Russell Coughlin

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Russell Coughlin
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-02-15)15 February 1960
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Date of death 3 August 2016(2016-08-03) (aged 56)
Place of death Carlisle, Cumbria, UK
Playing position Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Manchester City 0 (0)
1978–1980 Blackburn Rovers 24 (0)
1980–1984 Carlisle United 130 (13)
1984–1987 Plymouth Argyle 131 (18)
1987–1990 Blackpool 101 (8)
1990 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 5 (0)
1990–1993 Swansea City 101 (2)
1993–1995 Exeter City 68 (0)
1995–1996 Torquay United 25 (0)
1996–1997 Dorchester Town
Total 585 (41)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Russell Coughlin (15 February 1960 – 3 August 2016) was a Welsh professional footballer. He played as a midfielder.[1]

Coughlin began his professional career with Manchester City in 1977, but after failing to break into the first team at Maine Road, he joined Blackburn Rovers the following year. At Ewood Park, he made 24 league appearances in two years.

In 1980, Coughlin moved north to join Carlisle United. He went on to make 130 league appearances for the Cumbrians, scoring thirteen goals.

Four years later, in 1984, Coughlin moved to England's south coast to sign for Plymouth Argyle. There, he broke the 130-league-game mark again, scoring eighteen goals in the process.

In 1987, he returned to the north-west to join Sam Ellis's Blackpool. He made his debut for the Seasiders on 12 December, in a 1–1 draw at Chesterfield in the league. He scored his first goal for the club three games later, in another 1–1 draw, this time at Notts County. He went on to make 24 appearances and score two goals in total during the 1987–88 league campaign.

The following season, 1988–89, Coughlin spent the majority of his games as strike partner to new signing Andy Garner. In 42 league appearances, he scored five goals, three of which were from the penalty spot. He also scored in Blackpool's League Cup campaign, in a 2–0 second round, first leg victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Bloomfield Road on 27 September 1988.

In 1989–90, under new manager Jimmy Mullen, Coughlin returned to his favoured midfield role. He made 34 league appearances and scored one goal as Blackpool finished second-bottom and were relegated to Division Four. Coughlin left the seaside early the following season after a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town.

Coughlin joined his hometown club, Swansea City, for the 1990–91 season, and went on to make 101 league appearances for the Welshmen, before leaving for Exeter City in 1993, in part-exchange for John Hodge.

After a two-year spell with Exeter, Coughlin brought his career to a close with Torquay United in 1996. He made almost 600 appearances and scored 41 goals in his 19-year Football League career.

In August 2016, Coughlin died at Cumberland Infirmary after suffering a medical event while behind the wheel of his car and being involved in a crash in Carlisle.[2] A wreath was laid for him at Bloomfield Road before the opening 2016–17 Football League Two fixture between Blackpool and Exeter City, both of whom he had played for in his career.


  1. ^ "TORQUAY UNITED: Ex-player Russell Coughlin dies aged 56". 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Seasider Coughlin dies after crash". The Gazette. 4 August 2016. 

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