Scott Paterson

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Scott Paterson
Personal information
Full name Scott Thomas Paterson[1]
Date of birth (1972-05-13) 13 May 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Partick Thistle
(Assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Cove Rangers
1992–1994 Liverpool 0 (0)
1994–1998 Bristol City 53 (1)
1997 Cardiff City (loan) 5 (0)
1998–1999 Carlisle United 19 (1)
1999–2000 Cambridge United 6 (0)
2000 Plymouth Argyle 5 (0)
2000 Peterhead 10 (1)
2000–2001 Ross County 0 (0)
2001 Greenock Morton 8 (0)
2001–2003 Partick Thistle 68 (2)
2003–2005 Dundee United 3 (0)
2005 Partick Thistle (loan) 1 (0)
2005–2006 St Johnstone 4 (0)
2006 Gretna 4 (0)
2006–2008 Cove Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Scott Thomas Paterson (born 13 May 1972) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a defender for a number of British clubs. He is assistant manager at Partick Thistle.


A product of the Scottish Highland Football League, Paterson began his professional career with his local Senior Club, Cove Rangers F.C. of the Scottish Highland Football League before winning a £15,000 move to Graeme Souness's Liverpool in March 1992. After two full seasons at Anfield but no first team appearances, Paterson spent four years with Bristol City, where he was loaned to Cardiff City in 1997. He then embarked on a series of moves around Britain which saw him spend no more than a season at any one club, and which included a short stint (between Carlisle United and Plymouth Argyle) back in the Highland Football League with Huntly FC, where his older brother was centre half at the time. He also had a spell at Cambridge United during this period.

In the summer of 2000 he made the move to professional Scottish football when he signed for Third Division side Peterhead. At Peterhead he scored once in the league against East Fife.[2] However it wasn't long before he moved up to the First Division where he initially joined Ross County, but didn't make any appearances, and then Morton in March 2001. He was unable to prevent Morton's relegation to the Second Division.[3] However he remained in the First Division when he signed for newly promoted side Partick Thistle. Paterson helped Thistle get a second successive promotion in 2002 and would therefore play in the Scottish Premier League. Paterson managed 68 league games for Partick Thistle. He scored two goals during his time at the club; both of which came during their run in the 2001–02 Scottish Cup. Thistle drew Inverness in the quarter final and Paterson scored in the original tie as it ended in a draw,[4] before scoring the winner in the replay.[5] However Thistle were defeated in the semi final by Rangers.[6] His performances at Thistle won a move to Dundee United. Although his length of time at Tannadice was similar, Paterson was injured in his second match for the club against Celtic[7] and spent almost his entire time injured, appearing briefly in the final match of the 2003–04 season also against Celtic.[8] Further short spells in Scotland followed, including a brief loan spell back at Partick Thistle, before Paterson returned to his first, and home town club, Cove Rangers F. C. who play just outside the City of Aberdeen, and back in the Highland Football League at the start of 2006–07. Paterson went on to be a youth coach at Aberdeen before linking up with former Dundee United colleague Gary Bollan at Livingston in September 2009.[9] On 30 January 2013 he was appointed interim assistant manager, alongside Alan Archibald, at Partick Thistle.[10]


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  1. ^ "Scott Paterson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Scottish League Division Three Results". 13 August 2000. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Football's ups and downs". BBC. 28 May 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Honours even at Firhill". BBC. 22 February 2002. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Partick win battle of the Thistles". BBC. 5 March 2002. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rangers dash Thistle's dream". BBC. 24 March 2002. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Five-star Celtic thrash United". BBC. 16 August 2003. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Celtic 2-1 Dundee Utd". BBC. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Paterson becomes Livi assistant". BBC Sport. 2009-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Change in management". Partick Thistle. 2013-01-30. 

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