Jim McInally

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Jim McInally
Personal information
Full name James Edward McInally[1]
Date of birth (1964-02-19) 19 February 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (1.74 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Peterhead (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Celtic 1 (0)
1984 Dundee (loan) 11 (2)
1984–1986 Nottingham Forest 36 (0)
1986 Coventry City 5 (0)
1986–1995 Dundee United 284 (12)
1995–1996 Raith Rovers 29 (0)
1996–1997 Dundee United 16 (1)
1997–1999 Dundee 48 (1)
1999 Sligo Rovers 13 (0)
2000 East Fife 2 (0)
National team
1987–1993 Scotland 10 (0)
1990 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
1999 Sligo Rovers
2004–2008 Greenock Morton
2008–2011 East Stirlingshire
2011– Peterhead
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Edward "Jim" McInally (born 19 February 1964 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former footballer and current manager of Peterhead.

His playing career spanned with clubs Celtic, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City, Dundee United (two spells), Raith Rovers, Dundee (two spells), Sligo Rovers and East Fife.

He was also a Scotland international.

His management career began with a player-manager role at Sligo Rovers and after his playing retirement took charge of both Greenock Morton and East Stirlingshire before his current role.

Playing career[edit]

McInally began his career with Celtic in 1982 as a full back; while there he won youth caps and spent a period on loan with Dundee. Jim was transferred to Nottingham Forest in 1984 and joined Coventry City for £80,000 18 months later. McInally then joined Dundee United from Coventry in the summer of 1986 in a joint transfer with Dave Bowman after just five games for the Sky Blues and it was here where the pair of them both excelled and played the best football of what would become a glittering career.

At Tannadice, he quickly became an effective defensive midfielder and played an important part in Dundee United's run to the UEFA Cup Final in his first season. This brought him international recognition and he won the first of ten Scotland caps the next year. An outstanding and consistent performer over the following seven seasons, in 1994, in his fourth final with the club, he won a Scottish Cup winner's medal, playing as a left wing-back, a position in which he often appeared later in his career.

In 1995, following United's relegation to the Scottish Football League First Division, McInally remained in the Premier Division by joining newly promoted Raith Rovers as player/coach. In early 1996, McInally was due to join Aberdeen in a swap deal for former Rover Peter Hetherston, and was paraded at a Pittodrie news conference.[2] Hetherston failed a medical, however, and the move failed to proceed. A few weeks into the following season, McInally moved back to Tannadice and made sixteen appearances before moving back to Dundee as a player-coach at Dens Park.

Management career[edit]

Sligo Rovers[edit]

McInally joined Sligo Rovers as manager at the start of the 1999–00 season but early results did not go his way and he left the club for personal reasons. He returned to Scotland and joined the coaching staff of Celtic, working with the club's youth teams.

Greenock Morton[edit]

McInally moved back into management as he was appointed manager of Scottish Second Division side Greenock Morton.[3] In the 2005–06 season, he led Morton to 2nd place in the Division after which they were subsequently denied promotion by losing to Peterhead in the play-offs. McInally stated his intention to win the Second Division in the 2006–07 season, with that objective met in mid April when nearest challengers Stirling Albion fell out of mathematical contention. He won the August 2006 Second Division Manager of the Month award, along the way. He resigned in February 2008 after a run of poor results allowed Morton to slip into ninth place in the First Division.[4]

East Stirlingshire[edit]

On 13 March 2008, McInally was named the new manager of Third Division strugglers East Stirlingshire,[5] succeeding Gordon Wylde who resigned a month earlier. McInally was named November 2008 Manager of the Month for the Third Division by the Scottish Football League. He then won the same award in February and September 2009, but resigned in May 2011 after the club finished second bottom of the 2010–11 Scottish Third Division.[6]


McInally was appointed manager of Peterhead in October 2011.[7] He led the Blue Toon to its first trophy as a football league club by winning the Scottish League Two title in season 2013–14.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 March 2017[8][9]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sligo Rovers 1999 1999
Greenock Morton 21 October 2004 19 February 2008 155 80 31 44 51.61
East Stirlingshire 13 March 2008 16 May 2011 141 58 21 62 41.13
Peterhead 7 October 2011 Present 232 102 49 81 43.97
Total 528 240 101 187 45.45



Greenock Morton


  1. ^ "Jim McInally". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Angry King hits out at referees". The Independent. 1 February 1996. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "McInally named as Morton manager". BBC Sport. 22 October 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "McInally resigns as Morton boss". BBC Sport. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "McInally takes over at Firs Park". BBC Sport. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "Head coach Jim McInally resigns from East Stirlingshire". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jim McInally becomes Peterhead manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Jim McInally at Soccerbase
  9. ^ Jim McInally at Soccerbase

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