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Gordon Dalziel
Personal information
Full name Gordon Dalziel[1]
Date of birth (1962-03-16) 16 March 1962 (age 60)
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Rangers 34 (9)
1983–1984 Manchester City 5 (0)
1984–1986 Partick Thistle 43 (6)
1986–1987 East Stirlingshire 10 (2)
1987–1995 Raith Rovers 308 (170)
1995–1997 Ayr United 24 (4)
Total 424 (191)
Teams managed
1995–2002 Ayr United
2002–2004 Glenafton Athletic
2004–2006 Raith Rovers
2007–2009 Glenafton Athletic
2017 Airdrieonians (caretaker)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gordon Dalziel (born 16 March 1962)[2] is a Scottish football player and manager. Dalziel spent most of his playing career with Raith Rovers, scoring 170 goals in 308 league appearances, and winning the 1994–95 Scottish League Cup. He also played for Rangers, Manchester City, Partick Thistle, East Stirlingshire and Ayr United. Dalziel has managed Ayr United, Raith Rovers and junior club Glenafton Athletic.


During his playing career he played as a striker for Rangers, Manchester City, Partick Thistle, East Stirlingshire, Raith Rovers and Ayr United.[2] His greatest success was achieved at Raith Rovers as he became the club's record league goalscorer, winning the Scottish League Cup in 1994–95 (scoring in the final) as well as two First Division titles.[3][4] He won the First Division Players' Player award twice at Rovers.[5] Dalziel scored 202 goals in 378 appearances in total for Raith Rovers.[5]

His first managerial job was at Ayr United where he guided them to the 2001–02 League Cup final and the Scottish Cup semi-final in the same year. He was later sacked, however, having failed to get the club to the Scottish Premier League.

He later took over as manager at Junior team Glenafton, who he left to take over at Raith Rovers in 2004, with the club in financial difficulty. In September 2006, he was asked by the Raith Rovers board to take no active part in the running of the team, while they discussed the terms on which he may leave the club.

In May 2007, he returned to junior side Glenafton as manager, taking over from the departing former Partick Thistle boss Gerry Collins and in October 2016 was appointed as an advisor on footballing matters at Scottish League One club Airdrieonians. Dalziel given the role of Director of Football at Airdrieonians on 31 October 2016, following the appointment of Mark Wilson as first team coach.[6][7] Dalziel took charge of the team after Wilson left in June 2017,[8] but the club had to appoint another coach (Willie Aitchison) due to his work for Radio Clyde.[9][10] Dalziel left Airdrie in January 2018, after the club was taken over by new owners.[11]




Raith Rovers



Ayr United

Glenafton Athletic



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  4. ^ "Raith Rovers Honours and Records". Raith Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d "Raith Rovers '94 - Where Are They Now Part 2". Fife Today. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Airdrieonians: Mark Wilson & Gordon Dalziel form new management team". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Club statement". Airdrieonians FC. 31 October 2016. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  8. ^ Lindsay, Clive (5 August 2017). "Scottish League One ins and outs - Summer 2017". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  9. ^ Pirie, Mark (2 August 2017). "Director of football Gordon Dalziel hopes for appointment at Airdrie amid new boss links". Daily Record. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  10. ^ Pirie, Mark (4 August 2017). "Airdrieonians announce Aitchison will assist club in "coaching capacity"". Daily Record. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Airdrieonians: Airdrie Diamonds Limited takes over controlling shareholding". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "DALZIEL, Gordon 1984-86This is a featured page". Partick Thistle History. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  13. ^ "POSTER PRINT OF 754636". SNS Group. Retrieved 18 May 2019.