Billy McKinlay

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Billy McKinlay
Personal information
Full name William Alexander McKinlay
Date of birth (1969-04-22) 22 April 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Northern Ireland (assistant manager)
Youth career
1984–1985 Hamilton Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1995 Dundee United 222 (23)
1995–2000 Blackburn Rovers 91 (3)
2000 Leicester City (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2001 Bradford City 11 (0)
2001 Preston North End
2001–2002 Clydebank 8 (0)
2002–2004 Leicester City 53 (1)
2004–2005 Fulham 2 (0)
Total 387 (27)
National team
1990–1994 Scotland B 2 (0)
1993–1998 Scotland 29 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Alexander McKinlay, better known as Billy McKinlay (born 22 April 1969), is a Scottish former footballer, current assistant manager of Northern Ireland.


One of the products of the Dundee United's highly efficient scouting and coaching network in the west of Scotland, Glasgow-born McKinlay was signed from Hamilton Thistle in 1986. He won a place in the 1988 Scottish Cup Final side at the age of 19, despite previously having made just 12 League appearances.

An energetic and perceptive midfielder, he took some time to claim a regular first-team place, but when he did was a most effective link man. He suffered a major disappointment in May 1994 when a caution for an innocuous tackle in a League match carried him over the points threshold and led to him being suspended when United achieved their historic first Scottish Cup triumph. He took rather longer than might have been expected to become a full international, but went on to win 14 caps while at Tannadice, the latter two as a First Division player. He is one of only three players from that division to play at full international level for Scotland since League reconstruction in 1975.

Following United's relegation he asked for a transfer and got his wish when Blackburn Rovers paid £1.75 million for him in October 1995. He came close to joining boyhood heroes Celtic Fc when then manager Tommy Burns made a last-ditch attempt to sign him from under the noses of Blackburn Rovers. McKinlay had brief spells with Bradford City and Clydebank before joining Premiership side Leicester City in 2002, where he scored once against Coventry City.[1] In 2004, Chris Coleman signed him to help bolster Fulham's reserve squad.

McKinlay won a total of 29 Scotland caps, 14 while with Dundee United.

On 21 December 2007, Fulham first-team coach Ray Lewington and reserve team manager McKinlay took over after manager Lawrie Sanchez was sacked. Roy Hodgson was appointed nine days later.[2] McKinlay coached Fulham's reserve side and developed youth talent, later become Northern Ireland assistant manager, but returned to Fulham to manage the side's 4–0 defeat at Everton, on 28 April 2012 due to Martin Jol's chest infection and was again in charge on Merseyside, for Fulham's win against Liverpool.

On 2 December 2013, McKinlay left Fulham after Martin Jol's departure a day earlier.[3]


  1. ^ "Coventry 1–2 Leicester". BBC. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Fulham appoint Hodgson as manager". BBC Sport. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Coaching Staff Update". Fulham FC. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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