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Aidy Boothroyd

Aidy Boothroyd
Personal information
Full name Adrian Neil Boothroyd
Date of birth (1971-02-08) 8 February 1971
Place of birth Baildon, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Huddersfield Town 10 (0)
1990–1992 Bristol Rovers 16 (0)
1992–1993 Heart of Midlothian 4 (0)
1993–1996 Mansfield Town 102 (3)
1996–1998 Peterborough United 26 (1)
Total 158 (4)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Watford
2009–2010 Colchester United
2010–2011 Coventry City
2011–2013 Northampton Town
2014– England Under 20s
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adrian Neil "Aidy" Boothroyd (born 8 February 1971 in Baildon, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English former footballer and manager who is now manager of England national under-20 football team, having managed Northampton Town until December 2013. He was manager of Watford of the Championship until 3 November 2008. During his time with Watford he was known as one of the best young managers in the UK.[2] At the time of his departure, he was the youngest and the second longest serving manager in the division. He replaced Gary Johnson at Northampton Town, after his much speculated appointment was confirmed on 30 November 2011. After saving the club from relegation in the 2011–12 season, he took Northampton to the League Two Playoff final in May 2013, only to be defeated in the final. After a poor start to the 2013–14 season he was relieved of his duties on 21 December 2013, with the club bottom of the Football League.[3] He is known for his direct approach, known to fans and the media as "Aidy Hoofroyd".[4][5]


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
    • Watford 2.1
    • Colchester United 2.2
    • Coventry City 2.3
    • Northampton Town 2.4
    • England Writers Football Team 2.5
  • Honours 3
    • As a manager 3.1
      • Watford 3.1.1
      • Northampton Town 3.1.2
  • Managerial statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career

As a player Boothroyd was a lower division full back, who played for Huddersfield Town, Bristol Rovers, Heart of Midlothian, Mansfield Town and Peterborough United. His playing career ended at the premature age of 26 due to injury.

He started as a youth team player at Huddersfield and made his first team debut for the club in 1989. He played 10 league matches before moving on to Bristol Rovers in 1990, where he played 16 games. After a short spell at Hearts in which he scored two goals against Huntly in a 6–0 win in the Scottish Cup in 1993,[6] he signed for Mansfield Town, where he played 102 matches, scoring 3 goals in the process. He left the club in 1996 to play for Peterborough. Boothroyd unfortunately picked up a career-ending injury after playing 26 games and scoring a single goal. He retired from the game in 1998.

Coaching career

After ending his playing career at Peterborough United, Boothroyd was appointed coach of the Under 17, Under 19 and reserve teams at the club. His tactical nous and drive impressed, and he left Peterborough in 2001 to join Norwich City as their youth team coach under Nigel Worthington. After two years at Carrow Road, Boothroyd assumed the positions of Youth Development Officer and Technical Director at West Bromwich Albion, joining in October 2003.[7] A short spell at The Hawthorns ended when he was appointed first-team coach at Leeds United in July 2004,[8]


He was appointed manager of Watford in March 2005 at the age of 34.[9] The board backed their decision despite initial scepticism by Watford fans and the club entered a new era under Boothroyd. He managed to steer the club clear of relegation, with 1–0 victories over Stoke City and Rotherham United.

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, Boothroyd signalled his intentions by declaring that his aim for the forthcoming campaign would be promotion to the Premier League. As the season progressed, Boothroyd's side gained more and more confidence, and come the end of the season, had cemented a place in the play-offs. After overcoming Crystal Palace in the two-legged semi-final, Boothroyd's team came up against the club where he used to coach; Leeds United. Watford won 3–0 and claimed a place in the top league of English football. The rapid improvement in Watford's results in his first season in charge led to Boothroyd winning the Championship Manager of the Month in February 2006.[10] Boothroyd continued as Watford manager for the duration of the 2006–07 Premier League season, but Watford finished 20th and were relegated. Nevertheless, Watford reached the FA Cup semi-finals, and Boothroyd was awarded a new three-year contract.[11] In July 2006 he completed his UEFA Pro Licence in coaching.[12]

"Professional footballers should be professional. They have a responsibility to come in, listen and learn, watch their performances, analyse where they went wrong and improve. Not to come in, have a five-a-side, bugger off and play golf. I get quite passionate because I was that person. I was a mercenary who went from club to club on a free transfer and, really, that's not how football should be. "

Aidy Boothroyd[13]

A good start to the 2007–08 season saw Watford twelve points clear at the top of the Championship after nineteen games.[14] The good form saw Boothroyd named Championship Manager of the Month for October 2007 after Watford maintained a 100% record.[15] However this could not be sustained and a poor run of form in second half of the season saw Boothroyd coming in for criticism for his team selections, direct style of play and dealings in the transfer market.[16] One win in thirteen going into the last game of the season saw Watford in danger of missing out on a play-off spot altogether but a 1–1 draw against Blackpool was enough to secure sixth place on goal difference ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers. In their play-off semi-final against Hull City Watford lost 2–0 at Vicarage Road and 4–1 at the KC Stadium.

