Brian Rice (footballer)
Brian Rice (born 11 October 1963) is a Scottish football player and coach, who is currently the head coach of Hamilton Academical. Rice played for Hibernian, Nottingham Forest, Grimsby Town, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Clyde and Greenock Morton. After his retirement from playing, Rice worked as a coach for Greenock Morton, Airdrieonians, Falkirk, Hibernian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Mirren. He then became a head coach in January 2019, taking charge of Hamilton Academical.
|Full name||Brian Rice|
|Date of birth||11 October 1963|
|Place of birth||Bellshill, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Hamilton Academical (head coach)|
|1986||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|1989||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||3||(0)|
|1991||→ Stoke City (loan)||18||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Bellshill near Glasgow, Rice began his career with Hibernian. He made 98 appearances for Hibs in five seasons at Easter Road, scoring 12 goals. He was signed by Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough for £175,000 in August 1985. During his time there, Forest won the Football League Cup twice, in 1989 and 1990. He scored a memorable winning goal in the sixth round of the FA Cup against Arsenal in 1988, and became a 'cult hero' with the fans due to his lack of pace.
Whilst a Forest player, Rice had loan spells at Grimsby (making four appearances), West Bromwich Albion (making three appearances) and Stoke City (making 18 appearances in 1990–91). After making 115 appearances for Forest scoring 12 goals, in August 1991 he returned to Scotland and signed for Falkirk, playing for them until the early part of the 1995–96 season. He then moved to Dunfermline followed by Clyde for two seasons each, and left Clyde at the end of the 1998–99 season.
In 2000, Rice was appointed assistant manager to Ian McCall at Greenock Morton, making one appearance as a player. Rice was then assistant manager to McCall at Airdrieonians, but the club went out of business in 2002. McCall and Rice then both moved to similar positions at Falkirk. McCall eventually moved on to Dundee United, while Rice continued at Falkirk, assisting John Hughes. He helped the club win the First Division in 2005 and reach the 2009 Scottish Cup Final.
Rice followed Hughes in returning to Hibernian when Hughes was appointed manager there in June 2009. Rice also left the club when John Hughes departed as manager by mutual consent in October 2010. As of June 2015, Rice was coaching Al Khor in the Qatar Stars League. He left Al Khor in July 2015 to work for John Hughes at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Rice continued as assistant manager at Inverness after Richie Foran succeeded Hughes as manager, and then when John Robertson replaced Foran.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Hibernian||1980–81||Scottish First Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|1981–82||Scottish Premier Division||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||0|
|1982–83||Scottish Premier Division||22||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||23||2|
|1983–84||Scottish Premier Division||25||5||1||0||7||1||0||0||33||6|
|1984–85||Scottish Premier Division||35||4||1||0||2||0||0||0||38||4|
|Nottingham Forest||1985–86||First Division||19||3||0||0||3||2||0||0||22||5|
|Grimsby Town (loan)||1986–87||Second Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||1986–87||Second Division||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Stoke City (loan)||1990–91||Third Division||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||0|
|Falkirk||1991–92||Scottish Premier Division|
|1992–93||Scottish Premier Division|
|1993–94||Scottish First Division|
|1994–95||Scottish Premier Division|
|1995–96||Scottish Premier Division|
|Dunfermline Athletic||1995–96||Scottish Premier Division||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|1996–97||Scottish Premier Division||4||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||7||0|
|Clyde||1997–98||Scottish Second Division||31||2||1||0||1||0||1||0||34||2|
|1998–99||Scottish Second Division||18||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||22||0|
|Greenock Morton||1999–2000||Scottish First Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- As of match played 14 December 2019
|Hamilton Academical||31 January 2019||Present||38||9||12||17||38||63||−25||23.68|
- "Brian Rice". Sporting heores. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- "New Hibs manager looks forward to continuing alliance with Rice". Edinburgh Evening News. 10 June 2009.
- "Rice seeks new Fletcher for Hibs". BBC Sport. 3 July 2009.
- "Manager John Hughes parts company with Hibernian". BBC Sport. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- "Inverness CT: Brian Rice joins as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
- Dowden, Martin (17 June 2016). "Inverness CT: Brian Rice stays on as assistant manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
- Skinner, Andy (19 June 2018). "Caley Jags assistant Rice given permission to speak with St Mirren". Press and Journal. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
- "Brian Rice: Hamilton appoint former St Mirren assistant as new head coach". BBC Sport. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- Brian Rice at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- "2018–19 Hamilton Academical Fixtures & Results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
- Brian Rice at Soccerbase
- Brian Rice at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database