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Brian John McClair (born December 8, 1963) in Bellshill, Scotland) is a former Scottish international soccer player, notable for his near eleven-year spell at Manchester United F.C., as well as important tenures at Scottish clubs Celtic F.C. and Motherwell F.C.. During his period at Manchester United, he was nicknamed "Choccy", as his last name rhymed with the delicacy "Chocolate Eclair". December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bellshill is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, situated in the suburbs of Glasgow two miles north of Motherwell. ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity) (Scots: Wha daur meddle wi me) Scotlands location within the UK Languages with Official Status1 English Gaelic Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity) (Scots: Wha daur meddle wi me) Scotlands location within the UK Languages with Official Status1 English Gaelic Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Celtic Football Club, commonly referred to simply as Celtic (pronounced seltic) or the Bhoys (pronounced b-hoys), are one of the worlds most famous football clubs. ... Motherwell Football Club is a Scottish football team, who play their home matches at Fir Park. ...

Brian McClair after winning the League Cup in 1992
Brian McClair after winning the League Cup in 1992

His first team was Aston Villa F.C., who he joined as a junior at the beginning of season 1980-1981, making little impact. A free transfer to Motherwell, for whom he scored 15 league goals, stood him in good stead when, for a fee of 100,000 pounds, he moved to Celtic in 1983. His main spell, however, was at Manchester United, whom he joined in 1987 for a fee of 850,000 Pounds, where he made 296 (and added 59 as a substitute) league appearances, 38(7) FA Cup Appearances, 44(1) in the League Cup and 17 (6) appearances in European Competitions,scoring 126 goals in all competitions. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Aston Villa redirects here. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In his first season for Manchester United he scored 24 league goals, becoming the first Manchester United player to surpass 20 league goals in one season since George Best in 1968.


He won 30 Caps for his native Scotland, and scored two goals. He also represented his country during the 1992 European Championships. The UEFA European Championship is the main national football competition of the UEFA nations. ...


His honours with Manchester United are as follows:

  • the FA Cup in 1990,1994 and 1996,
  • the League Cup in 1992,
  • the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991, and
  • the Premier League in 1993,1994,1996 and 1997.

In the 1992 League Cup final he scored the solitary goal against Nottingham Forest, and scored another cup final goal in the 1994 FA Cup final, this time against Chelsea when Manchester United won 4-0.


Brian McClair was initially strike-partner with Mark Hughes in the United attack, but switched to midfield when Eric Cantona joined United in November 1992. When Roy Keane was signed the following summer, McClair's first team opportunities became increasingly limited. But he agreed to stay on at United as a squad player, providing reliable cover in midfield and attack and making over 40 appearances (in the first eleven or as a substitute) in 1994-95. He was still trucking along in 1997-98, after which he was given a free transfer to complete his playing days elsewhere. McClair accepted an offer to return to Motherwell, but returned to the south of the border in December 1998 to become Brian Kidd's assistant at Blackburn Rovers. But he was unable to prevent Blackburn from slipping out of the Premiership and within a year he had been sacked. He returned to Old Trafford as a youth team coach soon afterwards.


In 2001 he was appointed as Reserve Team manager, and promptly won the Reserve League in his first season as coach.In his second season, he was in charge of the Under-19 team which clinched the 2003 FA Youth Cup.Some players from that team, like David Jones, Chris Eagles and Kieran Richardson have gone on to make appearances in the first team. Kieran Richardson recently bagged two goals on his England debut, in a friendly against the United States.


At the end of the 2004/2005 season the first team finished trophyless, but the Reserve Teams headed by him and Assistant Manager Ricky Sbragia won an unprecedented quadruple of the Pontins' Holidays League, the FA Premier Reserve League, The Pontins' Holidays League Cup and the Premier Reserve League Playoff. Their quest for an unprecedented five trophies was thwarted when they lost to Manchester City in the Manchester Senior Cup.


Following changes to the youth academy structure, Brian McClair will take on the role as Academy Director come the 2005/2006 season.


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www.manutdzone.com: Brian McClair: A career profile with pictures of United's top striker in the 80's and 90s' (518 words)
Brian McClair was an instant success at Old Trafford which, after previous failures like Gary Birtles, had gained a reputation for being a striker's grave yard.
Brian was also a full international and was a part of the Scotland squad which went to the European Championships in Sweden in 1992.
In his playing career, Brian McClair's biggest contribution was probably that he was able to lay to rest claims that high profile strikers were doomed to fail at United.
Brian McClair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (754 words)
McClair became somewhat of a cult hero at United due to his 'Choccy's Diary' being published in 'Manchester United' magazine.
Brian McClair was the main striker for United during his first season, and then partnered Mark Hughes when he returned from Barcelona, but switched to midfield when √Čric Cantona joined United in November 1992.
McClair returned to the south of the border in December 1998 to become Brian Kidd's assistant at Blackburn Rovers.
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