Gary McGinnis

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Gary McGinnis
Personal information
Full name Gary McGinnis
Date of birth (1963-10-21) 21 October 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1975–1981 Celtic Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Celtic 0 (0)
1983–1990 Dundee United 65 (0)
1990–1995 St Johnstone 137 (1)
1995–1996 Happy Valley ? (1)
1996–1998 Slough Town 56 (0)
2008- 2011 Harbord Seasiders 62 (4)
National team
1984 Scotland U21[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary McGinnis (born 21 October 1963 in Dundee) is a Scottish former football player.


McGinnis broke into the Dundee United first team, along with Dave Beaumont, in 1983–84 season, making six appearances and scored his only goal in his full debut for the club in a 3-0 League Cup win against Motherwell at Fir Park. A versatile back-up player rather than a first-teamer, McGinnis appeared in some of United's major European games, playing against Manchester United in the second leg at Tannadice in 1984 (scoring an own goal in that game), and spent most of the 1986-87 UEFA Cup run on the bench, making four appearances in the run to the Final against IFK Gothenburg.

McGinnis played in a handful of games in each of the next three seasons, but never became a regular, and, after nine years at Tannadice, left for Tayside rivals St Johnstone in 1990. He became club captain during his five years at McDiarmid Park. He later played in Hong Kong with Happy Valley, before finishing his career in English non-League football with Slough Town.

As a youth, McGinnis won the Under-18 European Championship with Scotland in 1982 and reached the quarter-finals of the resulting 1983 Under-20 World Championships. He became a Scotland under-21 international, making his debut against Spain in November 1984.[1]

McGinnis played his final years as a professional in the Queensland State League with Bundaberg Waves, before becoming the Director Of Coaching for Central Queensland. He joined the Australian National League side Northern Spirit in 2002 as Head of Youth before taking on the role of Director of Coaching for Kuringai in 2007. Now playing for Harbord Seasiders Utd in the Manly Warringah Football League in Sydney. McGinnis helped the senior men's team to the Grand Final of their competition in 2009, missing out on a winner's medal after a 1-0 loss. In 2010 McGinnis is featuring in the Harbord Seasiders' over-35s team. From 2011 to Present, he teaches in the Physical Education Department of St. Aloysius College, Milson's Point, Australia and teaches PE and PDHPE. As of 20 August 2011 Gary Mcginnis has retired from Harbord Seasiders United Football Club over 35s division 1 team.

As of 18 February 2012, McGinnis resides in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. In 2013 he was appointed director of football for the North Coast Football association.[2][3]







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