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Les Chapman
Personal information
Full name Leslie Chapman
Date of birth 27 September 1948 (1948-09-27) (age 61)
Place of birth    Royton, Lancashire, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Oldham Athletic
Huddersfield Town
Oldham Athletic
San Jose Earthquakes
Stockport County
Bradford City
Stockport County
Preston North End
076 0(9)
134 0(8)
187 (11)
020 0(0)
032 0(1)
139 0(3)
088 0(0)
038 0(3)
053 0(1)   
Teams managed
Stockport County
Preston North End

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

Leslie "Les" Chapman (born 27 September 1948) is a former football player and manager who played in the English football league. Chapman was a midfielder who made 747 league appearances in a career that spanned 22 seasons.

From an early stage, it was not clear how Chapman would go on to have such a long career in football as he himself admits: "I never had a great desire to be a professional footballer, it simply landed at my feet."


Playing career


Early years

Chapman was raised in Royton and as a youngster played for Chadderton Boys before going on to play for Huddersfield Town's youth team during his schooldays.

Les didn't turn professional straight away and actually spent the first months of his working life as a trainee accountant with Middleton Council before being recommended to Latics.

He began his 1st spell with Oldham Athletic making his 1st team debut as an 18 year old against Bristol Rovers in February 1967 but went back to Huddersfield Town in September 1969.

Back at Oldham

In December 1974, he returned to Oldham Athletic, now in Division Four. He stayed at the club for the next four and a half years, during which it climbed back up to the 2nd division, the equivalent of today's Championship. Chapman missed only five games during that time and his came as a surprise to many when he left at the end of the 1978–79 season.

In total, he made 263 league appearances for Oldham Athletic and scored 20 times.

Later years

Upon leaving Oldham, Chapman spent the summer of 1979 playing in the NAFL for San Jose Earthquakes before returning to England and to Stockport County. After one season at Edgeley Park though Chapman left to sign for Bradford City. Les spent four seasons at Valley Parade making 139 league appearances before leaving on a free transfer for Rochdale where he would spend two seasons, playing nearly 100 games for the Spotland side.

Management career

In July 1985 he became player-manager of Stockport County but moved on a year later to become player-assistant manager alongside John McGrath at Preston North End. This despite similar interest from Frank Worthington at Tranmere Rovers. In 1990, he took over the managership of the club himself but was later sacked in October 1992. He became reserve team coach at Manchester City in January 1993 but was replaced by Kevin Bond in July 1996. Then in 1996 he became Yoith Coach at Huddersfield Town in place of Mark Lillis but was sacked in October 1997. He is now Manchester City's kit man.

Les' daughter, Tiffany Chapman is an actress, most famous for her role as Rachel Jordache in the soap opera Brookside, which she played from 1993 until the show ended in 2003. She also released a fitness video and appeared in Celebrity Wrestling.

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