Mick Speight


Mick Speight
Mike Speight
Personal information
Full name Michael Speight
Date of birth 1 November 1951 (1951-11-01) (age 59)
Place of birth Upton, West Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1967-69 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969-1980 Sheffield United 199 (14)
1980-1982 Blackburn Rovers 51 (4)
1982-1984 Grimsby Town 38 (2)
1984-1985 Chester City 40 (1)
National team
1978 England B
Teams managed
1984-1985 Chester City
1991-1994 Moss
1999-2000 Sogndal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mike Speight (born 1 November 1951, Upton, West Yorkshire) is a former English footballer who had a long spell with Sheffield United and later had a five–month caretaker manager stint at Chester City in 1984–85.

Playing career

A midfielder, Speight made 199 Football League appearances for Sheffield United after signing full professional forms in 1969. One of the highlights of this spell was being part of the England B side on their tour of Asia and Oceania.[1] He left after a testimonial in 1980 for Blackburn Rovers for a reported £60,000, having rejected the chance to join Bobby Robson's Ipswich Town side two years earlier.[2] He made 51 league appearances for Rovers before moving on to Grimsby Town in the summer of 1982. After a further 40 league appearances, Speight moved on again two years later.

Managerial career

In August 1984 Speight joined Chester as player–coach as he sought to achieve his ambition of managing a Football League club by the age of 35.[1] The sacking of manager John McGrath four months later meant Speight achieved his ambition as he become caretaker–manager, a role he held until the end of the season. Speight instilled new belief in the side as it pulled away from the bottom of Division Four, with new signing Stuart Rimmer from Everton proving a prolific capture.

Despite the impressive run of results, Speight had to stand aside in July 1985 when former Wigan Athletic manager Harry McNally was appointed the new Chester boss. Speight had earlier in the year been announced as manager,[3] but he had not signed a contract and had been openly critical of the way the club operated, saying it was "run on an amateur level right through the place".[3]

Speight continued playing for the club in the early weeks of the 1985-86 season but he began looking for new opportunities and took up a management post in Norway midway through the campaign, after a brief spell with Rhyl.

He still lives in Norway, where he has been head coach at several clubs, including Sogndal,[4] Moss[5] and Mjøndalen. On 23 November 2007, he was appointed offensive coach at Vålerenga.

References

  1. ^ a b Focus on Mike Speight, Chester City v. Tranmere Rovers matchday programme, 3/10/84, p. 13
  2. ^ Focus on Mick Speight, Chester City v. Tranmere Rovers matchday programme, 3/10/84, p. 13
  3. ^ a b Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. pp. 100. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  4. ^ http://www.sogndalfotball.no/Klubben/Historia/13Trenaranefr%C3%A51957/tabid/497/Default.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.mossfk.no/kat/000039.asp

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