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Mel Machin
Personal information
Full name Melvyn Machin
Date of birth 16 April 1945 (1945-04-16) (age 64)
Place of birth    Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bournemouth (Board Member)
Youth career
19??–1962 Port Vale
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Port Vale
Norwich City
Seattle Sounders (loan)
030 0(6)
156 (11)
110 0(7)
096 0(4)
392 (28)   
Teams managed
Manchester City
Bournemouth (Director of football)
Huddersfield Town (caretaker manager)

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

Melvyn "Mel" Machin (born 16 April 1945 in Newcastle-under-Lyme) is an English former footballer and manager. He made a large impact at Norwich City, being voted into their Hall of Fame in 2002, as well as spending six years in charge at Bournemouth.


Playing career

Despite being a Stoke City fan,[1] Machin started his playing career at nearby Port Vale, siging professional forms in July 1962. He made the odd appearance from October 1962 and October 1964, after which point he started to appear rather more frequently. In all competitions he made 32 appearances, scoring 6 goals, being utilized mostly as an inside-forward.[2]

In July 1966 he joined Gillingham, where he attained regular first team football. After 156 league matches and 11 goals, Machin was signed in 1970 by Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, at the time managed by John Bond.[3]

His spell at Bournemouth was finished after 110 matches in December 1973, when he followed Bond to Norwich City, despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.[3] Converted to a full-back role, Machin played 117 appearances and scored four times for the club. He conceded a penalty in the 1975 League Cup Final defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.[3] After problems with injuries he finished his career in 1978, following a brief spell in the NASL with Seattle Sounders.

Coaching and management career

After retiring as a player, Norwich then invited him to join their coaching set-up. He worked as youth team and reserve team coach, and then was promoted to chief coach before being appointed as assistant to manager Ken Brown. The partnership finished in May 1987, when he accepted an offer to manage Manchester City.[3]

After two seasons in charge, he got the club promoted to Division One with a young and promising squad. In the first season in the top-flight, his team beat local rivals Manchester United by 5-1 on 23 September 1989, in what Alex Ferguson described as the lowest point of his career.[4] Despite the victory, two months later, on 27 November, Machin was sacked by chairman Peter Swales as the club was bottom of the division. He became Barnsley manager on 29 December but resigned on 5 May 1993, as he was disillusioned with the club policy of selling their best players in order to make ends meet.[3]

Machin then worked as a scout for West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool before he was appointed manager of Bournemouth in August 1994. In his first season at the helm he managed to keep the club in the Second Division despite a start with seven consecutive defeats and a serious financial crisis, this feat later became known as "The Great Escape".[5] In 1998, Bournemouth lost to Grimsby Town in the Auto Windscreens Shield final in their first ever Wembley appearance. In August 2000, he became director of football role[6] and later retired on 29 August 2002,[1] having had his testimonial match the previous month. It was in his testimonial- a 3-2 victory for Manchester United,[7] that United's £29.3 million signing Rio Ferdinand made his debut.[8] In October 2002 he was linked to the vacant management position at Swindon Town.[9]

On 28 January 2003, Machin came out of retirement to assist Mick Wadsworth at the helm of Huddersfield Town.[10] Two months later he was promoted to the manager role as Wadsworth was sacked.[11] Machin and Huddersfield parted ways at the end of the season as he failed to avoid relegation to the Third Division.[12]


Managerial statistics

As of 9 April 2009.
Team Nat From To Record[13]
Manchester City England 1 May 1987 30 November 1989 129 58 43 28
Barnsley England 1 December 1989 5 May 1993 185 64 72 49
Bournemouth England 1 September 1994 19 August 2000 322 119 121 82
Huddersfield Town England 26 March 2003 6 May 2003 7 2 3 2


In December 2007, a growing number of Bournemouth supporters were calling for the help of Mel Machin to again rescue them from a poor season which had seen them gain 13 points from 17 games and be dumped out of the FA Cup in the second round by Millwall.


as a Manager

with Manchester City
with Bournemouth


  1. ^ a b Mitchener, Mark (30 August, 2002). "Machin quits Cherries". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 180. ISBN 0952915200.  
  3. ^ a b c d e "Flown the Nest". Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  4. ^ "Machin's magical derby memories". BBC Sport. 14 November, 2000. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  5. ^ "Five memorable Dean Court games". BBC Sport. 8 November, 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  6. ^ "Machin moves upstairs". BBC Sport. 19 August, 2000. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  7. ^ "Rio in Man Utd bow". BBC Sport. 27 July, 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  8. ^ "Rio raring to go". BBC Sport. 28 July, 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  9. ^ "Machin poised for Robins post". BBC Sport. 18 October, 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  10. ^ "Terriers snap up Machin". BBC Sport. 28 January, 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  11. ^ "Huddersfield sack Wadsworth". BBC Sport. 26 March, 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  12. ^ "Machin leaves Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 6 May, 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  
  13. ^ Includes all Premier League, Football League, FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy games.

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