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Johnny Duncan

Full name: John Duncan
Birthdate: 14.02.1896
Birthplace: Fife
Nationality: Scotland
Honours: FA Cup runners-up: 1948-49
Other clubs as manager: None
Serving Period: 18.03.1946 - 11.10.1949
Games: 166
Wins: 58
Draws: 43
Losses: 65
Manager Profile

Scottish-born Duncan goes down as one of the City greats - not just for his days as a player at Filbert Street, but also for his time as manager of the Foxes.

He could play as an inside-forward or wing-half playmaker and highlighted his talents in his debut for Lochgelly United as a teenager when he scored a hat-trick. His form for Lochgelly alerted Raith Rovers and manager Peter Hodge, who duly in-turn brought him down to Filbert Street when he became manager. John actually arrived at City alongside brother Tom, for a joint fee of £1,500.

His first season was a good one, netting 20 goals as City missed out on promotion only on goal average. Ironically, the only match he missed in that season was the final and decisive one, where Leicester fell to defeat against Bury - it cost them promotion.

It wasn't long before Duncan was firing City to promotion, netting 30 goals along the way. Remarkably, six of those goals came in one match when the Foxes thrashed Port Vale 7-0 on Christmas Day. His form in the blue and white was also enough to see Duncan selected for his country, winning his first Scottish cap in October 1925. He netted in that game against Wales but, frustratingly, didn't get much of a look-in after.

In 1928 and 1929 Duncan's goals, and his creative work, saw City twice miss out on the title. But his best days as a player at Filbert Street were to come to an end due to a disagreement with the club. Duncan was keen to run a pub whilst he was still on the playing staff, something the board refused him. A loan away from the club was a possibility, but Duncan's desire to run a pub and pick his matches soon saw interest die down.

After years of running his pub, playing Sunday League football and also setting up a City Supporters' Club in 1940, the Foxes turned to Duncan to manage the club in 1946. It went relatively well, with City playing attractive football in the tough return to peacetime football. He also led his Second Division side to their first-ever appearance at Wembley before leaving the club in 1949 after further disagreements with the board - mainly down to differences in transfer policy.

Competition Total Won Draw Lost F A Win %
League 138 47 36 55 208 221 34.06%
FA Cup 18 9 6 3 35 26 50%
League Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Europe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
All matches 156 56 42 58 243 247 35.9%

All matches(156)

