John McGovern

John McGovern

3 stars

  • Nott Forest Legend From Their Glory Years
  • Some Great Tales Of His Football Career

Wilf McGuiness the only man to play for and manage Manchester United was born on the 25th October 1937 in Manchester.

Wilf was a big fan of both City and United as a youngster and eventually signed for United as an England Schoolboy International in 1953.

After seven successful years, Wilf’s playing career was cut short due to a leg injury when he was only 22. He went on to join United’s training staff. He went on to be involved with the preparation of several England teams, including the 1966 World Cup squad.

On the 9th April 1969 it was announced that Wilf was being appointed as successor to Sir Matt Busby. Although he had already served the club for almost 17 years, he faced a daunting situation as replacement for one of the game’s greatest Managers, in one of the most prestigious managerial seats in the business.

Through the four seasons that McGuinness was manager he took United to 7 Cup Semi-Finals, unfortunately they did not win one and Wilf was asked to resign.

Between 1971 and 1974 he managed the Greek clubs Aris Salonika and Panahaiki. Between 1975 and 1977 he managed York City. In 1986, McGuinness was on the coaching staff at Bury.

Wilf is now recognised as one of the UK’s premier soccer after-dinner speakers.