|Full name||Stuart Murray Balmer|
|Date of birth||20 September 1969|
|Place of birth||Falkirk, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Airdrieonians (assistant manager)|
|2002||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 December 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Stuart Murray Balmer (born 20 September 1969 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland) is a former Scottish professional football defender who is currently assistant manager at Airdrieonians, having joined them from Ross County in November 2013.
Balmer was a young player at Celtic, having progressed from the Celtic Boys Club, in the late 1980s. Having never made a competitive first team appearance at Parkhead, he was sold to Charlton Athletic in August 1990 for a fee of £120,000. He has the distinction of being the first outfield player in the English league to be allocated the squad number 1; Charlton in the early 1990s allocated their squad numbers alphabetically, hence Balmer (and not a goalkeeper as is typical) wore the number 1 shirt for the season.
After eight years at Charlton, Balmer moved to Wigan in September 1998 for £200,000. In three seasons there, Balmer made over 100 appearances before going on to play for several lower league English sides.
In July 2004, Balmer returned to Scotland as player/assistant-manager to Billy Reid at Clyde and then followed him when he moved to Hamilton Academical a year later. Balmer scored one goal for Hamilton, ironically in a game against former club Clyde.
In January 2011, Balmer joined the coaching staff at Ross County F.C. as assistant to manager Willie McStay. McStay was sacked as manager a month later, but Balmer remained on the coaching staff under Jimmy Calderwood who was appointed to manage the side until the end of the season. Ross County only narrowly avoided relegation and Calderwood left at the end of the season. Balmer was re-appointed assistant manager by Derek Adams on his appointment as manager in June 2011, and that following season the management team helped Ross County win the Scottish First Division championship and promotion to the Scottish Premier League. In a further readjustment of the coaching staff at Victoria Park in November 2012, Balmer took on the duties of coaching the Under-20 side., before leaving the club completely in May 2013.
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