16 Facts About Alan Buckley


Alan Peter Buckley was born on 20 April 1951 and is an English former professional footballer and football manager who now works as a sports co-commentator for BBC Humberside.


Alan Buckley moved into management and has been in charge of Walsall, Kettering Town, West Bromwich Albion, Lincoln City and Rochdale.


Alan Buckley gained renown for his three stints as manager of Grimsby Town between 1988 and 2008, where his achievements have made him the club's most successful manager.


Alan Buckley began his career with Nottingham Forest, but was transferred to Walsall in 1973 having never managed to win a regular place in the first team.


Alan Buckley became a prolific striker at Fellows Park, before he was transferred briefly to Birmingham City in October 1978.


Alan Buckley returned to Walsall as their record signing in June 1979.


Alan Buckley gained a favourable reputation during his time in the Black Country, scoring against Manchester United as a player during an FA Cup upset in January 1975, and leading his Walsall side as a manager to victories against the likes of Arsenal, and a draw at Anfield during a League Cup run which took them to the semi-finals, just '90 Minutes From Europe'.


Alan Buckley was sacked in August 1986, when Terry Ramsden bought the club, installing his own managerial team within 90 minutes of the takeover deal being completed.


Alan Buckley remained at Blundell Park until the autumn of 1994 when he joined Grimsby's Division One rivals West Bromwich Albion.


Alan Buckley's spell at the Hawthorns lasted two-and-a-half years before he was sacked for failing to get Albion anywhere near a promotion challenge.


Alan Buckley left the Imps in April 2002, with the club stating that financial reasons were behind his departure.


Alan Buckley then took charge of Rochdale in June 2003, but left by mutual consent in December of the same year after failing to revive the club's fortunes.


On 9 November 2006 Alan Buckley was appointed manager of Grimsby for a third time.


Only 14 managers have reached 1,000 matches in charge of a Football League team by 1998 and Alan Buckley is one of them.


On 14 June 2012 Alan Buckley returned to Grimsby for a fourth time by joining the coaching staff as the new U17's team manager.


Alan Buckley has continued to work in this role alongside his current management duties of the club's U17 side.