Colin Todd

Colin Todd
Colin Todd
Personal information
Full name Colin Todd[1]
Date of birth 12 December 1948 (1948-12-12) (age 62)
Place of birth Chester-le-Street, England
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1964–1966 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1971 Sunderland 173 (3)
1971–1978 Derby County 293 (6)
1978–1979 Everton 32 (1)
1979–1982 Birmingham City 93 (0)
1982–1984 Nottingham Forest 36 (0)
1984 Oxford United 12 (0)
1984 Vancouver Whitecaps 8 (0)
1984 Luton Town 2 (0)
Total 649 (10)
National team
1972–1977 England 27 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Middlesbrough
1995–1999 Bolton Wanderers
2000 Swindon Town
2001–2002 Derby County
2004–2007 Bradford City
2007–2009 Randers FC
2009 Darlington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Colin Todd (born 12 December 1948) is an English football manager and former player. As a player, he made more than 600 appearances in the Football League, playing for Sunderland, Derby County, Everton, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Oxford United and Luton Town,[2] and also played in the North American Soccer League for the Vancouver Whitecaps.[3] He won two Football League titles with Derby County during the 1970s, and won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1975. He was capped by England on 27 occasions.[4]

He has managed English league clubs Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers, Swindon Town, Derby County, Bradford City, Darlington and Danish Superliga side Randers FC. He took Bolton Wanderers to the Division One title with 98 points and 100 goals, although he was unable to establish them in the Premier League.


Playing career

Club career

The young Todd had opportunities to sign for Newcastle United and Middlesbrough, but chose Sunderland "because of their tradition for youth".[5] He played a major part in the Sunderland youth team's 1967 victory in the FA Youth Cup, led by coach Brian Clough.[6] By then Todd was already a first-team regular. He made his debut as substitute for Charlie Hurley in a 1–1 draw away against Chelsea in the First Division on 10 September 1966,[7][8] and by mid-season had established himself in the starting eleven.[7] He missed only three league games in the next three seasons,[9] at the end of which Sunderland were relegated from the top flight. After 191 appearances and three goals in all competitions for Sunderland, Todd rejoined Clough at Derby County in February 1971.[7][10]

On joining Derby, he had cost them a British record transfer fee for a defender of £175,000. When linked with Derby, Brian Clough famously remarked "We're not signing Colin Todd, we can't afford him". He then signed him that same day. Clough sent the chairman Sam Longson a telegram informing him of the signing and the size of the fee; £175,000. He formed a formidable partnership with Roy McFarland at club and country level. Under Clough, he helped Derby win the First Division title in his first full season at the Baseball Ground and collected a second title winner's medal under Clough's successor Dave Mackay in 1975.

Well regarded in English football circles, he won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1975 - the same year that he won his second league title.

He later played for Everton, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, and Oxford United, finally retiring from playing in 1984 after a brief spell with Luton Town.

International career

He won 27 England caps.

Managerial career


Todd entered management in March 1990 with Middlesbrough, succeeding Bruce Rioch. He had coached the club from the Third Division to First Division in successive seasons but on taking the manager's job, Middlesbrough were struggling in the Second Division and facing the real threat of moving from the Third to First Division and back again in successive seasons. Todd kept the club in the Second Division and they qualified for the play-offs a year later, although they were denied the chance of promotion after losing to eventual winners Notts County in the semi-finals and Todd quit soon afterwards.

Bolton Wanderers

He moved on to Bolton Wanderers in 1992 as assistant to his predecessor at Middlesbrough, Bruce Rioch. After Rioch left to manage Arsenal, having achieved promotion in the 1994–95 season, McFarland moved to Bolton as joint-manager alongside Todd.

Bolton struggled to cope with the Premier League and McFarland was dismissed in early 1996, leaving Todd in sole charge. He was unable to prevent Bolton's relegation but guided back to the top-flight by winning the First Division in the 1996–97 season, ensuring Bolton's new stadium would host Premier League football. Despite strengthening the squad with new signings, Bolton struggled in the top flight and were relegated again at the end of the season. Todd led the club to the play-off final in 1999 but lost to Watford, and he resigned seven games into the 1999–2000 season following the sale of Per Frandsen to Blackburn Rovers.[11]

Despite Bolton's status as a yo-yo team in the mid 1990's, Todd's team is remembered with affection amongst the Wanderers support.

Swindon Town

Todd returned to management with Swindon Town. His spell at Swindon was unsuccessful as poor results meant the club faced a relegation battle when it had been hoped to gain promotion. Todd won only five out of twenty games with the club.

