Paul Cairney
Paul Cairney
Paul Cairney
● Paul Cairney, c2009 (TAB)

born in Scotland

Paul John Cairney was born on Saturday, 29th August, 1987, in Glasgow.

The 5' 9 (10st 1lbs) midfielder signed for Ian McCall's Thistle on Friday, 11th July, 2008, having most recently been with Queen's Park.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 11th July, 2009, in a 1-1 friendly draw away to Stirling Albion.

That day, Paul became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

He scored the last of his 27 goals on Saturday, 21st April, 2012, in a 3-0 win away to Dundee in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 28th April, 2012, in a 1-1 draw at home to Falkirk in the SFL First Division, having clocked up 126 appearances as a Jag.

Paul's club-list included Queen's Park, Partick Thistle, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Stranraer, Ayr United, Peterhead and Albion Rovers.

Bio Extra

Cairney was registered with St Mirren as a youth player, but was released by the club aged 17. He then signed for amateur club Queen's Park and made his first senior appearance in December 2005. He began to play more frequently for the Spiders in the 2006–07 season and helped the club win promotion to the Second Division. Cairney signed a three-year deal with Partick Thistle in 2008, but was loaned back to Queen's Park for six months. This loan was subsequently extended in January to the end of the 2008–09 season. Cairney made his debut for Thistle in a Scottish Challenge Cup tie against Airdrie United, coming on as a substitute. His full and home debut came against Berwick Rangers in the Scottish League Cup. Cairney scored 15 competitive goals for Thistle during the 2011–12 season, making him the club's top scorer that term. This included a memorable hat-trick in a 3–0 win against Dundee. He was nominated for player of the year in the 2011–12 Scottish First Division.

On the back of this form, Cairney signed a two-year contract with Hibernian in July 2012. He scored his first goal for the club on 1 September, in a 2–2 draw against Celtic. Cairney struggled to consistently hold a place in the Hibernian first team due to injuries. He was released by the club at the end of the 2013–14 season. Cairney signed a two-year contract with Kilmarnock in June 2014. After being released by Kilmarnock, Cairney signed for Scottish League One side Stranraer in July 2015, and after one season with the club, signed for recently promoted Ayr United. Cairney signed for Peterhead in July 2017. He left Peterhead after one season. After two years out of football, Cairney signed for one last hurrah with Albion Rovers in July 2020, but made only 2 appearances, the last of which was a crushing 5-1 defeat at home to Annan Athletic on 10 November 2020.


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