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David Webb
Personal information
Full name David James Webb
Date of birth 9 April 1946 (1946-04-09) (age 63)
Place of birth    Stratford, London, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Southend United (assistant manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1963-1965
1965-1968
1968-1974
1974-1977
1977-1978
1978-1980
1980-1983
1983-1984
Leyton Orient
Southampton
Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers
Leicester City
Derby County
A.F.C. Bournemouth
Torquay United
062 0(3)
075 0(2)
230 (21)
116 0(7)
033 0(0)
026 0(1)
011 0(0)
002 0(1)   
Teams managed
1980-1982
1984-1985
1986-1987
1988-1992
1993
1993-1997
2000
2000-2001
2010
Bournemouth (player-manager)
Torquay United (player-manager)
Southend United
Southend United
Chelsea
Brentford
Yeovil Town
Southend United
Southend United (assistant manager)

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

David James Webb (born 9 April 1946) is an English former professional footballer who made 555 appearances in the Football League playing for Leyton Orient, Southampton, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City, Derby County, A.F.C. Bournemouth and Torquay United.[1] He became a manager, taking charge of A.F.C. Bournemouth, Torquay United, Southend United, Chelsea, Brentford[2] and Yeovil Town.

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Playing career

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Leyton Orient and Southampton

David Webb was born in Stratford, London and began his career as an amateur with West Ham United, but on failing to make the grade joined Leyton Orient in May 1963. His league debut came in the 1964-65 season, launching what would be a long career in league football. In March 1966, after 62 games (3 goals) for Orient, he moved to Southampton, with George O'Brien going in the opposite direction. He scored twice in 75 games for the Saints, including a goal on his debut to equalise in a vital 1-1 draw at promotion rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, before joining Chelsea in February 1968.

Chelsea

It was with Chelsea that Webb really made his name in football, in particular for his role in Chelsea's win in the 1970 FA Cup final against Leeds United at Old Trafford. During the first game at Wembley, Webb, playing at right-back, had a nightmare and was tormented throughout the match by the nimble and tricky Leeds winger Eddie Gray as Chelsea were somewhat fortunate to emerge with a 2-2 draw. Manager Dave Sexton made a tactical switch for the replay, moving Webb to the centre to partner John Dempsey while the more uncompromising Ron Harris was detailed to mark Gray. Webb - and Chelsea overall - performed markedly better in the replay and it was he who proved the unlikely hero, heading in the winner from an Ian Hutchinson throw-in in extra time.

The following year Chelsea beat Real Madrid in another replay to win the European Cup Winners Cup. Although he spent much of his Chelsea career as a right back, he also played in central defence (his original position) and occasionally as a centre forward, once hitting a hat-trick against Ipswich Town in December 1968. He even played as a goalkeeper for an entire match, also against Ipswich, on 27 December 1971, keeping a clean sheet in the process.

After Chelsea

He finally left Chelsea in July 1974, having scored 21 times in 230 games, joining Queens Park Rangers for £120,000, helping Rangers to the runners-up spot in the Football League in the 1975–76 season, their best ever position. Seven goals in 116 games for Rangers were followed by a £50,000 move to Leicester City in September 1977. He stayed just over a year at Filbert Street, playing 33 games for the Foxes before joining Derby County in December 1978, his Derby debut coming on the 23rd of December in a goalless draw at home to Aston Villa. He left the Baseball Ground in May 1980, after 26 games for the Rams (1 goal), joining Bournemouth.

Managerial career

Bournemouth

He played only 11 times for Bournemouth, but in December 1980 was appointed manager, guiding them to promotion to the third division in 1982. He held the position until 10 February 1982, when he was sacked after a 9-0 defeat away to Lincoln City.

Torquay

In February 1984, after a spell out of the game working as a self-employed salesman, he was appointed manager of Torquay United in succession to Bruce Rioch. At the end of the 1983-84 season, Torquay finished in 9th place and were looking to progress. The following season they finished bottom and Webb himself was forced out of retirement, scoring once in his 2 league appearances that season. On 21 August 1985, Webb became managing director at Torquay, appointing first John Sims and then Stuart Morgan to manage the team. Torquay finished bottom again the following season. His spell in charge is not fondly remembered, the team had two disastrous seasons; five of United's better players were released as soon as he took over, others such as Keith Curle were sold cheaply, and replaced by vastly inferior players; the club colours changed to blue; and a stand at Plainmoor caught fire.

Southend

Webb left Torquay to manage Southend United on 17 June 1986. He left Southend in March 1987, just two months before they won promotion to the Third Division. He was re-appointed in November 1988 but couldn't save the club from relegation back to the Fourth Division. He guided Southend to promotion from the old Fourth Division in 1990 and from the Third Division a year later. They briefly topped the Second Division in January 1992 but fell away to mid-table during the final weeks of the season, Webb having resigned in March 1992 and leaving the club at the end of the season. He is now the current assistant manager at Southend until the end of the 09/10 season after taking over from Paul Brush.

Chelsea

Webb returned to Chelsea as manager in February 1993 on a short-term contract to replace Ian Porterfield - another former player. The club were in freefall, without a league win in over two months and threatened with relegation. Under Webb, performances and results gradually improved and the team eventually finished a comfortable 11th in the Premiership. But the club's board did not renew his contract and appointed Glenn Hoddle instead.

Brentford

Webb returned to the game within days, taking the manager's job at Brentford, who had just been relegated to Division Two, in May 1993. He remained in charge for four years before quitting, after two play-off appearances had failed to get them back into Division One.

Yeovil and back to Southend

In March 2000 he took over as manager of Yeovil Town, but resigned in September 2000 to take over at Southend United again. He left Southend in October 2001,[3] but returned again, as caretaker manager, in November 2003, in between Steve Wignall leaving and Steve Tilson taking over.

Webb bought Yeovil Town from Jon Goddard-Watts in December 2005, taking over the role of Chief Executive.[4] He resigned from this position in February 2006[5] and has since sold his shares to chairman John Fry.

On 9th March 2010 David was announced as the new Assistant Manager at Southend United until the end of the 2009/10 season.

Personal life

Webb's son Daniel also became a professional footballer.[6]

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