John passed away today at the age of 79 following a long illness.
Born in Dedham in Essex, he had an illustrious playing and management career that spanned close to 50 years.
John spent 16 years with West Ham United from 1950 to 1966, where he helped the Hammers to win the 1964 FA Cup. He finished his playing days with Torquay United, having made in excess of 500 career appearances.
After hanging up his boots, the right-back moved into the coaching and management side of the game. His first taste of management was with Bournemouth, before moving on to Norwich City, Manchester City, Burnley, Swansea City, Birmingham City and Shrewsbury Town. He finally bowed out football in 1999 having spent the final two years with Witton Albion.
He spent just over a year at Blues between January 1986 and May 1987, after succeeding previous incumbent Ron Saunders, but was unable to prevent his side from suffering relegation for the second time in three years.
Birmingham City sends their condolences to John’s family and friends.