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Steve Paterson
Personal information
Full name Steven William Paterson
Date of birth 8 April 1958 (1958-04-08) (age 51)
Place of birth    Elgin, Scotland
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Nairn County
Manchester United
Sheffield United
Hong Kong Rangers

6 (0)

Teams managed
Elgin City
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Forres Mechanics

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

Steven William "Steve" Paterson (born 8 April 1958 in Elgin, Moray) is a football manager and former Scottish football player.


Playing career

During his professional playing career, Paterson was a central defender and joined Manchester United from Nairn County in July 1975. He made a total of six league appearances for the Red Devils over five seasons. He signed for Sheffield United in a £60,000 deal but ankle injury substained in pre-season training forced Paterson to retire.

Made his comeback as player in July 1981 with Buckie Thistle and soon turned down Dundee United to join Peterhead. He had spell playing for Hong Kong Rangers before joing Nairn County in August 1982. Next February he re-joined former boss Tommy Docherty at Sydney Olympic and then moves on to become first European to play in Japan in December 1983. He wins cups and titles with Yomiuri before his playing career was again cut short by persistent injury problems.

Mangerial career

His management career began in the Highland League with Elgin City, before he moved on to Huntly. In the summer of 1995 he joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who were playing in the Scottish Third Division at that time. Paterson spent seven and a half years at Caley Thistle, their longest-serving manager to date. During this time, he took the club from the Third Division to the First Division and presided over the team's famous victories against Celtic (resulting in the well-known newspaper headline "Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious")[1] and Hearts in the Scottish Cup.

In November 2002, Paterson was strongly linked with the vacant manager's job at Dundee United[2], but he stayed at Caley Thistle for another month. He was offered the manager's position at Aberdeen and became the clubs manager on 11 December 2002[3]. This move was not without controversy, as Paterson and his assistant Duncan Shearer were each supposed to have agreed a five-year contract with Caley Thistle not long before their departure to the Dons.

Paterson and Shearer left Aberdeen after around eighteen months. His next managerial post was with Highland League side Forres Mechanics, which he left in the summer of 2006. On 30 October 2006, he was announced as the new manager of Peterhead[4], a position from which he was eventually dismissed on 10 January 2008.[5]

Personal life

In March 2003 Paterson revealed he had an alcohol problem, after famously missing Aberdeen' s 3-3 home draw with Dundee FC due to being too hung over to attend.[6] In October 2008 it was reported that Paterson had lost £1 million pounds from betting.[7] Paterson's biography "Confessions of a Highland Hero" co-written with former Grampian Television presenter Frank Gilfeather was published in November 2009, and was serialised in the Daily Record.


  1. ^ "Super Caley dream realistic?". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 March 2003. Retrieved 13 January 2010.  
  2. ^ "Paterson confirms United offer" BBC Sport website (6 November 2002)
  3. ^ "Paterson named new Aberdeen boss" BBC Sport website (11 December 2002)
  4. ^ "Paterson is new boss at Peterhead" BBC Sport website (30 October 2006)
  5. ^ "Blue Toon boss Paterson departs" BBC Sport website (10 January 2008)
  6. ^ "Paterson reveals drink problem" BBC Sport website (17 March 2003)
  7. ^ "£1m bets shame of former football boss Steve Paterson as he checks into rehab" Daily Record (1 October 2008)

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