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Colin Calderwood
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Personal information
Full name Colin Calderwood
Date of birth 20 January 1965 (1965-01-20) (age 44)
Place of birth    Stranraer, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Mansfield Town
Swindon Town
Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest
Notts County (loan)
100 0(1)
330 (20)
162 0(7)
026 0(0)
008 0(0)
005 0(0)   
National team
1995–1999 Scotland 036 0(1)
Teams managed
Northampton Town
Nottingham Forest
Newcastle United (Acting with Chris Hughton)

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

Colin Calderwood (born 20 January 1965 in Stranraer, Scotland) is a former football player and first team coach at Newcastle United.

He is a former manager of Northampton Town and Nottingham Forest and a former player of clubs including Swindon Town and Tottenham Hotspur. He was on the coaching staff at Tottenham in the early 2000s following his retirement as a player.




Mansfield Town

Calderwood started his career in the lower reaches of the English Divisions. He played 100 league games for Mansfield Town.[1]

Swindon Town

Swindon Town manager Lou Macari signed Calderwood from Mansfield Town in the 1985/1986 pre-season, a Football League tribunal setting the fee at £27,500.

At age 21, Calderwood was installed as the club captain, and he made his debut on the first day of the season, in a 1-0 away defeat at Wrexham F.C. on 17 August 1985. Although that season started badly, it ended with the Town breaking the League points record as they won the Fourth Division title. Calderwood's performance in Swindon Town's defence won him the Adver Player of the Year award from the Swindon Advertiser.

The following season, Calderwood helped Swindon Town to their achieve their second successive promotion, after beating Gillingham F.C. in the Play-Off final replay at Selhurst Park.

As Swindon gradually improved in Division Two, Calderwood led the defence, missing only thirteen league games over the next three years. At the end of this period, he led the Town to their first promotion to the top flight, after beating Sunderland in the Play-Off Final at Wembley in 1990. Shortly thereafter, Swindon were demoted to the Third Division due to an irregular payments scandal but were reinstated to the Second Division after an appeal. Calderwood was implicated and arrested four weeks before the Wembley match, but was released on the same day without charge.

In the 1990-91 season Swindon narrowly avoided relegation. Calderwood missed the most games he had in a season after a tackle by Wolves player Steve Bull put him out of the game for five months. He didn't miss another game before the end of his Town career. During the following two seasons, Calderwood was an ever present, and, under Glenn Hoddle, Swindon were promoted at the end of the 1992/1993 season - Calderwood leading the Town to a 4-3 Play-Off final victory over Leicester. He was also picked for the Football League representative side, playing against their Italian counterparts.

Tottenham Hotspur

Before Calderwood had the chance to lead Swindon into the Premiership, his contract expired and former manager Ossie Ardiles took him to Tottenham. Swindon originally refused their offer of £500,000, but a tribunal set the fee at £1.25 million - then a club record.

Whilst at Tottenham Hotspur for five years Calderwood played with a succession of defenders including Gary Mabbutt and Ramon Vega. At Tottenham he gained many of his Scotland caps. Calderwood represented his country at Euro 96 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[2] He also was a regular under Scotland manager Craig Brown.

Calderwood moved on briefly to Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and later Notts County before retiring.[3]

Managerial & Coaching career

Northampton Town

Upon retirement as a player, Colin became reserve team manager at Tottenham before becoming manager of Northampton Town on 9 October 2003[4]. Calderwood took Northampton to promotion in 2006 finishing second in League Two and was at the helm when they set a new club record for the number of clean sheets held by the club (25).

Nottingham Forest

He was appointed by Nottingham Forest as the replacement for Gary Megson in May 2006.[5] Calderwood enjoyed an unbeaten league start to his Forest campaign and won the Manager Of The Month award for August 2006, suffering his first defeat in his eighth game in charge.

Calderwood led Forest to a seven-point cushion at the top of the league in late November 2006, and looked favourites for promotion, yet Forest surrendered the lead and finished the campaign in 4th place, 11 points behind leaders Scunthorpe United, despite losing just one game of the last ten. The play-offs saw Forest play 5th placed Yeovil Town, with the west-country team proceeding to the final after a 5-4 aggregate win.[6].

In the 2007-08 campaign, Calderwood's side started without winning in any of their first six competitive games of the season, despite signing five players in the summer. Forest went on a run of form, losing just once in fifteen games. This led to Calderwood winning the Coca-Cola Manager of the Month Trophy after four wins in five games, but the following month decided to sell it on eBay to raise funds to buy presents for the local hospitals in Nottingham. The trophy was said to have raised around £2,000.[7]

Forest had an inconsistent Christmas period, but briefly went up to second in the league in January 2008. After this there was a further spell of inconsistent results, particularly away from home and Forest dropped a couple of places into the promotion play-off zone. However, a late run of form saw them win six out of their last seven games, which saw Nottingham Forest finish in second-place, and therefore promoted to the Championship.

After just four wins in the 08/09 football season on the 26 December 2008 Nottingham Forest terminated Colin Calderwood's contract with immediate effect,[8] after his team was defeated by Doncaster Rovers 4-2.[9]

Newcastle United (First-Team Coach)

On 26 January 2009, Colin Calderwood was appointed first team coach at Newcastle United.[10 ] Due to the relegation from the Premier League at the end of season 2008-09 it was expected that Calderwood would leave the club. Rumours were that he would join League Two club Chesterfield as manager. [11] However because of Mike Ashley's decision to sell the club and not appoint a new manager, Calderwood has been temporarily retained, working with Chris Hughton until a new owner and manager are announced.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Northampton Town England 9 October 2003 29 May 2006 &0000000000000154.000000154 &0000000000000074.00000074 &0000000000000040.00000040 &0000000000000040.00000040 &0000000000000048.05000048.05
Nottingham Forest England 30 May 2006 26 December 2008 &0000000000000136.000000136 &0000000000000057.00000057 &0000000000000042.00000042 &0000000000000037.00000037 &0000000000000041.91000041.91
Newcastle United (caretaker) England 28 February 2009 31 March 2009 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000012.50000012.50
Total &0000000000000298.000000298 &0000000000000132.000000132 &0000000000000077.00000077 &0000000000000079.00000079 &0000000000000044.30000044.30


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