John Coughlin (footballer)

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John Coughlin
Photo of John black coat and black tie
John Coughlin at Berwick Rangers
Personal information
Full name John Coughlin
Date of birth (1963-04-11) 11 April 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth New York City, United States
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Berwick Rangers
Youth career
Newtongrange Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Meadowbank Thistle 68 (3)
1993–1996 Berwick Rangers 14 (1)
1997–1998 Alloa Athletic 0 (0)
Total 82 (4)
Teams managed
2002–2003 St Mirren
2005–2007 Berwick Rangers
2007–2010 Stenhousemuir
2011–2014 East Stirlingshire
2015- Berwick Rangers

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Coughlin (born 11 April 1963 in New York City) is a former football player and is currently in his second spell of managing Berwick Rangers.[1]

He was formerly a player with Meadowbank Thistle and Berwick Rangers until injury forced him out of the game. He is a SJFA capped player from his time at Newtongrange Star.

Playing career[edit]

Coughlin started out his playing career in junior football where he is a SJFA capped player from his time at Newtongrange Star.

He signed for the club Meadowbank Thistle in 1991 where he played until 1993, before moving to Berwick Rangers until injury forced him out of the game. Coughlin was assistant manager to Tom Hendrie at Berwick Rangers, helping the club win promotion in 1994. He left Berwick Rangers in 1996 and joined Alloa Athletic along with Hendrie where they also lead Alloa to promotion in 1998.

Managerial career[edit]

St Mirren[edit]

In 1998 Coughlin joined St Mirren and helped lead them to the championship in 2000. He was appointed St Mirren manager in December 2002, but results faltered and he stood down the following November.

Berwick Rangers[edit]

Coughlin became Berwick Rangers manager in May 2005. He won the Manager of the Month prize for August 2005 and September 2005. Another great run, which set a new club record of eight league wins in a row. The months of December 2006 and January 2007 saw John awarded the Manager of the Month award again, and moved Berwick to the top of the Scottish Third Division. Berwick won the 2006–07 Scottish Third Division championship, their first title since 1979. It was Coughlin's third league title but the first in his own right. However, following a poor start to the 2007–08 season, Coughlin resigned as manager.[2]


In 2007, Coughlin then became manager of Stenhousemuir. He guided the club to promotion into the Second Division via the Second Division play-offs, beating Queen's Park in the 2-legged semi-final and then Cowdenbeath in the 2-legged final in May 2009.[3] Coughlin resigned in December 2010 after a 6–0 defeat against East Fife.[4]

East Stirlingshire[edit]

East Stirlingshire appointed Coughlin as head coach on 30 May 2011.[5] His first two seasons in charge saw the struggling club finish bottom of the Scottish Football League. The team improved during the 2013–14 season, but Coughlin declined the offer of a new contract.[6][7]

Return to Berwick Rangers[edit]

After Colin Cameron was sacked in October 2015,[8][9] Coughlin returned to Berwick Rangers, beginning his second spell in charge of the side in November 2015.[1]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 24 September 2016

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
St Mirren Scotland September 2002 November 2003 53 13 16 24 24.53
Berwick Rangers[a] England July 2005 October 2007 85 50 13 22 58.82
Stenhousemuir Scotland October 2007 December 2010 138 45 39 54 32.61
East Stirlingshire Scotland May 2011 May 2014 122 30 20 72 24.59
Berwick Rangers England November 2015 Present 35 12 8 15 34.29
Total 433 150 96 187 34.64
  1. ^ Berwick Rangers statistics are league only

  • Berwick Rangers are based in England but play in the Scottish Professional Football League.
  • Above note relates to Coughlin's first spell at Berwick Rangers.

Managerial honours[edit]

Berwick Rangers


  1. ^ a b "Coughlin named new Berwick boss". SPFL. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Couglin resigns as Berwick boss". BBC Sport. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "St'muir 0–0 C'denbeath (5–4 pens)". BBC News. 23 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Coughlin resigns at Stenhousemuir". BBC News. 12 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "East Stirlingshire name John Coughlin as new head coach". BBC News. 31 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Shire - Head Coach Vacancy". Scottish Professional Football League. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "East Stirlingshire: Replacement sought for boss John Coughlin". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Berwick Rangers part company with Colin Cameron". 31 October 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Montrose 4–1 Brewick". 31 October 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 

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