Gerry McCabe

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Gerry McCabe
Personal information
Full name Gerald McCabe
Date of birth (1956-09-26) 26 September 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Hamilton, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1975–1977 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1980 Clyde 96 (14)
1980–1986 Clydebank 216 (21)
1986–1988 Hamilton Academical 65 (9)
1987 Dumbarton (loan) 6 (1)
1988–1990 Clyde 61 (7)
1990–1991 Hamilton Academical 16 (0)
1991–1993 Cork City 63 (2)
1993–1995 Glentoran
1995–1996 Arbroath 19 (0)
1996–1997 Dumbarton 4 (0)
Total 483 (52)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Dumbarton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gerry McCabe (born 26 September 1956 in Hamilton) is a Scottish football player and coach.

Playing career[edit]

McCabe had a lengthy playing career that lasted almost two decades.[1] He made over 200 league appearances for a Clydebank side that steamrollered through the divisions to the Scottish Premier Division.[1] Towards the end of his playing career he started coaching Celtic youth players.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player McCabe worked as assistant manager to Bobby Williamson at Kilmarnock.[1][2] McCabe then went on to be assistant manager to Williamson at his next two managerial positions at Hibernian and Plymouth Argyle.[1][3][4] McCabe was the caretaker manager of Hibernian when Williamson moved to Plymouth before the end of the 2003–04 season. McCabe then rejoined Williamson at Plymouth at the start of the 2004–05 season.[3][4]

McCabe became manager of Dumbarton in 2006[1] when he replaced Paul Martin. McCabe promised a more attacking approach differing from the defensive style that Martin had employed. He also had the difficult but widely expected task of gaining promotion after only one season in the Scottish Third Division. McCabe signed former Kilmarnock Scottish Cup winner David Bagan and Stephen Dobbie on loan from St Johnstone. Dobbie scored 10 goals in 17 league games which pushed Dumbarton into a high league position. However Dobbie's loan spell ended in December 2006. Any chances of a loan extension were dashed when Dobbie signed permanently for Scottish First Division side Queen of the South. After Dobbie's departure the goals dried up and Dumbarton just fell short of a promotion play-off place and finished in fifth place. McCabe succeeded in leading Dumbarton to a Scottish Cup 3rd round tie against SPL champions Celtic which they lost 4–0.[5] McCabe also led Dumbarton to a League Cup clash against another SPL team, Inverness Caley Thistle eventually losing the match 3–1.[6]

In the 2007 pre-season Dumbarton were considered one of the promotion favourites. However, after a succession of players left the club, including popular goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay, defender Chris Boyle and winger Ryan Borris, McCabe found it hard to replace them. Lack of goals was evident in the league when new signings Brian McPhee and David McFarlane failed to hit the net on a regular basis. This led to Dumbarton sitting third bottom of the league. With only 3 wins out of 11 league games, McCabe was dismissed in November 2007 after only 18 months at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium.[7]

In January 2008 McCabe was appointed assistant manager to player-manager Jim McIntyre at Dunfermline.[2][8] McCabe continued as assistant manager when Jim Jefferies was appointed Dunfermline's manager but left the club in March 2013 after it entered administration.[9]

McCabe was appointed Queen of the South's assistant manager to McIntyre on 28 June 2013.[2][10] After one season in Dumfries, McCabe moved to Dundee to become assistant to Paul Hartley.[11]


Cork City

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of November 2007

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Dumbarton Scotland June 2006 November 2007 57 25 11 21 43.86

External links[edit]

  • Gerry McCabe, Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Gerry McCabe Profile". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. official website. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Jim McIntyre Profile
  3. ^ a b "Thordarson rejects Hibs". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 May 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Lennon is backed to beat bigots". Daily Telegraph. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Celtic 4–0 Dumbarton". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 January. Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Inverness CT 3–1 Dumbarton". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 January. Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Sons sack McCabe after poor start". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "McCabe new Pars assistant manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 January. Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  9. ^ "Dunfermline: Gerry McCabe exits as three players find new clubs". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
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  11. ^ Gerry McCabe joins Dundee from Queen of the South as assistant