Willie McLean (footballer, born 1935)

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Willie McLean
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-04-02) 2 April 1935 (age 85)
Place of birth Larkhall, Scotland
Playing position(s) Winger
Youth career
–1956 Larkhall Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956 Hamilton Academical (trialist) 1 (0)
1956–1958 Airdrieonians 20 (2)
1958–1960 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1960–1961 Alloa Athletic 34 (18)
1961–1962 Queen of the South 46 (10)
1962–1964 Clyde 20 (1)
1964–1965 Alloa Athletic 6 (1)
1965–1968 Raith Rovers 81 (5)
Total 208 (37)
Teams managed
1973–1975 Queen of the South
1975–1978 Motherwell
1978–1979 Raith Rovers
1979–1983 Ayr United
1984–1985 Greenock Morton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Willie McLean (born 2 April 1935) is a Scottish former association footballer and manager.[1] He managed two of the clubs he had played for, Queen of the South and Raith Rovers.


Willie is the elder brother of Jim McLean and Tommy McLean, who also played and managed for senior Scottish clubs.

Queen of the South[edit]

McLean was part of the 1961/62 George Farm managed Queen of the South side that won promotion to the top division of Scottish football. As well as player/manager Farm, McLean was a teammate of Neil Martin, Jim Patterson and Iain McChesney.[2]

McLean returned to Dumfries in the 1970s, this time as manager. In 1975 his second-place finish was only denied promotion to the top division of Scottish football by league reconstruction.[3] He left Palmerston Park that summer and was replaced by Mike Jackson.


  1. ^ "Willie McLean". Neil Brown. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  2. ^ [1] Willie McLean playing at QoS in George Farm career profile
  3. ^ [2] Willie McLean managing at QoS in John Dempster career profile

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