Bernie Gallacher

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Bernie Gallacher
Personal information
Full name Bernard Gallacher
Date of birth (1967-03-22)22 March 1967
Place of birth Johnstone, Scotland
Date of death 28 August 2011(2011-08-28) (aged 44)
Place of death Sutton Coldfield, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Aston Villa 57 (0)
1990 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 4 (0)
1991 Doncaster Rovers 2 (0)
1991–1994 Brighton & Hove Albion 45 (1)
1994 Northampton Town 5 (0)
Total 113 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bernard "Bernie" Gallacher (22 March 1967 – 28 August 2011) was a professional footballer who played predominantly at left-back.


Born in Johnstone, Scotland, Gallacher joined Aston Villa as a 16-year-old apprentice on leaving school in 1983. He progressed through youth levels, signing a professional contract in March 1985, before making his first team debut on the final day of the 1986-87 season against Manchester United, at the end of a season where Villa were relegated from the First Division.

Gallacher appeared in all but one of Aston Villa's 44 Second Division games the following season as Villa gained promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt as Second Division runners-up. His final game for the club was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November 1990. In all he made 57 league appearances for Villa.[1]

Gallagher spent a loan spell at Blackburn before joining Doncaster Rovers and then Brighton. In 1994 his career was ended by injury at the age of 27 following a short term as a non-contract player with Northampton Town.


Gallacher died in Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, England on 28 August 2011, aged 44.[2]


  1. ^ "Aston Villa: Graham Taylor pays tribute to Bernie Gallagher". Birmingham Mail. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bernie Gallacher remembered". Aston Villa F.C. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.