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David Booth
Personal information
Date of birth 1948
Place of birth    England
Teams managed
Grimsby Town
Mahindra United
Mumbai FC
Mahindra United

* Appearances (Goals)

David Booth is an English football coach and manager. He is currently coaching the I-League team Mahindra United,a Mumbai based club.In England, he was manager of the English football clubs Grimsby Town (1982-1985) and Darlington (1987-1989).


Early years

David Booth was brought up in Darton near Barnsley and attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield where he played rugby and cricket. Football was not played at his school. He left in 1965 with a consistent, if not very inspiring set of GCE 'O' Level results. Dave joined Barnsley FC and made his first team debut at 19 years of age at left back where he played most of his career. He was later signed by Laurie McMenemy, later of Southampton and the England coaching staff, who was then manager of Grimsby Town.

Managerial career

David Booth became manager of Grimsby Town in January 1982 with the Mariners at the bottom of the Second Division. A late upturn in form enabled Grimsby to escape relegation, and good form continued into the 1982-83 season with Grimsby as high as 4th after two-thirds of the season. However, failure to win their last 14 games meant that Grimsby only narrowly avoided relegation.

The 1983-84 season, however, would see Grimsby emerge as serious promotion contenders for the majority of the season. They were 3rd in the table at the end of February 1984, but a late dip in form meant they finished in 5th place and 10 points off the top 3, but it was and remains their highest finish in the league since relegation from the First Division in 1948. Good form continued the following season with a 10th place finish, but Booth resigned during the 1985-86 season to participate in a business venture abroad, and was replaced by Mick Lyons.

He later managed Darlington but could not prevent relegation from the Third Division. The initial challenge for promotion was not sustained and the side was facing relegation from the League when Booth left in 1989.

He moved to India in 2003 to manage Mumbai-based club Mahindra United guiding them to win Federation Cup, Super Cup and the Mumbai League.But then there was an apparent falling out with Chairman Alan Durante, and he departed for South-East Asia. But upon returning to India with newly formed Mumbai FC to join his old pals Henry Menezes and Arshad, he promoted the club from second division and ensured Mumbai FC as a mid-table I-League club.With the relative success of Booth, Menezes and Arshad, Mahindra United was quick to offer better contracts to the trio[1], with Booth signing for 3-year deal with Mahindra United starting from August 2009[2]



As a manager

Grimsby Town

Mahindra United

Mumbai FC

  • I-League Second Division Title winner: 2007-08

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Grimsby Town England January 1982 October 1985 177 64 63 50 36.2
Darlington England March 1987 February 1989 101 25 46 30 24.8
Mahindra United India 2003 2004
Mumbai FC India 2007 2009 32 12 10 10 37.5
Mahindra United India 2009 Present 10 4 0 6 40.0

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