Jim Weir

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Jim Weir
Personal information
Full name James McIntosh Weir
Date of birth (1969-06-15) 15 June 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
0000–1987 Motherwell Orbiston B.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1993 Hamilton Academical 186 (5)
1993–1994 Hearts 28 (0)
1994–2007 St. Johnstone 232 (6)
2008–2009 Bankfoot Athletic
2012–2013 Luncarty
Total 446 (11)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Montrose
2009–2010 Arbroath
2010–2012 Brechin City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James "Jim" McIntosh Weir (born 15 June 1969) is a Scottish professional football player and manager. Weir played in the senior Scottish leagues for Hamilton Academical, Hearts and St. Johnstone. He has worked as manager of Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin City.

Playing career[edit]

After starting in youth football with his hometown boys club, Motherwell Orbiston, Weir signed professionally with Hamilton Accies in 1987. He spent six years at Douglas Park, making close to 200 league appearances for the club, before joining Premier League Hearts, then under the guidance of Sandy Clark. Weir's stay at Tynecastle was brief and he moved to St. Johnstone within a year, signed by Paul Sturrock in a swap deal that saw Colin Miller move in the other direction.


He ruptured his Achilles tendon during the final game of the 1997/98 season, which ruled him out of most of the following season. He returned to the starting line-up, as a right-back, on 4 April 1999, against Rangers, and scored the first of Saints' three goals in a 3–1 victory. Following a knee operation, Weir was preparing to return to first-team action against Aberdeen when he broke his nose (for the sixth time) in a training-ground collision with teammate Paddy Connolly. After getting back into the team, he was again injured in training (a broken jaw and cheekbone) which meant he missed more of the campaign.

A serious knee injury put Weir out of action until January 2004. He managed seven appearances before being injured again, but was able to play against Newcastle United in his own testimonial match in May, featuring as a young Newcastle side won 2–1 in front of just under 3,000 spectators.[1]

Despite his numerous injuries, Weir, club captain for the majority of his time at St. Johnstone, made over 200 appearances for the Perth club, and received an award when he achieved the 200 mark in August 2001. With his playing days near an end, Weir became assistant manager, firstly, to John Connolly and then Owen Coyle.[2]

After his senior career, Perth based Weir played Junior football for local sides Bankfoot Athletic and Luncarty in between managerial appointments.[3] [4]

Managerial career[edit]

After thirteen years with St. Johnstone, Weir became the manager of Montrose on 8 February 2007.[5] In his first game in charge, on 10 February, the Gable Endies lost 1–0 at Berwick Rangers.[6] Just over a year after signing a contract extension,[7] Weir was sacked towards the end of September 2008 with Montrose third in the league.[8]

After the resignation of John McGlashan, Weir became the manager of Arbroath on 1 November 2009.[9] Weir failed to save Arbroath from relegation in the 2009–10 Scottish Second Division, as they finished ninth and were beaten by Forfar Athletic in the play-offs.[2] The Lichties also lost to junior club Irvine Meadow in the 2009–10 Scottish Cup.[10]

Weir joined Brechin City on 24 May 2010.[2] Brechin finished fourth in the 2010–11 Scottish Second Division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, but lost in the final to Ayr United. Weir left Brechin in September 2012 after the club had made a bad start to the 2012–13 Scottish Second Division.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson, Alan (12 May 2004). "Saints fans hail legendary Weir". The Courier (DC Thomson). Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  2. ^ a b c Spence, Jim (24 May 2010). "Jim Weir resigns at Arbroath to take over at Brechin". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "JUNIOR SIDE WILL PROVIDE TOUGH CUP TEST". Arbroath Herald. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Lowson, Alison (29 January 2013). "Golden oldie Jim boots up again". Perthshire Advertiser. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Era ends as Jim moves into management". St. Johnstone FC. 8 February 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Berwick Rangers 1–0 Montrose". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  7. ^ "New deal for Montrose boss Weir". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  8. ^ Dey, Graeme (29 September 2008). "Montrose boss Weir shown the door". The Courier. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  9. ^ Spence, Jim (1 November 2009). "Weir appointed Arbroath manager". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Irvine Meadow 1-0 Arbroath". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Brechin City part company with manager Jim Weir". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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