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Mick Tait
Personal information
Full name Michael Tait
Date of birth 30 September 1956 (1956-09-30) (age 53)
Place of birth    Wallsend, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Club information
Current club Blyth Spartans (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1974–1977
1977–1979
1979–1980
1980–1987
1987–1990
1990–1992
1992–1994
1994
1994–1998
Oxford United
Carlisle United
Hull City
Portsmouth
Reading
Darlington
Hartlepool United
Gretna
Hartlepool United
064 (23)
106 (20)
033 0(3)
240 (30)
099 (10)
079 0(2)
061 0(1)
00? 0(?)
077 0(2)   
Teams managed
1996–1998
1999
1999–2000
2002–2003
2003
2009
Hartlepool United (player)
Hartlepool United
Blyth Spartans
Darlington (caretaker)
Darlington
Blyth Spartans

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

Michael 'Mick' Tait (born 30 September 1956) was an English footballer and later a manager at the end of his playing career. His 760 league games puts him 13th in the list of English footballers. His clubs were Oxford United, Carlisle United, Hull City, Portsmouth, Reading, Darlington and Hartlepool United as well as Gretna in Scotland. Tait also later managed two of these clubs Darlington and Hartlepool United.

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Football playing career

Tait started his career as an apprentice at Oxford scoring 23 goals in 64 league appearances before moving on to Carlisle for £65,000 in 1977. He scored 20 goals for Carlisle in 106 league appearances before moving on to Hull City £150,000 in 1979. Tait scored 3 goals in 33 league appearances whilst at Boothferry Park before moving on to Portsmouth for £100,000 in 1980. At Portsmouth he scored 30 goals in 240 league appearances. Still in the same year he moved to Reading for £50,000 scoring 10 goals in 99 league appearances before moving on to Darlington in 1990 for free. At Darlington he scored 2 goals in 79 league appearances. In the 1992 close season he joined Hartlepool United, scoring 1 goal in 61 league appearances. In the 1994 close season he joined Gretna, but within weeks he was re-signed by Hartlepool.

Football management career

In 1998, two years into his second spell at Victoria Park, Tait retired as a player and took over as player manager for the team until he was released in 1999. Tait then took over as manager for Unibond Premier Division team Blyth Spartans, but left the Croft Park club at the end of the season. Two years later Tait was back in the Football League but this time at Darlington, taking over as caretaker manager in 2002. In June 2003 he was offered the job on a permanent basis, but was released by Darlington four months later in October 2003 until the club brought him back as reserve team coach. In February 2008 it was confirmed by Darlington that Tait had left the club and his role at it as well. In 2009 Tait had a brief spell as coach at then Unibond 1st Division club Newcastle Blue Star before taking over as manager at Blue Square North club Blyth Spartans in May 2009.

Honours

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As a player

Portsmouth

Reading

Darlington

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Hartlepool United England 1996 1998
Hartlepool United England 1998 1999
Darlington England October 2002 June 2003 35 11 11 13 31.4
Darlington England June 2003 October 2003 19 5 11 3 26.3

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