Andy Preece

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Andy Preece
Personal information
Full name Andrew Preece
Date of birth (1967-03-27) 27 March 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Evesham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Worcester City
1987–1988 Evesham United
1988–1989 Northampton Town 1 (0)
1989–1990 Worcester City ? (?)
1990–1991 Wrexham 51 (7)
1991–1994 Stockport County 97 (42)
1994–1995 Crystal Palace 20 (4)
1995–1998 Blackpool 129 (35)
1998–2003 Bury 166 (27)
2003–2005 Carlisle United 40 (10)
2005–2007 Worcester City ? (?)
2010–2012 Northwich Victoria 1 (0)
Total 505 (125)
Teams managed
1999–2003 Bury
2005–2007 Worcester City
2009–2012 Northwich Victoria
2012–2016 Airbus UK Broughton (Director of Football)
2017 Southport
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andrew Preece (born 27 March 1967) is an English football manager and former professional footballer who is assistant manager at Chorley.[1]

As a player, he was a forward from 1986 until 2012, however since 1999 he had mixed his playing duties with various coaching and management positions. He notably played in the Premier League for Crystal Palace, and in the Football League for Northampton Town, Wrexham, Stockport County, Blackpool and Bury. He became player-manager of Bury in 1999, also going on to manage Worcester City and Northwich Victoria.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Evesham, Worcestershire, Preece began his career as a junior with Worcester City, making his debut in the Conference aged 16. He subsequently played for Evesham United before joining Northampton Town in August 1988. He made just one appearance, as a substitute, before being released at the end of the following season.

In July 1989 he rejoined Worcester City and in March 1990 signed for Wrexham. In December 1991 he joined Stockport County for a fee of £10,000. He impressed enough (including scoring the winning goal in a giant-killing feat against Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup) that he signed for Crystal Palace in June 1994, as strike partner to Chris Armstrong, for a fee of £350,000.

However, he struggled to establish himself and joined Blackpool for a fee of £200,000 in July 1995. In July 1997 Preece joined Bury on a free transfer.

Coaching and management career[edit]

In 1999 Preece was appointed player-manager. He was released in December 2003 as Bury tried to cut costs[2] and joined Carlisle United as a player.[3] He was unable to prevent Carlisle's relegation to the Conference, but chose to remain with the Cumbrians for the following season.[4] In February 2005, Preece joined Worcester City as player-manager[5] and led the side to three consecutive top ten finished in the Conference North and in 2006 to the second round of the FA Cup. In October 2007, he left Worcester City.[6]

He became caretaker manager of Northwich Victoria on 25 February 2009.[7] On 14 May 2009, Preece agreed a one-year contract to take over permanently at Northwich as manager.[8]

In the 2009–10 season, he led Northwich to the Second Round of the FA Cup, a considerable achievement, and saw his side defeat former Premier League side Charlton Athletic in the process.[9] In the same season, he saw his side finish 12th in the Conference North in his first season in charge, however financial issues saw his side relegated to the Northern Premier League Premier Division. In spite of relegation and financial uncertainty, he stayed at the club along with his assistant Andy Morrison.[10]

On 21 August 2010, at the age of 43, he returned to football action for the first time in three years by coming off the substitutes' bench in the 90th minute, in a game which Northwich won 1–0 against Retford United on the opening day of the 2010–11 Northern Premier League Premier Division season.[11] On 17 February 2011, he scored a seven-minute hat-trick as Northwich defeated Barnton in the Mid-Cheshire Senior Cup.[12]

He resigned from the club on 16 January 2012 along with the rest of his management team, with the club reporting that he was expected to be appointed Director of Football at Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton the next day.[13] The next day he was appointed to that role.[14] Preece left Airbus in August 2016 by mutual consent.[15]

On 8 February 2017, he returned to the North West to become the new manager of National League side Southport, replacing Steve Burr,[16] until the end of the season.[17]

Preece later moved into his current role of assistant manager at Chorley.


  1. ^ Andy Preece - Chorley F.C.
  2. ^ "Bury release manager Preece". BBC News. 16 December 2003.
  3. ^ "Preece joins Carlisle". BBC News. 19 December 2003.
  4. ^ "Preece to stay at Carlisle". BBC News. 9 June 2004.
  5. ^ Preece is the man for City Archived 28 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Preece leaves St George's Lane Archived 28 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Preece brought in as caretaker boss". Non-League Daily. 25 February 2009. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  8. ^ Simpson, Andrew (15 May 2009). "Northwich Victoria to appoint Andy Preece as manager". Northwich Guardian. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  9. ^ Brown, Oliver (8 November 2009). "Northwich Victoria 1 Charlton Athletic 0: match report". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Appeal Against Relegation: Andy Preece has his say". Northwich Victoria F.C. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Northwich Victoria manager Andy Preece says his team were worthy winners at Retford United". Northwich Guardian. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  12. ^ Smith, Steven (20 February 2011). "Vics 10–1 Barnton". Barnton F.C. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Preece quits as Northwich Manager". Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Airfield stability the lure for Preece". Welsh Premier League. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
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  16. ^ Lopez-SOU, Jamie (8 February 2017). "Southport FC appoint former Bury player/manager as new boss".
  17. ^ "Preece Says Thank You To Supporters And Sponsors As He Happily Returns To The Terraces From June 30th". Southport F.C. 17 May 2017. Archived from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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