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Terry Venables family: All about his Wife, Daughters, Parents and Siblings

Terry Venables was an English footballer and manager who played for clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers and won two caps for England.

As a manager, Venables won the Second Division championship with Crystal Palace in 1979. He reached the 1982 FA Cup Final with Queens Park Rangers and won the Second Division in 1983.

With Barcelona, he won La Liga in 1985 and reached the 1986 European Cup Final, then guided Tottenham Hotspur to victory in the 1991 FA Cup Final.

He also managed Middlesbrough and Leeds United. As the England national team manager from 1994 to 1996, he reached the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championships, and managed Australia from 1997 to 1998.

Terry Venables
Terry Venables dies: Former England manager passes away aged 80

Born in Dagenham, East London, on January 6, 1943, to parents Fred and Myrtle, Terry was an only child.

His father was a petty officer in the Navy, and from Barking, while his mother was Welsh.

In 1956, his parents moved to Essex to open a pub, Terry went to live with his grandparents Ossie and Milly, who encouraged his interest in football.

After earning a cap for the England Schoolboys team, Terry went on to play professionally for various English clubs, and the English national team, before moving on to football management.

Who did Terry Venables play for?

After playing for the England youth team, Terry, a midfielder, started his professional career in 1959.

He started off at Chelsea, where he made 237 appearances and scored 31 goals, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 1965, where he made 142 appearances.

He went on to play for Queens Park Rangers between 1969–1974, and for a short time for Crystal Palace, before his retirement from playing professional football in 1975.

Terry also gained two caps for England, both in 1964, but missed out on playing for the legendary England team that went on to win the 1966 World Cup — he was on the reserve list but ultimately wasn’t called up.

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Who did Terry Venables manage?

After retiring as a football player, Terry made the move to managing teams.

Most famously, he took the Three Lions team to the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championship, hosted by England

The team were eventually knocked out by Germany in the semi-final that took place at Wembley Stadium after Gareth Southgate had his penalty saved.

The team included legends like David Seaman, Gareth Southgate, Gary Neville, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer, and Sol Campbell, and was the year England truly believed football was coming home.

But El Tel started his managing career at Crystal Palace, in 1976, before moving to QPR in 1980.

Terry, who became fluent in Spanish, then moved to Barcelona as manager in 1984, where he stayed until 1987.

Then came four years at Spurs, before he took up his post at the English national team.

He went on to manage Australia, and then Palace again, Middlesbrough, and Leeds United before retiring from management in 2003.

What did Terry Venables win?

Despite hopes of a victory at the 1996 Euros, the Three Lions were knocked out by Germany in their Wembley semi-final.

Previously at Barça, Terry won La Liga in 1985, the Copa de la Liga in 1986 and also reached the 1986 Euro finals.

With Tottenham Hotspur, Terry won the FA Cup in 1991 and shared the FA Charity Shield in 1991 with London rivals Arsenal.

As a player, Terry won the Football League Cup in 1965, and with Spurs, the FA Cup in 1967.

He was given the Don Balón Award for best trainer at Barcelona in 1985 and went on to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Terry Venables
Terry Venables cause of death: Former England manager dies aged 80

Away from his career, off the pitch, he was a father and husband. Here’s everything we know about his family.

About Terry Venables wife

Former England manager Terry Venables was married twice in his life.

The names of his current and ex-wife are Yvette Bazire Venables and Christine McCann.

He had his first marriage at age 23. Terry Venables and Christine McCann tied the knot in 1966 and remained as a couple for 18 years. At the time, he was playing for Chelsea.

Terry and McCan were childhood friends whose friendship grew into a romance. They met when they were both 16 years old. However, their marriage was not meant to stay as they divorced amicably in 1984.

Before their separation, they were parents of two daughters.

That same year after his separation from his first wife, he met and found love in a woman named Yvette Bazire.

At age 48, he tied the knot with Yvette, his second and current wife in 1991. Around the time he moved to Barcelona as a manager.

Who is Christine McCann, Terry Venables first wife?

Christine McCann was the first spouse of legendary football manager Terry Venables.