# Date Pos Result Opposition Competition
131.08.1946220 - 3Manchester City (H)Division Two (old)
204.09.1946220 - 4Birmingham City (A)Division Two (old)
307.09.1946192 - 0West Ham United (A)Division Two (old)
412.09.1946122 - 1Birmingham City (H)Division Two (old)
514.09.1946153 - 5Sheffield Wednesday (H)Division Two (old)
619.09.1946170 - 1Chesterfield (H)Division Two (old)
721.09.1946192 - 4Fulham (A)Division Two (old)
828.09.1946190 - 0Bury (H)Division Two (old)
905.10.1946162 - 1Luton Town (A)Division Two (old)
1012.10.1946134 - 1Plymouth Argyle (H)Division Two (old)
1119.10.1946121 - 0Coventry City (H)Division Two (old)
1226.10.1946140 - 2Nottingham Forest (A)Division Two (old)
1302.11.1946132 - 0Southampton (H)Division Two (old)
1409.11.1946123 - 2Newport County (A)Division Two (old)
1516.11.1946106 - 0Barnsley (H)Division Two (old)
1623.11.194680 - 0Burnley (A)Division Two (old)
1730.11.194681 - 1Tottenham Hotspur (H)Division Two (old)
1807.12.194674 - 3Swansea City (A)Division Two (old)
1914.12.194682 - 4Newcastle United (H)Division Two (old)
2021.12.194682 - 4West Bromwich Albion (A)Division Two (old)
2125.12.194682 - 1Bradford Park Avenue (A)Division Two (old)
2226.12.194682 - 1Bradford Park Avenue (H)Division Two (old)
2328.12.194680 - 1Manchester City (A)Division Two (old)
2404.01.194784 - 0West Ham United (H)Division Two (old)
2511.01.1947-2 - 1West Ham United (A)FA Cup 3
2618.01.194763 - 1Sheffield Wednesday (A)Division Two (old)
2725.01.1947-0 - 0Brentford (A)FA Cup 4
2830.01.1947-0 - 0Brentford (H)FA Cup 4 rep
2901.02.194753 - 2Bury (A)Division Two (old)
3003.02.1947-4 - 1Brentford (N)FA Cup 4 rep 2
3108.02.1947-1 - 1Newcastle United (A)FA Cup 5
3215.02.194760 - 4Plymouth Argyle (A)Division Two (old)
3320.02.1947-1 - 2Newcastle United (H)FA Cup 5 rep
3401.03.194751 - 1Nottingham Forest (H)Division Two (old)
3515.03.194753 - 0Newport County (H)Division Two (old)
3622.03.194760 - 1Barnsley (A)Division Two (old)
3704.04.194770 - 1Millwall (A)Division Two (old)
3805.04.194781 - 2Tottenham Hotspur (A)Division Two (old)
3908.04.194775 - 0Millwall (H)Division Two (old)
4012.04.194770 - 1Swansea City (H)Division Two (old)
4119.04.194781 - 1Newcastle United (A)Division Two (old)
4226.04.194781 - 1West Bromwich Albion (H)Division Two (old)
4303.05.194782 - 1Luton Town (H)Division Two (old)
4410.05.194791 - 2Coventry City (A)Division Two (old)
4517.05.194790 - 2Chesterfield (A)Division Two (old)
4624.05.194791 - 4Burnley (H)Division Two (old)
4726.05.194791 - 1Southampton (A)Division Two (old)
4807.06.194792 - 0Fulham (H)Division Two (old)
4923.08.1947171 - 3Leeds United (A)Division Two (old)
5025.08.1947152 - 1Plymouth Argyle (H)Division Two (old)
5130.08.1947160 - 2Fulham (H)Division Two (old)
5203.09.1947160 - 0Plymouth Argyle (A)Division Two (old)
5306.09.1947141 - 0Coventry City (A)Division Two (old)
5408.09.194773 - 2Luton Town (H)Division Two (old)
5513.09.1947102 - 2Newcastle United (H)Division Two (old)
5617.09.1947131 - 2Luton Town (A)Division Two (old)
5720.09.1947170 - 1Birmingham City (A)Division Two (old)
5827.09.1947161 - 1West Bromwich Albion (H)Division Two (old)
5904.10.1947170 - 2Barnsley (A)Division Two (old)
6011.10.1947153 - 1Nottingham Forest (H)Division Two (old)
6118.10.1947112 - 0Bradford Park Avenue (A)Division Two (old)
6225.10.194792 - 1Cardiff City (H)Division Two (old)
6301.11.1947101 - 1Sheffield Wednesday (A)Division Two (old)
6408.11.1947110 - 3Tottenham Hotspur (H)Division Two (old)
6515.11.194794 - 0Millwall (A)Division Two (old)
6622.11.1947101 - 2Chesterfield (H)Division Two (old)
6729.11.1947101 - 1West Ham United (A)Division Two (old)
6806.12.194792 - 1Bury (H)Division Two (old)
6913.12.1947101 - 3Southampton (A)Division Two (old)
7020.12.1947102 - 0Leeds United (H)Division Two (old)
7125.12.194782 - 2Brentford (A)Division Two (old)
7227.12.1947121 - 2Brentford (H)Division Two (old)
7303.01.1948131 - 3Fulham (A)Division Two (old)
7410.01.1948-1 - 0Bury (H)FA Cup 3
7517.01.1948132 - 2Coventry City (H)Division Two (old)
7624.01.1948-2 - 1Sheffield Wednesday (H)FA Cup 4
7731.01.1948150 - 2Newcastle United (A)Division Two (old)
7807.02.1948-2 - 5Tottenham Hotspur (A)FA Cup 5
7914.02.1948143 - 1West Bromwich Albion (A)Division Two (old)
