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Bobby Williamson
Personal information
Full name Robert Williamson
Date of birth 13 August 1961 (1961-08-13) (age 48)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Uganda (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
West Bromwich Albion
Rotherham United
070 (28)
041 (12)
053 (11)
093 (49)
145 (38)[1]   
Teams managed
Plymouth Argyle
Chester City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Robert "Bobby" Williamson (born 13 August 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a former association footballer who is currently manager of the Uganda national football team. He previously managed Kilmarnock and Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League and Plymouth Argyle in the Football League Championship.


Football career


Playing career

As a player, Williamson was a striker. He began his career at Clydebank and his 35 goals in 85 matches earned him a move to Rangers. However, after an injury-hit spell with the Glasgow club he moved to England, where he had spells with West Bromwich Albion and Rotherham United. He returned to Scotland in 1990 to join Kilmarnock Football Club, which proved to be his last club as a player.

Managerial career

Williamson became the manager of Kilmarnock following the departure of Alex Totten. In his first season as manager, the club won the 1997 Scottish Cup by beating Falkirk 1–0 at Ibrox. Kilmarnock finished highly in the Scottish Premier League and he guided them into Europe, playing sixteen ties. He also attracted high profile players including former Scotland internationals Ally McCoist and Ian Durrant, and the former French international Christophe Cocard.

Williamson took up a new challenge at Hibernian in February 2002, where he inherited a team that had gone 18 league games without a win.[2] A win against St. Johnstone in Williamson's first match in charge effectively removed the danger of relegation.[2] Due to financial problems at the club, Williamson had to move on several senior players,[3] but he did not endear himself to the Hibs fans.[4][5] He lightheartedly joked about this relationship by referring to himself as a "weegie hun". [6] Nonetheless Hibs produced several excellent young players, including Scott Brown, Derek Riordan, Garry O'Connor, Kevin Thomson and Steven Whittaker. Williamson guided his young team to the 2004 Scottish League Cup final, but they were beaten 2–0 by Livingston.

Williamson moved to Plymouth Argyle on 20 April 2004, and by winning his first match in charge the club won promotion to the Football League Championship. A poor run of results at the start of the 2005–06 season led to his dismissal on 6 September 2005. Financial constraints at Plymouth Argyle resulted in a number of signings which contributed to his demise, most notably Taribo West. He was replaced by Tony Pulis, who had recently been sacked by fellow Championship side Stoke City.

He appeared as a pundit on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound before he was appointed as Chester City manager on 11 May 2007.[7 ] Williamson's first Football League match in charge of Chester ended in a 0-0 draw with Chesterfield on 11 August 2007 and has established them as a promotion contender in the opening months of the season. After mid-season, Chester's form began to drop rapidly, winning only 1 out of 14 games since Boxing Day. Williamson was sacked on 2 March 2008.[8]

On 19 August 2008 he was appointed by FUFA to be the coach of the Uganda national football team.[9] Williamson replaced Csaba László, who resigned in July 2008 to join Scottish Premier League side Hearts.[9] Within days of being appointed, Williamson was given the ultimatum of winning his first two games against Niger and Benin to earn a longer contract.[10]

Managerial honours




Manager awards

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kilmarnock Scotland 7 December 1996 25 February 2002 242 89 67 86 36.77
Hibernian Scotland 25 February 2002 20 April 2004 93 34 21 38 36.55
Plymouth Argyle England 20 April 2004 6 September 2005 58 19 12 27 32.75
Chester City England 11 May 2007 2 March 2008 39 11 10 18 28.20
Uganda Uganda 19 August 2008 2 1 0 1 50.00


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