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Andy Thorn (footballer)


Andy Thorn (footballer)

For other people named Andy Thorn, see Andy Thorn (disambiguation).

Andy Thorn
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-11-12) 12 November 1966 (age 47)
Place of birthCarshalton, London, England
Height5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Playing positionDefender
Senior career*
1988–1989Newcastle United36(2)
1989–1994Crystal Palace128(3)
1996–1998Tranmere Rovers35(1)
National team
1987–1988England U215(0)
Teams managed
2011Coventry City (caretaker)
2011–2012Coventry City
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andy Thorn (born 12 November 1966 in Carshalton) is an English former professional footballer. He was the manager of Football League Division One side Coventry City until August 2012.

As a player he was a defender from 1984 until 1998. Whilst with Wimbledon, he was part of the side that achieved the famous victory over Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. He also played in the 1990 FA Cup Final for Crystal Palace, although this time ended up on the losing side. He also played for Newcastle United, Hearts and Tranmere Rovers.

Club career

Thorn began a playing career with Wimbledon in 1984, playing as a traditional English centre half in the Crazy Gang, alongside Dennis Wise, Lawrie Sanchez and Vinnie Jones. During his initial period at the club he played 107 league games, scoring twice, and also winning five England U21 caps.[1] One of his league goals for the Dons was their first in the First Division after promotion in 1986, a consolation goal in a 3–1 opening day defeat to Manchester City at Maine Road.[2]

Thorn left Wimbledon in 1988 to play for Newcastle United. Although he stayed at St James' Park for only one year, he was nevertheless a mainstay in the starting line-up during the 1988–89 season, before moving on to Crystal Palace in November 1989, where he is now remembered as a legend.[1]

He was credited with improving a poor defence, helping secure Palace's top-flight status. He appeared in Palace's first Cup Final; the 1990 FA Cup Final.[1]

He returned to Wimbledon in 1994, playing 37 league games before moving to Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian, where he played a handful of games, and then finally to Tranmere Rovers, before retiring prematurely in 1998 due to a knee injury, aged 31.[3]

Managerial career

Thorn joined Coventry City as chief scout before becoming caretaker-manager alongside Steve Harrison after Aidy Boothroyd's departure. Coventry enjoyed a successful close to the season under his leadership, losing only one game against Middlesbrough. His first game as the official manager of the club was the final home game of the 2010–2011 season against Reading.

However,the 2011–2012 season saw Coventry relegated to the Football League First Division following a home defeat by Doncaster Rovers on 21 April 2012.[4] Thorn claimed an inability to buy new players and conflict at boardroom level had been major contributors towards Coventry's relegation.[5] The club agreed to keep Thorn to oversee their promotion campaign back to the Championship for the forthcoming 2012–13 season. However, Thorn was sacked as manager on 26 August 2012 after a 2–2 home draw against Bury in which Coventry lost a two-goal advantage in the second half and were booed off at the end of the game.[6]

Managerial statistics

As of 25 August 2012.
Team Country From To Record
G W D L Win %
Coventry City England 14 March 2011 26 August 2012 60 13 20 27 21.67
Total 60 13 20 27 21.67


FA Cup 1988 (Winner) with Wimbledon

FA Cup 1990 (Finalist) with Crystal Palace


External links

  • Soccerbase
  • Template:Soccerbase (manager)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Glenn Roeder
Newcastle United F.C. captain
Succeeded by
Roy Aitken

Template:Crystal Palace F.C. Player of the Year

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