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Gordon Harold Jago, MBE (born 22 October 1932) is an English former football player and manager, and the former director of the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup international youth tournament.

Gordon Jago
Personal information
Full name Gordon Harold Jago
Date of birth (1932-10-22) 22 October 1932 (age 87)
Place of birth Poplar, London, England
Playing position centre-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Dulwich Hamlet
1954–1962 Charlton Athletic 147 (1)
National team
1949 England U20 6 (0)
Teams managed
Eastbourne United
1967–1969 Baltimore Bays
1969 United States
1971–1974 Queens Park Rangers
1974–1977 Millwall
1978–1982 Tampa Bay Rowdies
1984–1989 Dallas Sidekicks
1991–1997 Dallas Sidekicks
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a playerEdit

Born in Poplar, London, Jago began his professional career as a center back in the Football League at Charlton Athletic,[1] with whom he joined in the 1954–55 season from non-league team Dulwich Hamlet. Prior to Charlton, he played in six full internationals as a member of the England U20 squad.[2] He made a total of 147 appearances for Charlton, scoring one goal, at The Valley. His final season with the Addicks was 1961–62 before he moved back to non-league football, managing Eastbourne United. He started his coaching career with a spell at Fulham.[3]

As a manager/coachEdit

In 1967 he was appointed coach of the National Professional Soccer League, and future NASL side, Baltimore Bays. He later served in a dual capacity as the team's general manager as well. During this time Jago was also named coach of the United States national team[4] but ended this role after suffering two defeats in his only games in charge.

Success in EnglandEdit

In 1970 Jago joined Queens Park Rangers as a coach and became manager in January 1971.[5] It was under his guidance that the basis of the QPR team which in 1975–76 would come within a point of the League title was assembled. He signed pivotal players such as Stan Bowles, Don Givens, Dave Thomas and Frank McLintock and led the club to promotion to the First Division in 1972–73.[6] Jago left the club in October 1974 and was later appointed manager of Millwall where he remained until 1977. In 1976 Jago took Millwall from the Third to the Second Division.[7]

Tampa Bay RowdiesEdit

He returned to North America to coach the NASL side, Tampa Bay Rowdies between 1978 and 1982.[8] He saw great success especially early on in Tampa, losing in the outdoor final in both 1978 and 1979 and winning an indoor championship in his second year. Jago would return the Rowdies to the indoor final in the 1981-82 season, but came up short on his second try. He took the Rowdies to the outdoor post-season in four of his five years in Tampa, before resigning in the latter part of a disappointing 1982 outdoor campaign.[9]

Dallas SidekicksEdit

After a very brief stint as the general manager at QPR in 1984,[10] Jago later had two separate stints as coach of indoor soccer side Dallas Sidekicks between 1984 and 1997.[11][12] In between he served as the Sidekicks' team president.[13] In 1996 he also became a ten percent stakeholder in the club.[14] In 1998 Jago stepped down as coach for good.[15] He became President of the World Indoor Soccer League until the merger with the MISL for the 2002 season.[16] From 2013 to 2016 Jago served as the colour commentator to Norm Hitzes for the Dallas Sidekicks' televised MASL home games.

Dr. Pepper Dallas CupEdit

Jago served as Executive Director of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup [1] before he stepped down in 2013. Afterward he continued to be an Ambassador and Special Consultant for the tournament.[17] During his tenure the Dallas Cup rose to become one of the preeminent youth soccer tournaments in the world.


In 2005 he was made a charter member of the FC Dallas Walk of Fame. In recognition of his lifetime of achievements in advancing the sport, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.[18] In December 2010 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Disney Showcase, Gordon Jago was presented the "Lifelong Achievement Award" at Disney World in Orlando.

In March 2013, Jago was one of six men named to the 2013 class of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame. The other inductees, all players, are Preki, Kai Haaskivi, Zoltán Tóth, Brian Quinn, and Mike Stankovic.[19][20]

A member of the Sidekicks Hall of Fame, he was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup in recognition of his invaluable, selfless, and far reaching contribution to the beautiful game in March 2016.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Jago married his wife June Isabella Jago, a former London police officer, in March 1960. The couple raised one daughter, Kim, and remained together for 54 years until June's passing on December 8, 2014.[22] In March 2017 his autobiography, A Soccer Pioneer: The Autobiography of Gordon Jago, was published by Saint Johann Press[23]

Coaching honoursEdit


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  19. ^ Carrick, Buzz (5 March 2013). "Former Dallas Sidekicks Coach Gordon Jago Named 2013 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  20. ^ "Former Sidekicks Coach Gordon Jago Named 2013 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee". Our Sports Central. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
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