Managers

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# Manager P W D L F A Win % GF/G GA/G PPG*
1 Brian Holmes 71 33 10 28 196 144 46.48% 2.76 2.03 1.54
2 Ernie Steele 30 15 4 11 61 49 50.00% 2.03 1.63 1.63
3 Den Gully 37 21 4 12 72 59 56.76% 1.95 1.59 1.81
4 Brian Sharples 52 10 12 30 61 111 19.23% 1.17 2.13 0.81
5 Pete Amos 70 27 19 24 120 124 38.57% 1.71 1.77 1.43
6 Russell Petersen 33 13 6 14 43 55 39.39% 1.30 1.67 1.36
7 John Groucott 44 11 10 23 45 86 25.00% 1.02 1.95 0.98
8 Mike Howe 172 60 45 67 272 295 34.88% 1.58 1.72 1.31
9 John Mitten 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.00% 0.00 2.00 0.00
10 Brent Howard 28 1 7 20 17 55 3.57% 0.61 1.96 0.36
11 Roy Banfield 3 1 0 2 3 5 33.33% 1.00 1.67 1.00
12 Mike Southcott 191 52 37 102 251 388 27.23% 1.31 2.03 1.01
13 John Owen 246 134 50 62 525 333 54.47% 2.13 1.35 1.84
14 Martyn Rogers 1172 670 212 290 2670 1324 57.17% 2.28 1.13 1.90
15 Chris Vinnicombe 22 4 5 13 21 47 18.18% 0.95 2.14 0.77
16 Mark Saunders 119 40 32 47 144 162 33.61% 1.21 1.36 1.28
17 Kevin Hill 1 0 0 1 3 4 0.00% 3.00 4.00 0.00
18 Jamie Ward 9 2 2 5 5 12 22.22% 0.56 1.33 0.89
19 John Clarkson 60 37 10 13 115 73 61.67% 1.92 1.22 2.02
*PPG is a theoretical calculation assuming all matches are worth 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. Figures are correct up to the end of the 2016/17 season.

Brian Holmes (June 1969–June 1971)
Goalkeeper who was signed from St Marks in 1963, and went on to become a key player in Tiverton’s success over the following decade. In 1969 he was appointed as the club’s first manager in the modern sense of the word, stepping up as Tivvy did away with the traditional selection committee that had served them through the first fifty years of their existence.

Ernie Steele (June 1971–May 1972)
Ernest Steele, a professional footballer and cricketer who played for Ossett Town FC and Ossett CC in the early 1950's. He had played league football with Oldham Athletic, Rochdale, Torquay United, Notts County, Crystal Palace and Millwall before the war, then in non league football after the war. As a cricketer, he played in Lancashire's 2nd XI before embarking on a long career in club cricket. After leaving Ossett, he went to Barnsley CC, where he played alongside Michael Parkinson and Dickie Bird as well as being groundsman. He moved to Tiverton in the late 1960s where he was manager for the 1970/71 season and later groundsman. He collapsed and died at the age of 86 whilst watching his son Hedley playing for Tivvy in 1997.

Den Gully (May 1972–May 1973)

Brian Sharples (May 1973–September 1974)
Bradford-born centre-half who played in the Football League for Birmingham City and Exeter City. In 1965 he made history when he became Birmingham’s first ever Football League substitute in a match against Preston North End, and during his three years at Exeter he played alongside a number of future Tivvy players including John Mitten and Alan Banks. Having retired from the full-time game in 1971 he was appointed manager of Tiverton for the club’s inaugural season in the Western League in 1973 and stayed at the helm for 18 months, helping guide the club through what was a difficult transition into more competitive football.

Pete Amos (September 1974–February 1976)
Wing-half who played in the Southern League for Cheltenham Town and Gloucester City. He managed Tiverton for 18 months in the mid-1970s, and is now a UEFA A qualified coach who works with Yeovil Town Ladies. Amos was Assistant Manager at Weston-super-Mare when they won the Western League title in 1991 and with it promotion to the Southern League, and his coaching skills were noticed in the professional ranks as he moved to Bristol City to work with their youth Academy. He went on to work as a coach for England Under 18s then as a manager with Bristol City Ladies before moving on to Yeovil in 2013.

Russell Petersen (March 1976–November 1976)
Defender who had enjoyed huge success in the non-league game with Falmouth Town and Bideford, and signed for Tiverton in August 1975. Towards the end of that solid yet unspectacular season Peterson took over as manager from Pete Amos. Financial constraints and a poor run of form the following October led to Peterson resigning from his post and moving to Barnstaple Town.

John Groucott (December 1976–June 1977, August 1980–October 1980)

Mike Howe (June 1977–July 1980, August 1981–January 1982)

John Mitten (August 1980)
Manchester-born left winger who made over 200 Football League apprearances in a 15-year career, starting at Mansfield, and then taking in Newcastle United, Leicester, Coventry, Plymouth and Exeter. Mitten also enjoyed brief success in County Cricket, representing Leicestershire on a number of occasions. Perhaps most notably he is the son of former Manchester United winger and 'Bogota Bandit' Charlie Mitten, and he played under his father at both Mansfield and Newcastle.

