John Pemberton: The player

A look at the playing days of new Harriers manager, John Pemberton…

John Pemberton in action for Leeds. (c) PA Images

John Pemberton’s playing career began in the early 1980s before a move to Crewe Alexandra in 1985.

As an uncompromising and committed defender, Pemberton swiftly racked up well over a century of games for the Alex before netting a move to Crystal Palace.

In two years with the Eagles, Pemberton was something of an ever-present, helping them win promotion to what was then the First Division in 1989 before featuring in the FA Cup Final a year later when Palace met Manchester United.

Following a stinging defeat at United’s hands following a replay, the right-back was snapped up by Sheffield United, where he spent three years at the turn of the 1990s. With the better part of 70 games under his belt for the Blades, including another memorable FA Cup run, Pemberton moved to Leeds United.

He sampled more Cup heartbreak there when Leeds lost the 1996 League Cup final to Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium, but ‘Pembo’ endeared himself to the Elland Road faithful with his no-nonsense performances.

Pemberton’s playing career came, to some degree, full circle as he wound down with a final season at Crewe Alexandra before making the move into coaching.

BREAKING NEWS: John Pemberton appointed Kidderminster Harriers manager

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