Swindon Managers Countdown

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This feature was only meant to last one month, however with the various transfer news and other commitments, this has turned into a beast of a project so Managers Month is rolling over into July with the final ten.

So far I’ve confirmed my initial suspicions that Paul Hart was our worst ever manager. Yes he didn’t come 30th, however Hart’s tenure wasn’t cut short by World War 2, so in my eyes he takes the worst ever manager mantle away from the unfortunate Neil Harris.

Also, in addition to Harris and Hart, Onoura, Quinn, Lindley, Todd and Malpas were all worse than Swindon Town being managed by committee selection in 1955-1956.

The countdown has punished those who’s commitment to the Town cause has left them, as Dennis Wise and Dave Mackay have found out.

Early managers Louis Page and Sam Allen are relatively high in the countdown, which is really good considering they could only pick up points in two of the three competitions eligible here.

Despite gaining a promotion from League Two, Paul Sturrock only makes it to No.12, beaten by Danny Wilson’s achievements in League One.

The managers reviewed so far:

30 – Neil Harris – 44.3 points

29 – Paul Hart – 84.6 points

28 – Iffy Onoura – 151.47 points

27 – Jimmy Quinn – 157.7 points

26 – Maurice Lindley – 181.1 points

25 – Colin Todd – 185.1 points

24 – Maurice Malpas – 191.84 points

23A – Committee Selection – 199.1 points

23 – Dennis Wise – 206.7 points

22 – Dave Mackay – 212.3 points

21 – Ken Beamish – 214.8 points

20 – Andy King (1) – 229.6 points

19 – John Trollope – 230.3 points

18 – Ted Vizard – 244.8 points

17 – Andy King (2) – 247.2 points

16 – Louis Page – 250.4 points

15 – Sam Allen – 256.9 points

14 – Les Allen – 258.1 points

13 – John Gorman – 259.5 points

12 – Paul Sturrock – 265.5 points

11 – Danny Wilson – 278.2 points

10 – Bert Head – 287.4 points

9 - Danny Williams (1974-1978) – 305.5 points

8 – Roy Evans – 326 points

7 – Steve McMahon – 340.7 points

6 – Lou Macari – 348.1 points

5 – Ossie Ardiles – 363.9 points

4 – Bobby Smith – 388.9 points

3 – Glenn Hoddle – 404.6 points

2 – Fred Ford – 409.6 points

1 – Danny Williams (1965-1969) – 423.2 points

See my earlier post for an explanation of how the scoring works.

So keep in touch to find out which Swindon Town manager is statistically our most successful in Football League, FA Cup and League Cup.

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All match statistics used in Managers Month are from the excellent http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk

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