Brian Irvine (footballer)

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Brian Irvine
Personal information
Full name Brian Irvine
Date of birth (1965-05-24) 24 May 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Playing position Defender (Retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Falkirk 38 (0)
1985–1997 Aberdeen 306 (28)
1997–1999 Dundee 69 (4)
1999–2003 Ross County 120 (13)
Total 533 (45)
National team
1990–1994 Scotland 9 (0)
Teams managed
2006 Elgin City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Irvine (born 24 May 1965 in Bellshill, Scotland) is a former international footballer who played as a defender for Falkirk, Aberdeen, Dundee, Ross County and the Scotland national team, and managed Elgin City.


Irvine began his career with Falkirk in 1983. After two years and nearly forty league appearances for the Bairns - where he played alongside his brother - Irvine moved to Aberdeen. During his twelve years with the Dons, Irvine won the Scottish Cup and was capped nine times by Scotland but was also diagnosed in June 1995 with multiple sclerosis. Despite his diagnosis, Irvine returned to action as a substitute just four months later. After playing over 300 league matches, Irvine left Pittodrie in 1997 and moved to Dundee, featuring nearly seventy times in two years. In 1999, Irvine moved to Ross County, where he finished his playing career in 2003.

After retiring, Irvine stayed with County as a coach, taking his first managerial job in January 2006 with Elgin City.[1] In December that year, with the club bottom of the table, Irvine left the club.[1] He is now a youth inclusive worker and makes regular appearances with his friend Drew at the Inverness Royal Academy and on Friday nights at the Hilton community centre.

In March 2009, Irvine was named assistant manager to Martin Rennie of USL First Division side Carolina RailHawks FC. He was previously Rennie's assistant at USL-2 side the Cleveland City Stars.

Personal life[edit]

Brian Irvine is the younger brother of Alan Irvine, a fellow footballer who played as a striker for a number of clubs in Scotland, England, Japan and Northern Ireland.


  1. ^ a b "Irvine takes over as Elgin boss". BBC News. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 

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