At the time of their marriage in 1966, Christine McCann was a dressmaker.

In his autobiography, Terry wrote that they had met when they were 16 years old and got married while he was playing at Chelsea, his first club.

They had “drifted apart”, and his move to Barcelona as a manager in 1984 precipitated their divorce.

The split was “as amicable as possible”.

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Terry Venables and wife Yvette . Credit: PA: Press Association

Who is Yvette Bazire, Terry Venables  wife?

In the same year of Terry’s separation from his first wife, he began a new relationship with his second wife, Yvette Bazire, whom he had met in his dad’s pub in Chingford, London.

Yvette accompanied Terry to Barcelona, and the pair tied the knot seven years later, in 1991.

At the time of Yvette and Terry’s marriage, he had moved to Barcelona as a manager.

Terry Venables daughters

Among all of Terry Venables’ achievements, being a father will be his ultimate blessing.

Former England manager Terry “El Tel” Venables had two children – all daughters – whose names are Tracey Graham and Nancy.

He shared his children with his first wife, Christine McCann in their close to two decades of marriage.

According to a 2014 interview with the Guardian, Venables and McCann welcomed their daughters in the late 60s – early 70s.

While little is known about Terry’s kids, his daughter Tracey, appears to have followed her father into the football industry.

In 1987, Terry took up a post managing Tottenham Hotspur, before being appointed chief executive in 1991.

In 1993, Terry was dismissed from his post, and it was reported at the time that Tracey Venables, was also sacked from her job as National Membership Secretary at the club.

Tracey, 23 at the time, had apparently worked at Spurs for over a year.

It was reported at the time that Terry’s daughter Tracey appeared at the Spurs North London grounds gates and announced: “I’ve just this minute been sacked. I’m very angry. I had no idea this was going to happen.”

His other daughter is called Nancy, but little is known about what she does for a living.

Terry also has at least one grandson, Sam, who he mentioned in his 2014 autobiography, Born to Manage.

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Terry Venables with his then wife, Christine, and their daughters, c1970. Photograph: Express/Getty Images

What did Terry Venables say about his children?

Terry seemed to keep his private life private and rarely mentioned his children or family in public.

In his 2014 autobiography, he mentions the stress that his glittering football career had on his family.

After being appointed Barcelona manager in 1984, he recalled that the move culminated at the end of his marriage to his first wife, but that both parents “wanted to ensure that our two daughters understood they still had loving parents”.

The family seems close, as Terry makes references to family holidays in Majorca.

Terry Venable Parents

Terry Venables was the child of Fred and Myrtle Venables. His father was a Navy petty officer who originally came from Barking.

His mother was Welsh, and her family lived in Clydach Vale.

When he was 13, his parents moved to run a pub in Romford, Essex, sending him to live with his maternal grandparents Ossie and Milly, who fostered his love of football.

Terry Venables Siblings

Terry Venables did not have any siblings. He was the only child of Fred and Myrtle Venables.

About Terry Venables family

Terry Venables had the following family members:
Parents: Fred Venables, Myrtle Venables
Grandparents: Ossie and Milly.
Spouse: Yvette Venables (m. 1991), Christine McCann (m.1966)
Children: Tracey Graham and Nancy Venables.

Terry Venables

What was Terry Venables’ cause of death?

The League Managers Association have confirmed that Terry has died, although the cause of death has not yet been confirmed at the time of writing.

There has been some speculation that Terry had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Terry’s family have said: “We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness.

“We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives.”

Tributes poured in on Twitter — Gary Lineker, who played under Terry’s management at Spurs, Barcelona, and England, said:

“Devastated to hear that Terry Venables has died. The best, most innovative coach that I had the privilege and pleasure of playing for. He was much more, though, than just a great manager, he was vibrant, he was charming, he was witty, he was a friend.”

Terry’s former club, Tottenham Hotspur, released a statement on Twitter, announcing plans to mark the former boss’s passing at the start of their match on Sunday, November 26:

“The Club is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager Terry Venables.

“Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time. In tribute, we shall hold a minute’s applause prior to kick-off and our players will wear black armbands during this afternoon’s fixture against Aston Villa.”

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