Archibald (right) with winger Christie Elliot (left)
|Full name||Alan Maxwell Archibald|
|Date of birth||13 December 1977|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Partick Thistle (manager)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2010.
Alan Maxwell Archibald (born 13 December 1977) is a Scottish former football player and manager. Archibald is the manager of Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership after taking over from Jackie McNamara in 2013. Archibald, who played as a defender, has also played for Scottish Premier League club Dundee United. Archibald, who started his career at Firhill as a teenager, made 423 appearances for Thistle, placing him 10th on the club's list of most appearances. He has also been capped 5 times for the Scotland national under-21 football team.
As both a player and manager, Archibald has achieved three league promotions with Partick Thistle.
Archibald was born in Glasgow. A left-footed defender, he started his professional career with Partick Thistle as an eighteen-year-old. Alan made 231 appearances scoring eight goals during this period with the Jags where, until leaving, he was their longest-serving player. During this time he also gained caps as a Scotland U-21 international.
Archibald was signed by then-manager Ian McCall for Dundee United on 3 June 2003. In his first season at Tannadice – 2003–04 – Archibald was the only player to feature in every match for United, and his assured performances earned him a contract extension. Archibald's first United goal came against Hearts in a 2–1 win at Tannadice. He also scored against Celtic in a narrow defeat for the Tangerines at Celtic Park.
Archibald was one of the club's most consistent performers in 2003–04 and his contribution in the side that achieved a fifth-place finish was marked with the Player of the Year award at the club's annual dinner and he also received recognition from the Federation and other supporters’ clubs. During the 2004–05 season, Archibald continued his ever-present run by appearing in every match that season as United reached the Scottish Cup Final and secured their place in the SPL following a long battle with relegation. He also added a further four goals to his United tally, including the opener in the 4–1 Scottish Cup win over Aberdeen at Tannadice.
At the end of the 2005–06 season, it was rumoured that Archibald might be returning to former club Partick Thistle. However, following the signing of fullback Christian Kalvenes early into the 2006–07 season, Archibald was moved to his preferred position in the centre of defence. Up until 26 November 2006, all of Archibald's United appearances had been from the starting eleven; he finally made a substitute appearance in the 1–0 win over St. Mirren. On 24 January 2007, Archibald was informed by Dundee United manager Craig Levein that his contract, due to expire in June 2007, would not be renewed.
On 31 January 2007, Archibald signed a contract to return to Partick Thistle, lasting until the end of the 2008–09 season. Although a March 2008 knee injury kept him injured for eight months, he was granted a testimonial season by the club.
On 30 January 2013, he was appointed interim manager following the departure of Jackie McNamara to Dundee United. On 22 March, the duo were given the job on a permanent basis signing a one-year rolling contract. Archibald later guided Thistle to the Championship gaining the Jags promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
Thistle's performance in the Premiership was mixed. The club went seven months without a win at home. However, the club had more success away from home with a total of six wins. Their run of success near the end of the Premiership season saw them secure their top-flight status for the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership season.
- As of 25 January 2013
|Partick Thistle||1996–97||Scottish First Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|1997–98||Scottish First Division||29||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||30||1|
|1998–99||Scottish Second Division||32||1||3||0||1||0||0||0||36||1|
|1999–2000||Scottish Second Division||35||0||4||0||1||0||1||0||41||0|
|2000–01||Scottish Second Division||34||2||2||0||1||0||1||0||38||2|
|2001–02||Scottish First Division||33||2||5||0||2||0||3||0||43||2|
|2002–03||Scottish Premier League||36||2||1||0||3||0||0||0||40||2|
|Dundee United||2003–04||Scottish Premier League||38||2||1||0||2||0||0||0||41||2|
|2004–05||Scottish Premier League||38||3||5||1||4||0||0||0||47||4|
|2005–06||Scottish Premier League||33||1||1||0||1||0||2||0||37||1|
|2006–07||Scottish Premier League||16||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||19||0|
|Partick Thistle||2006–07||Scottish First Division||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|2007–08||Scottish First Division||27||0||6||0||3||0||1||0||37||0|
|2008–09||Scottish First Division||20||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||22||0|
|2009–10||Scottish First Division||27||1||1||0||1||0||2||0||31||1|
|2010–11||Scottish First Division||27||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||30||0|
|2011–12||Scottish First Division||33||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||34||0|
|2012–13||Scottish First Division||16||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||19||0|
Honours and Achievements
- Partick Thistle
- Partick Thistle
- As of 29 August 2015
|Partick Thistle||January 2013||Present||107||35||33||39||32.71|
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- Includes the Scottish Challenge Cup and UEFA Cup competitions.