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John Ward
Personal information
Full name John Patrick Ward
Date of birth 7 April 1951 (1951-04-07) (age 58)
Place of birth    Lincoln, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Colchester United (Assistant Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Lincoln City
Workington (loan)
Grimsby Town
Lincoln City
240 (91)
011 0(3)
027 0(6)
003 0(0)
001 0(0)   
Teams managed
York City
Bristol Rovers
Bristol City
Wolverhampton Wanderers (caretaker)
Cheltenham Town
Carlisle United

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

John Patrick Ward (born 7 April 1951) is an English former footballer and manager. He was appointed assistant manager at Colchester United in September 2009, assisting Aidy Boothroyd who was appointed manager 2 days previously.



As a player, Ward spent the bulk of his career as a forward at Lincoln City where he scored more than 100 goals between 1970 and 1979. He also had spells at Watford, Grimsby and Workington.

Following his retirement from playing, Ward was assistant manager to Graham Taylor at Watford from 1982 and then followed Taylor to Aston Villa in 1987. After Taylor became England manager in 1990, Ward remained at Villa for a further year and a half under Jozef Venglos and then Ron Atkinson. In late 1991, Ward heard that York City, then a struggling fourth division club, had just sacked their manager. He happened to mention to his former boss Taylor in a phone call that he felt York would be a good club to start his own managerial career at, and Taylor in turn contacted the York City board (who had been considering appointing Billy McEwan as manager) and recommended that they hire Ward, which they did. After his appointment, Ward turned York around and in the 1992-93 season and had them challenging for automatic promotion for much of the season. He left before the season ended, and promotion via the play-offs was achieved by his successor, Alan Little.

He later managed both Bristol clubs, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City, and was assistant to Adrian Heath at Burnley.

In 1998 Ward became assistant manager to Colin Lee at Wolverhampton Wanderers. After Lee's departure, he had a brief spell as caretaker manager before reverting to assistant under Dave Jones. He helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2003 but left the club at the end of the season. Ward was appointed Cheltenham Town manager in November 2003 and in 2006 guided the club to promotion into League One. After keeping the Robins in League One the following season, he moved to Carlisle United in October 2007.[1 ] Ward guided the club to a play-off position in his first season in charge, despite this however, a poor start to the 2008–09 campaign saw him under heavy pressure to resign.[2 ] He was later given the backing of the Carlisle board.[3 ] However, he eventually parted company with the club by mutual consent on 3 November.[4 ] Ward applied for the vacant Swindon Town managerial role in November after Maurice Malpas left the club by mutual consent. [5] He held preliminary talks with Port Vale over their managerial vacancy in May 2009.[6 ] Ward was then appointed as Stockport County's assistant manager after the appointment of Gary Ablett as Stockport boss.

Managerial statistics

As of 3 November 2008.[7 ]
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
York City England 1 October 1991 1 March 1993 70 22 24 24 31.42
Bristol Rovers England 1 August 1993 10 May 1996 155 65 48 42 41.93
Bristol City England 27 March 1997 28 October 1998 84 38 27 19 45.23
Wolverhampton Wanderers England 18 December 2000 3 January 2001 4 3 1 0 75.00
Cheltenham Town England 6 November 2003 2 October 2007 207 76 77 54 36.71
Carlisle United England 2 October 2007 3 November 2008 61 26 23 12 42.62



As a Manager



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