After missing out on an immediate return to Premier League, Boothroyd announced his intention to re-build the side for next season, and also change the team's style of play.[17] However, he left Watford by mutual consent on 3 November 2008, after a home defeat to Blackpool [18]

Colchester United

On Wednesday 2 September 2009, Boothroyd was announced as the new manager of League One side Colchester United, succeeding Paul Lambert.[19] In his first game as Colchester boss the team drew 0–0 with Southampton and the team won five of the first nine games in his charge. The first defeat came in his 10th game in a 2–1 defeat to Millwall.

His first signing as Colchester boss was the loan of John-Joe O'Toole and his first permanent signing was Kayode Odejayi. O'Toole was subsequently signed on a permanent basis and he also signed David Prutton from Leeds United, Ian Henderson from Ankaragücü and Morten Knudsen from Norway. Boothroyd added another loan signing with Franck Queudrue arriving on loan from Birmingham City.

Colchester, under Boothroyd, were in the top 6 for over half of the campaign. However, a poor run of form towards the end of the season which saw them win only 2 games of their last 14 games, and this saw them drop just outside the play-offs and finish in 8th position in League One. At this time, Boothroyd indicated his intentions to cull the squad and remove some "dead wood" to put together another promotion push. On 20 May 2010, Boothroyd left the club to take over Championship side Coventry City.

Coventry City

On 20 May 2010, Boothroyd was announced as the new manager of Championship side Coventry City, succeeding Chris Coleman.[20] His first game in charge was on 7 August, in which Boothroyd led Coventry City to an opening day victory over Portsmouth with both goals from Freddy Eastwood.

On 14 March 2011, Boothroyd was sacked by Coventry City after a run of poor results which saw the club win only once in sixteen league games.[21]

Northampton Town

Boothroyd was appointed as manager of Northampton Town on 30 November 2011 on a one year, rolling contract.[22] Northampton had slipped to the foot of the League Two table, and six points from safety, before Boothroyd guided them to a 20th place finish in the 2011-12 Season. In 2012-13 Northampton finished 6th, making the playoffs with 73 points. They beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 (on aggregate) in the two-legged semi-finals before losing 3-0 to Bradford City in the final at Wembley on 18 May 2013.[23] On 21 December 2013 Boothroyd was sacked by Northampton after a 4-1 defeat by Wycombe Wanderers. The club were bottom of League Two.[24]

England Writers Football Team

Boothroyd is a coach to the England Writers Football Team. He has been helping them since May 2009 when he took them for a two-day training session.[25]
England Writers and Aidy Boothroyd


As a manager


  • Championship Play-Off winners 2006
  • FA Cup semi-finalists 2007
  • Championship Play-Off semi-finalists 2008

Northampton Town

  • League Two Play-Off finalists 2013

Managerial statistics

As of 21 December 2013.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Won % Drawn % Lost %
Watford 29 March 2005 3 November 2008 176 65 51 60 36.93 28.98 34.09
Colchester United 2 September 2009 20 May 2010 44 19 12 13 43.18 27.91 28.81
Coventry City 20 May 2010 14 March 2011 39 12 8 19 30.77 20.51 48.72
Northampton Town 30 November 2011 21 December 2013 108 39 26 43 36.11 24.07 39.81
Total 368 135 97 136 36.68


  1. ^ "Aidy Boothroyd career stats". Soccerbase. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Aidy's aim". 8 April 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Boothroyd Sacked by Northampton". BBC News. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "11 years of turmoil - The Managers". Coventry Observer. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Boothroyd is back – Hope the Colchester fans know what they’re getting!". 2 September 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Anthony Brown: Pulling power of two city rivals something to take great pride in". Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Boothroyd becomes a Baggie". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2004-10-28. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Boothroyd set for Leeds role". West Bromwich Albion F.C. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Watford appoint Boothroyd as boss". BBC Sport. 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Boothroyd earns managerial honour". BBC Sport. 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  11. ^ "Boothroyd signs new Watford deal". BBC Sport. 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  12. ^ "The Class of 2006". The Football Association. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "'"Adrian Boothroyd: 'The most important space on the field is between your ears.  
  14. ^ Jolly, Richard (2008-05-04). "Blackpool 1–1 Watford".  
  15. ^ "Aidy named Manager of the Month". Watford F.C. 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  16. ^ Affleck, Kevin (2008-04-11). "Aidy: I'm at my best right now". Watford Observer. Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  17. ^ "'"The Times They Are A-Changin. Watford FC. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  18. ^ "Boothroyd & Watford part company". BBC Sport. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  19. ^ "Boothroyd handed Colchester job". BBC Sport. 2009-09-02. Archived from the original on 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  20. ^ "Aidy Boothroyd name Coventry City boss". BBC Sport. 2010-05-20. 
  21. ^ "Coventry City sack manager Aidy Boothroyd". BBC Sport. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  22. ^ "Aidy Boothroyd named Northampton Town boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  23. ^ "Bradford 3-0 Northampton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Aidy Boothroyd: Northampton Town sack manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "England Writers Team On Tour, May — June 2009". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

External links

  • Adrian Boothroyd management career stats at Soccerbase
  • "Adrian Boothroyd". Flown From the Nest. Retrieved 6 July 2005. 
  • "England Writers Team". 
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