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
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
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