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Ian Atkins 

Ian Atkins

Born: Birmingham, England, 16/1/1957 England

Full Name: Ian Leslie Atkins

Position: Defender

Town debut: Leicester City 0-1 (A) Division 1 28/9/1985

Final Town game: Manchester City 0-2 (A) Division 2 5/3/1988

Status: Retired/Inactive

Era: Professional

Club Appearance Record

    Season Lge Apps Lge Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals Tot Apps Tot Goals Oth Apps Oth Goals Res Apps Res Goals Youth Apps Youth Goals
1985-86 20(1) 2 4   24(1) 2 1          
1986-87 40 1 10   50 1            
1987-88 13(2) 1 5   18(2) 1 1 1        
    Totals 73(3) 4 19   92(3) 4 2 1        

Career Appearance Record

  Club Date Signed Date Left Fee Lge Apps Lge Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals Tot Apps Tot Goals
  Shrewsbury Town January 1975 August 1982 Apprentice 273(6) 58 - - - -
  Sunderland August 1982 November 1984 £80,000 76(1) 6 - - - -
  Everton November 1984 September 1985 £60,000 6(1) 1 - - - -
  Ipswich Town September 1985 September 1985 On Loan See Above
  Ipswich Town September 1985 March 1988 £100,000 See Above
  Birmingham City March 1988 - £30,000 93 6 - - - -
  Colchester United - September 1991 - - - - - - -
  Birmingham City September 1991 December 1992 - 5(3) 0 - - - -
  Cambridge United December 1992 - - 1(1) 0 - - - -
  Sunderland - - - - - - - - -
  Doncaster Rovers January 1994 - - 7 0 - - - -

 Player career stats also available at SoccerBase.

Your comments

The transfer fee paid by the mackems was 80 000 in the summer of 82

 Erik Ranheim 11-03-2013

Now Chief European Scout for Everton

 A Ross 09-10-2012

Now running his own Football Academy in the Midlands - Elite Football Coaching Academy, also scouting for Sunderland FC

 A Ross 15-03-2009

I can always remember him scoring against Oxford in injury time when Ipswich had to win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation. Town got a free kick outside the box. Atkins took the kick and drove a low shot which took a deflection off Kevin Wilson and bounced in to make it 3-2 to Town. God, what a great moment, I nearly fell off my milk crate. I can still see his celebration which lead to a pitch invasion. Unfortunately for town, they then went to West Ham and lost 2-1 and then travelled to Sheff Wed losing 1-0 and got relegated. Great goal though.

 Paul 22-04-2008

Ian was replaced as manger of Torquay in November 06 by Czech, Lubos Kubic. Ian was offered the Director of Football job at Torquay but has turned it down.

 A Ross 04-12-2006

Joined Ipswich Town in September 1985 from Everton, but was unable to prevent them from sliding into the Second Division at the end of that season (1985-86). Remained at Ipswich until March 1988 when he was transferred to Birmingham City. Later had spells with Cambridge United and Doncaster Rovers before being appointed manager of Northampton Town in October 1994. At the end of the 1996-97, Ian Atkins guided Northampton Town to promotion by winning the Division Three promotion playoffs. They reached the Division Two playoff final the following season but lost to Grimsby Town. 1998-99 brought a slump in form for Northampton, and they were relegated to Division Three - the third season in a row that the previous year`s playoff losers had been relegated. Atkins handed in his resignation soon afterwards. His next post came when he was appointed manager of Division Three strugglers Chester City in January 2000, but he quit six months later having failed to save the club from relegation to the Conference after 69 years in the football league. From November 2000 to December 2001, Ian Atkins was assistant manager to Alan Cork at Cardiff City and helped them win promotion as Division Three runners-up at the end of the 2000-01 season. Just before Christmas 2001, he left Cardiff to take over from Mark Wright as Oxford United manager. 2001-02 was Oxford`s first season in the bottom division of the football league for over 30 years, and Atkins was unable to prevent them from scoring a record low of 21st place in the final table. He reshaped the team during the 2002 close season and the new-look squad looked capable of achieved a far higher position in the coming season. For much of 2002-03, Oxford United occupied the automatic promotion and playoff places in Division Three. But a slight dip in form during the final weeks of the season saw them finish eighth in the final table - one place short of the playoffs. An excellent start to 2003-04 saw Oxford United leading the Division Three table at christmas with just one defeat in over 20 fixtures. But Atkins was dismissed in March 2004 for talking to Bristol Rovers about the possibility of taking over as manager. He soon took over at the west country club and turned them into promotion challengers for the 2004-05 season. Oxford, meanwhile, have had two managers since Ian Atkins left, and look set for a bottom half finish in the 2004-05 Coca-Cola League Two campaign.

 Alex Wilkes 18-01-2005

Contract Info

Ian Atkins moved to Everton from Sunderland in November 1984 not October 1984 and the fee was £60,000.

When Ian Atkins was brought from Everton there was a fee of £100,000, and when he left to join Birmingham City there was a fee of £30,000

 Many thanks to Tim Hodge for compiling the statistics that appear in the "Contract Info" section.



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