David Lilley

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David Lilley
David Lilley.jpg
Lilley (right) playing for Kilmarnock
Personal information
Full name David William Lilley
Date of birth (1977-10-31) 31 October 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Full Back or Central Defender
Youth career
Bellshill Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Queen of the South 76 (1)
1999–2002 Aberdeen 25 (0)
2002Ross County (loan) 6 (0)
2002–2004 Partick Thistle 49 (2)
2004–2009 Kilmarnock 112 (5)
2009–2011 Queen of the South 61 (2)
2011–2013 Airdrie United 52 (0)
Total 381 (10)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Bellshill Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 July 2013 (UTC)

David William Lilley (born 31 October 1977 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional footballer who usually plays at centre back but has also played at right back. Lilley was most recently the manager of Bellshill Athletic in the Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region.

Lilley spent a decade in the SPL with Aberdeen, Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock, where he was the club captain, before moving on to captain both Queen of the South and Airdrie United.

Playing career[edit]

Lilley started his career in youth football alongside Jamie McAllister with Bellshill Boys Club. Lilley was then signed up on a professional contract by Queen of the South at the start of the 1995–96. Lilley spent four seasons in his first spell at Palmerston Park, playing in 76 league matches and scoring 1 league goal.[1]

Lilley signed for Aberdeen at the start of the 1999–2000 season for a reported £100,000 fee. He followed Jamie McAllister to Pittodrie, both leaving Queens in the same summer.[2] In three seasons with Aberdeen Lilley had lengthy periods sidelined with injury. He played in 25 league matches without scoring a goal. Lilley was loaned out to Ross County in 2002, where he played for the Victoria Park club in 6 league matches without scoring a goal.[3]

Lilley signed for Partick Thistle at the start of the 2002–03 season. In two seasons at Firhill, Lilley played in 49 league matches and scored 2 league goals.[4] He then signed for Kilmarnock at the start of the 2004–05 season. During his five seasons at Rugby Park, Lilley was given the club captaincy for a certain amount of his time with the Ayrshire club. Lilley played in 112 league matches and scored 5 league goals.[5]

On 18 June 2009, for the start of the 2009–10 season, Lilley signed again for Queen of the South. Lilley was given the club captaincy at the start of the season.[6] Lilley received the player of the year award for the 2009–10 season from the Doonhamers Travel Club. On 19 May 2011, Lilley was released by Queen of the South.[7] Lilley spent two seasons in his second spell in Dumfries, playing in 61 league matches and scoring 2 league goals.[8] In all competitive matches, over two spells with Queen of the South, Lilley started 157 times and appeared as a substitute 4 times, scoring 3 goals.

David Lilley signed with Airdrie United on 17 June 2011 for the 2011–12 season and was appointed the club captain. In two seasons at the Excelsior Stadium Lilley played in 52 league matches without scoring a goal. Lilley departed the club when his contract expired at the end of the 2012–13 season.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

Lilley entered football management in June 2015, with Junior club Bellshill Athletic.[10] On 26 May 2016, Lilley resigned as the manager of Bellshill Athletic. [11]


  1. ^ http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/queenofthesouth/queenofthesouth.html
  2. ^ http://www.afc.co.uk/articles/20080410/get-yourself-connected_2212158_1285988/0,,10284,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/aberdeen/aberdeen.html
  4. ^ http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/partick/partick.html
  5. ^ http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/kilmarnock/kilmarnock.html
  6. ^ http://www.dgstandard.co.uk/dumfries-sport/dumfries-football/queen-of-south-fc/2010/01/08/queen-of-the-south-lookback-in-2009-51311-25547998/
  7. ^ http://www.qosfc.com/new_newsview.aspx?newsid=664
  8. ^ http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/queenofthesouth/queenofthesouth.html
  9. ^ http://www.airdriefc.com/news/2013/05/squad2.html
  10. ^ "New Management Team". bellshillathletic.co.uk. Bellshill Athletic FC. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.bellshillathletic.co.uk/club/News/view/918613

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