Allan McGonigal

Allan McGonigal (born 27 March 1964[2]) is a Scottish retired footballer, the former manager of Berwick Rangers and, as of 2019, the director of football at Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical.

Allan McGonigal
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-03-27) 27 March 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
1974–1981 Gairdoch United[1]
1981–1982 ICI Grangemouth[1]
1982–1983 Falkirk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981 Stenhousemuir 1 (0)
1983–1985 Falkirk 25 (3)
1984–1987 East Stirlingshire 100 (14)
1987–1988 Meadowbank Thistle 20 (12)
1988–1989 Cowdenbeath 26 (8)
1989–1990 East Fife 25 (5)
1990–1992 Linlithgow Rose
1992–1997 Camelon
Total 197 (42)
Teams managed
1999–2001 Linlithgow Rose
2006–2007 Sauchie
2007–2008 Camelon
2008 Berwick Rangers
2009–2010 Bo'ness United
2010–2012 Hamilton Academical (youth)
2012–2018 Bo'ness United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

McGonigal was a striker with Stenhousemuir (playing only one game for the club as a 16-year-old),[3][4] Falkirk (where his development was stalled by a badly broken arm),[1] East Stirlingshire, Meadowbank Thistle, Cowdenbeath[1] and East Fife.[3] He was in the Meadowbank side that were runners-up to Hamilton Academical in the First Division in 1987–88, although he scored a hat-trick against the Accies in a 5–1 win earlier in that season.[3][1]

In 1990, he moved down to the Junior level, playing with Linlithgow Rose and Camelon,[1] winning several trophies with the latter including the Scottish Junior Cup in 1995[5] plus a losing appearance in its final the following year.[3][6] He retired from playing altogether aged 32 to concentrate on coaching and other interests.[3]

Managerial careerEdit

As well as starting a business running a chain of Post Offices,[1] McGonigal became assistant manager to George Fairley at Camelon[3] then moved with him to Linlithgow Rose in 1999,[6] becoming manager there himself soon after.[6] Having worked with his brother at Camelon, McGonigal served as Brian Fairley's assistant manager at Senior clubs Stenhousemuir (2000 to 2001),[1] Bo'ness United[5] (2001 to 2003), Dumbarton (2003 to 2004),[7] and Forfar (2004 to 2005)[1] before becoming manager of Sauchie[8] and Camelon in the Juniors,[1] prior to a short unsuccessful period at Berwick Rangers in the 2008–09 Scottish Third Division.[1] He reunited with Brian Fairlie for another spell at Linlithgow Rose (2008 to 2009) and was then persuaded to return to Bo'ness United as manager.[1]

On 24 June 2010, Hamilton Academical announced the appointment of McGonigal as their under-19 team manager.[9][10] He remained in that role for two years, thereafter taking on an administrative role for one year alongside Allan Maitland[11] while maintaining a continued presence at Bo'ness United as a director.[1] He resumed managerial duties at Bo'ness in 2012 until resigning in January 2018 for personal reasons,[12] with successes including the 2013–14 East Superleague and a subsequent run to the Fourth Round in the 2014–15 Scottish Cup.[12]

In December 2018, following the appointment of Allan Maitland as chairman of Hamilton Academical, McGonigal was brought back to the club as director of football;[13] they soon replaced struggling manager Martin Canning with Brian Rice whose remit was to be head coach working alongside McGonigal.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Former Cowdenbeath striker plots downfall of Fife side for second time in a week". Scottish Football League. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Allan McGonigal". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Graham Dunn (20 July 2016). "Allan McGonigal looks back on his playing career..." Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Stenhousemuir [not linked to player page]". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Big game Hunter kills off Bo ness". Falkirk Herald. 24 January 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Punches flew as football fan confronted manager: Accusations of poaching players at junior team's awards night led to fight". The Herald. 7 April 2000. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Son's sights high after sacking". BBC. 26 March 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Irvine shines on debut". Falkirk Herald. 12 January 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  9. ^ Wright, Angus (25 June 2010). "Eddie May to coach Rangers youngsters". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  10. ^ "McGonigal and Chapman in frame for Stenhousemuir". The Scotsman. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ Andy McGilvray (19 April 2012). "Former Hamilton Accies chairman talks about life of football". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Bo'ness United manager Allan McGonigal resigns after almost eight years in charge". Linlithgow Gazette. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Hamilton Academical: Allan Maitland says new boss needs to bring 'flair'". BBC Sport. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  14. ^ "New Hamilton boss Rice excited to become the main man". BT Sport. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Allan McGonigal at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database