Jim Harvey - Manager (Born - 02.05.58)
Harvey has already gained the title of Forest Green Rovers most successful Manager, leading them to a final 8th position in
his first full season. This feat is even more incredible as when he joined Rovers in September 06 the team was languishing
at the bottom of the league without a win to their name.
Born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, he went on to signed for Arsenal in 1974, sadly somewhat restricted with only three
1st team league appearances. In 1980 Jim had a free transfer to Hereford United where he became a favourite with
the fans with 278 leagues games.
Bristol City signed him for £25,000 in 1980 but he was soon loaned out to Wrexham. Another £25,000
move found Jim at Tranmere Rovers where he became Club Captain making 121 league appearances, 12 League Cup and 8 F.A. Cup
appearances, whilst scoring 15 goals.
Dario Gardi took him to Crewe Alexander as a player/coach
before he made his first Conference appearance with Southport in 1993/94. Chester City was the next club to use Jim’s football knowledge, not just as a player but also
as Reserve Team Coach and Director of the School of Excellence.
Leighton James, who was Manager of Morecambe FC,
brought Jim in as he’s Assistant Manager/Player, particularly for his F.A qualifications and experience. In June 1994
he became the club Manager, the start of a 12 year reign. In his first season he took them from the Northern Premier League
into the GM Vauxhall Conference where he has gained so much respect over the years.
During his time with Morecambe he became runners
up in 2003 to Dagenham & Redbridge only to lose on penalties for promotion to The League. Jim also served as Assistant
Manager to the Northern Ireland National side, then managed by Sammy McIlroy.
Sadly before the Cambridge United game on November 12 2005, Jim suffered a heart attack and was taken to the local hospital at Lancaster.
After a long recover period everyone was shocked when Morecambe released their longest serving Manager and replaced him with
his best friend McIlroy.
Jim seems to have the ability to get so much more
out of his charges, playing quick passing football that brings a smile to all that watch from the terraces. Whatever happens
this season, Jim has already carved a name for himself within the history of the club.