John Beck

John Beck's most recent managerial position was with Kettering Town.

Beck has also served as assistant manager at Histon in a period which proved to be the most successful in the club's history. Histon rose from the lower leagues up to the Conference National ans also came close to being promoted to the Football League in 2008-09.

Prior to Histon, Beck resigned from his position as manager of Cambridge United on November 22 2001 having spent eight months in his second spell at the club.

Beck was appointed as manager of Cambridge United for the second time on March 1 2001, after nine years away from the Abbey Stadium.

His final club took him on as manager shortly after he hung up his boots as a player. His impact was immediate. With a direct, no-nonsense approach to football, his Cambridge teams made achievements which most lower division managers dream of: from the old Fourth Division, Cambridge were promoted in two consecutive seasons.

Beck's two seasons as U's boss also brought another notable achievement. In his spell at the Abbey Stadium, he guided his team to the quarter-final stages of the FA Cup on two occasions.

After his success at Cambridge, Beck became the manager of Preston North End and he took charge for two season.

He moved on to Lincoln City in 1995 where he spent three years as the Imps manager.

He was appointed to his second stint as the manager of Cambridge United after Roy McFarland's departure in March 2001 with the U's languishing in the bottom half of Division Two.

He then managed to save them from relegation in his first three months back in the post.

His playing career took him through five league clubs. He started his career at Queens Park Rangers, where he began as a trialist in 1972. After this, he moved on to play for Coventry City, Fulham, Bournemouth and Cambridge United in a league career which spanned 17 years. He made a career total of 472 league appearances for the five clubs.

Honours (2)
  • promotions
    • Cambridge United:
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division Two, (1991-05-11)
      • Promotion to Football League Division Three, (1990-05-05)
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