Jock Basford

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Jock Basford

Appearances: 14 Goals: 1

Date / Year of birth: 3rd December 1919

Position: Defender

Season of first appearance: 1949/50

Season of last appearance: 1949/50

Also played for: Gainsborough Trinity, Brush Sports, Wolverhampton Wanderers (0), Portsmouth (0), Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic (0), Bath City, Southampton (0), West Ham United (0), Birmingham City (0), Grantham Town, Gloucester City and Holbeach United

6' 0" tall defender coincidentally born in Basford, Nottinghamshire who played for amateur club Annesley Welfare during the 1938/39 season as well as featuring for Midland General Omnibus Company in the Nottinghamshire Thursday League.

Jock had trials with Derby and Nottingham Forest before joining Gainsborough Trinity of the Midland and Yorkshire League ahead of the 1939/40 campaign.

During World War II he had a stint with Brush Sports as well as having spells at various Football League clubs as a guest player.

After the war Jock played for Grantham Town before joining Southern League club Gloucester City in the summer of 1948.

In June 1949 Jock joined Margate, becoming the club's new player-manager on a one-year contract. He was a qualified FA coach.

He made his debut in a 2-1 win over Betteshanger at Hartsdown Park on 20.8.49 - the opening day of the 1949/50 season - and Jock's performance at centre-back pleased the local press who praised his power in the air and distribution. His appearances were sporadic over the months that followed but on 29.10.49 Jock scored when playing as a makeshift striker in a 2-2 draw with Sittingbourne at Hartsdown. Shortly afterwards he suffered a depressed fracture of his cheekbone that kept him on the sidelines for two months.

Towards the end of the season Jock was informed that his contract as player-manager would not be renewed and in May 1950 he left the club having scored once in 14 appearances.

Jock joined Midland Counties League outfit Gainsborough Trinity as a player for the start of the 1950/51 campaign - his second spell with the club - and in November 1950 he was in the side that lost 3-0 at home to Plymouth in the First Round of the FA Cup.

Later in the 1950/51 season Jock became player-manager of United Counties League club Holbeach United.

He played for Gainsborough again during the 1953/54 campaign and by the end of that season Jock was 34.

After retiring as a player Jock spent seven years as trainer-coach at Charlton before becoming assistant manager / trainer of Exeter.

In June 1966 he became Exeter's manager before leaving the club in April 1967.

In July 1967 Jock joined Mansfield as a coach and became their manager in July 1970. He was sacked in November 1971 but later returned to the club. He was working as Mansfield's youth team coach at the time of his death on 17.3.82. Jock was 62.

His full name was Walter David Basford.











1949/50 (MFC)

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