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John Sainty
Personal information
Full name John Albert Sainty
Date of birth 24 March 1946 (1946-03-24) (age 63)
Place of birth    Poplar, London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1961–1963 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Tottenham Hotspur
AFC Bournemouth
Mansfield Town (loan)
0 0 0 (0)
71 00(19)
118 0(20)
3 0 0 (0)
29 00(0)   
National team
England Schoolboys
Teams managed
Chester City
Armthorpe Welfare
Bemerton Heath Harlequins (head coach)

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

John Albert Sainty (born 24 March 1946, Poplar, London) was a professional footballer in the 1960s and 1970s who went on to manage Chester City.


Playing career

As a player, Sainty (a forward) progressed through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and represented England Schoolboys, but he left White Hart Lane in 1967 after failing to make a Football League appearance. Over the next nine years Sainty played for Reading, AFC Bournemouth, Mansfield Town and Aldershot. He ended his career with 221 Football League appearances and 39 goals to his name.

Coaching and Management

Sainty then began a coaching career under John Bond [1]. The duo worked together at Norwich City and Manchester City before Sainty went alone by taking the Chester manager's job (initially on a caretaker basis) in November 1982 after Cliff Sear stepped down.

He led the club to a mid-table finish in Division Four in 1982-83 and the semi-finals of the Football League Trophy, but financial problems meant Sainty was told to halve the wage bill at the end of the season [2]. Most of his signings were non-contract players such as Paul Manns, Paul Raynor, Trevor Phillips, John Ryan and Dennis Wann [3], while youngsters including Peter Bulmer and Phil Harrington became regulars in the side. Chester endured a miserable start to 1983–84 and had just one league win to their name when Sainty left the club in November 1983. They had though overturned a 3–0 first-leg deficit to knock Bolton Wanderers out of the Milk Cup in the first round.

Sainty teamed up again with Bond at Burnley, before managing non-league sides Armthorpe Welfare and Mossley. He later became assistant manager to Danny Bergara at Stockport County and worked as academy director at Southampton [4]. He then became head coach at Bemerton Heath Hartlequins [5].


AFC Bournemouth

External links


  1. ^ Turner & White (1993). The Breedon Book of Football Managers. pp. 218. ISBN 1-873626-32-0.  
  2. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. pp. 99. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.  
  3. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. pp. 98–99. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.  
  4. ^ "Webb was no reject!". This is Hampshire. 2000-12-13. Retrieved 2008-01-20.  
  5. ^ "Norwich City profile". Retrieved 2008-01-20.  


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