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Louis PAGE
 ENGLAND
 international (7 apps, 1 goals)

 League representative
 

In his days as a player, Page was an English international centre forward, winning seven caps for his country. When league football resumed after World War Two, he was appointed manager of Swindon, having previously managed Yeovil, Glentoran and Newport County.

With the club having closed down during the war, the Town were at a distinct disadvantage to other clubs - the only player to keep a regular place in the side from before the hostilities was Billy Lucas. Page therefore had the job of building a cohesive team - and the Town's fourth place finish in 1946/47 was seen as a major success - especially as many players still needed permission to play as they had not yet been demobbed.

It came as no surprise when the Town slumped to 16th place the following season - just two points off the bottom spot - but the highlight of the season was a giant-killing cup run, in which the Town knocked out the previous year's runners-up, Burnley, before being beaten in the Fifth Round by Southampton. In 1948/49, the Town again reached the dizzy heights of fourth in the league, without ever challenging for the promotion spot. They were not to finish in the top half of the table for the next eight seasons.

With the Town in a precarious financial situation, Page had very little money with which to strengthen the team, and many players were sold. At the end of the 1952/53 season, when Swindon had finished in the bottom nine for three seasons running, Page was relieved of his duties, with the Town paying him 500 in compensation.

MANAGERIAL RECORD AT SWINDON:

Competition P W D L Pens
Won
Pens
Lost
F A SR%
All matches 369 135 95 139 0 0 515 570 50%
League (inc. playoffs) 306 108 83 115 0 0 418 451 49%
FA Cup 27 14 5 8 0 0 42 37 61%
Wartime matches 20 8 3 9 0 0 34 47 48%
All other competitions 16 5 4 7 0 0 21 35 44%

 


full name

Louis Antonio Page

date of birth
27 March 1899