Brian Rice (footballer)

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Brian Rice
Personal information
Full name Brian Rice
Date of birth (1963-10-11) 11 October 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Hibernian 84 (11)
1985–1991 Nottingham Forest 92 (9)
1986Grimsby Town (loan) 4 (0)
1989West Bromwich Albion (loan) 3 (0)
1991Stoke City (loan) 18 (0)
1991–1995 Falkirk 101 (8)
1995–1997 Dunfermline Athletic 10 (0)
1997–1999 Clyde 49 (2)
2000 Greenock Morton 1 (0)
Total 362 (30)
National team
1984 Scotland U21[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Brian Rice (born 11 October 1963) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Hibernian, Nottingham Forest, Grimsby Town, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Clyde and Greenock Morton. Rice has also held coaching positions with Greenock Morton, Airdrieonians, Falkirk, Hibernian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Mirren.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Bellshill, Glasgow, Rice began his career with Hibernian. He made 98 appearances for Hibs in five seasons at Easter Road scoring 12 goals. He was signed by Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough for £175,000 in August 1985. During his time there, Forest won the Football League Cup twice, in 1989 and 1990. Although he was thought by some fans to lack pace he scored a memorable winning goal in the sixth round of the FA Cup against Arsenal in 1988. He became a 'cult hero' with the Nottingham Forest fans due to his lack of pace.[2]

After making 115 appearances for Forest scoring 12 goals he returned to Scotland with Falkirk. Whilst a Forest player, he had loan spells at Grimsby (making four appearances), West Bromwich Albion (making three appearances) and Stoke City (making 18 appearances in 1990–91). In August 1991, he signed for Falkirk and played for them until the early part of the 1995–96 season. He played for Dunfermline and Clyde for two seasons each. He left Clyde at the end of the 1998–99 season.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2000, Rice was appointed assistant manager to Ian McCall at Greenock Morton, making one appearance as a player. Rice was then assistant manager to McCall at Airdrieonians, but the club went out of business in 2002. McCall and Rice then both moved to similar positions at Falkirk. McCall eventually moved on to Dundee United, while Rice continued at Falkirk, assisting John Hughes. He helped the club win the First Division in 2005 and reach the 2009 Scottish Cup Final.

Rice followed Hughes in returning to Hibernian when Hughes was appointed manager there in June 2009.[3][4] Rice also left the club when John Hughes departed as manager by mutual consent in October 2010.[5] As of June 2015, Rice was coaching Al Khor in the Qatar Stars League. He left Al Khor in July 2015 to work for John Hughes at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[6] Rice continued as assistant manager at Inverness after Richie Foran succeeded Hughes as manager,[7] and then when John Robertson replaced Foran.[8]

Rice left Inverness in June 2018 to take the assistant manager position at St Mirren, working for Alan Stubbs.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[9]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian 1980–81 Scottish First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1981–82 Scottish Premier Division 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
1982–83 Scottish Premier Division 22 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
1983–84 Scottish Premier Division 25 5 1 0 7 1 0 0 33 6
1984–85 Scottish Premier Division 35 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 38 4
Total 84 11 3 0 11 1 0 0 98 12
Nottingham Forest 1985–86 First Division 19 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 22 5
1986–87 First Division 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
1987–88 First Division 30 2 4 1 3 0 1 0 38 3
1988–89 First Division 20 1 0 0 5 0 1 0 26 1
1989–90 First Division 18 2 0 0 3 0 2 0 23 2
1990–91 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 92 9 4 1 15 2 4 0 115 12
Grimsby Town (loan) 1986–87 Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 1986–87 Second Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stoke City (loan) 1990–91 Third Division 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Total 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Falkirk 1991–92 Scottish Premier Division
1992–93 Scottish Premier Division
1993–94 Scottish First Division
1994–95 Scottish Premier Division
1995–96 Scottish Premier Division
Total 101 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 101 8
Dunfermline Athletic 1995–96 Scottish Premier Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1996–97 Scottish Premier Division 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Total 10 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
Clyde 1997–98 Scottish Second Division 31 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 34 2
1998–99 Scottish Second Division 18 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Total 49 2 5 0 1 0 1 0 56 2
Greenock Morton 1999–2000 Scottish First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 362 30 13 1 29 3 5 0 409 34
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup, Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy and Scottish Challenge Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/scotlandu21/player.php?playerid=116
  2. ^ "Brian Rice". Sporting heores. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  3. ^ "New Hibs manager looks forward to continuing alliance with Rice". Edinburgh Evening News. 10 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Rice seeks new Fletcher for Hibs". BBC Sport. 3 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Manager John Hughes parts company with Hibernian". BBC Sport. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Inverness CT: Brian Rice joins as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  7. ^ Dowden, Martin (17 June 2016). "Inverness CT: Brian Rice stays on as assistant manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b Skinner, Andy (19 June 2018). "Caley Jags assistant Rice given permission to speak with St Mirren". Press and Journal. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  9. ^ Brian Rice at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

External links[edit]

  • Brian Rice at Soccerbase Edit this at Wikidata
  • Brian Rice at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database