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John Ward

Professional Development Coach


Vastly experienced coach who guided our Professional Development Squad to a league and cup double in 2016/17.

A forward, Ward spent nine years with his hometown team Lincoln between 1970 and 1979, scoring 91 goals in 240 league appearances. 

He also played for Workington, Grimsby and Watford, the club with whom he started his coaching career as assistant-manager to Graham Taylor in 1982. 

Ward followed Taylor to Aston Villa in 1987 and stayed for four years before leaving for York, where he was handed his first managerial position. 

He managed both Bristol clubs in the 1990s, guiding City to promotion from the Second Division as runners-up in 1997/98, and also became assistant-boss at both Burnley and Wolves. 

A League Two play-off winner with Cheltenham in 2005/06, he later took the reins at Carlisle, Colchester and Bristol Rovers (again), the last club he managed.

Ward, who has taken charge of over 700 competitive matches, was appointed Walsall's Professional Development coach in September 2015.