Andy Roxburgh was a striker or winger who provided a dependable source of goals for each of the Scottish clubs with which he plied his trade. The prolific partnership he struck up with a certain Alex Ferguson at Falkirk during the early 1970s arguably represented the highlight of a playing career that also included spells at Partick Thistle and Clydebank.
However, like Ferguson, Roxburgh’s worth to the beautiful game only truly became apparent after he had hung up his boots. Following his retirement in 1975, his talents as a coach and player developer quickly became apparent as he combined the role of Technical Director at the Scottish Football Association with taking charge of the country’s youth teams. Leading the Scots to an unlikely triumph in the UEFA European U-18 Football Championship in 1982 underlined his ability, and when Ferguson stepped down from the post of senior coach after the 1986 FIFA World Cup™, it was to Roxburgh that the SFA turned.
A creditable seven-year reign followed, during which Scotland qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and their first-ever UEFA European Championship two years later, performing admirably in both. Roxburgh resigned in 1993 at the age of 50 and, just a year later, had been appointed to the influential role of UEFA Technical Director. It is a position he has held ever since, with the vastly experienced 66-year-old assuming responsibility for all aspects of UEFA’s strategy to raise standards in coaching and development throughout its 53 associations, including the European Coaching Licence. Roxburgh is also a long-serving member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group and will once again be casting his expert eye over proceedings at South Africa 2010.
As a player
Scotland schoolboy/youth international
1965-69: Partick Thistle
As a coach
1975–83: Scotland U-18/U-21
1975-93: SFA Technical Director
1994-present: UEFA Technical Director