John Trewick

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John Trewick
Personal information
Full name John Trewick[1]
Date of birth (1957-06-03) 3 June 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Bedlington, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1980 West Bromwich Albion 96 (11)
1980–1984 Newcastle United 78 (8)
1984Oxford United (loan) 3 (0)
1984–1987 Oxford United 111 (4)
1987–1988 Birmingham City 37 (0)
1988–1989 Bromsgrove Rovers
1989–1990 Hartlepool United 8 (0)
1990–1991 Gateshead 9 (0)
2006 Hereford United 0 (0)
Total 342 (23)
Teams managed
1997 West Bromwich Albion (caretaker)
2009–2010 Hereford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Trewick (born 3 June 1957) is an English football coach and former midfielder. He was first team coach at Hereford United from 2004 to 2009. After the relegation of Hereford United to League Two, Trewick assumed the role of manager from Graham Turner, but he was dismissed from the Hereford manager's post on 8 March 2010.


Born in Bedlington, Northumberland, Trewick started his career at West Bromwich Albion and played nearly 100 league games for the club during the late 1970s. He also played six times in the UEFA Cup during the 1978–79 season, scoring one goal against Galatasaray.

During West Brom's visit to China in 1978 he entered football history by, in reply to a question about the Great Wall, remarking "Impressive, isn't it? But once you've seen one wall, you've seen them all!" Trewick maintains the TV documentary gave the wrong impression and he was merely joking.[2]

He moved to Newcastle United in 1980 for £250,000, which was a club record fee at the time for the Magpies. His time at Newcastle was somewhat affected by injury, although he enjoyed a successful loan spell at Oxford United, whom he later joined on a free transfer in 1984. Trewick played in every league game for Oxford during the 1984–85 season. The following season, he was part of the team that won the League Cup.

"John has got that personality that means he's prepared to muck in and do whatever needs doing."

Graham Turner[3]

He later played for non-league Bromsgrove Rovers, and during the 1989–90 season, Hartlepool United. After finishing his playing career in non-league football with Gateshead, he moved into coaching. He coached at West Bromwich Albion from 1993, moving to Derby County in 2001. After leaving Derby he worked as a coaching educator and youth coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Hereford United in June 2004, following the departure of former West Brom colleague Richard O'Kelly.[3]

In his first four seasons at the club, Trewick oversaw considerable success on the field. The team finished second in the Conference in his first year with the club, but were beaten in the play-offs. His second season saw the Bulls go one better and gain promotion to League Two, where in his third year they eventually finished 16th.

The 2007–08 season saw Hereford consistently place in the top five of League Two, and they secured automatic promotion with a match to spare.

Trewick has also been an unused substitute for Hereford on occasion, particularly in minor cup competitions when numbers have been short. He was also named on the bench for a Conference match away at Southport.[4] He was offered the role of manager at Hereford, which he accepted on 24 April 2009, after Graham Turner announced his resignation.[5] Trewick offered his resignation after failing to win any of the first seven League games in the 2009/10 season, but was persuaded to stay on by Turner. The club remained in the lower reaches of the division, with their lowest ever Football League gate of 1,266 on 23 February at home to Northampton. On 8 March 2010 Trewick was sacked, with chairman and former manager Graham Turner taking the job on a temporary basis. Following his sale of Hereford United, Turner became manager of Shrewsbury Town and hired Trewick as a "Senior Coach".


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 619. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
  2. ^ "Silent fans, black eggs, 90-hour trip: recalling West Brom's tour of China". Guardian. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Turner hails new coach". BBC Sport. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Southport 1–2 Hereford". BBC Sport. 14 March 2006. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Trewick becomes Hereford manager". BBC Sport. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009.

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