Paul Ogden

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Paul Ogden
Personal information
Full name Paul Ogden[1]
Date of birth (1946-12-18) 18 December 1946 (age 71)
Place of birth Leek, Staffordshire, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Leek Castle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965 Port Vale 2 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1975 Leek Town
1975–1977 Northwich Victoria
1977–1978 Leek Town
1980 Northwich Victoria
2002 Leek Town
2003–2005 Leek Town
2006–2007 Kidsgrove Athletic
2007 Leek Town
2007–2008 Leek Town
2010–2011 Witton Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paul Ogden (born 18 December 1946) is an English football manager and former player, who is currently Head of Football Operations at Barrow.

He played for Port Vale and Altrincham. He was manager of Leek Town in six separate spells, spanning nearly forty years, and also coached Northwich Victoria, Kidsgrove Athletic, and Witton Albion. He later worked as a scout at Mansfield Town and Barrow.

Playing career[edit]

Ogden played for Leek Castle as a left-winger before he was spotted by Port Vale, joining them as an amateur in November 1965.[2] He made two Football League appearances in 1965–66.[3] Released in the spring of 1966, he moved into non-league football.

Management career[edit]

Ogden first took over at Leek Town in 1969, leaving the position six years later. After a spell as manager of Northwich Victoria, he returned to Leek in 1977, only to depart the following year.

In 2002, he was made caretaker-manager of Leek Town for a third time, 33 years after he was first appointed there. After John Ramshaw left the post, Ogden was re-appointed as permanent manager in 2003 for what was to be a two-year spell. He then became manager of Kidsgrove Athletic.[4] Leek had gone through three managers between 2005 and 2007 and Ogden was made manager yet again in June 2007.[5] His final spell seemingly came to an end when he was forced to retire due to ill health six games into the 2007–08 season,[4] however just one month later he returned to take charge for one last game prior to a permanent successor being announced.[6] He returned to the club yet again in January 2008, to assist new player-manager Wayne Johnson.[7] After two years out of the game, he was appointed manager of Witton Albion in May 2010, after the resignation of Gary Finley. Six years previously, he had turned down the management job at Witton, a decision which he described as 'a mistake'.[8]

In June 2011, he was named as Mansfield Town's new Head Scout by manager Paul Cox, who had played for Leek Town nine years earlier.[9][10] During his time at Field Mill Mansfield won promotion to the English Football League.[11] He left the club in August 2014.[12] Cox again employed Ogden as his chief scout in December 2015, shortly after Cox was appointed manager of Barrow.[10] Ogden was promoted to Head of Football Operations at Barrow in August 2017, meaning he would take over responsibilities for squad planning, player acquisition and development from Cox.[13]



Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1965–66 Fourth Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0


  1. ^ "Paul Ogden". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 218. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  3. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (1984). Canon League Football Players' Records 1946–1984. Newnes Books. p. 363. ISBN 0-6003-7318-5. 
  4. ^ a b "A History of LEEK TOWN Football Club". Leek Town F.C. unofficial website. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Ogden returns as Leek Town boss". BBC Sport. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ogden Returns to Take Charge at Leek- But Only One Game". Northern Premier League. 30 September 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Ogden's Back to Help". Non League Daily. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  8. ^ "New Manager can make us Smile". Northwich Guardian. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mansfield Appoint Chief Scout". Mansfield Town Official Site. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Leek football legend in a new scouting role for Barrow". Leek Post & Times. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Hannah, Jim (26 April 2013). "Football: Oggy celebrates as Stags return to Football League". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Paul Ogden leaves Stags". 13 August 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Turner, Paul (7 August 2017). "Barrow AFC appoint Paul Ogden as head of football operations | The Mail". Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  14. ^ Paul Ogden profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)