Stuart Balmer

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Stuart Balmer
Personal information
Full name Stuart Murray Balmer[1]
Date of birth (1969-09-20) 20 September 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Airdrieonians (assistant manager)
Youth career
000?–1987 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Celtic 0 (0)
1990–1998 Charlton Athletic 227 (8)
1998–2001 Wigan Athletic 101 (3)
2001–2003 Oldham Athletic 36 (6)
2002 Scunthorpe United (loan) 6 (0)
2002–2004 Boston United 47 (3)
2004–2005 Clyde 13 (0)
2005–2006 Hamilton Academical 15 (1)
2006–2008 St Mirren 0 (0)
Total 445 (21)
* 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.

Playing career[edit]

Balmer was a young player at Celtic, having progressed from the Celtic Boys Club, in the late 1980s.[2] 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.[3] 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[citation needed].

After eight years at Charlton, Balmer moved to Wigan in September 1998 for £200,000.[3] In three seasons there, Balmer made over 100 appearances before going on to play for several lower league English sides.[3]

In July 2004, Balmer returned to Scotland as player/assistant-manager to Billy Reid at Clyde[4] and then followed him when he moved to Hamilton Academical a year later.[5] Balmer scored one goal for Hamilton, ironically in a game against former club Clyde.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2011, Balmer joined the coaching staff at Ross County F.C. as assistant to manager Willie McStay.[7] 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.[7] Ross County only narrowly avoided relegation and Calderwood left at the end of the season.[7] Balmer was re-appointed assistant manager by Derek Adams on his appointment as manager in June 2011,[7] and that following season the management team helped Ross County win the Scottish First Division championship and promotion to the Scottish Premier League.[8] 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.,[9] before leaving the club completely in May 2013.[10]

Balmer joined Airdrie in November 2013 as assistant to their recently appointed manager, Gary Bollan.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 33. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ Traynor, James (12 April 1990). "Desperate times as Celtic find themselves short at the back". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=365
  4. ^ "Reid takes charge at Clyde". BBC Sport. 9 January 2004. 
  5. ^ "Jones becomes Accies' assistant". BBC Sport. 5 October 2006. 
  6. ^ "Clyde 2-2 Hamilton Academical". BBC. 28 January 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Stuart Balmer to assist Derek Adams at Ross County". BBC Sport. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ross County celebrate promotion to SPL". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 April 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Neale Cooper returns to Ross County as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/TheStaggies/status/336507204695896065
  11. ^ Paterson, Colin (7 November 2013). "Gary Bollan appoints Stuart Balmer as Airdrieonians assistant". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 February 2014.