Tony Gallagher (footballer)

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Tony Gallagher
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Gallagher
Date of birth (1963-03-16) 16 March 1963 (age 57)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
Celtic Boys Club
Senior career*
East Kilbride Thistle
1982–1988 Albion Rovers 133 (16)
1988–1997 Stranraer 209 (17)
Baillieston Juniors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Gallagher (born 16 March 1963) is a Scottish former footballer who played for Albion Rovers and Stranraer.


Playing career

Early career

Born in Bellshill, Gallagher grew up in East Kilbride and was a boyhood Celtic supporter. He played for Celtic Boys Club, [1] becoming captain at under-13 level.[ citation needed ] He was the first captain to win the Scottish Cup at the under-13 level.[ citation needed ] He was injured at Celtic, and decided to move on, playing for junior team East Kilbride Thistle, winning the Scottish Junior Cup in May 1983 when they beat Bo'ness United at Ibrox Stadium. [1]


Gallagher played with Stranraer for 10 years, [1] during which time he captained the team and helped them win the Scottish Second Division title (1994) [1] and the Scottish Challenge Cup in 1996. [1] He was awarded a testimonial match against Rangers [1] at Stair Park on 20 July 1997.


After dropping back into playing in Junior football, Gallagher went on to have spells coaching at Cumnock, Baillieston and Auchinleck Talbot. He then joined East Kilbride YM in 2002. [1] Gallagher spent over eight years there before becoming assistant manager at East Kilbride Thistle, the club he had played for in the 1980s, in 2010. [1] Gallagher resigned in June 2012, along with manager Jimmy Kerr, after the club were relegated from the Junior Super League first division. [2]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Thomson, Paul (22 December 2010). "Jags assistant itching to get down to business". Daily Record. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  2. "East Kilbride Thistle managers resign after relegation". STV News. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2015.