Gary Bollan

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Gary Bollan
Personal information
Full name Gary Bollan
Date of birth (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Airdrieonians (manager)
Youth career
1988–1989 Fairmuir Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Dundee United 46 (4)
1995–1998 Rangers 11 (0)
1997 Wolves (loan) 0 (0)
1998–2001 St. Johnstone 96 (7)
2001–2003 Livingston 43 (1)
2003–2004 Dundee United 15 (0)
2004 Motherwell 3 (0)
2004–2005 Clyde 25 (2)
2005–2006 Brechin City 18 (0)
2006–2008 Carnoustie Panmure 20 (2)
National team
1992–1995 Scotland under-21[1] 17 (1)
Teams managed
2009–2012 Livingston
2013- Airdrieonians
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Bollan (born 24 March 1973 in Dundee) is a former Scottish professional football player and current manager of Airdrieonians in Scottish League One.

He played for Dundee United (two spells), Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan), St. Johnstone, Livingston, Motherwell, Clyde, Brechin City and Carnoustie Panmure. He also played for the Scotland national under-21 football team.

He started his managerial career with his former playing club Livingston before his current role.

Playing career[edit]

Bollan came up through the youth system and into the first team at Dundee United as a teenager in the early 1990s. He sparked interest from Rangers, who signed him in January 1995. Bollan spent three years at Ibrox but made only a handful of appearances due to injury. He was transferred to St. Johnstone in 1998 and spent three years there.

A move to Heart of Midlothian stalled in March 2001 due to a failed medical[2] before Bollan moved to First Division champions Livingston four months later.[3] His appearance for Livingston in the UEFA Cup meant that he had made appearances for four different Scottish clubs in European competition. He returned to Dundee United in February 2003 for a year,[4] before having a brief spell with Motherwell in 2004.[5] In August 2004, Bollan began the first of two spells with Clyde, joining as a player/coach.[6]

He spent the 2004–05 season as a player-coach for Clyde. He made his debut on the opening day of the season, in Clyde's derby win over rivals Partick Thistle. He is best known for his time at Broadwood Stadium, when he scored a free-kick from 40 yards to knock Falkirk out of the Scottish Cup. He was voted Clyde man of the match in their encounter with Celtic in the latter stages of the competition. He was briefly caretaker manager at the end of the season. Bollan signed for Brechin in July 2005[7] but was made available for transfer shortly afterwards.[8] In November 2006, Gary Bollan signed for Carnoustie Panmure.

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2007, Bollan was appointed as Head of Youth Development at Clyde,[9] though he has appeared in the dugout in a coaching role since January 2008, and was in joint-caretaker charge of the team alongside Dougie Bell for two matches after the resignation of Colin Hendry.[10] In April 2009, following reported financial troubles at Clyde, Bollan left the club.[11]

On 14 August 2009, Bollan became the new manager of his former club, Livingston.[12] In October 2009, Bollan won SFL manager of the month following 3 victories and a draw in the league and a 3–1 victory over Queen's Park in the Scottish Cup 2nd Round.[13] He followed this up by winning it again the following month, winning three out of three in the league.[14] Bollan then won Third Division Manager of the Year, after leading his team to promotion by a margin of 15 points. Livingston won promotion from the Second Division, but Bollan was sacked by Livingston in February 2012.[15] The club cited his alleged failure to develop young players as their reason for his dismissal.[15]

In October 2013, Bollan was appointed manager of Scottish League One club Airdrieonians.[16] The club were bottom of League One when he took over, but after a while getting settled and strengthening the squad, a strong finish to the season saw them avoid relegation. A fine run of form, in which they lost just one game (away to Rangers) in their last sixteen fixtures saw them finish in sixth place, having secured their League One status with two games to spare.

In May 2014 Bollan's contract was extended until May 2016.

Statistics[edit]

Player
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990–91 Dundee United Scottish Premier Division 2 0 - - - 2 0
1991–92 10 1 1 0 2 0 - 13 1
1992–93 15 3 1 0 - - 16 3
1993–94 12 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 18 0
1994–95 7 0 - 1 0 - 8 0
Rangers 6 0 N/A - N/A 6 0
1995–96 4 0 N/A - N/A 6 0
1996–97 0 0 N/A - N/A 6 0
1997–98 1 0 N/A - N/A 6 0
St Johnstone - N/A N/A N/A 0 0
1998–99 Scottish Premier League 33 4 N/A N/A N/A 33 4
1999-00 34 2 N/A N/A N/A 34 2
2000–01 28 1 N/A N/A N/A 28 1
2001–02 Livingston 21 0 2 0 2 0 - 25 0
2002–03 22 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 28 2
Dundee United 13 0 - - - 13 0
2003–04 2 0 - - - 2 0
Motherwell 3 0 1 0 - - 4 0
2004–05 Clyde Scottish First Division 25 2 4 1 1 0 - 30 3
2005–06 Brechin City 18 0 - - - 18 0
Career total 252 14 11 2 12 0 4 0 279 16

Manager Statistics[edit]

As of 17 August 2014
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L GF GA Win %
Livingston Scotland 14 August 2009 February 2012 45 27 7 11 79 39 60.00
Airdrieonians Scotland October 2013 Present 31 10 7 14 36 45 32.26
Total 76 37 14 25 115 85 48.68

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Dundee United

Manager[edit]

Livingston

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gary Bollan". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bollan's Hearts move stalls". BBC Sport. 31 March 2001. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Livingston make 17 signings". BBC Sport. 4 July 2001. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "United in double swoop". BBC Sport. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bollan joins Motherwell". BBC Sport. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Double signing for Clyde". BBC Sport. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Brechin the next stop for Bollan". BBC Sport. 9 July 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Squad Update". brechincity.com. 1 May 2006. 
  9. ^ "Bollan heads Clyde youth system". BBC Sport. 28 July 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bell takes Clyde assistant role". BBC Sport. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "MSP fears for future of Clyde FC". BBC Sport. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Bollan and Welsh check in at Almondvale". livingstonfc.co.uk. 14 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Irn Bru award for Gary". livingstonfc.co.uk. 5 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Double award joy for Livingston". BBC Sport. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Livingston manager Gary Bollan sacked by club". BBC Sport (BBC). 5 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Airdrieonians turn to Gary Bollan". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 

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