Chris Brass hugs Busby after a game in 2004
|Full name||Vivian Dennis Busby|
|Date of birth||19 June 1949|
|Place of birth||Slough, England|
|1971–1972||→ Newcastle United (loan)||4||(2)|
|1980||→ Sheffield United (loan)||3||(1)|
|2004–2005||York City (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Vivian Dennis Busby (born 19 June 1949) is an English former professional footballer and manager. He played for Wycombe Wanderers, Luton Town, Newcastle United, Fulham F.C. Norwich City, Stoke City, Sheffield United, Tulsa Roughnecks, Blackburn Rovers and York City.
Born in Slough, Berkshire, Busby started his playing career at Wycombe Wanderers in 1966, but was unable to hold down a regular place in their team, despite his emerging talent. He moved to Luton Town in January 1970. At Kenilworth Road Busby scored four goals in his first nine matches helping the club gain promotion to the Second Division in 1969–70. He scored eight goals in 1970–71 but struggled to find form in 1971–72 and spent time out on loan at Newcastle United. He was sold to Fulham in August 1973 where he had the most prolific spell of his career. He scored 12 goals in 1973–74 and 18 in 1974–75 of which six were in the FA Cup helping Fulham reach the 1975 FA Cup Final, losing 2–0 against West Ham United. After scoring 38 goals in 155 matches for the Cottagers, he moved to First Division Norwich City where he made a fine start scoring 11 goals in his first 18 matches for the Canaries.
However he fell out of favour in 1977–78 and moved on to Stoke City. He was never a prolific goalscorer at the Victoria Ground but made up for it with his effort in 1978–79 helping Stoke gain promotion to the First Division. He scored 12 goals for Stoke in 60 matches and spent a short time out on loan at Sheffield United before moving to the United States to play for Tulsa Roughnecks. He stayed in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 1980 North American Soccer League season before returning to England with Blackburn Rovers and then ended his playing career with York City.
Managerial and coaching career
Busby worked as a coach at York City between 1982 and 1987. Busby became manager of Hartlepool United on 15 February 1993 and left the position on 24 November 1993. Busby had been youth-team coach at Swindon Town, where he suffered a six-month battle against leukaemia. He was named as assistant manager at York City in September 2004. Busby was placed as caretaker manager at York City in November 2004 following the sacking of Chris Brass. He left his position as caretaker manager at York by mutual consent on 10 February 2005, when he was replaced by Billy McEwan. Busby worked as Youth Academy Manager at Gretna, but left after a change to the backroom staff. He was appointed as assistant manager at Workington in September 2007. He left in October 2011 to emigrate to Spain.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Wycombe Wanderers||1966–67||Isthmian League||12||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||5|
|Luton Town||1969–70||Third Division||9||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||4|
|Newcastle United (loan)||1971–72||First Division||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||5||2|
|Norwich City||1976–77||First Division||17||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||18||11|
|Stoke City||1977–78||Second Division||22||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||24||4|
|Sheffield United (loan)||1979–80||Third Division||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
|Tulsa Roughnecks||1980||North American Soccer League||19||1||–||–||–||19||1|
|Blackburn Rovers||1980–81||Second Division||8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||1|
|York City||1982–83||Fourth Division||16||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||16||4|
|Hartlepool United||15 February 1993||24 November 1993||40||9||9||22||22.5|||
|York City (caretaker)||8 November 2004||10 February 2005||14||4||2||8||28.6|||
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