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David Hay

David Hay
Personal information
Full name David Hay
Date of birth (1948-01-29) 29 January 1948
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland, UK
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1974 Celtic 130 (6)
1974–1980 Chelsea 120 (3)
National team
1970–1974 Scotland 27 (0)
1970–1973 Scottish League XI 4 (0)
Teams managed
1981–1982 Motherwell
1983–1987 Celtic
1989 Lillestrøm SK
1991–1992 St. Mirren
2003–2004 Livingston
2004–2005 Dunfermline Athletic
2009 Livingston (Interim manager)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

David Hay (born 29 January 1948, Paisley, Scotland) is a Scottish football player and manager.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
    • Motherwell 2.1
    • Celtic 2.2
    • Lillestrom SK 2.3
    • St. Mirren 2.4
    • Livingston 2.5
      • Co-manager 2.5.1
      • Manager (solo) 2.5.2
    • Dunfermline Athletic 2.6
  • After management 3
  • Honours 4
    • Managerial statistics 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career

After completing his secondary education at St Mirin's Academy in Paisley, Hay signed for Celtic in 1966. He became one of the "Quality Street Kids" reserve team which eventually took the places of the ageing Lisbon Lions. He made his league debut on 6 March 1968 against Aberdeen going on to make 230 appearances for Celtic scoring 12 goals, winning 5 League Championships, 3 Scottish Cups and 1 League Cup. After playing for Scotland in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, he was transferred to Chelsea following a dispute with Celtic. In 1979 a serious knee injury forced him to retire from the game as a player. He had also suffered problems with a detached retina and eventually lost full vision in his right eye.[1] He won a total 27 caps for Scotland.

Coaching career


His first venture into football management was when he took over the reins at Motherwell in 1981 following Ally MacLeod. He led Well to the Scottish First Division title and promotion to the Scottish Premier Division. He left at the end of the 1981-82 season.


Hay then succeeded Billy McNeill as Celtic manager in 1983 winning the Scottish Cup in 1985 and the Scottish Premier League in dramatic fashion in 1986. Celtic won their final game 5–0 against St Mirren at Love Street but needed Hearts, who were league leaders and favourites to lift the trophy, to lose to Dundee at Dens Park. Albert Kidd secured the victory for Dundee with two goals and Celtic were crowned surprise champions. Hay made way for Billy McNeill to return to the Celtic managership in 1987.

Lillestrom SK

In 1989, the Scotsman then ventured abroad to Norway and led Lillestrom SK to the Norwegian Premier League championship. He returned to Scotland shortly after this success.

St. Mirren

In 1991, Hay took on Paisley club St. Mirren but left a year later.



Hay then teamed up with Jim Leishman in 2000 to join ambitious club Livingston and led the club to the Scottish First Division at the end of season 2000-01 and the club's first promotion to the Scottish Premier League. Their debut season in 2001-02 saw an impressive season which earned them their first qualification into Europe with a UEFA Cup place. The 2002-03 season wasn't as impressive and they both stepped down from the management position although they both stayed at the club. Brazilian Marcio Maximo Barcellos took over.

Manager (solo)

He then returned to the manager's job shortly into 2003-04 season, this time in full charge taking over from Marcio Maximo Barcellos after just 9 games of the season. Hay then went on to win the Scottish League Cup while the club was in administration, beating heavy favourites Hibernian (who beat Celtic and Rangers on route to the final). Despite this success, the veteran boss was released at the end of the season to be replaced by Allan Preston, one of his first team coaches, by new chairman, Pearse Flynn of the Lionheart Consortium.

Dunfermline Athletic

Hay was then appointed manager of Dunfermline Athletic, succeeding Jimmy Calderwood. He rejoined with Jim Leishman who was the Fife club's Director of Football. Unfortunately he proved one of the least popular managers in the club's history, and was sacked near the end of the season with the club struggling in the Scottish Premier League.

After management

Hay rejoined Livingston on 16 June 2008 in an advisory role. He briefly became interim manager at Livingston in 2009 after Paul Hegarty was suspended by the club.[2]



Celtic (1968–1974)


Motherwell (1981–1982)

Celtic (1983–1987)

Lillestrøm SK (1989)

Livingston (2000–2003 co-manager) (2003–2004)

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Motherwell August 1981 May 1982
Celtic August 1983 May 1987 56 29 14 13 51.79
Lillestrøm 1989 1989 38 23 8 7 60.53
St. Mirren 1991 1992
Livingston March 2000 July 2003 147 67 32 48 45.58
Livingston October 2003 July 2004 39 15 11 13 38.46
Dunfermline Athletic June 2004 May 2005 42 8 12 22 19.05
  • First spell at Livingston was a co-manager role with Jim Leishman.
  • No statistics available for Motherwell and St. Mirren.


  1. ^ "The Scotsman". 26 November 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "David Hay Interim". Livingston FC. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 

External links

  • David Hay management career statistics at Soccerbase
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