Alan Dicks

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Alan Dicks
Alan Dicks (1955).png
Alan Dicks, May 1955
Personal information
Date of birth (1934-08-29) 29 August 1934 (age 85)
Place of birth Kennington, London, England
Playing position(s) Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1958 Chelsea 33 (1)
1958–1962 Southend United 85 (2)
Teams managed
1967–1980 Bristol City
1982–1983 Ethnikos Piraeus
1984–1985 Apollon Limassol
1989–1990 Al-Rayyan SC
1990–1991 Fulham
1996–1997 Carolina Dynamo
1999–2001 Charleston Battery
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:51, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Alan Dicks (born 29 August 1934) is an English retired footballer and football manager.[1] He managed Bristol City for thirteen years and managed clubs in four countries on three continents.

Born in London, he signed for Chelsea at the age of 17, though his playing time in the first team was limited to 35 matches in six years, during this time he completed his two years national service with the RAF and so only played one game in Chelsea's 1954–55 championship season.[2] In 1958 he moved to Southend United, and in 1962 joined Coventry City as assistant manager/coach under Jimmy Hill.

In 1967 Hill recommended him for the vacant manager's job at Bristol City. He took the job at the age of just 33, and held it for thirteen years. In that time he consolidated City's position in the Second Division, and eventually, in 1976, led them to promotion to the First Division – then English football's top flight. During his spell as manager the club also made the semi-finals of the 1971 League Cup and won the 1978 Anglo-Scottish Cup.[3] Dicks remained as manager throughout City's four-year stay in Division 1, but relegation and a poor start to the following season saw him leave in October 1980.[3] Subsequently, City suffered three relegations in as many years.

Dicks also managed Ethnikos Piraeus in Greece,[4] Apollon Limassol in Cyprus and in Qatar (where he won the championship with Al-Rayyan Sports Club).

He managed Fulham for one season in 1990–91 having been initially recruited to help manager Ray Lewington. It was his first job back in English football for over a decade. The team's performance was poor. They finished 21st in the league (a position which normally would have seen them relegated to Division Four, though they were saved from this fate thanks to league restructuring) and were eliminated from the FA Cup by non-league side Hayes. Things appeared to be going better in the following season, but a run of five successive defeats near the end of 1991 saw him sacked. [5] After leaving Fulham he moved to the United States and subsequently became head coach of Carolina Dynamo and then Charleston Battery in the A-League.[6]

Manager statistics[edit]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Bristol City 1 October 1967 30 September 1980 611 202 174 235 033.1
Fulham 9 July 1990 31 December 1991 75 17 23 35 022.7
Total[7] 686 219 197 270 031.9


  1. ^ "Alan Dicks". Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. ^ Henderson, Charlie (30 April 2005). "Champions of a different era". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Bristol City". Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ "When Saturday Comes - Weekly Howl 11-09-09".
  5. ^ "Alan Dicks 1990–1991". Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Battery agrees to terms with Alan Dicks to lead the club into the millenium". Archived from the original on 9 September 2004. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Alan Dicks – managerial statistics". Retrieved 15 January 2013.

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