Chris Innes

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Chris Innes
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Innes playing for Sydney FC in a trial match
Personal information
Full name Chris Innes
Date of birth (1976-07-13) 13 July 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Broxburn, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Blackburn United 44 (8)
1996–1998 Stenhousemuir 35 (2)
1998–2003 Kilmarnock 75 (3)
1999 St Mirren (loan) 9 (0)
1999 Falkirk (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2005 Dundee United 45 (2)
2005–2008 Gretna 89 (12)
2008–2009 Livingston 30 (1)
2009–2010 St Mirren 21 (3)
2010–2011 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 13 (1)
2011 East Fife (trial) 1 (0)
2012 Arbroath 12 (2)
Total 376 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Chris Innes (born 13 July 1976) is a Scottish former footballer who is currently employed as a youth team coach at Motherwell.

Career[edit]

Broxburn-born Innes started his senior career at Stenhousemuir after joining the Warriors from Blackburn United in 1996 and moved to Kilmarnock for £50,000 in 1998. In 1999, he went out on loan twice, to St Mirren for 3 months and to Falkirk for just over a week. In 2003, he moved Dundee United where he played exactly fifty times.

Innes signed for Gretna on a free transfer in 2005. Although he missed out on United's Scottish Cup final appearance that season as he had already left for Gretna, Innes made it the following season when the Borderers were runners-up against Hearts. Innes was made captain of the rising team from the borders and helped the side gain promotion from the Scottish Third Division to the Scottish Premier League. After a season of bad results and financial difficulties for Gretna, Innes was made redundant on 25 March 2008. Gretna's reason for releasing their captain was because he had "attracted interest from other clubs".[1]

One of those clubs was New York Red Bulls of MLS, whom Innes trained with in April 2008. However, he decided against a move to America after failing to settle and returned to Scotland after two weeks, with St Johnstone and Dunfermline Athletic amongst several clubs keen to sign him.[2] In June 2008, Innes was thought to be near completing a move back to Tayside with Dundee,[3] but Livingston announced on their website in July 2008 that he had signed for them.[4] On 31 July 2009, Innes left Livingston to re-sign for St Mirren.

St Mirren[edit]

Innes scored his first St Mirren goal against Hibernian FC on 21 November 2009 and netted his second for the club against Kilmarnock FC on 2 January 2010. His third goal for Saints came against Aberdeen on 12 January, resulting in a 1–0 win, just a week after his second, ramming in a volley from an Andy Dorman corner. He became known for his fearless challenges and a reliable defender.

On 10 June 2010, St Mirren announced that Innes was to leave the club when his contract expired.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

Innes joined newly promoted SPL side Inverness Caley Thistle for the 2010–11 season on 20 July 2010, ahead of interest from former team Kilmarnock, Dundee and Falkirk. At the end of the 2010/11 season Innes announced he would be leaving the club due to wanting to spend more time with his family in Edinburgh.

East Fife[edit]

Following his departure from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Innes had trial period at East Fife playing for them in a Scottish Second Division fixture against Brechin City.[5] However he decided against joining them permanently as he wanted to join a full-time club.[6]

Arbroath[edit]

On 8 February 2012, Innes signed for Scottish Second Division side Arbroath until the end of the season. The deal was confirmed by manager Paul Sheerin via Twitter. He then left the club after this deal expired in May 2012.

Career statistics[edit]

After 26 September 2009

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stenhousemuir 1996–97 2 0 N/A N/A - 2 0
1997–98 30 2 2 0 1 0 - 33 2
Total 32 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 35 2
Kilmarnock 1998–99 4 1 - - - 4 1
St Mirren (loan) 1998–99 9 0 1 0 - - 10 0
Kilmarnock 1999–00 5 0 - - 2 0 7 0
Falkirk (loan) 1999–00 2 0 - - - 2 0
Kilmarnock 2000–01 24 0 2 0 3 0 - 29 0
2001–02 20 1 - 1 0 4 1 25 2
2002–03 20 1 1 0 1 0 - 22 1
2003–04 1 0 - - - 1 0
Total 75 3 3 0 5 0 6 1 89 4
Dundee United 2003–04 29 1 - 2 0 - 31 1
2004–05 16 1 - 3 1 - 19 2
Total 45 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 50 3
Gretna 2004–05 11 2 - - - 11 2
2005–06 31 8 6 0 2 0 - 39 8
2006–07 26 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 30 2
2007–08 21 0 2 0 - - 23 0
Total 75 3 3 0 5 0 6 1 89 4
Livingston 2008–09 30 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 15 1
2009–10 - - - 1 0 1 0
Total 30 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 35 1
St Mirren 2009–10 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 273 19 16 0 17 1 9 1 315 21

Honours[edit]

Kilmarnock[edit]

2000–01

Gretna[edit]

2006–07
2005–06
2004–05
2005–06

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gretna's Innes is made redundant". BBC Sport. 25 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Chris Innes to train with the Red Bulls". Soccer by Ives. 7 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Roache, Ian (11 June 2008). "Dundee near Innes signing". The Courier. Retrieved 11 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Chris Innes signs for Livi". 15 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Point Apiece". eastfifefc.info. East Fife F.C. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fifers have to move on from Innes". scottishfootballleague.com. Scottish Football League. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 

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