Iain Russell

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Iain Russell
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Personal information
Full name Iain Thomas Russell
Date of birth (1982-11-14) 14 November 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Queen of the South
Youth career
Annan Athletic
Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Motherwell 5 (0)
2003 Dumbarton (loan) 11 (3)
2003–2006 Dumbarton 92 (28)
2006–2007 Brechin City 36 (25)
2007–2010 Greenock Morton 60 (11)
2009 Alloa Athletic (loan) 6 (2)
2010 Stirling Albion (loan) 10 (7)
2010–2013 Livingston 93 (44)
2013– Queen of the South 21 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Iain Thomas Russell (born 14 November 1982 in Dumfries) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing as a forward for Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship.

Russell came through the youth teams at Annan Athletic and Rangers, before making a few appearances for Motherwell. Since leaving Motherwell, Russell has played for Dumbarton, Brechin City, Morton and Alloa Athletic. Russell was a fans' favourite during his time at Livingston, and has become somewhat of a cult hero among the clubs supporters. A recent online poll saw him voted as the club's third most popular player in their history.

Background[edit]

Russell is the grandson of the former Scotland internationalist, Ian McMillan. Russell was born in Dumfries and grew up nearby in Annan.

Career[edit]

Russell started his career at Rangers,[1] although he did not feature for the first team, and has played for Motherwell and Dumbarton.

Russell struggled with a hamstring injury throughout the opening period of his Brechin City career, but two goals against Stranraer on 28 October 2006 at Glebe Park saw him open his account. He was the season's top scorer with 15 goals to his name.

Russell was working his way through a quantity surveying degree at Glasgow Caledonian University whilst at Brechin, but since signing on full-time at Morton it has been put on hold.[2]

In February 2007, Russell signed a new contract with Brechin,[3] but left for Greenock Morton in August 2007 for an undisclosed fee (believed to be £40,000).[4] Russell scored nine goals in all competitions in his first season with Morton, finishing two goals behind top goalscorer Peter Weatherson.

In September 2009, Russell was loaned out to Second Division side Alloa Athletic.[5]

After returning for Alloa, he was sent out on loan again, this time to the Wasps rivals Stirling Albion.[6]

Writing in world football magazine Inside Futbol in March 2010, Russell called for the Scottish Premier League to look at an 18 team top division in order to "move forward to keep fans interested".[7]

On 20 April 2010, Russell scored the winner in a 2–1 victory over Clyde to relegate the Bully Wee.[8] Despite his contribution to the championship win, Beanie did not play enough games to win a Championship medal, but manager Allan Moore gave him his medal in gratitude for his efforts.[9]

After his manager at Stirling, took over at Cappielow, Russell was offered a year's extension to his deal which had run out in May 2010.[10] After rejecting the one year extension on offer at Morton, Iain Russell signed a two-year deal with Livingston in June 2010[11] Russell signed a one year contract extension with Livingston in May 2012.[12] Russell left Livingston in May 2013 after the end of his contract.[13] In his 3 years at the club he made 93 league appearances and scored 44 goals.

Russell signed for Queen of the South on 21 May 2013.[14]

Honours[edit]

Stirling Albion

Livingston

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Iain Russell". Brechin City F.C. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "1. First Team :: Iain Russell's profile". Greenock Morton F.C. Retrieved 16 February 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Brechin secure trio on new deals". BBC Sport. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Morton sign Russell and Gardyne". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Iain Russell joins Alloa Athletic on loan". Greenock Morton F.C. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player News". Greenock Morton F.C. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Scottish Premier League Must Lead the Way in Restructuring". insidefutbol.com. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Clyde 1–2 Stirling Albion". BBC Sport. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "MOORE deserves a medal". inverclydenow.com. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Russell offered a new contract". Greenock Telegraph. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Russell becomes second summer signing". Livingston F.C. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Beanie staying put". Livingston F.C. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Player departures". Livingston F.C. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.qosfc.com/new_newsview.aspx?newsid=1827

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