Bruce Rioch

Bruce Rioch

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Bruce David Rioch (; born 30 April 1947) is an English-born football manager and former player. He was manager of Aalborg BK in the Danish Superliga, until his sacking on 23 October 2008.

As a player, he made more than 550 appearances in the Football League and, by virtue of his father's birthplace, represented Scotland in 24 matches; he became the first Scottish captain to be born in England. As a manager, he has taken charge of clubs in England, the United States, and Denmark. His son Gregor was also a professional footballer.

Playing career

Rioch was born in Aldershot, Hampshire. After moving to Luton, Bedfordshire at the age of 14, he joined his local side, Luton Town, turning professional in September 1964. He made his first team debut later that month, and his league debut in November 1964 in a 1–0 defeat at home to Southend United. He spent a couple of years establishing himself and was a regular member of the Luton team, scoring 24 goals, that won the Fourth Division title in 1968. He moved to Aston Villa in July 1969 for a fee of £100,000, then a record fee paid by a Second Division side. He won a League Cup runners' up medal in 1971, Villa losing 2–0 to Tottenham Hotspur.

He moved to Derby County in February 1974, winning a League Championship medal. He joined Everton in December 1976, but returned to Derby County in September 1977. After a dispute with the Derby manager, Tommy Docherty, Rioch had brief loan spells with Birmingham City in December 1978 and...
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