8028.02.1948160 - 1Nottingham Forest (A)Division Two (old)
8106.03.1948132 - 0Bradford Park Avenue (H)Division Two (old)
8213.03.1948160 - 3Cardiff City (A)Division Two (old)
8320.03.1948172 - 3Sheffield Wednesday (H)Division Two (old)
8426.03.1948151 - 1Doncaster Rovers (A)Division Two (old)
8527.03.1948160 - 0Tottenham Hotspur (A)Division Two (old)
8629.03.1948133 - 2Doncaster Rovers (H)Division Two (old)
8703.04.1948143 - 0Millwall (H)Division Two (old)
8805.04.194894 - 1Barnsley (H)Division Two (old)
8910.04.194893 - 2Chesterfield (A)Division Two (old)
9017.04.1948111 - 3West Ham United (H)Division Two (old)
9119.04.194890 - 0Birmingham City (H)Division Two (old)
9224.04.194892 - 0Bury (A)Division Two (old)
9328.04.194890 - 0Southampton (H)Division Two (old)
9421.08.194846 - 2Leeds United (H)Division Two (old)
9526.08.194881 - 4Queens Park Rangers (A)Division Two (old)
9628.08.194852 - 1Coventry City (A)Division Two (old)
9730.08.194892 - 3Queens Park Rangers (H)Division Two (old)
9804.09.194892 - 2Sheffield Wednesday (H)Division Two (old)
9906.09.194880 - 0Brentford (H)Division Two (old)
10011.09.1948150 - 2Lincoln City (A)Division Two (old)
10115.09.1948102 - 1Brentford (A)Division Two (old)
10218.09.1948112 - 2Chesterfield (H)Division Two (old)
10325.09.1948161 - 2West Bromwich Albion (A)Division Two (old)
10402.10.1948113 - 2Bury (H)Division Two (old)
10509.10.1948101 - 1Luton Town (A)Division Two (old)
10616.10.1948122 - 2Bradford Park Avenue (H)Division Two (old)
10723.10.1948140 - 6Southampton (A)Division Two (old)
10830.10.1948141 - 1Barnsley (H)Division Two (old)
10906.11.1948180 - 1Grimsby Town (A)Division Two (old)
11013.11.1948144 - 2Nottingham Forest (H)Division Two (old)
11120.11.1948170 - 1Fulham (A)Division Two (old)
11227.11.1948171 - 1Plymouth Argyle (H)Division Two (old)
11304.12.1948180 - 2Blackburn Rovers (A)Division Two (old)
11411.12.1948182 - 2Cardiff City (H)Division Two (old)
11518.12.1948181 - 3Leeds United (A)Division Two (old)
11625.12.1948201 - 2Tottenham Hotspur (H)Division Two (old)
11727.12.1948191 - 1Tottenham Hotspur (A)Division Two (old)
11801.01.1949193 - 1Coventry City (H)Division Two (old)
11908.01.1949-1 - 1Birmingham City (A)FA Cup 3
12015.01.1949-1 - 1Birmingham City (H)FA Cup 3 rep
12117.01.1949-2 - 1Birmingham City (A)FA Cup 3 rep 2
12222.01.1949165 - 3Lincoln City (H)Division Two (old)
12329.01.1949-2 - 0Preston North End (H)FA Cup 4
12405.02.1949171 - 1Chesterfield (A)Division Two (old)
12512.02.1949-5 - 5Luton Town (A)FA Cup 5
12619.02.1949-5 - 3Luton Town (H)FA Cup 5 rep
12726.02.1949-2 - 0Brentford (A)FA Cup 6
12805.03.1949201 - 1Luton Town (H)Division Two (old)
12912.03.1949203 - 3Bradford Park Avenue (A)Division Two (old)
13019.03.1949201 - 3Southampton (H)Division Two (old)
13126.03.1949-3 - 1Portsmouth (N)FA Cup sf
13202.04.1949201 - 1Grimsby Town (H)Division Two (old)
13306.04.1949201 - 3Barnsley (A)Division Two (old)
13409.04.1949201 - 2Nottingham Forest (A)Division Two (old)
13511.04.1949201 - 0Sheffield Wednesday (A)Division Two (old)
13615.04.1949201 - 4West Ham United (A)Division Two (old)
13716.04.1949200 - 3Fulham (H)Division Two (old)
13818.04.1949211 - 1West Ham United (H)Division Two (old)
13921.04.1949203 - 1Blackburn Rovers (H)Division Two (old)
14023.04.1949201 - 1Plymouth Argyle (A)Division Two (old)
14130.04.1949-1 - 3Wolverhampton Wanderers (N)FA Cup f
14204.05.1949202 - 1Bury (A)Division Two (old)
14305.05.1949200 - 3West Bromwich Albion (H)Division Two (old)
14407.05.1949191 - 1Cardiff City (A)Division Two (old)
14520.08.1949201 - 3Sheffield Wednesday (A)Division Two (old)
14624.08.1949162 - 2Bradford Park Avenue (A)Division Two (old)
14727.08.1949181 - 2Hull City (H)Division Two (old)
14829.08.1949134 - 1Bradford Park Avenue (H)Division Two (old)
14903.09.1949111 - 0Brentford (A)Division Two (old)
15010.09.1949123 - 3Blackburn Rovers (H)Division Two (old)
15112.09.1949130 - 1Chesterfield (A)Division Two (old)
15217.09.1949114 - 2Cardiff City (A)Division Two (old)
15319.09.1949110 - 1Chesterfield (H)Division Two (old)
15424.09.1949131 - 2Tottenham Hotspur (H)Division Two (old)
15501.10.1949180 - 3Bury (A)Division Two (old)
15608.10.1949180 - 1Luton Town (A)Division Two (old)

