|Full name||Brian Welsh|
|Date of birth||23 February 1969|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Brian Welsh (born 23 February 1969) is a Scottish football player and coach. He began his playing career with Dundee United, where he made 140 league appearances and was part of the team that won the 1994 Scottish Cup Final. He joined Hibernian in 1996, where he spent three years, before ending his career with brief spells at Stenhousemuir, Clydebank and Cowdenbeath. He also represented the Scotland under-19 team.
Welsh returned to Cowdenbeath as manager from 2006 to 2008 and later became Head of Youth Development at Livingston, where he was also briefly caretaker manager. He subsequently emigrated to the United States, where he is involved in youth coaching.
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. 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.
In August 1996 Welsh left Tannadice to join Hibernian in a £200,000 deal. 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. Welsh claimed that an injection administered by Morrison had ruined his career, and an out-of-court settlement for a "substantial sum" was reached.
After his playing retirement he helped coach the Cowdenbeath squad before being appointed team manager in October 2006, succeeding Mixu Paatelainen. Welsh was sacked by Cowdenbeath in June 2008, following their relegation to the Third Division. In 2009, Welsh won a compensation claim against Cowdenbeath for his dismissal as manager in June 2008. 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.
He now lives in America and is Technical Director for Braddock Road Elite Travel Soccer of the Braddock Road Youth Club in Fairfax, Virginia.
- Dundee United
- Scottish Cup: 1
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