John McGovern

John McGovern

Former Professional Footballer, After Dinner Speaker, Guest Apperances

A former Scottish former association football player and manager. McGovern is most famous for being part of the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup twice, under the management of Brian Clough.

Although McGovern was born in Scotland, he moved with his family to Hartlepool at the age of seven. He was a fine all-round athlete from an early age, but it was at rugby rather than football that he first excelled. At school in Hartlepool, he was the fly half and captain of the first XV. Switching to the round-ball code at 15, he was signed on apprentice forms by Brian Clough and in Hartlepool's first team at the age of 16.

At the age of 19 he became the youngest player to play in all four divisions of the Football League and during his playing career he won promotion with Hartlepool United, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. He also won two Scottish U23 caps, and was to go on a play over 500 league games during his career. He forged a long-lasting relationship with manager, Brian Clough, and assistant-manager, Peter Taylor, at both Derby County and Nottingham Forest, who recognised his foot balling ability, despite his missing a muscle in his back.

After winning a League Championship medal at Derby County, and then a brief spell at Leeds United, John went on to be Captain of Nottingham Forest where he won the League Championship again along with two League Cups and two European Cups. In all clubs he was recruited by Brian Clough.

John has been Player Manager at Bolton Wanderers, Assistant Manager at Plymouth Argyle and Hull City, Joint Manager at Rotherham United as well as a brief spell as Manager of Woking F.C. from 1997 to 1998.

John does a very good impression of Brian Clough that always seems to go down well at Sportsmans Dinners and After Dinner events. He always works well alongside fellow Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns reliving the glory days at Forest

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