John Ward

Football Player + Coach & Manager
Born Apr 7, 1951

John Patrick Ward is an English former footballer and manager. He is currently manager of Colchester United after being promoted from assistant manager on 31 May 2010.

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1951 Birth Born on April 7, 1951.


1970 19 Years Old As a player, Ward spent the bulk of his career as a forward at Lincoln City where he scored more than 100 goals between 1970 and 1979. … Read More


1982 31 Years Old Following his retirement from playing, Ward was assistant manager to Graham Taylor at Watford from 1982 and then followed Taylor to Aston Villa in 1987.
1990 39 Years Old After Taylor became England manager in 1990, Ward remained at Villa for a further year and a half under Jozef Venglos and then Ron Atkinson.


1991 40 Years Old In late 1991, Ward heard that, then a struggling fourth division club, had just sacked their manager. … Read More
1992 41 Years Old After his appointment, Ward turned York around and in the 1992-93 season and had them challenging for automatic promotion for much of the season. … Read More
1998 47 Years Old In 1998 Ward became assistant manager to Colin Lee at Wolverhampton Wanderers. … Read More


2003 52 Years Old 1 More Event
He helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2003 but left the club at the end of the season.
2007 56 Years Old After keeping the Robins in League One the following season, he moved to Carlisle United in October 2007.
2008 57 Years Old Ward guided the club to a play-off position in his first season in charge, despite this however, a poor start to the 2008–09 campaign saw him under heavy pressure to resign. … Read More
2009 58 Years Old Ward applied for the vacant Swindon Town managerial role in November after Maurice Malpas left the club by mutual consent. He held preliminary talks with Port Vale over their managerial vacancy in May 2009, and was the favourite for the job, however lost out to Micky Adams. … Read More
2010 59 Years Old After Colchester United appointed Aidy Boothroyd as manager he became his assistant manager. But on 20 May 2010, Aidy Boothroyd resigned as manager to join Coventry City and 11 days later, Ward was promoted to manager. … Read More


2011 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In late March 2011, John Ward got his best win as Colchester manager to date with the U's beating Exeter 5-1 at home. … Read More
In February 2012, Ward captured former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Martin Rowlands on a free transfer and also completed a one month emergency loan deal for West Ham United forward Freddie Sears. … Read More
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