notts County in Division Two during his first full season. He left the club by mutual consent on January 7, 2004 with the Magpies under new ownership.[5] He later held coaching jobs at Blackpool and Milton Keynes Dons, but was out of work when he was named Mansfield manager for a second time in December 2006.

On 8 March, 2008 Dearden left Mansfield by mutual consent, following 8 home games without a win.[6]

On 11 July, 2008, Dearden returned to Blackpool as the club's chief scout.[7]

Managerial stats

As of 10 June 2007.
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Port Vale England January 18, 1999 January 22, 1999 0 0 0 0 00.00
Mansfield Town England June 18, 1999 January 6, 2002 134 49 57 28 36.56
Notts County England January 7, 2002 January 7, 2004 103 30 46 27 29.12
Mansfield Town England December 28, 2006 March 8, 2008 63 18 32 13 28.57


  1. ^ Dearden named Mansfield manager, BBC, retrieved 2006-12-28
  2. ^ Since 1988 Football League Database. (accessed 22 July 2007)
  3. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 82. ISBN 0952915200.  
  4. ^ BBC Nottinghamshire, retrieved 2006-12-28
  5. ^ League Managers Association website, retrieved 2006-12-28
  6. ^ Dearden departs Mansfield Town Official Website, 8 March 2008. Retrieved on 8 March 2008.
  7. ^ Blackpool Gazette, retrieved 2008-07-11

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