Derek Frye

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Derek Frye
Personal information
Full name James Frederick Frye[1]
Date of birth (1956-02-02) 2 February 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1975 Kilmarnock 0 (0)
1975–1976 Queen of the South 4 (0)
1976–1978 Stranraer 78 (51)
1978–1979 Dundee United 9 (1)
1979–1983 Ayr United 132 (46)
1983–1986 Clyde 97 (48)
1986–1987 Airdrieonians 21 (2)
1987–1988 Queen of the South 29 (7)
1988–1989 Stranraer 20 (5)
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
1992–1993 Queen of the South 1 (0)
Total 391 (160)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Queen of the South
1994–1997 Annan Athletic
Tarff Rovers
2005–2011 Ardrossan Winton Rovers
2011–2013 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy (co-manager)
2013–2014 Ardrossan Winton Rovers
2014–2017 Saltcoats Victoria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Frederick "Derek" Frye (born 2 February 1956) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a striker for several clubs in the Scottish Football League.


Frye began his professional career with Kilmarnock but made no senior appearances and joined Queen of the South in 1975. Featuring only four times, Frye left after a season to join Stranraer, where he became the club's highest season goalscorer in his two years there.[2] A move to Premier Division side Dundee United followed, but Frye dropped back to lower league football within a year, joining Ayr United.

Frye made over 130 league appearances for Ayr and went on to make nearly 100 for Clyde, where he scored nearly fifty goals. Single-season spells played out Frye's career in the late 1980s, with time at Airdrieonians, and returns to Queen of the South and Stranraer. Frye went back briefly to Queen of the South in the early 1990s, playing once and serving as player-manager.

Frye spent three years managing Annan Athletic in the mid-1990s and was assistant to Rowan Alexander at Gretna until 2004.[3] He was appointed manager of Ardrossan Winton Rovers in June 2005,[4] leading the club to the Ayrshire League title in 2010–11.

In December 2011, Frye left Winton to become co-manager with former Ayr teammate Jimmy Lindsay at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.[5] It was announced in March 2013 that Frye would return to Winton as manager at the end of the season,[6] but he resigned in April 2014.[7]

Frye's most recent managerial position was at Saltcoats Victoria, from November 2014 until February 2017.[8][9]


  1. ^ "James Frederick Frye Record vs Heart of Midlothian". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Moore delight at Stranraer return". BBC Sport website. 14 March 2005. 
  3. ^ Little, Amanda (6 January 2005). "Mileson's millions have turned Gretna from soccer Cinderellas to Rockefellers but Alexander's no-nonsense style hasn’t changed a bit". News&Star. 
  4. ^ "Bulleted!". Ardrossan Winton Rovers Archive. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Frye quits Winton". Ardrossan Herald. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Winton delight as Frye returns". Ardrossan Herald. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Breaking: Manager Frye quits Ardrossan Winton Rovers". Ardrossan Herald. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Frye appointed new Seasiders' boss". Ardrossan Herald. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Management Team Resign". Retrieved 11 February 2017. 

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