Derby County

Todd resigned as Swindon manager in November 2000 in order to return to Derby as assistant manager to Jim Smith. When Smith resigned in October 2001 Todd was promoted to manager[12] but he was sacked after just three months having failed to improve the struggling club's form.[13]

Bradford City

Todd joined Bradford City in 2003 as assistant to manager Bryan Robson. When Robson left at the end of the 2003–04 season, Todd was named his successor.[14] It was the fourth time he had been promoted from assistant to manager. He became the longest serving Bradford manager for twenty years, and led the club to several mid-table finishes. After only winning once in ten games, Todd was sacked in February 2007.[15] Shortly afterwards, the club was relegated to League Two and Todd pointed to the departure of key players and lack of funds for new signings as reasons for Bradford's demise.[16]


Todd became manager of Danish side Randers FC in the summer of 2007, replacing the former Danish European champion Lars Olsen who had signed with Odense Boldklub.[16] Todd was due to leave Randers at the end of June 2009, to be replaced by former Arsenal player John Jensen. However, in January 2009 Todd and Randers agreed to go separate ways. Jensen then took over as manager.


Todd was announced as the new manager of League League Two Darlington on 20 May 2009. He replaced Dave Penney who left the club to join League One side Oldham Athletic as a result of Darlington's administration. Todd brought Dean Windass, a player whom he had at Bradford City, as his assistant player manager. Darlington made a poor start to the 2009–10 season, and having picked up just one point from eight league games, Todd agreed with chairman Raj Singh that he would leave the club if they failed to win their ninth game against Grimsby Town. Darlington drew 1–1 with Grimsby and Todd, as well as Windass, left the club.[17] They had won only one of their 11 games in charge, and none in the league—the club's worst start to a season.[17][18]

Personal life

Todd was born into a mining family in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. As a boy he was a fan of Newcastle United.[5] His son Andy is a footballer for Hereford United. having previously appeared under his father's management for Middlesbrough and Bolton.



Last updated after match played 26 September 2009.[18]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Middlesbrough  England March 1990 June 1991 &1000000000000007000000070 &1000000000000002800000028 &1000000000000001600000016 &1000000000000002600000026 &1000000000000004000000040.00
Bolton Wanderers  England June 1995 January 1996 &1000000000000002800000028 &100000000000000050000005 &100000000000000070000007 &1000000000000001600000016 &1000000000000001785999917.86
Bolton Wanderers  England January 1996 September 1999 &10000000000000183000000183 &1000000000000007900000079 &1000000000000005300000053 &1000000000000005100000051 &1000000000000004317000043.17
Swindon Town  England May 2000 November 2000 &1000000000000002000000020 &100000000000000050000005 &100000000000000060000006 &100000000000000090000009 &1000000000000002500000025.00
Derby County  England October 2001 January 2002 &1000000000000001700000017 &100000000000000040000004 &100000000000000020000002 &1000000000000001100000011 &1000000000000002353000023.53
Bradford City  England June 2004 February 2007 &10000000000000139000000139 &1000000000000004400000044 &1000000000000004600000046 &1000000000000004900000049 &1000000000000003164999931.65
Randers FC  Denmark June 2007 January 2009 &1000000000000005700000057 &1000000000000002200000022 &1000000000000001700000017 &1000000000000001800000018 &1000000000000003860000038.60
Darlington  England May 2009 September 2009 &1000000000000001100000011 &100000000000000010000001 &100000000000000020000002 &100000000000000080000008 &0&100000000000000090899999.09


As a player


As a manager


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  2. ^ "Colin Todd". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "North American Soccer League Players Colin Todd". Dave Morrison. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Colin Todd at
  5. ^ a b Gornall, Katie; Newsum, Matt (29 May 2008). "Colin Todd – A life in football". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Sunderland AFC 1966/67". Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  7. ^ a b c "Player Details Colin Todd". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Match Details Saturday, 10 September 1966". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  9. ^ "Appearances by season and competition". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  10. ^ Nannestad, Ian (13 November 2007). "PFA Centenary Auction – a tribute to the stars featured in this unique collection". Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  11. ^ Nixon, Alan (1999-09-23). "Evans in the wings as Todd leaves Bolton". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  12. ^ "Todd's tough test". BBC Sport. 2001-10-08. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  13. ^ "Derby sack Todd". BBC Sport. 2002-01-14. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  14. ^ "Todd gets the nod as Bantams boss". BBC Bradford & West Yorkshire. 2004-06-17. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  15. ^ "Bradford part company with Todd". BBC Sport. 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  16. ^ a b Chowdhury, Saj (2007-06-06). "Exodus led to relegation – Todd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  17. ^ a b Stoddart, Craig (2009-09-26). "Darlington FC manager leaves". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  18. ^ a b "Colin Todd's managerial career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  19. ^ "Only here for the peers". BBC Sport. 2001-04-20. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dave Mackay
Derby County Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Kevin Hector

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