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John Ward

John Ward in Profile

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Born: Lincoln 7 April 1951
Playing Career: (Forward)
Lincoln City 1971 - 1978 240 apps-91 goals
Workington (loan) 1972 11 apps-3 goals
Watford 1979-1981 27 apps-6 goals
Grimsby Town 1981 3 apps
Lincoln City 1982 - 1 app
Managerial Career:
Watford 1982-1987Assistant to Graham Taylor
Aston Villa 1987-1991 Assistant to Graham Taylor
York City Aug 1991-1993
Bristol Rovers March 1993-May 1996
Burnley August 1996-March 1997 Assistant to Adrian Heath
Bristol City March 1997-October 1998

John Ward enjoyed a relatively brief playing career stretching over eleven years where he scored 100 goals in just under 300 League appearances. The vast majority of this time was spent at his home town club of Lincoln City where he became good friends with The Imps Manager at the time, Graham Taylor. On his retirement from playing he joined Taylor as Assistant at Watford.
John Ward is probably the most proven Manager in Division Two have earnt a record six Manager of the Month awards during his spells with both Bristol clubs. Having done his Managerial Apprenticeship with Graham Taylor whilst at Watford and Aston Villa he took Bristol Rovers to the play-offs in 1995 (losing in a Wembley final to Huddersfield). Two years later he stepped in at Ashton Gate and revived City's season to reach the play-offs but promotion hopes were dashed by Brentford.
The following season Ward got his success as he took City to automatic promotion - finishing
three points behind Watford. Wycombe fans will need little reminding that one of Ward's major signing's the previous summer had been Mickey Bell - bought at a snip from Wycombe for just 150,000.

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