147. Les WHITTON
manager May 1997 to June 1998
appearances 1+4 (league 0+3)
debut Hungerford Town, ICIS League Division Two 7.12.96
Brother of former West Ham winger Steve, most famous as a player for scoring the winner for Dagenham in an F A Cup replay at Swindon Town in 1984. Managed the reserves in 1996-97 and made odd appearances for the first team but moved up to the first team bench mid-season, taking over the manager's post for 1997-98 and being really quite successful in the Club's first season in Division One, finishing seventh as top scorers in the division and winning the East Anglian Cup. Supported the proposed takeover bid by Mick Woodward and was subsequently sacked by John Goodwin - Whitton disputed that Goodwin had the right to do so without consulting the committee but resigned anyway. Joined Woodward at Barkingside, but left mid-season and went to Aveley, which must have gone down well with the supporters at whom he had thrown a ball during the East Anglian Cup Final, one of his three dismissals from the bench that season. The only man to pull off the extremely difficult 'jumping the table' challenge in the Sungate clubhouse, apparently. Expressed an interest in the vacant manager's job at Sungate in 2001, but withdrew before the interview. Joined the coaching staff at Bishops Stortford, to be re-united with Martin Hayes and, er, John Goodwin.
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