Manager John McVeigh

John McVeigh
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John McVeigh
● John McVeigh, 1997 (SUN)

born in Scotland

John McVeigh was born on Friday, 25th January 1957, in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. He had one spell as manager at Firhill.


(Mon-14-Jul-1997 ↔ Fri-15-May-1998; 305 days)

In what was regarded as a surprise move, John McVeigh, no.2 to Alex McDonald at Airdrie, got the Thistle job in the summer of '97. It wasn't a big name signing and was probably reflective of the budgetary concerns of the time. At times, players weren't being paid, which was a huge issue in motivational terms. Save the Jags raised £150,000 in 3 months and the club, although still fragile, were kept alive.

(40y,5m,27d) Tue-22-Jul-1997 [h] L0-3 Aston Villa (Friendly)
first – last of 43
(41y,3m,14d) Sat-09-May-1998 [h] L1-3 Ayr United (SFL First Division - game 36)

A nightmare season ended with a gutless performance at home to Ayr, which saw Thistle relegated to the third tier of Scottish football, a new low. McVeigh was not trusted with another season and was sacked within the week.

John was in charge of Thistle for 43 games in total, as well as managing at Raith Rovers (1999), Albion Rovers (2000-2002), Stenhousemuir (2002-2004) and Lanark United (2009).

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