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Phil McGuire (footballer)

Phil McGuire (footballer)

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Phil McGuire
Personal information
Full name Philip McGuire[1]
Date of birth (1980-03-04) 4 March 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Carnoustie Panmure (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2005 Aberdeen 215 (19)
2005–2006 Doncaster Rovers 29 (2)
2006–2008 Dunfermline Athletic 48 (2)
2007–2009Inverness CT 51 (1)
2009 Formartine United 13 (0)
2010 Arbroath 18 (0)
2011–2012 Lochee United 35 (8)
2012–2013 Montrose 8 (0)
2013 Jeanfield Swifts 12 (3)
2013–2015 St Andrews United 35 (5)
National team
2000–2002 Scotland U21 4 (0)
2002–2005 Scotland B 2 (0)
Teams managed
2014–2015 St Andrews United
2017–2018 Brechin Victoria
2018– Carnoustie Panmure
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Philip McGuire (born 4 March 1980) is a former Scottish professional footballer. He is currently the manager of Carnoustie Panmure in the SJFA East Superleague.



McGuire, a central Defender/Midfielder, started his career with Aberdeen where he made over 200 appearances, scoring 15 goals. He joined Aberdeen in 1996 and came through the ranks into the first team. McGuire was part of the 2000 Scottish Cup Final and 2000 Scottish League Cup Final teams, both of which Aberdeen lost. The 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 he was voted into the SPL Team of the Year In 2002 there was major speculation that McGuire was leaving Aberdeen to join Celtic, but after discussions the deal broke down. McGuire then signed a three-year deal in October 2002 to remain at Aberdeen.[2] During his Aberdeen spell, McGuire was capped at under-21 and B level. He was selected for Scotland squads by Berti Vogts,[3] but did not play in a full international.

Doncaster Rovers

He joined Doncaster Rovers in July 2005 on a free transfer.[4] McGuire played 18 games for the English League One club. He was injured in a match with Nottingham Forest in which he missed four months of the season. He managed to come back early and captained the reserves to the League and Cup double on his comeback trail.

Return to Scotland

McGuire returned to Scotland in July 2006, signing a two-year deal with Dunfermline Athletic, who paid a six figure fee to take him back. McGuire helped Dunfermline reach the 2007 Scottish Cup Final which they lost to Celtic. Dunfermline were relegated from the SPL that season. On 31 August 2007, he signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle on loan and became one of the first players to move back up the divisions on a loan agreement until 13 January.[5] After the loan spell expired, McGuire signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Inverness after Caley Thistle and the Pars agreed a fee.[6]

McGuire was a regular at Inverness and finished the 2007-08 season in a respected position. In October 2008, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle going well in the League campaign, McGuire suffered an ankle injury which ruled him out for nine weeks. McGuire returned early to help Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who at this stage had slipped down to bottom of the table. Within weeks, Inverness parted company with manager Craig Brewster. Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas took over the mantle at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. McGuire found his first team games rare and he decided at the end of that season to leave the club, which had been relegated to the First Division, despite having a year remaining on his contract.

McGuire turned down several clubs in Britain as he was looking to move abroad and explore different options with coaching and options outside football. He almost joined the New York Red Bulls in the MLS as a coach but decided it was the wrong time. On Friday, 25 September 2009 he signed for Formartine United on a one-year deal to help raise the profile of the new club and raise the awareness of the Highland League. McGuire teamed up with the Scottish Sun to write a weekly diary about his time with the club and created media interest in the small football club. McGuire left Formartine United at the end of January 2010. He finished off the season with Arbroath. McGuire headed to Cyprus with AEK Larnaca and was offered a two-year deal, but after a short period of time returned to the UK due to financial problems with the club.[7]

In 2011, McGuire signed for Lochee United. The following season, McGuire then signed for Montrose for the 2012-13 season.

In August 2013, McGuire signed for Jeanfield Swifts in the East Region Premier League as a Player/Assistant Manager. In October 2013, McGuire transferred to St Andrews United in the East Region Super League as a Player/Coach. In June 2014 McGuire was named manager of St Andrews United. He was sacked from this position on 5 December 2015.

McGuire took up the managerial position at Brechin Victoria in June 2017,[8] before joining Carnoustie Panmure in September 2018.[9]


  1. ^ "Phil McGuire". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ "McGuire signs new deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 October 2002. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Fringe fix for Scots". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 April 2002. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "McGuire set for Doncaster switch". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 July 2005. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Transfer Window". Caleythistleonline. 31 August 2007.
  6. ^ "Caley seal McGuire capture". Sky Sports. 17 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Player availability - Phil McGuire". SPFL. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Former Dons defender appointed new Brechin Vics boss". The Courier & Advertiser. PressReader.com. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  9. ^ Wilson, Fraser (29 September 2018). "Phil McGuire on turning down senior offers as he takes over at Carnoustie". Daily Record. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

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