Michael Oliver (footballer, born 1957)

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For the English midfielder, see Michael Oliver (footballer, born 1975).
Michael Oliver
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-11-16) 16 November 1957 (age 59)
Place of birth Kirkintilloch, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Campsie Black Watch
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Falkirk 79 (6)
1983–1984 Cowdenbeath 39 (4)
1984–1985 Queen of the South 42 (2)
1985–1986 Stenhousemuir 2 (0)
1986 Albion Rovers 2 (0)
1986 Stranraer 1 (0)
1986–1987 East Stirlingshire 5 (0)
1987–1988 Queen of the South 4 (0)
1988–1990 Albion Rovers 61 (3)
1990–1991 Arbroath 13 (0)
Teams managed
1991–1992 Albion Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Oliver (born 16 November 1957) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager.


Oliver had successful spells at QOS and Albion Rovers, winning the Division 2 championship.[1] After retiring as a player, Oliver was appointed manager of Albion Rovers[1] in 1991. He also worked as assistant manager to Gordon Dalziel at Ayr United, where he was building a growing reputation as a coach and especially in developing young players. Oliver then moved to be general manager at Clydebank.[1]

Since leaving the latter of those positions, Oliver has build up a great reputation in the area of player identification and has worked as a scout for Dundee United, Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City.[1] Oliver was hired by the Scottish Football Association after Craig Levein was appointed as national team manager.[1] Levein explained at the time of Oliver's appointment that he wanted to inform his players about all of their opponents, which necessitated the hiring of a full-time scout.[1]


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