Gordon Rae

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Gordon Rae
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-05-03) 3 May 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Centre back
Centre forward
Youth career
Whitehill Welfare
1975–1977 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1990 Hibernian 347 (47)
1990–1992 Partick Thistle 77 (3)
1992 Hamilton Academical 9 (0)
1992–1993 Meadowbank Thistle 21 (2)
Total 454 (52)
Teams managed
Gala Fairydean
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gordon Rae (born 3 May 1958) is a retired Scottish association football player, who played mainly as a defender for Hibernian, Partick Thistle, Hamilton Academical and Meadowbank Thistle. He also played sometimes as a centre forward, scoring over 50 goals in the Scottish Football League in his career.

Rae signed for Hibernian as a 17-year-old from Whitehill Welfare in 1975. He made his first team debut two years later, and scored in a 2–0 win against Rangers at Ibrox in his second appearance. He became club captain, appeared in the marathon 1979 Scottish Cup Final and won a First Division winners' medal in 1981.

Rae was awarded a testimonial match by Hibs in 1988, played against Manchester United.[1] Joe Tortolano was sent off during the match for a tackle on Gordon Strachan.[1]

He joined Partick Thistle for £65,000 in 1990, and helped them win promotion to the Premier Division in 1992. He finished his playing career after the 1992–93 season, during which he played for Hamilton Academical and then Meadowbank Thistle.

He left Meadowbank to become manager of Gala Fairydean, in a spell that coincided with their failed attempt to enter the Scottish Football League in 1994.[2] He was sacked by Gala after a Scottish Cup defeat by East Fife, who then recruited him as an assistant coach.[2]

He went on to manage Edinburgh City before working in Hibs’ youth system. He left Hibs in November 2002 to manage junior side Newtongrange Star.[3]


  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2. 

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