Name: Jamie Fullarton. Born: July 20th, 1974. From: Bellshill, Scotland.
Fullarton began his professional career at St Mirren, where he made over 150 appearances, also earning international recognition with the Scotland Under-21 side.
After captaining his country at the 1996 Under-21 European Championships he then moved to France to join SC Bastia the following season.
Having played 27 times for the French side, he returned to the UK ahead of the 1997.98 campaign, joining Premier League side Crystal Palace.
Upon leaving Selhurst Park, Fullarton made the move back to his native Scotland when he linked up with Dundee United in 2000.
A horrifying ankle injury early on in his spell at Tanadice nearly ended his career in November 2000 and despite going on to make over 30 appearances for Brentford during the 2002.03 season, a further injury setback, this time leading to a complete knee reconstruction, during his time with Southend United the following season, Fullarton eventually called time on his playing career in 2005 after a failed attempt to return with Woodlands Wellington in Singapore.
After hanging up his boots, Fullarton established his own coaching academy in Spain, where he spent five years developing a pathway for young players to establish themselves in the game.
His academy, Costa Unida CF, has had 10 players progress to sign for professional clubs in both England and Spain with the first of the graduates making his first team La Liga debut just six weeks ago.
He then joined Bristol Rovers in 2011 as Head of Coaching, overseeing all aspects of coaching and helping to bring a host of players through to the first team before moving to Crystal Palace the following season.
Spells with Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest followed as Fullarton continued to establish himself as one of the brightest coaching talents in the game, earning plaudits from a host of well-respected names.
Nottingham Forest Assistant Manager Lennie Lawrence said of him: “I have had the pleasure of working with Jamie at 3 different clubs. He is extremely hard working, conscientious and disciplined in his approach.”
His work at Bolton drew praise from the club’s Chairman at the time Phil Gartside, who said: “He was the catalyst for our young talent breaking through to our 1st team. An articulate, intelligent young man, based on my many years’ experience in football and multiple managerial appointments, I have no doubt he will become a very good manager at a high level.”