Harry Cairney

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Harry Cairney
Personal information
Full name Henry Cairney
Date of birth (1961-09-01) 1 September 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Holytown, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Fir Park Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Airdrieonians 49 (0)
1983–1992 Stenhousemuir 306 (15)
1992–2003 Brechin City 355 (3)
Total 710 (18)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Annan Athletic
2004–2005 Arbroath
2006–2012 Annan Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henry "Harry" Cairney (born 1 September 1961) is a former Scottish football player and manager. He made over 700 appearances in the Scottish Football League for Airdrieonians, Stenhousemuir and Brechin City. Cairney has also managed Annan Athletic and Arbroath.


Cairney was born in Holytown and began his senior career with Airdrieonians, making his senior debut in a match against Rangers at Ibrox.[1] He then played for Stenhousemuir, where he made over 300 league appearances. In 1992, he joined Brechin City, where he stayed for 11 years and made over 350 appearances. He retired in 2003 and was appointed as manager of East of Scotland League side Annan Athletic.

Cairney moved to Arbroath in September 2004,[2] but resigned just over a year later.[3] Cairney subsequently rejoined Annan, and was manager at the time of their election to the Scottish League in July 2008.[4] He won the Scottish Football League award for Third Division manager after his first month in the league.[5] Cairney resigned his position as Annan manager in December 2012, citing family and health reasons.[6]

Cairney also teaches Physics and Chemistry at Mearns Castle High School in Newton Mearns.

Managerial Statistics[edit]

As of 20 December 2012

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Annan Athletic Scotland 2003 2004
Arbroath Scotland July 2004 September 2005 50 12 11 27 024.00
Annan Athletic Scotland August 2005 December 2012 203 71 57 75 034.98


  1. ^ "Annan in no rush to replace Harry Cairney". sport.scotsman.com. Johnston Publishing. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cairney in at Arbroath". BBC Sport. 2004-09-10. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Cairney resigns as Arbroath boss". BBC Sport. 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Annan voted into Scottish league". BBC Sport. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  5. ^ "The IRN-BRU SFL Manager and Player of the Month Awards August, 2008". Scottifh Football League. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-09-09. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Annan Athletic: Harry Cairney resigns after six years as manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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