Joe McLaughlin (footballer)

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Joe McLaughlin
Personal information
Full name Joe McLaughlin
Date of birth (1960-06-02) 2 June 1960 (age 56)
Place of birth Greenock, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1983 Greenock Morton 134 (3)
1983–1989 Chelsea 220 (5)
1989–1990 Charlton Athletic 31 (0)
1990–1992 Watford 46 (2)
1992–1996 Falkirk 87 (6)
1996–1997 Hibernian 18 (0)
1997–2000 Clydebank 76 (4)
2000 St Mirren 3 (1)
National team
1980–1983 Scotland U21[1] 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joe McLaughlin (born 2 June 1960 in Greenock) is a retired professional footballer who played for Chelsea for six seasons in the 1980s.

Playing career[edit]

McLaughlin started his playing career with Greenock Morton in 1977. During his time at Greenock he became a regular in the Scotland national under-21 football team, winning 10 caps.[2] In 1983, he was transferred to Chelsea for a fee of £100,000. McLaughlin began his career at Chelsea by winning the Second Division championship in his first season. He would go on to play for Chelsea until 1989 winning another Second Division championship as well as the Full Members Cup.

He was then transferred to Charlton Athletic for £650,000 which at that time made him Charlton's record transfer. After one season at Charlton, he was sold to Watford for £300,000. He spent two seasons at Watford before returning home to Scotland to play for Falkirk

In his first season at Falkirk, the team were relegated from the Premier League. However the following season Joe would lead the team to success by securing the First Division championship. After leaving Falkirk, McLaughin was transferred to Hibernian before going on to play for Clydebank and then St Mirren.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2001 McLaughlin moved into coaching by accepting a position to work with Mark McGhee at Millwall. The club reached the play-offs in his first season, narrowly losing to Birmingham City who eventually won promotion the Premiership. After leaving Millwall, McLaughlin returned to Greenock Morton for a brief stint as youth coach and also caretaker manager.

Joe is currently Head Soccer Consultant at Soccer Icon USA, a company that specialises in scouting top young footballers to play soccer in the USA. Joe is also a scout for Bolton Wanderers.



St Mirren


  1. ^ "Joe McLaughlin". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey, pp110.
  3. ^ McKinney, David (13 December 1993). "Football: Falkirk find their fire". The Independent. London. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2. 

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