Derek Collins

Derek Collins (born 15 April 1969 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional footballer.

Derek Collins
Personal information
Full name Derek Collins
Date of birth (1969-04-15) 15 April 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Renfrew Waverley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1998 Greenock Morton 417 (11)
1998–2001 Hibernian 40 (0)
2000–2001Partick Thistle (loan) 12 (1)
2001Preston North End (loan) 0 (0)
2001Sliema Wanderers (loan)
2001–2005 Greenock Morton 117 (1)
2005–2006 Gretna 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:53, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Collins started his playing career with Greenock Morton where he spent over a decade after making his debut in 1987. In 1997 Collins joined Hibernian and returned to Greenock Morton via loan spells at Preston North End,[1] Partick Thistle[2] and Sliema Wanderers of Malta.[3]

In his second spell with Greenock Morton, Collins established himself as the holder of the record number of appearances for the club. (534 appearances, overtaking the previous record holder, David Wylie, by 52 games.)

In January 2005, Collins signed for Gretna where he combined his playing role with coaching duties before becoming a coach full-time for the 2006–07 season.

Derek Collins also has the honour of being the only player to play in all four of Scotland's senior leagues with the same club (Greenock Morton), a feat he achieved when he captained Morton against Gretna in Gretna's first ever Scottish Football League game.

When Davie Irons left Gretna for Morton as manager, Collins went with him as his assistant.

In September 2009, after a poor start to the season, Collins and Irons were sacked by Morton.[4]


Greenock Morton
Partick Thistle

See also


  1. "Preston North End". FootballSquads. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  2. "Partick Thistle 3-0 Stenhousemuir". BBC Sport. 26 December 2000. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  3. "Latest News". Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  4. "Davie Irons sacked as Morton manager". 21 September 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2009. [dead link]