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.

Brian Rice
Personal information
Full name Brian Rice
Date of birth (1963-10-11) 11 October 1963
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamilton Academical (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Hibernian 84 (11)
1985–1991 Nottingham Forest 92 (9)
1986Grimsby Town (loan) 4 (0)
1989West Bromwich Albion (loan) 3 (0)
1991Stoke City (loan) 18 (0)
1991–1995 Falkirk 101 (8)
1995–1997 Dunfermline Athletic 10 (0)
1997–1999 Clyde 49 (2)
2000 Greenock Morton 1 (0)
Total 362 (30)
National team
1984 Scotland U21[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
2019 Hamilton Academical
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

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.[2]

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.

Coaching career

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.[3][4] Rice also left the club when John Hughes departed as manager by mutual consent in October 2010.[5] 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.[6] Rice continued as assistant manager at Inverness after Richie Foran succeeded Hughes as manager,[7] and then when John Robertson replaced Foran.[8]

Rice left Inverness in June 2018 to take the assistant manager position at St Mirren, working for Alan Stubbs.[8]

He took a lead coaching role for the first time in January 2019, when he was appointed head coach of Hamilton Academical.[9]

Career statistics



Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Hibernian 1980–81 Scottish First Division 1000000010
1981–82 Scottish Premier Division 1000100020
1982–83 Scottish Premier Division 222100000232
1983–84 Scottish Premier Division 255107100336
1984–85 Scottish Premier Division 354102000384
Total 841130111009812
Nottingham Forest 1985–86 First Division 193003200225
1986–87 First Division 3100100040
1987–88 First Division 302413010383
1988–89 First Division 201005010261
1989–90 First Division 182003020232
1990–91 First Division 1000000010
Total 929411524011512
Grimsby Town (loan) 1986–87 Second Division 4000000040
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 1986–87 Second Division 3000000030
Stoke City (loan) 1990–91 Third Division 180000000180
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
Total 10180000001018
Dunfermline Athletic 1995–96 Scottish Premier Division 6000000060
1996–97 Scottish Premier Division 4010200070
Total 100102000130
Clyde 1997–98 Scottish Second Division 312101010342
1998–99 Scottish Second Division 180400000220
Total 492501010562
Greenock Morton 1999–2000 Scottish First Division 1000000010
Career Total 362301312935040934
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup, Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy and Scottish Challenge Cup.

Managerial record

As of match played 14 December 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Hamilton Academical 31 January 2019 Present 38 9 12 17 38 63 −25 023.68 [11]
Career Total 38 9 12 17 38 63 −25 023.68


  2. "Brian Rice". Sporting heores. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  3. "New Hibs manager looks forward to continuing alliance with Rice". Edinburgh Evening News. 10 June 2009.
  4. "Rice seeks new Fletcher for Hibs". BBC Sport. 3 July 2009.
  5. "Manager John Hughes parts company with Hibernian". BBC Sport. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  6. "Inverness CT: Brian Rice joins as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  7. Dowden, Martin (17 June 2016). "Inverness CT: Brian Rice stays on as assistant manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. Skinner, Andy (19 June 2018). "Caley Jags assistant Rice given permission to speak with St Mirren". Press and Journal. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  9. "Brian Rice: Hamilton appoint former St Mirren assistant as new head coach". BBC Sport. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  10. Brian Rice at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  11. "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
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