Johnny Duncan transfers in

Player Club Fee Date
Jim Dawson Polkemmet Unknown May 1946
Jim Garvey Northampton Town Unknown June 1946
Dave McCulloch Derby County Unknown July 1946
Tom Eggleston Derby County Unknown July 1946
Alf Barratt Stewart & Lloyds (Corby) Unknown September 1946
Tom McArthur Neilston Victoria Unknown January 1947
Jim Johnston Peterhead Unknown February 1947
Sandy Scott Lochgelly Albert Unknown March 1947
Bill McGregor Mossvale YMCA Unknown April 1947
Derek Hines Derby County Unknown June 1947
Jack Haines Swansea City Unknown July 1947
Eddie Moran Coltness Unknown September 1947
Tom Paterson Lochgelly Albert Unknown March 1948
Peter McKennan West Bromwich Albion Unknown March 1948
Jimmy Ayton Third Lanark £7,750 October 1948
Johnny Anderson Arthurlie Unknown December 1948
Walter Edwards Southend United Unknown December 1948
Ian McGraw Arbroath £4,200 December 1948
Ken Chisholm Leeds United £11,000 December 1948
Reg Warner Anstey Nomads Unknown April 1949
Willie Corbett Preston North End Unknown August 1949
Norman Kirkman Chesterfield £8,500 August 1949
Tom Godwin Shamrock Rovers Unknown September 1949

Johnny Duncan bought 23 players for £31,450

Johnny Duncan transfers out

Player Club Fee Date
Albert Woodvine Released Free May 1946
Arthur H Smith Released Free May 1946
Frank Sheard Southend United Unknown May 1946
Danny Liddle Mansfield Town Unknown July 1946
Frank Soo Luton Town £3,000 July 1946
Jim Campbell Walsall Unknown October 1946
Bill Towers Torquay United Unknown October 1946
Alick Grant Derby County Unknown November 1946
Dave McCulloch Bath City Unknown December 1946
Stan Mercer Accrington Stanley £750 January 1947
Eric Smith Bath City Unknown January 1947
Vernon Chapman Leyton Orient £550 July 1947
Bert Howe Notts County Unknown July 1947
John Grogan Mansfield Town Unknown September 1947
Dai Jones Mansfield Town Unknown October 1947
Joe Calvert Watford Unknown January 1948
Dennis Cheney Watford On loan January 1948
John Osborne Watford £950 January 1948
Tom Eggleston Watford Unknown January 1948
Jack Haines West Bromwich Albion Unknown March 1948
Arthur E Smith West Bromwich Albion £5,000 June 1948
Jimmy Hernon Bolton Wanderers £14,750 September 1948
Peter McKennan Brentford Unknown September 1948
Dennis Cheney Bournemouth £2,500 October 1948
Ray Iggleden Leeds United Unknown December 1948
Sep Smith Retired Unknown May 1949
Les Major Plymouth Argyle £1,800 May 1949
Walter Edwards Workington Unknown May 1949
Jim Dawson Portsmouth Free June 1949
Jimmy Harrison Aston Villa £12,000 July 1949
Bob Anderson Coalville Town Unknown August 1949

Johnny Duncan sold 31 players for £41,300
Manager 7 of 38 ordered a-z

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