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Jack Greenwell
Personal information
Full name Jack Greenwell
Date of birth
Place of birth    Crook, County Durham, England
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Crook Town

88 (10)   
Teams managed
CD Castellón
RCD Español
RCD Mallorca
Valencia CF
Sporting de Gijón
Universitario de Deportes

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

Jack Greenwell (born in Crook, County Durham, England) is a former English footballer and manager. He served as manager of Barcelona for seven consecutive seasons, a record that has only been beaten by Johan Cruyff and later had a second spell as Barcelona manager. In 1939 Greenwell became the only non-South American coach to date to win the South American Championship when he guided Peru to their first win. He also served as a manager with CD Castellón, RCD Español, Valencia CF, Sporting de Gijón,[1] RCD Mallorca and Universitario de Deportes.



Before joining Barcelona, Greenwell, the son of a County Durham miner, played for Crook Town of the English Northern League. He made his debut as player for Barcelona on September 29, 1912 in a 4-2 win over FC Espanya de Barcelona. In 1913 Greenwell arranged for his former team, Crook Town to play a series of games against Barcelona. The visiting English team beat them 4-2 and then held them to 1-1 and 2-2 draws. Together with a very young Paulino Alcántara, Francisco Bru and Romà Forns, Greenwell subsequently helped Barcelona win the Campionat de Catalunya in 1912/13 and 1915/16.

After retiring as a player he was appointed manager of Barcelona by the club president, Joan Gamper, and made his managerial debut on July 7, 1917 in a 3-1 win over CE Europa. He would eventually take charge of the club for 492 games and coached the club during their first golden age. He survived early calls for his resignation after experimenting with Alcántara as a defender and went onto to lead the club to five Campionat de Catalunya and two Copa del Rey. After leaving the club in 1924, Greenwell returned to Barcelona for two further seasons in 1931, and guided the club to a sixth Campionat de Catalunya in 1931/32. As well as Alcántara the Barça team under Greenwell also included Sagibarbá, Ricardo Zamora, Josep Samitier, Félix Sesúmaga and Franz Platko.

RCD Español

After leaving Barcelona in 1924 Greenwell went onto manage their local rivals, RCD Español. In 1928 he led them into the inaugural La Liga but the club only managed to finish seventh. However RCD Español made up for their disappointing La Liga form by winning both the Campionat de Catalunya and their first ever Copa del Rey in 1929. With a team that included Ricardo Zamora and Ricardo Saprissa, Greenwell guided RCD Español through the early rounds beating Sporting de Gijón and Arenas Club de Getxo. In the quarter finals they beat Athletic Madrid 9-3 on aggregate before beating eventual La Liga champions, Barcelona, 3-1 in the semi-finals and Real Madrid 2-1 in the final. Greenwell remained in charge of RCD Español for one more season but failed to win another trophy.

Valencia CF

After leaving Barcelona for a second time, Greenwell joined Valencia CF for the 1933/34 season. The club only finished seventh in La Liga but won the Campeonato de Valencia and reached the Copa de España final. The game saw Greenwell face old acquaintances Samitier and Zamora, now playing for Real Madrid. The Madrid club, at the time known as Madrid CF, beat Valencia CF 2-1 in the final.

Universitario and Peru

In 1939 Greenwell turned up in Peru as manager of both Universitario de Deportes and the national team. He coached Universitario as they won the national championship. The same year saw Peru host the South American Championship. Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil all withdrew before the competition started, so the remaining five countries, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru formed a single mini-league with each team playing all the others once. Uruguay and Peru both won their first three games so when they met in the final round, the game was effectively a final. Peru, guided by Greenwell, won 2-1 and became South American Champions.





RCD Español

Valencia CF

  • Campeonato de Valencia: 1
    • 1933-34

Universitario de Deportes



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