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Roy Chapman
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Personal information
Full name Roy Clifford Chapman
Date of birth 18 March 1934(1934-03-18)
Place of birth    Birmingham, England
Date of death    21 March 1983 (aged 49)
Place of death    Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Inside-forward
Youth career
Kynoch Works
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Aston Villa
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
Lincoln City
Port Vale
Chester City
Stafford Rangers
019 0(8)
105 (45)
136 (78)
070 (31)
076 (35)
009 0(3)
Teams managed
Lincoln City
Stafford Rangers
Stockport County
Stafford Rangers

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

Roy Chapman (18 March 1934 - 21 March 1983) was an English professional footballer and manager, born in Birmingham. He was the father of former Arsenal and Leeds United striker Lee Chapman.[1]


Playing career

Chapman began his professional playing career with Aston Villa, where he made 19 appearances in the First Division before joining Lincoln City in November 1957. Four years later he moved for £7,000[2] to Mansfield Town, scoring 30 league goals in the 1962–63 promotion season from Division Four.

He returned to Lincoln as player-manager in 1965 and in August of that year he came on as a substitute, replacing Bunny Larkin, this was the first substitution in the club's history. In October 1966 he reverted to solely a playing capacity as Ron Gray was appointed as manager.[1]

In June 1967 he joined Port Vale in a playing capacity. An ever-present in the 1967-68 season, of which he was the club's top scorer with 24 goals, he also scored 12 goals the next season to once again become the top marksman.[3]

His final playing club in The Football League was Chester, who he joined in May 1969. He struck five goals in four pre-season friendly matches[4] and then followed it up with two goals on his league debut at Scunthorpe United to take his career tally to 200.[4] Though just one more league goal followed in his next eight league games and Chapman moved on to non-league side Nuneaton Borough before joining Stafford Rangers as player-manager.[4]

Managerial Career

Chapman steered Stafford Rangers to a treble of the FA Trophy, Northern Premier League and Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1972.[5] This was followed up by him leading Rangers to the FA Cup fourth round three years later.[5] He then returned to professional circles with a short spell as Stockport County manager, where he signed George Best on a short-term deal.[1] His reign at Stockport was short and he returned to Port Vale as a coach in August 1976, before being sacked in May 1977 and returning to Stafford.[3]

In his second spell in charge of Rangers he lead them to another FA Trophy triumph before standing down in 1980.[6]

Later life and death

After leaving Rangers he took up the position as manager of Walsall Sports Company.[3]

He died in Stoke-on-Trent, three days after his 49th birthday. He had suffered a fatal heart attack, when playing in a five-a-side tournament.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "#39 - Roy Chapman". Lincoln City. 28 Jun 2007.,,10440~963975,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-13.  
  2. ^ Turner & White (1993). The Breedon Book of Football Managers. pp. p.106. ISBN 1-873626-32-0.  
  3. ^ a b c Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 58. ISBN 0952915200.  
  4. ^ a b c Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. pp. p.81. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.  
  5. ^ a b "Stafford Rangers FC history". Port Pie. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ "Stafford Rangers FC history". Port Pie. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ "Caught in Time". TimesOnline. Retrieved 2008-02-20.  

External links

  • Profile at Lincoln City's official site


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