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Craig Brewster
Personal information
Full name Craig James Brewster
Date of birth 13 December 1966 (1966-12-13) (age 43)
Place of birth    Dundee, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Ross County
Youth career
Dundee United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1985–1991
1991–1993
1993–1996
1996–2001
2001–2002
2002–2005
2005–2006
2006
2007
2007
2009–
Forfar Athletic
Raith Rovers
Dundee United
Ionikos FC
Hibernian
Dunfermline
Inverness CT
Dundee United
Aberdeen
Inverness CT
Ross County
191 (37)
086 (34)
090 (40)
144 (45)
025 0(3)
077 (20)
031 (10)
004 0(0)
015 0(3)
002 0(1)
010 0(3)   
Teams managed
2004–2006
2006
2007–2009
Inverness CT
Dundee United
Inverness CT

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

Craig James Brewster (born 13 December 1966) is a Scottish association football manager and player, who plays for and coaches Ross County. He made his name in a long and successful career playing as a striker for numerous clubs in Scotland, particularly Forfar Athletic, Raith Rovers, Dundee United and Dunfermline. He also had a successful spell with Ionikos in Greece.

Brewster started his managerial career with Inverness CT in the Scottish Premier League, before a short unsuccessful spell as manager of Dundee United forced a resumption of his playing career in 2007 with Aberdeen. He was reappointed manager of Inverness CT for a second time in August 2007, but Brewster was sacked by Inverness in January 2009.

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Playing career

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Early career

Brewster was born in Stobswell, Dundee and grew up a Dundee United supporter. He signed for the club as a schoolboy, but was not offered professional terms by then manager Jim McLean. Unable to find a senior club, Brewster dropped into junior football with Dundee Stobswell for a while, before signing for Forfar Athletic in 1985. At this time, his regular playing position was in midfield. His form at Forfar prompted the attention of Raith Rovers, who signed him in 1991. At this time he converted to striker, and formed a prolific partnership with Gordon Dalziel that helped Raith to the First Division title in 1993.

Dundee United

In 1993, Brewster returned to Dundee United, signing for the Tannadice club for a fee of £250,000. After a slow start in which he struggled to adapt to Premier Division football, Brewster's first season at Tannadice culminated in his greatest moment as a player, scoring the winner for United in the 1994 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers. However, the club was relegated a year later. Brewster helped them towards promotion back to the top flight in 1995–96, scoring four goals in one match against Dumbarton, but when his contract expired at the end of the season he decided to further his career elsewhere. With the Bosman ruling having just come into force, Brewster was entitled to move abroad on a free transfer, and he decided to take advantage of an offer from Greek club Ionikos FC.

Greece, Hibs and Dunfermline

While other Scottish players who moved to Europe at this time mainly returned home soon afterwards, Brewster remained at Ionikos FC for five seasons. His time in Greece included another national cup final appearance, but Ionikos FC lost the 2000 Greek Cup to AEK Athens. In July 2001, Brewster went on trial at Hibernian,[1] securing a return to Scotland in time for the 2001-02 season.[2] In his first season back in Scotland, Brewster formed a productive partnership with a young Garry O'Connor but due to budget cuts by Hibs, Brewster joined Dunfermline Athletic in 2002.[3] He enjoyed some of the most consistent form of his career playing alongside Stevie Crawford, who had a been a youngster at Raith during Brewster's time there. Despite some clamour from fans and the media for Brewster to be called up to the Scotland squad, this never materialised.

Playing and managing

After spells as player-manager at Inverness and Dundee United, Brewster joined Aberdeen in December 2006, signing a contract until the end of the 2006–07 season.[4] He linked up again with Jimmy Calderwood, who had been his manager at Dunfermline. Brewster made his debut for Aberdeen as a substitute in a goalless draw with Hibernian on 2 January 2007,[5] and he scored his first goal for Aberdeen with a header in a Scottish Cup tie against the same opponents eight days later.[6] Brewster then suffered a dislocated shoulder in a draw against Inverness.[7] Doubts were cast over his playing future, but Brewster returned in early March and he signed a six-month extension to his Aberdeen contract in May 2007.[8]

His contract with Aberdeen was cut short, however, when he returned to management with Inverness in August 2007.[9 ] He only played in two league games for Inverness in his second spell with that club, scoring the winning goal in a SPL match against Hearts.[10] After being sacked as Inverness manager in early 2009, Brewster signed a contract with local rivals Ross County until the end of the 2008–09 season.[11]

Management

Inverness CT (first spell)

In November 2004, Brewster accepted the job of player–manager with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[12] He helped to establish the club in the Scottish Premier League after John Robertson had left to take the position at Hearts, albeit with a squad mainly put together by his predecessors Steve Paterson and Robertson.

Dundee United

The promise Brewster showed at Inverness led to speculation of a return to Dundee United in a managerial capacity. This came to pass in January 2006, when he was appointed to the player–manager position back at his hometown club. Brewster's return to United yielded little success, however, as despite going unbeaten in his first three games, the remainder of the 2005–06 season brought just one win against Livingston.

