David Farrell (footballer, born 1969)

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David Farrell
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-10-29) 29 October 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Oxford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Hibernian 82 (2)
1995–1997 Partick Thistle 42 (2)
1997–2000 Airdrieonians 54 (2)
2000 Clydebank 1 (0)
2000–2003 Stranraer 53 (3)
2003–2004 Albion Rovers 17 (1)
Total 249 (10)
Teams managed
2008 Dundee (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Farrell (born 29 October 1969) is a Scottish football player, coach and writer.

Playing career[edit]

As a player, he was a midfielder and central defender starting out with English club Oxford United before moving onto Hibernian. He played in 83 league games, and made an appearance in the Scottish League Cup Final defeat to Rangers in 1993. Farrell led a nomadic playing career after this long spell with Hibs, playing for Partick Thistle, Airdrie, Clydebank, Stranraer and Albion Rovers.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career was over Farrell moved into coaching, working for Gretna's youth setup and Clyde. When his lifelong friend Alex Rae was appointed manager of Dundee in 2006, he appointed Farrell as his assistant. The club finished third and then second in the First Division, failing to win promotion back to the Scottish Premier League. After Rae was sacked in October 2008, Farrell was put in caretaker charge for the league game against Morton on 25 October[1] before leaving the club himself on 30 October.

Farrell was appointed first team coach at Notts County.[2] in November 2010 but left the club the following year following the departure of manager Paul Ince. A spell as assistant manager to Willie McStay at Celtic Nation followed [3] but the pair resigned when the club was plunged into financial turmoil in 2014.

In January 2016, Farrell joined St Mirren as assistant manager to Alex Rae, who he previously worked with while at Dundee.[4] Rae and Farrell were sacked by St Mirren after a bad start to the 2016/17 season.


Farrell began writing a popular blog, Football From The Inside, in August 2014 [5] and it was announced on 6 February 2015 that he had signed a deal with Teckle Books to publish a book about his life in football [6]


Farrell appeared on the 4th May 2017 episode of the Channel Four quiz show Fifteen to One.


  1. ^ "Morton v Dundee". BBC Sport. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  2. ^ Farrel joins Notts County
  3. ^ "McStay takes over at Celtic Nation". The Herald. Glasgow. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Farrell joins St Mirren as No 2". spfl.co.uk. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  5. ^ [1]
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External links[edit]

  • David Farrell at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database