Brian Welsh

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Brian Welsh
Personal information
Full name Brian Welsh
Date of birth (1969-02-23) 23 February 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Tynecastle BC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1996 Dundee United 140 (10)
1996–1999 Hibernian 32 (1)
2000 Stenhousemuir 8 (1)
2000 Clydebank 7 (1)
2000–2002 Cowdenbeath 4 (0)
Total 191 (13)
National team
1986–1987 Scotland under-19
Teams managed
2006–2008 Cowdenbeath
2012 Livingston (caretaker)

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

† Appearances (Goals).

Brian Welsh (born 23 February 1969) is a Scottish football player and coach. He played for Dundee United and Hibernian. Welsh managed Cowdenbeath for two seasons and was also Head of Youth Development at Livingston. He now lives in America and is Technical Director for Braddock Road Elite Travel Soccer of the Braddock Road Youth Club in Fairfax, Virginia.

Playing career[edit]

Welsh began his career with Dundee United, making his debut in the 1986–87 season. During that season, in 1986, Welsh was part of the Scotland team who reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, losing 1–0 to Italy. The following year, he reached the quarter-finals of the World Youth Championship, losing on penalties to West Germany. Welsh became a regular in the United side in 1993–94 and helped the club win the Scottish Cup for the first time, particularly by scoring in the semi-final against Aberdeen.[1] He then experienced relegation in 1995 and subsequent promotion with the club. Welsh scored a crucial goal in a promotion play-off match against Partick Thistle in 1996.[1]

In August 1996 Welsh left Tannadice to join Hibernian in a £200,000 deal.[1] With the Edinburgh club, he again suffered relegation but helped win promotion back to the top division in 1999. Welsh began legal proceedings against Malcolm Morrison, who was employed as Hibernian club doctor during his time with the club, in 2008.[2] Welsh claimed that an injection administered by Morrison had ruined his career,[2] and an out-of-court settlement for a "substantial sum" was reached.[2]

After three years in Edinburgh, Welsh had spells with Stenhousemuir, Clydebank and finally Cowdenbeath, before retiring in 2002.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing retirement he helped coach the Cowdenbeath squad before being appointed team manager in October 2006, succeeding Mixu Paatelainen.[3] Welsh was sacked by Cowdenbeath in June 2008, following their relegation to the Third Division.[4] In 2009, Welsh won a compensation claim against Cowdenbeath for his dismissal as manager in June 2008.[4] The club stated that they had dismissed Welsh because he had incurred touchline bans due to misbehaviour during matches, but the judge ruled in his favour because the club had taken no action at the time and had dismissed him for unconnected reasons.[4]

Welsh was appointed head of youth development by Livingston in July 2009.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 1986–87 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1987–88 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1988–89 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1989–90 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1990–91 17 0 2 0 4 1 3 0 26 1
1991–92 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
1992–93 15 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 17 2
1993–94 36 1 7 2 4 0 2 0 49 3
1994–95 28 4 3 0 2 0 2 0 35 4
1995–96 25 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 140 10 14 3 13 1 7 0 174 14
Hibernian 1995–96 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1996–97 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
1997–98 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Total 32 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 33 1
Stenhousemuir 1999–00 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Clydebank 2000–01 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 1
Total 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 1
Cowdenbeath 2000–01 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2001–02 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 191 13 14 3 14 1 8 0 227 17

Honours[edit]

Dundee United
1993–94

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dundee United A – Z ( W )". Dundee United F.C. official website. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Niven, Lars (30 April 2008). "Jab claim footballer settles out of court". The Courier. Retrieved 30 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Welsh named new Cowdenbeath boss". BBC Sport website. 30 October 2006. 
  4. ^ a b c "Football boss wins legal battle". BBC News (BBC). 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bollan to be named Livi manager". BBC Sport (BBC). 31 July 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011.