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Colin Calderwood

Colin Calderwood

Colin Calderwood in 2007
Personal information
Full name Colin Calderwood
Date of birth (1965-01-20) 20 January 1965
Place of birth Stranraer, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Mansfield Town 100 (1)
1985–1993 Swindon Town 330 (20)
1993–1999 Tottenham Hotspur 162 (7)
1999–2000 Aston Villa 26 (0)
2000–2001 Nottingham Forest 8 (0)
2001 Notts County (loan) 5 (0)
Total 631 (28)
National team
1995–1999 Scotland 36 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Northampton Town
2006–2008 Nottingham Forest
2009 Newcastle United (caretaker)
2009–2010 Newcastle United (assistant manager)
2010–2011 Hibernian
2011–2012 Birmingham City (assistant manager)
2012–2014 Norwich City (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Colin Calderwood (born 20 January 1965 in Stranraer)[1][2] is a Scottish football player and coach.

Calderwood made over 150 league appearances for Swindon Town and Tottenham Hotspur. He was a regular player for the Scotland national football team during the late 1990s, appearing in two major tournaments. Calderwood retired as a player in 2001.

Calderwood became manager of Northampton Town in 2003, guiding the club to promotion in 2006. He then became manager of Nottingham Forest, helping the club win promotion in 2008. Calderwood was sacked by Forest in December 2008 and then moved to Newcastle United, working as first team coach. After a year with Newcastle, Calderwood became a manager again by moving to Hibernian, but he was sacked after just over a year in that job.

In November 2011 he was appointed as Chris Hughton's assistant manager at Birmingham City. Calderwood followed Hughton to Norwich City in June 2012, and left the club when Hughton was dismissed in April 2014.


  • Club career 1
    • Mansfield Town 1.1
    • Swindon Town 1.2
    • Tottenham Hotspur 1.3
  • Coaching career 2
    • Northampton Town 2.1
    • Nottingham Forest 2.2
    • Newcastle United 2.3
    • Hibernian 2.4
    • Assistant to Hughton 2.5
  • Managerial statistics 3
  • Honours 4
    • As player 4.1
    • As manager 4.2
  • References 5

Club career

Mansfield Town

Despite being born in Stranraer, Calderwood never played in the Scottish leagues.[3] He started his career in the lower reaches of The Football League in England, with Mansfield Town.[3] He played 100 league games for the club, three as substitute.[1] His debut for Mansfield was spoiled by the club making an error in his registration which caused them to be deducted two league points.[2]

Swindon Town

Swindon Town manager Lou Macari signed Calderwood from Mansfield Town in 1985, with a Football League tribunal setting the fee at £27,500.

The 21-year old Calderwood was installed as the club captain,[2] and he made his debut on the first day of the season, a 1–0 defeat at Wrexham on 17 August 1985. Although that season started badly, it ended with the Town breaking the League points record as they won the Fourth Division title.[2] Calderwood's performance in Swindon Town's defence won him the Adver Player of the Year award from the Swindon Advertiser.

The following season, Calderwood helped Swindon Town to their achieve their second successive promotion,[2] after beating Gillingham in the playoff final replay at Selhurst Park.

As Swindon gradually improved in Division Two, Calderwood led the defence, missing only thirteen league games over the next three years. At the end of this period, he led the Town to their first promotion to the top flight, after beating Sunderland in the playoff final at Wembley in 1990. Shortly afterwards, Swindon were demoted to the Third Division due to an irregular payments scandal. The club were reinstated to the Second Division after an appeal. Calderwood was arrested and questioned by the police with regard to the scandal, though was not ultimately charged with anything.[4]

Swindon narrowly avoided relegation in the 1990-91 season, which Calderwood mostly missed after a tackle by Wolves player Steve Bull caused a serious injury. During the following two seasons, Calderwood returned to be an ever present in the Swindon side. Now under the management of Glenn Hoddle, Swindon were promoted to the newly founded Premier League at the end of the 1992–93 season after a 4-3 playoff final victory over Leicester. Calderwood was picked for the Football League representative side, playing against their Italian counterparts.

Tottenham Hotspur

Calderwood's contract with Swindon expired in the summer of 1993. Former manager Ossie Ardiles signed him for Tottenham Hotspur, with a tribunal setting the transfer fee at £1.25 million.[3] This set a new Swindon Town club record for transfer fee received.

Whilst at Tottenham Hotspur for five years Calderwood played with a succession of defenders including Gary Mabbutt and Ramon Vega. While at Tottenham he gained many of his Scotland caps, making his debut against Russia in the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying Group 8 section.[2][3] Calderwood represented his country at UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing in all three matches at the first tournament and two matches at the second.[2][3] He was a regular under Scotland manager Craig Brown.

