Andy Blair (footballer)

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Andy Blair
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-12-18) 18 December 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 Coventry City 93 (6)
1981–1984 Aston Villa 33 (0)
1983 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 10 (0)
1984–1986 Sheffield Wednesday 58 (3)
1986–1988 Aston Villa 21 (1)
1987–1988 Barnsley (loan) 6 (0)
1988–1989 Northampton Town 3 (0)
Total 224 (10)
National team
1980–1982 Scotland U21[1] 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andy Blair (born 18 December 1959) is a Scottish former footballer, who spent his career in English football. The highlight of his career was playing in the Villa team that beat Barcelona 3-0 at Villa Park to win the European Super Cup.

Career[edit]

Born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Blair grew up in Bedworth, Warwickshire, and was educated at Nicholas Chamberlaine School in the town. He made his league debut for Coventry City, whom he had joined as an apprentice, on 28 October 1978 in a 2-1 win against Birmingham City. He also played top-flight football at Aston Villa (in two separate spells) and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively, and on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In November 1984, while playing for Sheffield Wednesday against Luton Town, he achieved the unusual distinction of being the first player to ever score a hat-trick of penalties in the League Cup.[2]

He also appeared for Barnsley and Northampton Town before playing in Malta for Naxxar Lions later returning to England to play for a number of non-league teams, including Kidderminster Harriers. In 1989, he opened a small chain of self-named shops across Coventry, selling sports clothing, sports goods, and school uniforms. The business was acquired by Sporting Success Ltd in 2007 and the stores continue to trade in 2012[3] He is currently working as a scout for Stoke City.

Personal life[edit]

Blair's son Matty also played for Kidderminster Harriers, and currently plays for League Two side Fleetwood Town.

Career honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Aston Villa

Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Blair". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday Official Website". 12 June 2007. 
  3. ^ : Sporting Success Ltd on Facebook.