Walter Winterbottom

Starting his professional football career at Manchester United in 1936 where he was with them for 26 first team games until a spinal injury forced him to retire.

Winterbottom was named the England manager in 1947 and managed the side for the next 16 years, guiding the side through a record four World Cup campaigns. His squad chosen by a board of selectors but he was responsible for choosing the final eleven.

He managed the England World Cup side in 1962, during a time when it was expected that the manager would not only coach the team but also be responsible for arranging travel, accommodation and meals for the squad.

Managerial Career

Team Best Odds Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
England 1947 –1963 139 78 33 28 56.1
 Total 139 78 33 28 56.1


Winterbottom died in February 2002 aged 89 and was posthumously inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.