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Eric Winstanley
Personal information
Full name Eric Winstanley[1]
Date of birth 15 November 1944 (1944-11-15) (age 65)[1]
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Supersport United (technical director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1973 Barnsley 410 (35)
1973–1976 Chesterfield 101 (7)
Teams managed
1999 Barnsley (caretaker)
2000–2001 Barnsley (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Eric Winstanley (born 15 November 1944) is an English former footballer who is currently a coach at Supersport United.


Born in Barnsley, Winstanley started his career with Barnsley after signing a professional contract in May 1962, where he later became captain.[1][2] He made 410 league appearances for Barnsley and had been described as a "club legend".[1][3] He joined Chesterfield in August 1973.[1] After his retirement, he became a member of the coaching staff at Barnsley.[citation needed]

Winstanley spent over 20 years on the coaching staff at Barnsley,[4] but left in June 2001, which ended a 34 year association with the club.[5] He had two spells as caretaker manager during this time.[5] He was given a testimonial match by the club in November 2001 against Manchester United, which Barnsley won 1–0.[6]

Winstanley became technical director of the Saint Kitts and Nevis national team in 2001,[7] before leaving in February 2004.[8] He worked as youth team coach at Doncaster Rovers during the 2004–05 season.[citation needed] Winstanley was brought into the Scarborough coaching staff as assistant manager in October 2005.[4][9] He left the position in July 2006 following Mark Patterson's arrival onto the coaching team and became the York City head of youth development in October.[4][10] He worked in this role along with being Colin Walker's assistant since November 2007 until being appointed as head coach following Neil Redfearn's arrival as youth-team coach in February 2008.[11] He was sacked as head coach alongside manager Walker on 21 November 2008.[12]

He joined South African team Supersport United to become technical director of the club's development wing in October 2009.[13]

Managerial statistics

As of 8 January 2001.[14]
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Barnsley (caretaker)  England 19 April 1999 27 May 1999 3 2 1 0 66.7
Barnsley (caretaker)  England 19 December 2000 8 January 2001 5 1 1 3 20.0


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  2. ^ "1950 - 1972 - Tough times at Oakwell". Barnsley F.C.. 2008-05-14.,,10309~925082,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Barnsley". Sky Sports.,26076,16084_5293457,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  4. ^ a b c "Winstanley to manage York youth". BBC Sport. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Winstanley's Barnsley affair ends". BBC Sport. 2001-06-01. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Barnsley honour Winstanley". BBC Sport. 2001-11-12. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  7. ^ Steckles, Garry (2004-03-24). "Caribbean Dream". FIFA. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  8. ^ Steckles, Garry (2004-02-28). "Winstanley quits St Kitts". FindArticles (taken from The Star).;col1. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Winstanley to help boss Redfearn". BBC Sport. 2005-10-25. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  10. ^ "Redfearn quits Boro". Non-League Daily. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  11. ^ "Redfearn gets York coaching role". BBC Sport. 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  12. ^ "Manager Walker leaves York City". BBC Sport. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  13. ^ Mothowagae, Daniel (2009-10-03). "SuperSport ropes in new academy director". City Press. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Eric Winstanley's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 


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