Brent Howard (October 1980–May 1981)
Brent Howard took on the manager’s job at Ladysmead during a period where Tivvy was very much at its lowest ebb, and by his own admission, and that of many of his contemporaries it was a thankless task. Town were winless, they had an empty bank balance, and the local press were insistent on making the club a laughing stock. While Howard’s record will not stand up statistically, his presence alone afforded the officials time for reflection, allowed the club to fight another day, and out of times of struggle came, a few years later, the success that many are familiar with. It is when revelling in the successes under John Owen and Martyn Rogers that it is worth taking the time to reflect on those, Howard included, who kept the club alive in the most turbulent of times.

Roy Banfield (c/t January 1982–February 1982)
Banfield was a consistent goalscorer during his playing time at Ladysmead, leading the club's scoring charts in the 1958/59 season, and he ammassed more than 100 goals in just five full seasons. He was regarded highly at the start of his career and even had a trial with West Bromwich Albion in 1956, who were then managed by visionary coach Vic Buckingham, layer of the foundations of what would become known as Total Fotball when managing Ajax in the mid-60s. Banfield himself remained associated with Tiverton and stepped in to take cotrol of three games in early 1982 after the controversial dismissal of Mike Howe.

Mike Southcott (February 1982–May 1986)
As a player Mike Southcott enjoyed success at Ladysmead in the mid 1960s and was a key player during the transition from Devon & Exeter to Western League football. His managerial tenure was far more testing; having controversially inherited the role from Mike Howe amongst a wave of boardroom politicking, his five-year stay saw two mass exoduses of the playing squad, one immediately as the charges he inherited largely walked out in protest of Howe's sacking, and again in 1984 when plans were announced that the club would resign from the Western League. That Southcott came through these challenges and went a long way to stabalising the club despite a zero-pound budget and constant backtoom unrest is testimony to his legacy.

John Owen (June 1986–May 1991)
Having joined the club from Clyst Rovers as a coach in 1984, Owen took over as manager from Mike Southcott in a move that signalled the emergence of Tiverton as a force within the Western League. He attracted the likes of Richard Forbes, Kevin Bryant and Phil Adcock to the club and, after years of battling at the wrong end of the table Owen formulated a team that began to press towards the healthy end of the standings. His five-year spell as manager culmiated in promotion to the Premier Division, the club's first appearance in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, and when he stepped aside and took on the role of Assistant Manager in 1991 Tivvy was in far better health than it had been for 25 years.

Martyn Rogers (June 1991–May 2010, June 2014–)
Tiverton’s most decorated manager, Rogers acted as understudy to John Owen before taking charge in the summer of 1991, and building on the foundations his predecessor laid. He led the team to the FA Vase final in 1993, and an unprecedented period of success followed, including four Western League titles, a string of strong FA Cup performances, and then, in 1998, an FA Vase victory at Wembley Stadium. A year later Rogers guided the team back to the national stadium and successfully defended the Vase, whilst also winning promotion to the Southern League, and two seasons later Tiverton gained promotion again, cementing Rogers as the finest manager the club has had.

Chris Vinnicombe (June 2010–November 2010)
A former England Youth international, Vinnicombe had played for Exeter City, Glasgow Rangers and Wycombe Wanderers, and was chosen as Martyn Rogers’ successor in 2010. However, despite his experience in the professional game he was unable to guide the Yellows forward in a period of transition and stayed at the helm for just four months before his tenure was brought to an end.

Mark Saunders (November 2010–March 2013)
Having inherited a dysfunctional team it took a while for Saunders to mould the squad into a unit capable of the results the individual talent of the players promised. Although his record as manger won’t stand up statistically against many of his peers – the club escaped relegation on a technicality one season, and were duly demoted the following – Saunders’ input was not without merit, and he guided the club to the top of the Southern League First Division table in November 2012 before a horrendous slump in form saw the Yellows fall away dramatically. As a player Mark Saunders was as popular as any other at Tivvy; as a manager he was largely the people’s choice but paid the price for a run of 18 games without a win, and he was shown the door following a 2-1 defeat at home to North Leigh in front of Tivvy's record low Soutern League crowd.

Kevin Hill (c/t March 2013)
A one-match caretaker spell in charge of Tivvy, Hill had already built up a huge respect throughout the club, and his popularity almost burst the seal when he scored on the stroke of half time in that game against Paulton, giving the Yellows a 3-2 lead. However, in line with the form that had seen Mark Saunders depart, Tiverton lost the game, Hill readily took no further part in managerial decisions, and the briefest of tenures was at an end.

Jamie Ward (March 2013–April 2013)
Ward came in from Wellington following Mark Saunders’ ousting, and was tied in to a certain extent as he had only a week ahead of the registration deadline to freshen the squad. An encouraging draw against Merthyr and wins against Clevedon and Sholing were the high points of a nine-match tenure, and Ward was ultimately the victim of a boardroom decision that would affect the club negatively for the following twelve months.

John Clarkson (July 2013–May 2014)
John Clarkson had for a few years been associated with Tivvy at board level, all the while gaining relative success during four financially-driven experiments in the semi-professional Spanish leagues. Despite temporarily turning the fortunes of some of Iberia’s smaller clubs, his inevitable departure after twelve moths left the clubs he had been with high and dry, and for none was there any long-term gain. It was very much the same during his money-splashing year at Ladysmead, with failure to gain promotion and his subsequent resignation leaving legendary manager Martyn Rogers having to pick up the pieces and build a new squad almost from scratch.