Gary Locke (Scottish footballer)

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Gary Locke
Personal information
Full name Gary Locke
Date of birth (1975-06-16) 16 June 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1991–1992 Whitehill Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2001 Heart of Midlothian 153 (5)
2001–2002 Bradford City 38 (2)
2002–2009 Kilmarnock 111 (1)
Total 302 (8)
National team
1996–1997 Scotland U21 10 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Heart of Midlothian
2014- Kilmarnock (Assistant Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Locke (born 16 June 1975 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish professional football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Locke, a midfielder, went to Lasswade Primary and High School[1] in Bonnyrigg and started his career at Hearts before joining Bradford City in January 2001 who were at the time in the Premier League.[2] Locke finished his career at Kilmarnock where he scored once against Dunfermline.[3]

Locke picked up 10 caps for Scotland U21s while at Hearts. Injuries were a major problem throughout Locke's career and while he was club captain when Hearts won the 1998 Scottish Cup, he did not play in the final due to injury.

Locke played under manager Jim Jefferies at all of his clubs. He retired aged 34, at the end of the 2008/09 season.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Locke was in line to join the Kilmarnock coaching staff, but the collapse of Setanta led to reduced TV income for SPL clubs and Kilmarnock decided they could not offer Locke a position.[4]

After Jim Jefferies was appointed Hearts manager for the second time in January 2010, Locke was appointed First Team Coach.[5] He was placed in caretaker charge of the team after the departure of John McGlynn in February 2013.[6] He was subsequently appointed on a permanent basis, on a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season. In March 2013 Locke's Hearts lost 3–2 to St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup Final.[7] Hearts entered administration in June 2013, which meant that the club were placed under a transfer embargo and were deducted 15 points in the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership season. On 11 August 2013, Locke won the first Edinburgh derby in the new Scottish Premiership with a 76-minute header from striker Callum Paterson at Tynecastle Stadium.[8] Hearts were relegated to the Scottish Championship at the end of the season and new owner Ann Budge decided not to retain Locke.[9]

In June 2014, Locke returned to Kilmarnock as assistant manager.[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 12 May 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win%[11]
Hearts Scotland February 2013 May 2014 51 14 10 27 27.45
  • Stats include caretaker spell before official appointment.


  1. ^ Scottish Education Awards Daily Record accessed 12 February 2010
  2. ^ "Bradford in talks with Locke". BBC. 24 January 2001. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kilmarnock 4–0 Dunfermline". BBC. 21 May 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Killie withdraw Locke coach offer BBC Sport accessed 8 January 2010
  5. ^ Brown and Locke join Hearts Hearts accessed 8 January 2010
  6. ^ "John McGlynn departs Hearts manager position". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "St Mirren 3–2 Hearts". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (12 May 2014). "Craig Levein lands Hearts role as boss Gary Locke exits". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gary Locke becomes assistant manager at Kilmarnock". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Win% is rounded to two decimal places

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