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Dale Gordon

Dale Gordon
Norwich Career: 1984-1991 (248 appearances, 43 goals)
Current Club: Great Yamrouth Town (Ridgeons League) (Director of Football)
Date of Birth: 09/01/1967 
Nationality: English

Biography

Caister born winger Dale Gordon made his league debut as a 17year old against Liverpool in August 1984. A product of the Norwich Youth team and capped by England Youth in 1984 and 1985, he became a regular fixture in Ken Brown's side and in the following seven years, he made 248 appearances scoring 43 goals. In November 1991, he was sold to Scottish champions Rangers for £1.2million. At Ibrox, Dale won two Scottish league championships, the Scottish Cup and the Skol Cup. A £750,000 move to West Ham in November 1993 was not successful as his time at Upton Park was hampered by injuries. A loan spell at Peterborough was followed by a move to Mel Machin's Bournemouth as player coach. The playing side of his career was still limited by injury and Dale hung up his boots in February 1997.

According to an interview with the Pink Un (Feb 23rd 1997), Dale would like to move into management but has created his own football academy for boys and girls aged 6-15 in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas. This managerial desire was met in May 1997 with his appointment as the new manager of Jewson league side Great Yarmouth Town. Yarmouth had a successful first season under Dale's leadership with Stuart Roach netting over 40 goals. One of Tony Spearing's first acts as manager of King's Lynn was to sign Dale Gordon for the Linnets. However he would only play on Saturdays as his Soccer Academy keeps him busy during the week. Dale retained his role as Yarmouth's Director of Football.

In mid November 1998, Dale crossed over to the other side of the Yare to join Eastern Counties League rivals Gorleston as their Director of Football. The reasoning behind the move was that Dale wanted a more hands-on approach to management. His friendship with Gorleston's chairman Albert Jones persuaded him to assist them in their current plight as they were one place off the bottom of the table. However his debut for the Greens at home to Histon was less than successful as he received a red card in the 52nd minute for retaliation and dissent. The ten men eventually conceded a goal and lost the match 1-0.

In December 1998, Dale took over as manager of Gorleston following the departure by mutual agreement of Mel Antcliffe and Paul Casey. Once of his first moves was to sign keeper Mark Hemmings from Wroxham. Dale was assisted by former Norwich and Ipswich star Mal Lucas and ex-Gorleston regular Tyrone Marsden as coach. Dale also recruited former Canary teammate Robert Fleck.

On 19th April 2000, Dale did the "unthinkable" and joined Ipswich Town. He quit his position at Gorleston to set up an Ipswich Town football academy in Lowestoft although this is no longer in operation with Gordon running an indpendent football school.

In October 2007, Dale was appointed as Director of Football at struggling Ridgeons League side Great Yarmouth Town by new chairman Stephen Brierley. Former Norwich City ace Gordon's phone has not stopped ringing since the announcement he was coming on board with millionaire businessman Brierley. “Players have phoned me left right and centre who want to be part of what we are trying to achieve,” said Gordon.

“It is a question of being patient, and if the right opportunity comes up we will get them involved, but it is important to do this like a professional set up. There is a lot of support for the club in the town and I have received so many messages of support.”

“At the moment we are just working quietly behind the scenes and making sure that the club just runs itself from now until the end of the season. There are a lot of dedicated people at the club and it is important that we keep them involved.”

Gordon said he was planning to have discussions with manager Nick Banham and other members of the backroom staff to see if they wished to remain part of the new set-up.

Dale's son Remy joined the Canaries as an Academy Scholar in the summer of 2009


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