|Full name||Frederick John Callaghan|
|Date of birth||19 December 1944|
|Place of birth||Fulham, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position(s)||Left back|
|1996||Carshalton Athletic (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Frederick John Callaghan (born 19 December 1944) is an English retired professional football left back, who made over 290 appearances in the Football League for Fulham. As a player, he was described as "a tough-tackling defender who was not averse to crunching tackles and the occasional overlap down the flank". After retiring as a player, Callaghan became a manager and coach, most notably in the Football League with Brentford. He had a long career managing and coaching in non-league football.
A left back, Callaghan joined First Division club Fulham as an apprentice in 1962 and made his first senior appearances during the 1963–64 season. By the 1966–67 season, he had broken into the starting lineup on a regular basis, but was part of the team which suffered a double relegation from the First to the Third Division in 1968 and 1969. Callaghan made a career-high 52 appearances during the 1970–71 season and helped the Cottagers to promotion back to the Second Division with a second-place finish. Callaghan made his final appearances for the club during the 1972–73 season and was forced to retire in 1974 due to a back injury.
Managerial and coaching career
Callaghan had a long managerial and coaching career in non-league football and held roles at Enfield, Woking, Basingstoke Town, Wealdstone, Carshalton Athletic, Walton & Hersham and Kingstonian.
In February 1977, Callaghan joined Fourth Division club Brentford until the end of the 1976–77 season, as assistant to manager Bill Dodgin Jr. His arrival coincided with the team's sharp upturn in form, which culminated in a run of just two defeats from the final 18 matches of the season, which pulled the club away from the re-election places. After Dodgin Jr. was given a "leave of absence" in March 1980, Callaghan returned to Griffin Park as caretaker manager until the end of the 1979–80 season. After some positive early results, he signed a two-year permanent contract in April 1980 and managed the Bees to an 18th-place finish, clear of the Third Division relegation places.
Callaghan would go on to manage Brentford for three-and-a-half seasons and presided over an overhaul of the squad and coaching structure at Griffin Park. The 1980–81 season saw the arrival of player/assistant manager Ron Harris, a re-formation of the youth setup and the arrivals of Terry Hurlock, David Crown and Gary Roberts. Callaghan added Stan Bowles and Chris Kamara to the midfield during the 1981–82 season and forwards Francis Joseph and Tony Mahoney in 1982–83, but the team's form went into decline during the 1983–84 season and he was sacked in February 1984. Callaghan's three seasons as permanent manager resulted in 9th, 8th and 9th-place finishes respectively in the Third Division.
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