Martin Canning

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Martin Canning
Martin Canning.jpg
Canning playing for Hamilton Academical
Personal information
Full name Martin Canning
Date of birth (1981-12-03) 3 December 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hamilton Academical
Number 5
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 Ross County 132 (10)
2001–2002 Peterhead (loan) 21 (0)
2006–2008 Gretna 46 (1)
2008 Hibernian 12 (0)
2008– Hamilton Academical 199 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:31, 13 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Martin Canning (born 3 December 1981) is a Scottish football defender who plays for Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical.

Canning became Gretna's record signing in January 2006 after joining from Ross County in a £60,000 deal.[1] He made 46 appearances for Gretna, scoring once against Livingston, and helped them to promotion to the Scottish Premier League in the 2006–07 season.

His contract with Gretna was terminated by mutual consent on 31 January 2008 due to the ensuing financial crisis at Gretna.[2] Canning had to waive money he was due by Gretna to ensure that he was released from his contract[3] and he was subsequently named in a creditors list published by Gretna's administrator in April 2008.[4]

In February 2008, Canning signed a 16-month contract[3] on 16 February 2008 with Hibernian after impressing in two reserve games while on trial.[5] Canning made 12 league appearances for Hibs, but was released on 1 September 2008 to make way for new signing Souleymane Bamba.[6] Canning then signed for Hamilton Academical on the same day.[7]

Canning started coaching Hamilton's under-17 team, while continuing his playing career, in the 2012–13 season.[8] He signed a new one year contract with Hamilton in May 2013.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Gretna conclude Canning's capture". BBC Sport (BBC). 25 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "Gretna players hit by pay delay". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 February 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "John Robertson Got Me Hibs Chance, Reveals Martin Canning". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 19 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "£9million in the red Gretna may fold in two weeks". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 24 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Hibernian sign Martin Canning". Hibernian FC. 
  6. ^ "Hibs sign Bamba from Dunfermline". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Transfer deadline day". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  8. ^ McGilvray, Andrew (2 August 2012). "Martin Canning says there is a lot to gain on both sides as he returns to Accies". Hamilton Advertiser (Scottish & Universal Newspapers Limited). Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rangers goalkeeper Blair Currie to join Hamilton". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 

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