Iain Russell

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Iain Russell
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Personal information
Full name Iain Thomas Russell
Date of birth (1982-11-14) 14 November 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Annan Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Motherwell 5 (0)
2003 Dumbarton (loan) 11 (4)
2003–2006 Dumbarton 95 (29)
2006–2007 Brechin City 36 (25)
2007–2010 Greenock Morton 60 (11)
2009 Alloa Athletic (loan) 6 (2)
2010 Stirling Albion (loan) 10 (7)
2010–2013 Livingston 93 (44)
2013–2016 Queen of the South 97 (32)
2016–2017 Airdrieonians 32 (18)
Total 445 (173)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 27 May 2017 (UTC).

Iain Thomas Russell (born 14 November 1982) is a former Scottish professional footballer who played as a Forward.

Russell came through the youth teams at Annan Athletic and Rangers before making a few appearances for Motherwell. Since leaving Motherwell Russell has played for Dumbarton, Brechin City, Morton, Alloa Athletic, Queen of the South and Airdrieonians. In his 445 league games along he scored 173 goals.


Russell was born in Dumfries and grew up nearby in Annan. Russell is the grandson of the former Airdrieonians, Rangers and Scotland internationalist, Ian McMillan.


Motherwell and Dumbarton[edit]

Russell started his career at Rangers,[1] although he did not feature for the first team, and first played in the first team for Motherwell and then Dumbarton. He played over 100 games for Dumbarton and was the club's player of the year in 2005.

Brechin City[edit]

Russell struggled with a hamstring injury throughout the opening period of his Brechin City career, but two goals against Stranraer on 28 October 2006 at Glebe Park saw him open his account. He was the season's top scorer with 15 goals to his name.

Russell was working his way through a quantity surveying degree at Glasgow Caledonian University whilst at Brechin. Since signing on full-time at Morton it has been put on hold.[2] In February 2007, Russell signed a new contract with Brechin.[3]

Greenock Morton, Alloa Athletic and Stirling Albion[edit]

He left for Greenock Morton in August 2007 for an undisclosed fee (believed to be £40,000).[4] Russell scored nine goals in all competitions in his first season with Morton, finishing two goals behind top goalscorer Peter Weatherson.

In September 2009, Russell was loaned out to Second Division side Alloa Athletic.[5] After returning for Alloa, he was sent out on loan again, this time to the Wasps rivals Stirling Albion.[6]

Writing in world football magazine Inside Futbol in March 2010, Russell called for the Scottish Premier League to look at an 18 team top division in order to "move forward to keep fans interested".[7] On 20 April 2010, Russell scored the winner in a 2–1 victory over Clyde to relegate the Bully Wee.[8] Despite his contribution to the championship win, Russell did not play enough games to win a Championship medal, but manager Allan Moore gave him his medal in gratitude for his efforts.[9]

After his manager at Stirling, took over at Cappielow, Russell was offered a year's extension to his deal which had run out in May 2010.[10] Russell declined the offer.


Russell signed a two-year deal with Livingston in June 2010[11] Russell signed a one-year contract extension with Livingston in May 2012.[12] Russell left Livingston in May 2013 after the end of his contract.[13] In his 3 years at the club he made 93 league appearances and scored 44 goals.

Queen of the South[edit]

Russell signed for Queen of the South on 21 May 2013.[14] Queens ended the season in fourth place in the Scottish football second tier for a first ever taste of play off football. Queens were eliminated 4-3 after extra time in the second leg away at Falkirk. Queens finished in the fourth place play off place again in 2014/15. League opposition included Hibs, Rangers and the season`s runaway divisional winners, Hearts. Hibs and Rangers were both beaten twice by Queens. The 3-0 home win v Rangers was the best of the bunch. Rangers brought Queens` play off campaign to an end with a 3-2 aggregate QoS defeat. Russell spent three seasons with the Dumfries side making over 100 first team appearances.[15]


Russell next signed for Airdrieonians on 21 May 2016. Russell is the grandson of Airdrie legend and Honorary President Ian McMillan.[16] During his one season at the Diamonds, Russell scored a hat-trick of penalties on 22 October 2016, in a 4-1 win over Queen's Park. Russell's three penalties were scored in the 9th, 28th and 74th minutes respectively. [17] [18]


On 14 June 2017, Russell announced his retirement from football at the end of the 2016-17 season after being offered a full-time job with KSL hair transplant company, having been working part-time with the firm since his time at Queens. [19].


Stirling Albion


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Iain Russell". Brechin City F.C. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "1. First Team :: Iain Russell's profile". Greenock Morton F.C. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Brechin secure trio on new deals". BBC Sport. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Morton sign Russell and Gardyne". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Iain Russell joins Alloa Athletic on loan". Greenock Morton F.C. 11 September 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player News". Greenock Morton F.C. 26 March 2010. Archived from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Scottish Premier League Must Lead the Way in Restructuring". insidefutbol.com. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Clyde 1–2 Stirling Albion". BBC Sport. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "MOORE deserves a medal". inverclydenow.com. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Russell offered a new contract". Greenock Telegraph. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Russell becomes second summer signing". Livingston F.C. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Beanie staying put". Livingston F.C. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Player departures". Livingston F.C. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.qosfc.com/new_newsview.aspx?newsid=1827
  15. ^ Club History qosfc.com
  16. ^ "Iain Russell joins the Diamonds". Airdrieonians F.C. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  17. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/airdrieonians-4-queens-park-1-9106864
  18. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37664279
  19. ^ "Airdrieonians forward iain russell announces Retirement". Daily Record. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 

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