Alex Rae (footballer, born 1969)

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Alex Rae
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Rae during the Jody Craddock Testimonial in May 2014
Personal information
Full name Alexander Scott Rae
Date of birth (1969-09-30) 30 September 1969 (age 44)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Youth career
Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Falkirk 83 (20)
1990–1996 Millwall 218 (63)
1996–2001 Sunderland 114 (12)
2001–2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers 107 (15)
2004–2006 Rangers 34 (1)
2006–2008 Dundee 26 (3)
2009–2010 Milton Keynes Dons 3 (0)
National team
1990–1992 Scotland U21[1] 9 (3)
Teams managed
2006–2008 Dundee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alexander Scott "Alex" Rae (born 30 September 1969 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional footballer. Alex Rae began his youth career at Rangers and started his senior career at Falkirk. During his footballer career, Alex Rae played for Millwall, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rangers, Dundee, Milton Keynes Dons. Back from rehab clinic for alcoholism in 1998, he was with Sunderland and played regularly in the top flight until September 2001. He then joined Wolverhampton Wanderers,[2] and quickly became the key player in the team, winning the fans' player of the season award. In 2002, he helped the team back into the Premier League, and had his best seasonal tally with 8 goals. He then went back to Scotland, joined Rangers where he started his youth career in May 2004,[3] and won the league title in his first season.[4] He was first assigned as player-manager of Dundee on 24 May 2006. He led the club to third place in the First Division in his first season and took them a place higher in his second. He stopped his career as a footballer during the 2008–09 season[5] and went to Sweden as part of his work towards a UEFA Pro Licence.[6] After retiring, he became player-manager of Dundee.

Career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Rae started his career as a youngster at boyhood heroes Rangers but was rejected by boss Graeme Souness. He dropped down to junior leagues with Bishopbriggs before he joined Falkirk and enjoyed a successful two years before heading south to sign for Millwall in 1990 for £100,000.

He made his Millwall debut on 25 August 1990. His form for Millwall earned him a big money move to Premier League Sunderland for £1 million in 1996, where he established himself as a crowd-pleasing, combative midfielder. His career took a downturn though, as he descended into alcoholism, leading to him attending a rehab clinic during 1998. He stayed sober after this treatment and further rehabilitation, and later became a patron for the Sporting Chance clinic.

Back on the field, he won promotion as champions back to the Premier League with Sunderland in 1998–99 and played regularly in the top flight. By 2001, he had dropped out of manager Peter Reid's plans and was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 2001, for £1.2 million.[7]

He quickly became an important player for Wolves, winning the fans' player of the season award in his first campaign. The following year, he helped them back into the Premier League when they won the play-offs in 2003. He had a strong year in the top flight, finishing as the club's leading scorer with 8 goals – his best-ever seasonal tally – but could not prevent the club's relegation.

Rae re-signed for Rangers in May 2004,[8] and won the league title in his first season, scoring once in the process against Dunfermline.[9] He only featured 12 times in his second season, however, and was later released by the club.

Coaching career[edit]

He was appointed as player-manager of Dundee on 24 May 2006. He led the club to third place in the First Division in his first season and took them a place higher in his second. He gave up playing for the 2008–09 season but was sacked on 20 October 2008 with the team in eighth place in the league.[10] Following this, Rae travelled to Sweden as part of his work towards a UEFA Pro Licence.[11]

In July 2009 he joined MK Dons, on a temporary basis with a view to a permanent deal, as first team coach working under his former Wolves teammate Paul Ince.[12]

In 2010, Rae made a return to competitive football to cover for injuries. On 29 October 2010, Rae joined Notts County as assistant manager until he left the club following the departure of manager Paul Ince[13] on 3 April 2011.

In February 2013, Rae joined Blackpool, once again with Paul Ince.[14] The season finished with Blackpool in 15th place.

On 21 January 2014, along with Paul Ince, Rae's Blackpool contract was terminated and he left the club.[15]

Managerial stats[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Dundee Scotland 24 May 2006 20 October 2008 97 42 22 33 43.29

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/scotlandu21/player.php?playerid=182
  2. ^ "Rae completes move". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 September 2001. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rangers seal Rae deal". BBC Sport. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Rangers 3–0 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dundee sack Rae and seek new boss". BBC Sport. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 
  6. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/dundee-united/rae-of-sunshine-1.820473#
  7. ^ "Rae completes move". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 September 2001. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rangers seal Rae deal". BBC Sport. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Rangers 3–0 Dunfermline Athletic". BBC. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Dundee sack Rae and seek new boss". BBC Sport. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 
  11. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/dundee-united/rae-of-sunshine-1.820473#
  12. ^ "Ince makes his mark as assistant is named". Milton Keynes Citizen. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  13. ^ http://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10426~2200673,00.html
  14. ^ "Alex Rae: Paul Ince adds Scot to Blackpool coaching staff". BBC Sport (British Broadcast Corporation). 21 February 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Paul Ince: Blackpool boss sacked after less than a year in charge". BBC Sport (British Broadcast Corporation). 21 January 2014. 

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