Jack White* 1958 to 1961 When the Lilywhites turned professional in 1958, it was Jack White who was given the job of taking the club into the new era.
Oscar Hold 1961 to 1962 Oscar Hold, who replaced Jack White as manager, was also to manage football teams in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Born on October 19th, 1918 at Barnsley, his own playing days had seen him play football league football for Barnsley, Aldershot for whom he scored 4 goals in 14 appearances, Norwich (18 goals in 44 matches), Notts County (9 goals, 19 matches), Everton (5 goals, 22 matches) and finally QPR who he scored 1 goal for in 4 matches for. Having gone into management he was the manager of March, then Wisbech before taking the City job in 1961. There he set about strengthing the team that Jack White had started to build. Then in 1962 he was given the chance to manage Doncaster Rovers, as a northern lad it was an opportunity that he felt that he could not turn down. He waved farewell to the Lilywhites with his last match in charge of the City was against Worcester City. He was then to spend two years at Doncaster and then managed Fennerbache (1964/65) and Ankara Demirspar (1965/67). Both being Turkish signs. He also managed sides in Saudi Arabia and was to die in a Sunderland Nursing home on October 11th, 2005 aged 96.
Frank Cruckshank* 1963-66 With Oscar Hold's departure Frank Cruckshank, who Hold had signed from Notts County, was appointed player-manager. A full back, he had played most of his football in England despite having been born at Falkirk in Scotland on November 23rd, 1931. A one club man, he had signed for Notts County at the age of just 18 in January 1950 and was to make 151 league apperances for them.
Tony Marchi while at Tottenham
Tommy Bickerstaff 1968- Born in Scotland, Tommy had played in the Scottish League as a goalkeeper for West Lanark for whom he made 18 appearances during the 1954/55 season before coming south to play for Tonbridge. Tommy had first come to the notice of West Larnack while playing for the Scottish Junior Side, Neilston Juniors. While at Tonbridge he made 405 first team appearances before spending two years as the Secretary of Ramsgate Athletic Football Club. He then became the manager of Stevenage before taking on the Cambridge post.
Tommy Bickerstaff top row 4th from left, Neilston Juniors v Bridgeton Waveley (Scottish Junior Cup R1), September 1954
Bill Leivers 1979-87 Bill Leivers, who managed both Cambridge City and Cambridge United, is well respected by both sets of Canbridge football fans, William Ernest Leivers was born at Bolsover in Derbyshire on January 29th, 1932 and had began his football league career with Chesterford as a centre back. He was to make 27 leagues for Chesterford before being signed for £10,500 by Manchester City in November 1953. At Man City he was to usually play as a full back and was to make 250 league appearances for them. Then on July 10th, 1964 he joined Doncaster Rovers as player-manager. At Doncaster he made 24 league appearances before resigning in February, 1966. Shortly afterwards briefly he took on the job of manager of Workington before in 1967 he came mannager of Cambridge United. There he help guide them into the Football League, having previously seen them win the Southern League title, before being sacked in 1974. His next football role saw him as manager of Chelmsford in 1975. In 1979 he returned to football management as Cambridge City's manager. After eight years as club manager, in 1987 he became general manager. He finaly retired in 1999 and shortly afterwards moved to live in Cornwall.,
Steve Fallon in his Cambridge United days
Graham Daniels 1994-98 In 1994 Graham Daniels, who had played for the Cambridge City from 1985 until 1990, returned to Milton Road as first team manager. Born on April 9th, 1962 at Farnrough, he had played football for Cardiff Cornthians before joining 1983 joining City's local rivals, Cambridge United. He was to make 39 appearances for them in the Football League, usually at left back or on the left side of midfield, before dropping into semi-professional football with Cambridge City. He then spent five years with us. A non conformist minister, he often presented on Radio Cambridgeshire before in 1994 be became Manager of Histon Football Club. Not long afterwards he resigned to take up the Cambridge City post. He left City in 1998 and since then has played a part in local football.
Bill Leivers 1987-99