Sammy McIlroy

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Sammy McIlroy
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McIlroy in 2013
Personal information
Full name Samuel Baxter McIlroy[1]
Date of birth (1954-08-02) 2 August 1954 (age 60)[1]
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1969–1971 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1982 Manchester United 342 (57)
1982–1985 Stoke City 133 (14)
1985–1986 Manchester City 13 (1)
1986 Örgryte 7 (0)
1986–1989 Bury 100 (8)
1988 Admira Wacker (loan) 6 (1)
1989–1991 Preston North End 20 (0)
1991–1993 Northwich Victoria 8 (0)
Total 629 (81)
National team
1972–1987 Northern Ireland 88 (5)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Northwich Victoria
1993–2000 Macclesfield Town
2000–2003 Northern Ireland
2003–2004 Stockport County
2005–2011 Morecambe[note 1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Samuel Baxter "Sammy" McIlroy (born 2 August 1954) is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for Manchester United, Stoke City, Manchester City, Örgryte (Sweden), Bury, Admira Wacker (Austria), Preston North End.[1][2]

After playing, he managed several English football teams and the Northern Ireland national team, gaining most success with Macclesfield Town. He was most recently the manager of Football League Two side Morecambe.

Club career[edit]

McIlroy was born in Belfast and moved to English club Manchester United in 1969 becoming Matt Busby's final signing. He made his debut on 6 November 1971 in the Manchester derby against Manchester City scoring in a 3–3 draw. He drifted in and out of the side and played in 31 matches in 1974–75 as Manchester United suffered a rare relegation. He was an ever-present in 1974–75 playing in all of the club's 51 fixtures as they gained an instant return to the First Division. On their return they finished in third place and also reached the 1976 FA Cup Final where they lost 1–0 to Southampton.[2]

A year later, McIlroy picked up a winner's medal as United triumphed 2–1 against Liverpool. A runners-up medal in the FA Cup followed two years after that as Manchester United were defeated 3–2 by Arsenal, with McIlroy equalising for United having been 2–0 down, only for Alan Sunderland to dramatically win it for Arsenal minutes afterwards. After spending ten seasons at Old Trafford making 419 appearances scoring 71 goals he left for Stoke City in February 1982.[2]

Stoke City paid Manchester United a club record fee of £350,000 for McIlroy on 2 February 1982.[2] He arrived at Stoke with the club in deep relegation trouble in 1981–82 and he played in 18 matches as Stoke avoided the drop by two points.[2] In 1982–83 Stoke had a solid midfield with McIlroy playing alongside former Manchester United team-mate Mickey Thomas, Mark Chamberlain and Paul Bracewell and the side finished in a mid-table position of 13th in 1982–83.[2] However the 1983–84 season saw Stoke struggle again and McIlroy and the returning Alan Hudson helped Stoke stage a revival which saw they stay up by two points. In 1984–85 Stoke suffered an embarrassing relegation going down with a then record low points tally of 17 with McIlroy winning the player of the year award.[2] He was handed a free transfer in the summer of 1985 and McIlroy went on to play at Manchester City in the 1985–86 season, Swedish club Örgryte IS in 1986, Bury from 1986 to 1989 and Preston North End from 1989 to 1991. McIlroy's last club as a player was with Northwich Victoria from 1991 to 1993.

International career[edit]

As a player for Northern Ireland McIlroy won 88 caps and scored 5 goals. He played in all of the country's matches during both the 1982 World Cup, where Northern Ireland defeated the host nation Spain and advanced to the second round, and the 1986 World Cup in which he captained the team. He was also part of the Northern Ireland side which won the final Home Internationals Championship.[3]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 October 1975 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Norway 2–0 3–0 Euro 1976 qualification
2 21 September 1977 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Iceland 2–0 2–0 1978 World Cup qualification
3 15 October 1980 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Sweden 2–0 3–0 1982 World Cup qualification
4 28 April 1982 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Scotland 1–1 1–1 1982 British Home Championship
5 13 December 1983 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Scotland 2–0 2–0 1984 British Home Championship

Managerial career[edit]

McIlroy began his managerial career as player-coach under John McGrath at Preston North End in 1991. He then went on to manage non-league team Ashton United and Northwich Victoria before joining Macclesfield Town for six and a half seasons, culminating in their promotion to the Football League in 1997.

McIlroy arrived at the Moss Rose in 1993 replacing Peter Wragg who had narrowly avoided relegation the previous season. McIlroy's first season at the Moss Rose saw a very creditable seventh place finish plus silverware in the shape of the Bob Lord Trophy. His second season surpassed all expectations as his skilful and flowing football brought the Silkmen a conference title, only to be denied promotion to the Football League thanks to ground regulations. The following season brought more silver to the club as the Silkmen beat Northwich Victoria 3–1 at Wembley to win the club's second FA Trophy. But the ultimate prize of League football was still elusive as the club finished fourth in the pre-play-off Conference. 1996–97 was a red letter season for the Silkmen as a final day, 4–1 victory over Kettering Town secured promotion to the Football League for the first time in 120 years. The success continued the following year and 1997–98 began well with a home win over Torquay. The Silkmen finished the season unbeaten at home and were promoted into the Football League Second Division in second place.

