Asa Hartford will be remembered by Norwich fans as the scorer
of the goal than won Norwich the 1985
Milk Cup final against Sunderland at Wembley. Despite this
achievement, he rejected the one year contract offered to him
and joined Bolton Wanderers in July 1985 as player/coach. Similar
positions were held at Stockport County (June 1987), Shrewsbury
Town (as coach July 1989 and manager in January 1990), Boston
United (manager Feb 1991), Blackburn Rovers (coach in 1991, Reserves
manager in 1992) and Stoke City (November 1993), He joined Manchester
City as Assistant Manager to Alan Ball and held the caretaker
manager's position during the autumn of turmoil in 1996 when it
seemed that no-one wanted this position including Hartford.
The Manchester City managerial debacle was not the first time
that he had received attention from the press. In 1971 a proposed
transfer from West Bromwich Albion to Leeds fell through when
a medical revealed that Asa had a hole in his heart. This did
not deter him and he played over seven hundred games and gained
fifty Scottish caps. His playing career was spent at West Brom
(1967, 214 league games), Manchester City (1974, 185 league games),
Nottingham Forest (1979, 3 games), Everton (1979, 81 league games),
Manchester City (1981, 75 league games) before helding out to
the USA to join the Fort Lauderdale Sun. On his return to England,
he joined Norwich City in November 1984 for whom he played 28
league games, 40 in total and scored five goals. He opted for
Norwich despite good offers from Preston, Swindon and Wolves.
Asa was reserve team coach under Kevin Keegan at Manchester City
but was displaced when new manager Stuart Pearce brought in his
own coaching line-up in May 2005. After a spell coaching at Blackpool,
Hartford joined Macclesfield on 29th June 2007 as Assistant Manager.
Hartford an manager Ian Brightwell were sacked in February 2008
to be replaced by Keith Alexander.
In April 2008 he was given a role with Accrington Stanley coaching
the junior teams and the reserves, but was made redundant from
this role in October 2011 and subsequently joined Birmingham City
as a scout.
Hartford returned to Norwich City in the summer of 2012 as part
of Ewen Chester's scouting team. He
will look after the North West of England