Mel Machin has managed over 500 games in professional football.
Machin began his career with Port Vale as a striker spending four years in the Potteries and making his debut in October 1962. After 30 appearances and six goals, Mel joined Gillingham in July 1966 for whom he made 156 league appearances scoring 11 times. Four years in Kent was followed with a move along the South Coast to Bournemouth where he first made the acquaintance of John Bond . 110 games for Bournemouth won him the attention of larger clubs such as Tottenham and Crystal Palace but instead he joined Norwich in December 1973. Converting to a midfield and full back's role, Mel made 117 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 4 goals, before a knee injury hastened his retirement. Within these 117 games were a League Cup final appearance at Wembley against Aston Villa in which he conceded a penalty which was the eventual decider between the two competing teams.
A brief spell in the USA with the Seattle Sounders in the summer of 1977 preceded roles as Youth Team Coach, Reserve Team Coach, Assistant Manager and Chief Coach with the Canaries. A successful partnership with Ken Brown finished in May 1987 when with no guarantees to his future, Machin accepted the manager's position at Manchester City; a post that had been held by his former mentor John Bond. He guided the club to promotion back to Division One in 1989, and the following season in the top-flight, he led the side to a 5-1 victory over Manchester United.
After Manchester City he joined Barnsley as manager where he enjoyed relative success. A period of scouting for West Ham and Tottenham preceded his appointment at Dean Court in August 1994. In his time at Bournemouth, he developed a strong Division Two side that played neat passing football in the Norwich style. He moved upstairs into a Director of Football position at Bournemouth in August 2000 but retired from that position in August 29th 2002. He did remain on the Board of Directors though. At Bournemouth, Machin led the side to their first ever appearance at Wembley in the Football League trophy in 1998.
He could not resist a new challenge however and on January 28th 2003 Machin was appointed to assist Huddersfield manager Mick Wadsworth. On March 25th 2003, the Terriers decided to part with Wadswoth with the club bottom of Division Two. Machin took over the management of the club for the remainder of the season.