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Looks like Neil McFarlane will be in charge for perhaps a couple more games, so won't join this exclusive club, but how many one-game Bees managers have there been? I can only remember Garry Thompson. Think Barry Quin had three or four games. Of course, guys like that were 'official' caretaker managers, but any others like McFarlane who have stepped in for illness, unavailability or other reasons? Seem to remember Kevin Lock taking a game, but don't recall if he was a caretaker or filling in for other reasons.
 
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Many years ago, I think Eddie Lyons was in charge for one match? Can't remember whether it was more than one, though.
 

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In charge for one game.
Jess Willard 18/01/75 Workington h D2-2.
Eddie Lyons 10/09/76 Aldershot a D1-1.
Frank Blunstone 04/02/84 Gillingham h L2-3.

There are others later on I know.
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The Workington game attracted a crowd of 9,900 something for some reason.
Eddie Lyons gave Harry Redknapp a start in the Aldershot game.
The Gillingham game was a month after the FA Cup tie at their place and was also a week after they drew with Everton twice 0-0 in the 4th round and replay.They lost 3-0 in a second replay on the following Monday night.
 
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Seems there have been quite a few. Perhaps a better question would have been have any others taken charge of a first team game when not officially 'manager' or 'caretaker manager'. Illness, like in today's instance, is the obvious one, but perhaps an assistant took charge because the manager was off scouting a player or something. Vaguely recall Whitbread being in charge of a game, but think that may have been after Allen was sent to the stands. Likewise Mortimer?
 

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Seems there have been quite a few. Perhaps a better question would have been have any others taken charge of a first team game when not officially 'manager' or 'caretaker manager'. Illness, like in today's instance, is the obvious one, but perhaps an assistant took charge because the manager was off scouting a player or something...

Eddie Lyons was 'Trainer' IIRC.
 
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Eddie Lyons was 'Trainer' IIRC.
Was he filling in between managers, or filling in for an incumbent manager like McFarlane today, out of interest?
 

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Can't include Frank Blunstone, surely?
 
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Although I started out thinking generally about one-game managers, as Wanderer points out, that particular list is easy enough to find. What I should have asked, and will ask now as a supplementary question, is if anyone remembers anyone taking charge temporarily of a first team game for any reason that's not to do with the regular manager recently leaving or being sacked. Or is Neil McFarlane the first in this respect?
 

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Ray Lewington took charge of 1 game I think? Away to Swansea where we lost heavily?
 
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Ray Lewington took charge of 1 game I think? Away to Swansea where we lost heavily?
Ah, interesting one this. That game was at the end of the 2000-01 season, when Lewington was fully in charge. But amidst an approach from Watford and a fall out with Noades, he wasn't at the game and quit soon after. Who took charge that night? Can't remember, possibly Downes? I wouldn't be surprised if Lewington took charge of at least one game when Noades was manager and himself coach though
 

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Although I started out thinking generally about one-game managers, as Wanderer points out, that particular list is easy enough to find. What I should have asked, and will ask now as a supplementary question, is if anyone remembers anyone taking charge temporarily of a first team game for any reason that's not to do with the regular manager recently leaving or being sacked. Or is Neil McFarlane the first in this respect?

I assume you are not counting touchline suspensions?
 
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I assume you are not counting touchline suspensions?
Actually, I think they'd be interesting to include, although it would widen the field a bit. That's probably where I recall Whitbread, and possibly Mortimer, taking charge from. Maybe even Farrell too, or am I starting to imagine things?

Generally though, what I was thinking about was assistants/trainers/coaches stepping in as the regular manager was ill/away scouting/couldn't be arsed. Thought it might throw up some instances I'd forgotten about or didn't know.

The kind of thing where they're in charge but haven't officially been named manager or caretaker and so won't appear on the official list, as I presume McFarlane won't.
 
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Never mind one match what about the guy who took over from Martin Allen for the last ten minutes in one of our games after winning some sort of competition.
 

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Perhaps the shortest time officially as manager, and never managed a game at GP?

Garry Thompson - 14-18 March 2004, 1 game in charge, a 1-1 draw away to Blackpool.

not sure why he appeared and disappeared so quickly.
 

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Perhaps the shortest time officially as manager, and never managed a game at GP?

Garry Thompson - 14-18 March 2004, 1 game in charge, a 1-1 draw away to Blackpool.

not sure why he appeared and disappeared so quickly.
I must have a habit of watching the Bees being managed by a one game boss, I travelled down for this game too, sitting in a temporary stand along the touchline, no roof, no end behind one of the goals, it was bloody cold and that f***ing drum! :sorted: 🐝
 

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Ah, interesting one this. That game was at the end of the 2000-01 season, when Lewington was fully in charge. But amidst an approach from Watford and a fall out with Noades, he wasn't at the game and quit soon after. Who took charge that night? Can't remember, possibly Downes? I wouldn't be surprised if Lewington took charge of at least one game when Noades was manager and himself coach though


I think it was Downes I seem to remember people posting on here being unhappy saying all he did was swore at players.
 

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IIRC, Eddie was a man of many talents. He was in charge of performance management as well as medical. He had a magic sponge in a bag of water which seemed able to cure all known ills!
I was the threat. If you dont get up you'll get the cold sponge!
 

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I was the threat. If you dont get up you'll get the cold sponge!
If my memory serves me correctly, in extremis, he also had a tiny bottle of smelling salts. I recall a game against (I think) Northampton circa 1975 when Paul Bence got clobbered pretty hard and out came the bottle. Even with that he looked insensible. I was up against the railing on Ealing Road and remember him being stretchered past looking barely conscious with his face covered in blood. Those were the days!
 

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Webb missed a game once but not sure why. I think he attended some celebration at Stamford Bridge? Or he may have been waiting for a delivery of mountain bikes to his lock-up. Would this have been Gary Lock's one game stint?
 

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If I remember correctly Gary Thompson took over for one match when Wally Downes was sacked in 2004 a 1-1 draw away to Blackpool.
Perhaps the shortest time officially as manager, and never managed a game at GP?

Garry Thompson - 14-18 March 2004, 1 game in charge, a 1-1 draw away to Blackpool.

not sure why he appeared and disappeared so quickly.
I must have a habit of watching the Bees being managed by a one game boss, I travelled down for this game too, sitting in a temporary stand along the touchline, no roof, no end behind one of the goals, it was bloody cold and that f***ing drum! :sorted: 🐝

This was truly one for the die hards...we'd been on a terrible run, were only heading one way (down!) and were away to Blackpool who were quite high up the table. We got an unexpected but creditable 1-1 with Hunty scoring a penalty, and then MA came and we all know the rest!

84 of us there, if memory serves. Seems a world away now!
 

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Didn’t the youth team manager Barry Quin (with only one N :cool: ) take over for a game when we were already relegated once.
 
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Didn’t the youth team manager Barry Quin (with only one N :cool: ) take over for a game when we were already relegated once.
Fitzgerald was sacked when we were relegated at Easter, so Quin must've had at least three or four games. For the final one, Tranmere away, he had Butcher alongside him on the bench.
 

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Webb missed a game once but not sure why. I think he attended some celebration at Stamford Bridge? Or he may have been waiting for a delivery of mountain bikes to his lock-up. Would this have been Gary Lock's one game stint?
Or perhaps Kevin Lock....🙄
 

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Away at Carlisle, I remember going with my son, driving down for the game hearing on the radio Uwe had gone to Wigan
Yes, spoke to Warburton at Carlisle station and he said he wasn't interested in the job. Turns out he was lying, who'd have thought it!
 

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