Ian Ross (footballer, born 1947)

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Ian Ross
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-01-26)26 January 1947
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 9 February 2019 (aged 72)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Glasgow & District Schools
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1972 Liverpool 48 (2)
1972–1976 Aston Villa 175 (3)
1976Notts County (loan) 4 (1)
1976Northampton Town (loan) 2 (0)
1976–1979 Peterborough United 112 (1)
1979–1982 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
1982–1983 Hereford United 15 (0)
Total 356 (7)
Teams managed
1982 Wolverhampton Wanderers (caretaker)
1985–1987 Valur
1988–1990 KR Reykjavík
1992–1993 Huddersfield Town
1994 Keflavík
1996 Berwick Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ian Ross (26 January 1947 – 9 February 2019) was a Scottish professional footballer and football manager.[1] As a manager, he won two Icelandic championships with Valur in 1985 and 1987.


A utility player, Ross's debut was for Liverpool on 14 January 1967 at Sheffield Wednesday in the First Division. He then moved to Aston Villa for £60,000 in February 1972, where he captained their side that gained promotion to the top flight and also won the League Cup.

After falling out of favour at Villa, he had spells on loan at Notts County and Northampton Town before joining Peterborough United in December 1976. Here, he amassed over 100 appearances during two-and-a-half seasons, in which he also served the club in a coaching role.

He joined First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1979 primarily as a coach, following his former Peterborough manager John Barnwell. He remained a registered player but never played a first team game for the club. He stepped in as caretaker manager after Barnwell's eventual sacking in January 1982, taking charge of five games, losing all. Ross left the club soon after, joining Hereford United in a similar role, though here he did make 15 first team appearances during the 1982–83 season.[2]

He moved to Iceland in 1984 to manage Valur who he led to the Icelandic championship in 1985 and 1987. On 30 September 1987, he signed a two-year contract with KR[3] where he stayed until February 1991, when he took a job as an assistant manager to Huddersfield Town.[4] He served as the manager of Huddersfield from 1992 to 1993 before returning to Iceland in November 1993 when he took over as manager of Keflavík.[5] He unexpectectly resigned from Keflavík on 2 July 1994.[6][7] He subsequently managed Berwick Rangers in 1996.[2]


Ross died on 9 February 2019.[2]


  1. ^ "RIP Ian Ross". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Valur Páll Eiríksson (10 February 2019). "Ian Ross látinn". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Ian Ross tekur við hjá KR". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 1 October 1987. pp. 72, 71. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Ian Ross hættur hjá KR!". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 8 February 1991. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Ross þjálfar Keflvíkinga". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 12 November 1993. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  6. ^ Ægir Már Kárason (5 July 1994). "Ross strauk og Pétur tók við". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Pétur Pétursson þjálfari Keflvíkinga". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 5 July 1994. Retrieved 15 February 2019.

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