Allan Russell

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Allan Russell
Personal information
Full name Allan John Russell[1]
Date of birth (1980-12-13) 13 December 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1990–1997 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Hibernian
1999–2003 Hamilton Academical 65 (13)
2003–2005 St Mirren 51 (9)
2005 Macclesfield Town 13 (2)
2005–2006 Mansfield Town 18 (2)
2006–2007 Forest Green Rovers 19 (4)
2007 Partick Thistle 14 (1)
2007–2008 Airdrie United 32 (19)
2008–2010 Kilmarnock 25 (4)
2010–2011 Carolina RailHawks 30 (5)
2012–2014 Orange County Blues FC 55 (8)
Teams managed
2017– England (Attacking Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 11, 2014

Allan John Russell (born 13 December 1980 in Glasgow) is a retired Scottish professional footballer. Russell is currently the England national football team striker coach.


Scotland and England[edit]

Russell began his career in 1999 with Hamilton Academical, making over sixty league appearances over a four-year period. In 2003, Russell began a two-year spell with St Mirren before moving to English side Macclesfield Town in early 2005. Russell's stay at Macclesfield lasted only a few months and he moved on to Mansfield Town at the start of the 2005–06 season.

Russell returned to Scotland with Partick Thistle in January 2007. At Partick he scored once; his goal coming in a 1-0 win over Livingston.[2] Russell began the 2007–08 season with Airdrie, where a December 2007 Player of the Month award and his goalscoring form – by February 2008 he had already scored more than any previous season – attracted interest from Scottish Premier League sides Kilmarnock and Dundee United.[3][4]

In May 2008, Russell netted the Scottish Football League Second Division Player of the Year award having scored 28 goals in a record breaking season and was eventually signed by Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock signing a two-year deal.[5] He left Kilmarnock after the expiry of his contract in 2010.[6]

United States[edit]

Russell signed for Carolina RailHawks on 23 July 2010.[7] He stayed with the club through the 2011 season winning the 2010 and 2011 NASL league Championships. He then signed with Los Angeles Blues of the USL Pro Division on 8 December 2011, who later changed franchise name to Orange County Blues.

Russell captained Orange County Blues for a time, playing both as a defensive midfielder and as a striker.[8]

England national football team[edit]

In March 2017, Russell joined the England coaching staff as their striker coach.[9] During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he earned particular praise for his work on the England team's set pieces, after a well-choreographed goal in their game against Panama.[10]


  1. ^ "Allan Russell". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Livingston 0-1 Partick Thistle". BBC. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Killie fail in deadline-day bids". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  4. ^ Marwick, Bill. "Russell catches Levein's eye with two-goal display". The Scotsman. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Kilmarnock seal Russell transfer". BBC News. 14 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  6. ^ Wilson, Fraser (25 June 2010). "Allan Russell backs Mixu Paatelainen to fix Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  7. ^ "RailHawks Acquire Scottish Forward". Carolina RailHawks FC. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Blues Sign Scottish Striker". United Soccer Leagues. 8 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  9. ^ "England boss Gareth Southgate hires a Scot as attacking coach for Harry Kane and Co... meet Allan Russell".
  10. ^ Gareth Southgate praises Allan Russell for England’s set-piece success The Guardian. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.

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