But that promotion was a bridge too far for the rapidly rising club. Facing the might of Manchester City, Fulham, Wigan, Stoke, Reading, Preston and the like, the Silkmen eventually finished bottom of the division, but still achieved 46 points. McIlroy left the Moss Rose in 1999 to take up the position at his own national team.

He managed Northern Ireland for nearly three years, but the team won only five times in 29 matches, with all of the wins occurring in McIlroy's first year. The side failed to score even a single goal in 8 qualifying matches for Euro 2004, but did achieve a respectable 0–0 draw against Spain. Upon completion of the qualifying matches, McIlroy resigned to re-enter club management with Stockport County.[4] He spent just over a year at Edgeley Park which saw him win just 14 matches.[5]

On 17 November 2005 he took over as caretaker manager of Conference side Morecambe, stepping in for incumbent manager Jim Harvey who had suffered a heart attack.[6] Having guided Morecambe into the Conference play-offs – where they lost 4–3 on aggregate to Hereford United, McIlroy was appointed permanent manager in May 2006.[7][8] In his first full season, Morecambe again reached they play-offs where they defeated Exeter City to win promotion to the Football League in one of the first games played at the new Wembley Stadium.[9][10]

McIlroy guided Morecambe to a respectable 11th place finish in 2007–08, the club's inaugural season in the Football League, as well as leading the side to League Cup scalps against Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Deepdale and Molineux respectively. In 2008–09, McIlroy again secured an 11th place finish League Two. Morecambe's third season in the Football League saw them surpass their highest ever finishes of the previous two seasons, with McIlroy steering the Shrimps to a 4th place finish, and participation in the League Two playoff semi-finals. However, a 6–0 capitulation away at eventual winners Dagenham & Redbridge in the first leg rendered the second leg virtually irrelevant, although McIlroy motivated his team to secure a 2–1 victory, in what was the final match to be played at Christie Park, Morecambe's home for 89 years.[11] On 9 May 2011 McIlroy left Morecambe by mutual consent after a 20th place finish in the league.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1971–72 First Division 16 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 4
1972–73 First Division 10 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
1973–74 First Division 29 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 6
1974–75 Second Division 42 7 2 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 51 10
1975–76 First Division 41 10 7 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 51 13
1976–77 First Division 40 2 7 0 6 0 4 1 0 0 57 3
1977–78 First Division 39 9 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 48 9
1978–79 First Division 40 5 9 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 51 8
1979–80 First Division 41 6 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 45 8
1980–81 First Division 32 5 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 37 6
1981–82 First Division 12 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Total 342 57 38 6 28 6 10 2 1 0 419 71
Stoke City 1981–82 First Division 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3
1982–83 First Division 41 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 46 8
1983–84 First Division 40 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 44 1
1984–85 First Division 34 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 2
Total 133 14 6 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 144 14
Manchester City 1985–86 First Division 12 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 15 1
1986–87 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 13 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 16 1
Örgryte 1986 Allsvenskan 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Bury 1986–87 Third Division 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
1987–88 Third Division 28 4 1 1 6 0 0 0 3 2 38 6
1988–89 Third Division 45 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 53 2
1989–90 Third Division 12 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Total 100 8 5 1 12 0 0 0 5 2 122 11
Admira Wacker (loan) 1987–88 Austrian Bundesliga 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Preston North End 1989–90 Third Division 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Total 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Career Total 621 81 49 7 46 6 10 2 8 2 734 98
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield and Full Members Cup.

As a manager[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Northern Ireland 23 February 2000 15 October 2003 28 4 7 17 14.29
Stockport County 16 October 2003 25 November 2004 58 14 18 26 24.14
Morecambe 17 November 2005 9 May 2011 267 100 77 90 37.45
Total 353 118 102 133 33.43

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Manchester United
Stoke City

Manager[edit]

Macclesfield Town
Morecambe

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McIlroy first served as caretaker-manager from late 2005 while Jim Harvey was recovering from a heart attack. McIlroy was officially appointed as Morecambe's manager in May 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554. 
  3. ^ "McIlroy, Sammy". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "McIlroy quits NI for Stockport". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "McIlroy's reign at Stockport ends". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "McIlroy in Shrimps caretaker role". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "McIlroy deflated by play-off loss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "McIlroy appointed boss by Shrimps". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Exeter 1-2 Morecambe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "League elevation delights McIlroy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dag & Red 6 - 0 Morecambe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Manager Sammy McIlroy leaves Morecambe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 

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