Alan Rogers (football manager)

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Alan Rogers
Personal information
Full name Alan Rogers
Date of birth (1924-12-31) 31 December 1924 (age 94)
Place of birth Southport, England
Teams managed
Years Team
1962–1963 Philippines
1963 Bloemfontein City
1963–1965 Basutoland
1965–1966 Uganda[1]
1966–1967 Chicago Spurs
1969–1970 Paykan
1970 Kansas City Spurs
1971 Washington Darts
1971–1974 Persepolis
1976 Shahbaz
1978 Þór Akureyri

Alan Rogers (born 31 December 1924) is an English, former football manager who was Head-Coach of Persepolis F.C. between 1971 and 1974.[2] Persepolis F.C., an Iranian football club then played in the Takht Jamshid Cup.

Alan is the uncle of former Tranmere Rovers chairwoman Lorraine Rogers, and has held coaching positions in the Philippines, South Africa, Iran, the USA, Qatar, Zambia, Libya, Uganda and Iceland.[3][4]

Alan and Frank O'Farrell arrived in Tehran on 17 January 2006 upon invitation from Persepolis F.C.[5]


After serving as a gunner on Arctic convoys in World War II[4], Rogers began a football management career that spanned 16 countries. Following his first club managerial role as head of the Philippine national football team in 1962-63, Rogers moved to South Africa where he worked for FIFA.[4] Afterwards, he made the move to the United States where he helped launch the Chicago Spurs of the National Premier Soccer League for their lone season in 1967. He would return to coach the same club in 1970, which had been relocated and renamed the Kansas City Spurs upon joining the new North American Soccer League in 1968. Rogers arrived in Iran in 1969 for the first time and coached Paykan F.C. which was an extremely prosperous club at the time and had some of the best facilities in Iran. Rogers became champions with Paykan, following which he spent some time in America. Following his return to Iran he became coach of Persepolis F.C. in 1971 and became league champions with the club on two occasions.


  • Winner: Iran Friendship Cup, March 1970 with Paykan F.C.

This tournament was league-format where Paykan won 2 games and lost 1. Results were as follow: Paykan defeated Adana Demirspor 2–1 and FC Universitatea Craiova 1–0, lost to CSKA Moscow 3–2.[6]


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Arctic Star:[8] 2013


  1. ^ "The Observer - Kiberu: A peerless icon in local football". The Observer. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Iran gives ex-football boss a hero's welcome". Archived from the original on 16 February 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2006.
  3. ^ "Sport – Tranmere Rovers – News – The roving adventures of the original Indiana Jones". Liverpool Echo. 23 December 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Medal honour for Arctic war hero Alan who waited 70 years". 4 July 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "زندگینامه علی پروین (1)". 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  7. ^ "همه خارجي‌هاي شاغل در فوتبال ايران". Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Medal honour for Arctic war hero Alan who waited 70 years". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zdravko Rajkov
Iran Pro League Winning Manager
1971–72, 1973–74
Succeeded by
Zdravko Rajkov

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