Duncan Shearer

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Duncan Shearer
Personal information
Full name Duncan Nichol Shearer
Date of birth (1962-08-28) 28 August 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Fort William, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Clachnacuddin ? (?)
1983–1986 Chelsea 2 (1)
1986–1988 Huddersfield Town 83 (38)
1988–1992 Swindon Town 159 (78)
1992 Blackburn Rovers 6 (1)
1992–1997 Aberdeen 157 (53)
1997–2002 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 55 (17)
Total 462 (188)
National team
1994–1995 Scotland 7 (2)
Teams managed
2004–2008 Buckie Thistle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Duncan Nichol Shearer (born 28 August 1962 in Fort William) is a former Scottish footballer, currently coaching the 'Development squad' at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. During his playing career, Shearer predominantly played for Huddersfield Town, Swindon, Aberdeen and Inverness CT. He also captained the Scotland 'B' team and played seven times for the full Scotland national team.

Since his retirement from playing, Shearer has had spells as assistant manager at Aberdeen and Inverness CT, as well as managing in the Highland League with Buckie Thistle. He is the brother of fellow former Clachnacuddin and English League player, Dave Shearer. He also played shinty as a youth.

Playing career[edit]

Shearer began his career as a 20-year-old striker at Scottish Highland Football League Club,Inverness Clachnacuddin FC. From Clachnacuddin FC, he moved to Chelsea in 1983, before going on to play for a number of English clubs including Huddersfield, Swindon Town and Blackburn Rovers.

While playing in the Highland League with Clachnacuddin, the then Aberdeen manager, Alex Ferguson, watched Shearer on several occasion and subsequently invited him to play in an Aberdeen reserve team match on a Wednesday evening at Pittodrie. However, early in the afternoon of the game, the Chairman of Clachnucuddin received a telephone call from Aberdeen to inform him that the reserve fixture that evening had been cancelled. The Chairman had to rush down to Inverness Railway Station and 'haul' Shearer off the train to Aberdeen. No further invitations for a trial at Aberdeen materialised. However, later in his career, Shearer did get the opportunity to sign for the Dons.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

He left Chelsea at the end of the 1985–86 season after appearing in only two League games for the London club - scoring one goal, and signed for Second Division Huddersfield Town. Shearer scored a hat-trick in his first full game for the club (a 3–1 win against Barnsley) and was top goalscorer for 1986–87 and 1987–1988, whilst also being named the team's Player of the Year for 1987, and being including in the publication Huddersfield Town F.C. - The Fans' Favourites, during the club's centenary in 2008.

However, he was unable to prevent Huddersfield's relegation to the Third Division at the end of the 1987–88 season. Weeks before this, the unrelated English striker Alan Shearer (aged 17) had scored a hat-trick in the First Division for Southampton against Arsenal, a game which Arsenal captain Tony Adams missed through injury. In his autobiography 11 years later, Adams said that he had followed the progress of the game on Ceefax and mistakingly believed that the Shearer who scored the hat-trick was Duncan Shearer.

Swindon Town[edit]

He was approached by Lou Macari, who offered a club record fee of £250,000 for Shearer to join Swindon in 1988, and fill the striker position following Dave Bamber and Jimmy Quinn exiting the Wiltshire club.[1] In his first season, he was sidelined due to an injured foot and later a groin strain, but managed to score 14 goals in the 45 league games he took part in and was the club's top scorer for that season.[1] In the 1989–90 season he scored 21 league goals for Swindon as well as the winning goal in the semi-final play-offs against Blackburn Rovers, and was part of the team that won promotion at Wembley – only to be demoted due to financial irregularities at the club.[1] In all he was top scorer for Swindon in every season he was at the club. He was Player of the Year in 1991 and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for Division Two before being bought by Blackburn Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish in 1992 for £800,000.[2] He only played six games for Blackburn before returning to Scotland at the end of the season.[1]


The powerfully-built forward signed for Aberdeen in 1992 for £500,000. He became popular with the fans and was nicknamed 'Deadly Dunc' for his strike-rate. He formed successful partnerships with other strikers such as Eoin Jess, Scott Booth and Billy Dodds during his time at Pittodrie.

In November 1995, Shearer won the Scottish League Cup with the club, scoring the second goal in the 2–0 win at Hampden Park.[3] He also appeared in the 1993 Scottish Cup Final, when the 'Dons' were beaten 2–1 by Rangers. Shearer made 157 league appearances for Aberdeen, scoring 53 goals.

Inverness CT[edit]

In 1997, at the age of 35, he joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he played for two-and-a-half seasons, making 55 appearances and scoring 17 goals.

International career[edit]

During his playing career, Shearer was capped seven times for Scotland between 1994 and 1995, scoring two goals.

Management career[edit]

In season 1999–00 he began to concentrate more on coaching than playing, and was in the dugout when Caley Thistle famously beat Celtic 3–1 in the Scottish Cup. In 2000, he became assistant to then Inverness Caley Thistle manager Steve Paterson, following the departure of former assistant manager Alex Caldwell to Elgin City. He continued to be registered as a player (though seldom appeared in the squad) until the end of the 2001-02 season.

In December 2002 both Paterson and Shearer left Inverness to take up management roles at Aberdeen. However, this did not prove to be a happy return to Pittodrie for Shearer, as Aberdeen struggled in the SPL and were put out of the Scottish Cup at the fourth-round stage by Livingston. Steve Paterson and Duncan Shearer left the club in 2004.

Shearer was appointed as manager of Highland League side Buckie Thistle in October 2004. During his reign as manager, he won the Aberdeenshire Cup twice and the Aberdeenshire Shield once. He was sacked in April 2008, after a disappointing home defeat to Cove Rangers effectively ended Buckie's hopes of winning the Highland League championship.[4]

He then became a youth coach at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Shearer and fellow coach, Scott Kellacher, were put in temporary charge of the first-team after manager Terry Butcher moved to Hibernian in November 2013.[5]




  1. ^ a b c d Mattick, Dick (2002). Swindon Town Football Club 100 Greats. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. p. 99. ISBN 0-7524-2714-8. 
  2. ^ "Duncan Shearer". Player Profile. swindon-town-fc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  3. ^ McKinney, David (27 November 1995). "Dodds and Shearer end Aberdeen's wait". The Independent. London. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Duncanson treble blows title race wide open". The Highland News. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Inverness CT: No approaches made over manager's post". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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