Calderwood moved on from Tottenham in 1999, signing for Aston Villa.[3] He then had brief spells with Nottingham Forest[5] and Notts County[5] before retiring.[3] Calderwood's career was brought to an end by a broken leg suffered while with Nottingham Forest.[3]

Coaching career

Northampton Town

Upon retirement as a player, Calderwood became reserve team manager at Tottenham. He became manager of Northampton Town on 9 October 2003.[6] In his first two seasons in charge, Northampton reached the promotion playoffs.[3] They finally won promotion in 2006 by finishing second in League Two,[3] setting a new club record for clean sheets in a single season, with 25.

Nottingham Forest

Calderwood was appointed as manager by Nottingham Forest in May 2006.[3][7] Calderwood enjoyed an unbeaten league start to his Forest campaign and won the managerial monthly award for August 2006. Forest led League One by seven points in late November 2006. This lead was squandered, and the club finished in fourth place, 11 points behind leaders Scunthorpe United. Forest lost 5–4 on aggregate to Yeovil Town in the promotion playoffs.[3][8]

In the 2007–08 season, Forest failed to win any of their first six competitive games of the season. Forest went on a good run of form after this, losing just once in fifteen games. Calderwood won a manager of the month award during this run, but he decided to sell the award trophy on eBay to raise funds for presents to hospital patients in Nottingham.[9] The auction was said to have raised around £2,000.[9]

After this, there was a spell of inconsistent results, particularly away from home, which led to Forest dropping into the promotion play-off zone. Forest were nine points short of the automatic promotion places with just four games remaining, which led Calderwood to admit that automatic promotion was unlikely.[10] Forest won six out of their last seven games, which was enough to earn a second place finish and automatic promotion to the Football League Championship.[3]

Calderwood was sacked by Forest in December 2008, as the club had secured just four wins by Christmas.[3][11]

Newcastle United

Calderwood was appointed first team coach at Newcastle United on 26 January 2009.[12] Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.[13] Calderwood then worked as an assistant manager to Chris Hughton as Newcastle gained promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt by winning the 2009–10 Football League Championship.


On 18 October 2010, Calderwood left Newcastle to become manager of Edinburgh side Hibernian.[14] After three losses in his first three matches in charge, including an Edinburgh derby defeat by rivals Hearts, Calderwood's first win as Hibs boss came in a shock 3–0 win against Rangers at Ibrox.[15] Despite this surprise victory, Calderwood suffered criticism after Hibs went on a poor run of results, winning just two of his first fourteen matches as manager.[16] This prompted speculation that he had offered to resign, which was denied.[16] A five match winning run lifted Hibs up into eighth place in the SPL[17] and earned Calderwood the SPL monthly award for February 2011.[18] Hibs finished the 2010–11 season in tenth place.[19]

In June 2011, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest both approached Hibs with a view to appointing Calderwood as their assistant manager.[19][20][21] Calderwood was sacked by Hibs on 6 November 2011, having won just 12 games out of 49.[22]

Assistant to Hughton

Calderwood was appointed assistant manager at Championship club Birmingham City on 24 November 2011, working with Chris Hughton for the third time.[23] When Hughton left for Premier League club Norwich City on 7 June 2012, Calderwood went with him as assistant manager.[24] He left the club when Hughton was dismissed on 6 April 2014.[25]

Managerial statistics

As of 18:52, 6 November 2011 (UTC)[26]
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Northampton Town  England 9 October 2003 30 May 2006 154 74 40 40 48.05
Nottingham Forest  England 30 May 2006 26 December 2008 136 57 42 37 41.91
Hibernian  Scotland 18 October 2010 6 November 2011 49 12 11 26 24.49
Total 339 143 93 103 42.18


As player


As manager



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  8. ^ "Nottm Forest 2-5 Yeovil". BBC News. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
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  13. ^ "Reality begins to bites for Newcastle United". 30 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  14. ^ "Colin Calderwood Appointed Manager".  
  15. ^ McDermott, Scott (11 November 2010). "Colin Calderwood's new laid back approach helps inspire troops to shock Ibrox win".  
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  17. ^ "Calderwood 'not too worried' by Hibs' initial poor form". BBC Sport. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Monthly awards for Colin Calderwood and Callum Booth". BBC Sport. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Birmingham City ask to speak to Colin Calderwood". BBC Sport. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  20. ^ Majoribanks, Brian (29 June 2011). "Calderwood set for crunch talks after Birmingham ask for permission to speak to Hibs boss".  
  21. ^ "Colin Calderwood wants Forest return - Steve McClaren". BBC Sport (BBC). 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  22. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (6 November 2011). "Calderwood sacked as Hibs manager". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  23. ^ "Colin Calderwood joins Birmingham City as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  24. ^ "Chris Hughton appointed as new Norwich City manager". BBC Sport. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Chris Hughton: Norwich sack manager and appoint Neil Adams". BBC Sport. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  26. ^ Colin Calderwood management career stats at Soccerbase
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