Jack Ross (footballer, born 1976)

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Jack Ross
Jack Ross St Mirren.jpg
Ross playing for St Mirren
Personal information
Full name John James Ross
Date of birth (1976-06-05) 5 June 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Alloa Athletic (manager)
Youth career
1992–1993 Dundee
1993–1995 Forfar Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Camelon Juniors ? (?)
1999–2004 Clyde 159 (9)
2004–2005 Hartlepool United 23 (0)
2005–2008 Falkirk 76 (2)
2008–2010 St Mirren 64 (1)
2010 Hamilton Academical 2 (0)
2010–2011 Dunfermline Athletic 0 (0)
National team
2009 Scotland B 1 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2014 Dumbarton (assistant)
2014–2015 Heart of Midlothian U20s
2015– Alloa Athletic

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2011.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 August 2010

John James "Jack" Ross (born 5 June 1976) is a retired Scottish professional football player and coach, who is currently the manager of Alloa Athletic. Ross played as a defender and midfielder for Dundee, Forfar Athletic, Camelon Juniors, Clyde, Hartlepool United, Falkirk, St Mirren, Hamilton Academical, Dunfermline Athletic and Dumbarton.

Ross started as a coaching career at Dumbarton, as assistant manager for both Alan Adamson and later Ian Murray. He was also caretaker manager of Dumbarton in October to November 2012 between the tenures of Adamson and Murray. He became the coach of the Heart of Midlothian under-20 team in July 2014. Ross was appointed Alloa Athletic manager in December 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ross had spells as a youth player at Dundee and Forfar Athletic. He then moved to Camelon Juniors, where he featured in their 1996 Scottish Junior Cup run, before losing in the final. He joined Clyde in 1999, playing in many different positions before settling in the right midfield role. He was made captain of the team when Ian Spittal was the team coach.

Moving to England[edit]

Ross signed a pre-contractual agreement with Hartlepool United in April 2004.[1] Ross suffered ankle ligament damage and spent a large part of his time on the sidelines.[2] Hartlepool funded his rehabilitation and also allowed him to return home. However, Ross refused to return to Hartlepool, train or play for the club and asked Hartlepool's chairman Ken Hodcroft to tear up his contract claiming his was homesick. Hartlepool refused and asked for compensation and a refund of agent fees.[3][4] Ross left without consent and later went on sick and claimed that he would not return to Hartlepool even if "they were in the Champions League". He also criticised Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper for feeling let down by his actions, stating that "maybe the manager thinks I have let him down but that's nothing compared with how I feel about him". On 31 July 2005, Hartlepool agreed to terminate his contract after finally receiving compensation, which included a refund of the fees paid to Ross's agent.[3]

Return to Scotland[edit]

Ross transferred to his home town club, Falkirk, in 2005 and was a regular in the team. Falkirk manager John Hughes warned Ross when he stalled on signing a new contract.[5]

On 30 April 2008, it was announced that Ross had signed a pre-contract agreement with St Mirren and joined them at the end of the season on a two-year deal.[6] Ross scored his first goal for St Mirren against Dundee United at Tannadice Park on 24 January 2009.

Having been released by St Mirren at the end of the 2009–10 season, Ross joined Hamilton Academical on a one-year contract.[7] His contract with Hamilton Academical was cancelled after only three games.[8] A few weeks later Ross signed for Dunfermline until the end of the 2010–11 season.[9] He sustained a knee injury in training which led to his eventual retirement from football without having played a game for the Pars.[10]

International career[edit]

Ross won his solitary cap for Scotland at junior level in 1999.[11] Ross was included in the Scotland B squad for the match against Northern Ireland B in May 2009. He came on at the start of the second half, replacing St Mirren team mate Scott Cuthbert.

Coaching career[edit]

Early Coaching Career[edit]

In 2011 Ross joined Dumbarton as an assistant manager to Alan Adamson. On October 2012 he became caretaker manager following Adamson's sacking. During this spell he led the Sons to their first Scottish First Division victory in 16 years, with a 1–0 victory over Cowdenbeath. Despite this he was overlooked for the job and continued as the assistant manager to Adamson's successor Ian Murray in November of that year[12]

On 1 July 2014, Ross joined Hearts as a member of the coaching team.[13] He left this position in October 2015.[14]


In December 2015, Ross was appointed manager of Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic.[15] He was unable to stop the part-time club from being relegated from the second tier.[16] Despite their relegation to Scottish League One, Ross was given a new contract by Alloa in April 2016.[16]


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played on 24 September 2016.[15]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Alloa Athletic 15 December 2015 Present 32 12 8 12 37.50

Other activities[edit]

During his spell outside professional footballing and attended university in between, he achieved an MA Honours degree in Economics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 1998.

Ross was the inaugural chairman of PFA Scotland players' union, heading a management committee consisting of players representing the views of those within the dressing room.

He wrote a blog for the BBC Sport website.


  1. ^ "Hartlepool clinch Ross move". BBC News. 23 April 2004. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ross may be out for six weeks". Northern Echo. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Pool say farewell to Ross[dead link]
  4. ^ Pool say farewell to Ross
  5. ^ "Falkirk players warned over deals". BBC News. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "St Mirren snap up Bairns player". BBC News. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jack Ross secures contract at Hamilton Accies". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jack Ross set for Hamilton exit after just two matches". Daily Record. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Jack Ross to join Pars". Dunfermline Athletic official website. 15 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Coming and Going at EEP". Dunfermline Athletic official website. 3 February 2011. 
  11. ^ Ross celebrates a Scotland double The Daily Telegraph 05-05-2009. Retrieved 15-10-2013.
  12. ^ Findlay, Alan. "MURRAY IS NEW SONS BOSS". Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Jack Ross to leave Dumbarton to lead Hearts U20s, BBC Sport.
  14. ^ "Under-20s manager Jack Ross leaves Hearts with immediate effect". STV Sport. STV. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Alloa Athletic name Jack Ross as their new manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Alloa Athletic: Manager Jack Ross to continue with relegated club". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 

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