Brewster had to wait four league games into the 2006–07 season for his second league win, and oversaw only two league wins in his nine months at Tannadice. On 29 October 2006, after a 5–1 defeat to Falkirk, Brewster and assistant Malky Thomson left by "mutual agreement".[13] After leaving Dundee United he was linked with several managerial vacancies, including those at former clubs Dunfermline, Raith and Ionikos,[14] but he returned to playing with Aberdeen instead.[4]

Inverness CT (second spell)

Brewster returned to management with Inverness in August 2007, after previous manager Charlie Christie had resigned.[9 ] Inheriting a team that was bottom of the league with no points, the team went on a good run of form culminating in December 2007 with a remarkable 3–2 win over Celtic, despite having been 0–2 down and having a player sent off. Pressure began to mount on Brewster in early 2008 when the team went on a run of seven consecutive defeats, amidst rumours of disharmony among the playing squad. Brewster stuck to a tough but unpopular stance regarding player discipline and contracts. Results eventually improved with the team finishing 9th in the league. This improvement was not maintained during the 2008–09 season, however. Brewster was sacked on 19 January 2009 following a run of seven SPL defeats in a row that left the team bottom of the league.[15]

Managerial record

Team Pld W D L
Inverness CT 50 17 18 15
Dundee Utd 28 3 11 16
Inverness CT 64 22 7 35

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
1985-86 Forfar Athletic Scottish Second Division 191 37 N/A N/A - N/A
1986-87
1987-88
1988-89
1999-90
1990-91
1991-92 Raith Rovers Scottish First Division 86 34 N/A N/A - N/A
1992-93
1993-94 Dundee United Scottish Premier Division 33 16 7 4 - - 40 20
1994-95 27 7 3 1 3 0 2 0 35 8
1995-96 Scottish First Division 32 17 2 1 - - 34 18
Greece League Greek Football Cup Greek League Cup Europe Total
1996-97 Ionikos Alpha Ethniki 29 6 N/A N/A - N/A
1997-98 31 14 N/A N/A - N/A
1998-99 28 8 N/A N/A - N/A
1999-00 31 8 N/A N/A 2 1 N/A
2000-01 25 9 N/A N/A - N/A
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Hibernian Scottish Premier League 25 3 - 1 2 2 0 28 5
2002-03 Dunfermline Athletic 37 12 6 2 2 0 - 45 14
2003-04 26 5 5 4 2 1 - 25 0
2004-05 14 3 - 2 0 1 1 17 4
Inverness CT 13 4 2 1 - - 15 5
2005-06 18 6 - - - 18 6
Dundee United 1 0 - - - 1 0
2006-07 3 0 - 1 0 - 4 0
Aberdeen 12 0 1 1 - - 13 1
2007-08 3 3 - - - 3 3
Inverness CT 2 0 - 1 1 - 3 1
2008-09 Ross County Scottish First Division 9 3 - - - 9 3

References

  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2.  

Notes

  1. ^ "Hibs secure Marseille win". BBC Sport. 2001-07-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/1439778.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  2. ^ "Caig and Craig join Hibs". BBC Sport. 2001-07-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/1460863.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  3. ^ "Stillie joins Dunfermline". BBC Sport. 2002-05-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/2002408.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  4. ^ a b "Brewster happy with Aberdeen deal". BBC Sport website. 20 December 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6180967.stm.  
  5. ^ Hibernian 0–0 Aberdeen, BBC Sport, 2 January 2007.
  6. ^ Moffat, Colin. Aberdeen 2–2 Hibernian, BBC Sport, 10 January 2007.
  7. ^ Brewster injury shocker for Dons, BBC Sport, 13 January 2007.
  8. ^ Brewster booster for Aberdeen, Eurosport, 17 May 2007.
  9. ^ a b Grahame, Ewing. Craig Brewster returns to Inverness, Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2007.
  10. ^ Inverness Caledonian Thistle beats Hearts 2–1, Toronto Star, 22 September 2007.
  11. ^ Ross County sign Brewster at 42, BBC Sport, 5 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Brewster named Inverness boss". BBC Sport. 2004-11-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/i/inverness_ct/4042515.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  13. ^ "Levein poised as Brewster leaves". BBC Sport website. 29 October 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/dundee_utd/6096438.stm.  
  14. ^ Brewster turns down job in Greece, BBC Sport, 5 November 2006.
  15. ^ Inverness sack manager Craig Brewster, Daily Record, 19 January 2009.

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Craig Brewster
Personal information
Full name Craig James Brewster
Date of birth December 13, 1966 (1966-12-13) (age 44)
Place of birth    Dundee, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Manager
Youth clubs
Dundee United
Senior clubs
Years Club
1985–1991
1991–1993
1993–1996
1996–2001
2001–2002
2002–2005
2005–2006
2006
2007
2007–2008
Forfar Athletic
Raith Rovers
Dundee United
Ionikos
Hibernian
Dunfermline Ath.
Inverness CT
Dundee United
Aberdeen
Inverness CT
Teams managed
2004–2006
2006
2007–2009
Inverness CT
Dundee United
Inverness CT

Craig James Brewster, (born in Dundee December 13, 1966), is a Scottish manager and former professional footballer . He was most recently manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the second time, but had previously made his name in a long and successful career playing as a prolific centre forward for numerous clubs in Scotland, but most notably for Ionikos in Greece.


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