Fraser Wishart

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Fraser Wishart
Personal information
Full name Fraser Wishart
Date of birth (1965-03-01) 1 March 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Johnstone, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1981–1983 Pollok
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1989 Motherwell 154 (5)
1989–1992 St Mirren 51 (0)
1992 Dumbarton 2 (0)
1992–1993 Falkirk 24 (2)
1993–1995 Rangers 9 (0)
1995–1996 Heart of Midlothian 9 (0)
1996–1997 Motherwell 18 (0)
1997–2001 Clydebank 111 (1)
2001–2002 Airdrieonians 9 (0)
Total 387 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fraser Wishart (born Johnstone, Renfrewshire, 1 March 1965) is a Scottish former professional footballer, former Secretary of the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association,[1][2] and current chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association Scotland.[3][4] He is also an occasional radio and television commentator.

Early life[edit]

Wishart grew up in south Glasgow, attending Hillpark Secondary School where he played in the school team.

He began his football career with Eastercraig Boys' Club, a successful youth team in Glasgow, followed by spells at amateur club, Giffnock North and semi-professional giants, Pollok Juniors.

Playing career[edit]

Wishart signed with Scottish Premier Division team Motherwell in 1983,[5] and under manager Tommy McLean he established himself as a regular full back, making over 150 appearances for the team over the next six years.[5][6]

In 1989, he was transferred to St Mirren for £285,000, an amount set by tribunal after the two clubs could not agree on a fee.[7] Three years later he moved to Falkirk, before enjoying the most high-profile period of his career when Walter Smith signed him for Glasgow Rangers in 1993. However, he made only nine appearances for the club in the next two years before moving on to Hearts in 1995, followed by a second spell at former club Motherwell in 1996.

He was transferred to Clydebank F.C. in 1997, where he spent four years both as a player and coach during the club's turbulent final seasons. By this point Wishart was already working at the players' union as assistant to Tony Higgins.[8] From Clydebank, he then moved to the similarly troubled Airdrieonians in 2001, for what proved to be the club's final season before they folded.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sportscotland" (Press release). The Scottish Government. 6 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "Wishart quits post as union chief". BBC Sport. 4 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Team". PFA Scotland. 
  4. ^ "New union for players in Scotland". BBC Sport. 4 July 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Barr, Stuart; Tweedlie, Kevin. "Player Archive: Fraser Wishart". motherwellnet.co.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Club History / 1984–1994". Motherwell F.C. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Traynor, James (14 August 1989). "Hamilton has a chance to grab first-team spot". Glasgow Herald. p. 17. 
  8. ^ "Clydebank future in doubt again". BBC Sport. 23 December 2000. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Hendrie, Gordon (2 April 2001). "Wishart: Airdrie is different; Airdrie 1 Clyde 0". Daily Mirror. London. 
  10. ^ "Scottish transfer dealings". BBC Sport. 31 March 2001. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 

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