Andy Lynch (footballer)

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Andy Lynch
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-03-03) 3 March 1951 (age 64)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968 Renfrew
1968-1969 Queen's Park
1969 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
1969-1973 Hearts 60 (11)
1973-1980 Celtic 130 (15)
1980 Philadelphia Fury 23 (4)
1981-1982 Montreal Manic 28 (4)
1981-1982 Montreal Manic (indoor)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Andy Lynch is a Scottish former football player and coach.

Lynch moved to Queens Park from Renfrew Juniors in his teens, however he quickly returned to the Junior ranks with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. He earned a second chance in senior football when he joined Heart of Midlothian, signing for the Maroons in 1969. In 4 seasons at Tynecastle, Lynch scored 21 goals in just over 100 appearances from the left wing position.

In February 1973, Jock Stein paid £30,000 to sign Lynch for Celtic and, although Lynch was initially ineffective as a winger at Parkhead, Stein successfully converted him into a left back. While with Celtic he won three Scottish league titles and the Scottish Cup twice. He scored the only goal in the 1977 Scottish Cup final and eventually became club captain.

Lynch moved to North America in 1980, where he continued his playing career in the North American Soccer League with the Philadelphia Fury and the Montreal Manic before moving into coaching. In 1983, he coached the Montreal Manic.[1] He spent time as the assistant coach to the Canadian national team in the mid-1980s, before returning to Scotland at the end of the decade to run a public house, "Andy Lynch's Bar", Argyle Street, Finnieston, Glasgow, followed by the Riverside Tavern in the Gorbals. He was briefly assistant manager at Albion Rovers in 1993.

In 2008, Andy was initially the coach for Sunshine Coast F.C in the new Queensland State League (association football). (George Cowie replaced him after Round 5 of the competition.)

His son Simon is also a former professional footballer.



  1. ^ CHICAGO GAME SUSPENDED Miami Herald, The (FL) - Monday, August 29, 1983

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