Saturday, 26 June 2010
61 John Pemberton
Position : Midfield
Played : 1984-5
Appearances : 1
Goals : 0
And here's the good player who got lost amid all the comings and goings. John, who had been at Chadderton FC, was thrown straight into the first team midfield in a night game. I think it was at home to Aldershot. Not surprisingly he was completely anonymous, we lost the match and there was no sign of him after that....
... until later in the season he popped up at Crewe for six games. The following season he was their regular right back and eventually followed Geoff Thomas to Crystal Palace. He had a starring role in their FA Cup Semi-Final defeat of Liverpool in 1990, then played for Sheffield United and Leeds until 1996. He eventually returned to Crewe but to give a nice symmetry to his career he only played one game before taking up a coaching role at Nottingham Forest. He was briefly caretaker manager of Forest in 2008.
He has since coached at Crystal Palace and just been appointed to head Sheffield United's academy.