Ted McMinn

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Ted McMinn
Personal information
Full name Kevin Clifton McMinn
Date of birth (1962-09-28) 28 September 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth Castle Douglas, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Glenafton Athletic
1982–1984 Queen of the South 68 (5)
1984–1987 Rangers 63 (4)
1987–1988 Sevilla 22 (0)
1988–1993 Derby County 123 (9)
1993–1994 Birmingham City 22 (0)
1994–1996 Burnley 46 (3)
1997 ECU Joondalup
1997–1998 Slough Town 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kevin Clifton "Ted" McMinn (born 28 September 1962) is a Scottish former association footballer who played as a winger. His nickname is The Tin Man.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Castle Douglas and raised in nearby Dumfries,[1] McMinn was alleged by The Scotsman to be called 'Teddy' at school because he ran as if he had a teddy bear tucked under his arm.[2] In his autobiography McMinn stated it was because as a toddler he and his teddy bear were inseparable.[1]

McMinn started his playing career at Scottish junior side Glenafton Athletic in 1981.[1] McMinn joined Glenafton from Dumfries High School FPs along with team mate Stewart Cochrane.

Queen of the South[edit]

McMinn returned to south-west Scotland joining Dumfries club Queen of the South in 1982. At Queens he became a team mate of Cochrane's for the third time. The transfer fee was, "£325 so that Glenafton could buy a new carpet for their club house and 1,000 Queens lottery tickets." When McMinn debuted in 1982–83 it was for a Queens team who had just been relegated after one season in the middle of Scottish football's three divisions – a season where Willie Harkness and his fellow directors had decided to run the club without a manager and select the team themselves. McMinn's debut was in the 1–1 draw versus Meadowbank Thistle on 6 November. McMinn remained with Queens until October 1984.[1][3]

McMinn returned to Palmerston Park under the new regime of Norman Blount to play for a Queen of the South select on 23 April 1995. The opposition in the 2–2 draw was Rangers in a game to mark Queens' 75th anniversary and the opening of the new stand. Other guests for Queens included Andy Thomson, Davie Irons and Rowan Alexander.[1]

When later interviewed for the club, Jimmy Robertson, Alan Davidson and George Cloy were among those McMinn named as the best players he played beside at Palmerston.


Glasgow side Rangers, managed by Jock Wallace, signed him for £100,000. His style of wing play quickly made McMinn a fans favourite at Ibrox as per previous Rangers wingers such as Davie Wilson, Willie Henderson, Willie Johnston and Davie Cooper. McMinn was also noted for his performances against Rangers' rivals Celtic, playing in a number of Old Firm matches including the 1987 League Cup final win.[1]

McMinn's debut came as a substitute on Saturday, 13 October 1984 in a 2–0 win at St Mirren.[4] In McMinn's full Rangers debut against Dumbarton at Boghead he scored direct from a corner kick.

Former team mate Derek Ferguson recalled, "I'll never forget playing with Ted in a reserve game at Ibrox. He was running down the wing full speed and crossed the ball into the box. He just kept running so he had to jump over a wall into the Copland Road stand, carried on up the stairs then disappeared down the other side."[citation needed]

Graeme Souness succeeded Jock Wallace as Rangers manager in April 1986. Souness went on to remark, "How can I tell Ted McMinn what to do when he doesn't know what he's going to do?" Rangers were Scottish Champions in 1986–87 for the first time in nine seasons.[1] Under Souness McMinn had not played enough league games to qualify for a medal.

McMinn was involved in an incident outside an East Kilbride nightclub in the early hours of 5 December 1986. McMinn believes the incident led to his own removal from the club by his manager Graeme Souness.[5] McMinn later said of his time at Rangers, "Davie Cooper was my hero and we got on well." He added, "I wasn't getting on with Souness. I was stepping out of line too often.'[1][2]


McMinn joined Spanish club Sevilla on 1 August 1987, again signed by Jock Wallace. A Spanish journalist observed, "With his inelegant Tin Man running style, erratic crossing and unquenchable zest for lager, he was the soul of football.[1][6]

He broke his leg three weeks after signing but he recovered to play 22 league games. The departure from the club of Wallace unsettled McMinn. Despite public protests at his impending departure McMinn decided to return to the UK.[1]

Derby County[edit]

McMinn emulated fellow ex Queen of the South player Hughie Gallacher by joining Derby County. This was on 5 February 1988 for £300,000 where he also became a fans favourite. He arrived at the Baseball Ground in Derby's first season back in the First Division after a seven-year exile.[1][4]

Arthur Cox landed the flying winger and was rewarded with a series of outstanding performances from the Scotsman. McMinn's Derby debut came in a 2–1 defeat at Portsmouth the day after he signed. The home debut came in a 2–1 defeat by Manchester United in which he scored the best goal of his career. Along with Peter Shilton, Mark Wright and Dean Saunders the club finished fifth in 1989.[7] With English clubs banned from Europe at the time McMinn missed out on a UEFA Cup place.[1][8]

In November 1989 – with McMinn on the verge of a call-up to the national side ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup – he was struck by a serious knee injury in an away game against Tottenham Hotspur. McMinn was out for 14 months.[1]

