Kenny Brannigan

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Kenny Brannigan
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Brannigan[1]
Date of birth (1965-06-08) 8 June 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
St. Mary's Calton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1986 Queen's Park 117 (5)
1986–1988 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (0)
1987 Stockport County (loan) 8 (0)
1987–1988 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 15 (1)
1988–1989 Kilmarnock 15 (1)
1989–1990 Falkirk 17 (0)
1990–1992 East Stirlingshire 65 (1)
1992–1995 Stranraer 126 (3)
1995–1996 Stenhousemuir 11 (0)
1996–1999 Clydebank 97 (3)
1999 Partick Thistle 10 (0)
1999–2001 Clydebank 54 (2)
2001 Berwick Rangers 5 (1)
2001–2002 Stirling Albion 19 (1)
2002–2003 Airdrie United 16 (0)
Total 576 (18)
Teams managed
1997 Clydebank (caretaker)
2003–2004 Queen's Park
2010–2011 Queen of the South
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kenny Brannigan (born 8 June 1965) is a Scottish former football player and manager.

Playing career

Kenny Brannigan was a journeyman professional with a career spanning 21 seasons. A centre back, he played for 14 senior clubs in his career, making over 100 appearances for each of Queen's Park, Stranraer (who he skippered to a second division championship in 1994) and Clydebank. His other clubs included Sheffield Wednesday, Kilmarnock, Falkirk, Partick Thistle, Berwick Rangers, and Stirling Albion.[2]

Coaching career

Brannigan was caretaker manager of Clydebank in 1997. He became Queen's Park manager in January 2003, taking over from John McCormack, when the latter left to manage Morton.[3] Brannigan quit in August 2004 amidst reports over a touchline fight with a player and a supporter.[4] With Airdrie United he was also assistant manager,[5] as he was with Stirling Albion.[6]

Queen of the South

When Gordon Chisholm was promoted to the role as manager of Dumfries club Queen of the South in the 2007 close season, he appointed Brannigan as his assistant. This coincided with chairman Davie Rae announcing that the club would go full-time. Chisholm and Brannigan guided Queens to only their second ever Scottish Cup semi-final appearance with a 2–0 quarter final victory against Dundee. Queens followed this with a 4–3 win against Aberdeen in the semi-final, which meant that they reached their first ever Scottish Cup Final appearance. Despite second half Queens goals by Steve Tosh and Jim Thomson, Rangers ran out 3–2 winners in the final.[7] The Scottish Cup runners-up spot led to a UEFA Cup 2nd qualification round place. Despite losing both legs against FC Nordsjælland, Branningan later described the away leg in Denmark as the highlight of his career.[8]

After two mid-table finishes in the Scottish Football League First Division, Chisholm left Queens to manage Dundee. Brannigan was promoted to the managerial position, as the club announced that he would "take over the managerial role at Palmerston until the end of the season". Brannigan was reported as saying that the promotion had come "as a bit of a surprise".[6][9] Brannigan was offered the post of Queen of the South manager on 20 April 2010 through to May 2011 and he accepted the position. Chairman Davie Rae said "Kenny has had some excellent results since we asked him to take over the manager's role from Gordon Chisholm and we're delighted he has accepted on a more permanent basis".[10]

He managed Queen of the South to a long postponed 2010 Scottish Challenge Cup Final where in a disappointing performance his side lost 2-0 against Ross County.[11] Queen of the South informed Brannigan that his contract would not be renewed when his current deal expires on 31 May 2011.[12] In his one full season in charge at Queens he took the club to 4th in Scotland's second tier as well as the Challenge Cup Final despite cost cuts placed upon him. On 21 May 2011, the club confirmed his departure, stating, "last season proved a difficult one for all concerned, and he was informed yesterday that his contract wouldn't be extended."[13] He now lives in the United States and coaches a premier u18 boys and division 1 u16 girls team.


  1. ^ "Kenny Brannigan". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  2. ^ Kenny Brannigan at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  3. ^ "Spiders go for Brannigan". BBC Sport. 16 January 2003. Retrieved 24 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Boss resigns after bust-up". BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Bankies boss offered Airdrie job". BBC Sport. 3 July 2002. Retrieved 24 January 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Kenny Brannigan 'takes over the reins'". Retrieved 23 March 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Club History". Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Cup news" 17 November 2010
  9. ^ "Kenny Brannigan surprised to be Queen of the South boss". BBC Sport. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  10. ^[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Queen of the South 0 - 2 Ross County" 11 April 2011 Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Queens part with boss Brannigan". BBC News. 20 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Kenny departs" 21 May 2011

External links

  • Kenny Brannigan at Soccerbase
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