John McVeigh (footballer)

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John McVeigh
Personal information
Full name John McVeigh
Date of birth (1957-01-25) 25 January 1957 (age 61)
Place of birth Coatbridge, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1981 Airdrieonians 87 (13)
1981–1982 Brisbane City
1982–1986 Clyde 135 (6)
1986–1987 Hamilton Academical 20 (0)
1987–1988 Kilmarnock 30 (4)
1988–1989 Falkirk 24 (0)
Total 296 (23)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Partick Thistle
1999 Raith Rovers
2000–2002 Albion Rovers
2002–2004 Stenhousemuir
2009 Lanark United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John McVeigh (born 25 January 1957) is a Scottish former football midfielder and manager.

Playing career[edit]

McVeigh started his career with Airdrieonians in 1975, before moving to Australia to play for Brisbane City. He stayed in Australia for a year, before moving back to Scotland to play for Clyde, where he spent four years, captaining the side on several occasions. He had spells at Hamilton Academical, Kilmarnock and Falkirk, before retiring from the game and becoming a coach at Falkirk.

Managerial career[edit]

McVeigh's first managerial job came with Partick Thistle in 1997, although it ended in relegation to the Scottish Second Division. McVeigh moved to Dunfermline Athletic as assistant manager before becoming manager of Raith Rovers in June 1999, although he was sacked within six months amidst accusations of bullying younger players. Later receiving £5,000 after a court rule in his favour,[1] McVeigh joined Albion Rovers, spending two years at Cliftonhill before joining Stenhousemuir in 2002. Signing a number of players from Albion, McVeigh resigned from Stenhousemuir.

In June 2009, McVeigh returned to management with Junior club Lanark United. Two months later, McVeigh was involved in an incident in which it was alleged that he hit a referee with a notebook, resulting in a four-year ban. McVeigh resigned from his post shortly after the incident.[2]

Personal life[edit]

During his short time at Raith Rovers, McVeigh was one of several footballers to appear in the film A Shot at Glory, featuring Hollywood actors Michael Keaton and Robert Duvall.[3] The film also featured Ally McCoist in a lead role, alongside several members of the Rovers squad.



Raith Rovers
Albion Rovers


  1. ^ "McVeigh proud to be local hero". The Scotsman. 12 March 2001.
  2. ^ "Four-year juniors ban for McVeigh". The Scotsman. 14 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Duvall Opens With A Shot At Glory". Netribution. 9 October 2001.

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