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John Cornforth
Personal information
Full name John Cornforth
Date of birth October 7, 1967 (1967-10-07) (age 42)
Place of birth    Whitley Bay, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Doncaster Rovers (loan)
Shrewsbury Town (loan)
Lincoln City (loan)
Swansea City
Birmingham City
Wycombe Wanderers
Peterborough United (loan)
Cardiff City
Scunthorpe United
Exeter City
032 0(2)
007 0(3)
003 0(0)
009 0(1)
149 (16)
008 0(0)
047 0(6)
004 0(0)
010 0(1)
004 0(1)
024 0(2)   
National team2
Wales 002 0(0)
Teams managed
Exeter City
Newport County
Torquay United

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19 January 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 19 January 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

John Cornforth (born October 7, 1967, Whitley Bay, Northumberland) is a former Wales international football player and is now a coach, most recently Head Coach at English League Two side Torquay United F.C. Originally from Whitley Bay in the north-east of England, Cornforth and his family have been settled in Devon for some time.


Playing career

Cornforth usually appeared in midfield during his playing days. He made a total of 322 starts for his various clubs over his career, scoring 36 goals in the process. At one point he commanded a transfer fee of £350,000, in his 1996 transfer from Swansea to Birmingham City. Originally a Newcastle United fan, his four and a half years and nearly 200 games for Swansea led him to declare himself 'a true Jack'.

International career

Cornforth was eligible to play for the Wales national football team due to his paternal grandmother, who was from Llantrisant. He gained two caps before a cruciate ligament injury hampered any chances of further caps.

Coaching career

In July 2004 he joined the coaching team (unpaid) at his local side Crediton United.[1]

In September 2004 he took over as manager of Newport County.[2]

In January 2006 Cornforth took over as caretaker manager at Torquay United from Leroy Rosenior with the side deep in relegation trouble[3] and soon after was appointed as manager until the end of the season.[4] The side's form worsened however, and Ian Atkins replaced Cornforth in April, having joined the club as an advisor to Cornforth the previous month.[5] Against all odds, Atkins managed to rescue the side and lift them a comfortable three points clear from relegation.

In August 2007, Cornforth rejoined his local side Crediton United as an advisor.[6] The following month he was reported to be combining this role with working as a milk tanker driver, while hoping for a return to football management at a higher level.[7]


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