A lack of further investment from chairman Robert Maxwell led to a decline shortly after. The Rams were relegated at the end of the 1990–91 season (with McMinn making his return to the side in the January), just after Maxwell sold the club to new owner Lionel Pickering.[1]

McMinn was back to his best form in 1991/92 when he was named as the club's player of the year, having helped them to the playoff semi finals. They were knocked out by eventual winners Blackburn Rovers .[1]

He remained with the Rams for a further season, 1992–93, playing 19 league games and scoring twice as the Rams finished eighth – a major disappointment for a side who began the season as promotion favourites. He left on 28 July 1993 in a £115,000 move to Birmingham City.[1]

In November 2004 Igor Stimac was voted Derby County's all-time cult hero by BBC's Football Focus viewers. Stimac won with 59% of the vote, ahead of Ted McMinn who came second with 30%.[9]

Birmingham City[edit]

Ted McMinn had one season with Birmingham City signing on 28 July 1993.[1]


He joined Burnley on 5 April 1994 for two years. Burnley were on a push for promotion that saw them achieve a play off place. McMinn played in the play off final 2–1 victory at Wembley against Stockport County before a crowd of 44,806.[1][10]

Despite only two seasons at Turf Moor McMinn came third in the BBC Football Focus Burnley cult heroes poll behind Jimmy McIlroy and Leighton James.

Later playing career[edit]

Ted McMinn ended his playing career with Australian club ECU Joondalup and then Slough Town.[1] At Sough Town during the 96/97 season, although slowing down, he played a holding role, often restarting attacks which had broken down. He was revered by the die hards who would sing his nickname Tin Man, to the tune of Stingray. Being a humourist, Ted would have appreciated this. When questioned whether McMinn was a "micky taker," team mate Mark Fiore replied sardonically "yes." At the end of the season he retired due to arthritis of the knee.

Coaching career[edit]

As assistant to Mark Wright McMinn had a spell coaching at Southport.[1]

Wright left to manage his former club Oxford United in June 2001. McMinn went with him. Oxford had just been relegated to the fourth tier of English Football. After an unremarkable start to the season Wright parted with the club in December amid allegations of racial abuse against a match official. Again McMinn followed Wright out the door.

McMinn appeared again on 17 January 2002[11] when Wright soon took over at Conference strugglers Chester City. The club avoided relegation as the pair set about turning the club's fortunes around. McMinn then parted company with both Wright and Chester when he departed in July 2002.[1][12]

Life after football[edit]

In 2004 McMinn became the match summariser for BBC Radio Derby,[1] working alongside Ross Fletcher.[13] In his three years with the station he attended all Derby County's matches.

McMinn contracted a mystery infection that led to most of his right foot being amputated. McMinn then opted to have more of his leg removed in a bid to gain more mobility and independence with a prosthetic limb.[14] As a tribute to McMinn, on 1 May 2006, former players of both Derby County and Rangers contested a match at Derby County's Pride Park Stadium in which a record 33,475 spectators attended – around 10,000 of them being Rangers fans.[15] McMinn said to the Scottish press that he had also received well wishes from Queen of the South fans.[2] Terry Butcher recalled after the benefit game, "Nigel Spackman said to the physio (at the match) he had a tight calf, Ted said 'So have I' and lifted his trouser leg up and there is just the metal stump there. It does make you think. You never know what can happen to you."[1]

To coincide with the benefit game McMinn embarked on a 300-mile sponsored bike ride from Glasgow to Derby to help raise money for the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary's limbs unit.[1][16]

He left Radio Derby after only the first game of the 2007–08 season, saying he felt "let down" and undervalued by the station following contract negotiations.[17] It was announced in the Derby Evening Telegraph on 13 February 2007 that McMinn has started up a courier and taxi business. The "Wisden Cricketer" magazine reports that in 2011 McMinn is now employed as full-time kit-man by Derbys CCC. His Linked In account states he left that role in 2013.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Ted McMinn profile on "Queens legends" on the official Queen of the South FC website
  2. ^ a b c Sutherland, Gary (25 September 2005). "A Tin Man made of steel – Scotsman.com News". Edinburgh: News.scotsman.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  3. ^ "The Queens" by Iain McCartney on Creedon Publications, 2004
  4. ^ a b "Ted McMinn - Rangers FC - Football-Heroes.net". Sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  5. ^ Tin Man admits Souness was right to show him the door at Ibrox The Scotsman, 24 October 2008
  6. ^ "Biography". Ted-mcminn.co.uk. 13 March 2006. Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  7. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Derby County FC". Rte.ie. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Derby County F.C.: Information from". Answers.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Football Focus | Derby's cult heroes". BBC News. 16 November 2004. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  10. ^ "The Longside Reference – 1993–1994". Thelongside.info. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT | CHESTER | Wright appoints assistant". BBC News. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  12. ^ "Sport – Chester City – Assistant manager heads out of Deva Stadium". Liverpool Echo.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  13. ^ McMinn to summarise for BBC Radio Derby This is Derbyshire
  14. ^ "Derby – Sport – Ted faces second op". BBC. 13 September 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  15. ^ "Mcminn for a Treat". The Sunday Mail. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  16. ^ "Ted McMinn with Robin Hutchison – The Tin Man". Black and White Publishing. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  17. ^ McMinn leaves Radio Derby[permanent dead link] This is Derbyshire

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