Derek Adams

Last updated : 10 June 2015 By Andy Ashworth & Tony Scholes

Date and Place of Birth

25th June 1975 - ABERDEEN


Transfers to and from Burnley

from ABERDEEN - 24th January 1995

released - 30th July 1996


First and Last Burnley Games

SWANSEA CITY (a) - 16th December 1995

sub: replaced WARREN JOYCE


BRISTOL CITY (h) - 23rd December 1995

sub: replaced GERRY HARRISON


Other Clubs







Burnley Career Stats


Season League FA Cup League Cup Others Total
  apps gls apps gls apps gls apps gls apps gls
1995/96 0(2) - - - - - - - 0(2) -
Total 0(2) - - - - - - - 0(2) -


Profile by Andy Ashworth


Spotted by Aberdeen as a fifteen year old playing for Deeside BS, Adams signed for the Dons in 1991. He spent 4 years at Pittodrie though was never given the opportunity to shine and was picked up on a free transfer by then Clarets manager Jimmy Mullen. At the time he was seen as one for the future, but perhaps our short term managerial merry-go-round stunted has chances. He was restricted to 2 substitute appearances in his time at the Turf despite finishing top scorer in the reserves in his only full season.

Upon his release his career took off north of the border. He signed for Ross County on a free and scored over 50 goals in 2 seasons, including 26 in one league season which is still a Ross County record. His hot-shot reputation secured him a move to the SPL, with Fir Park outfit Motherwell splashing out £150k for his services.

After a slow start which saw a short term move to Ayr, he settled in and became an integral piece of the 'Well jigsaw. A move back into midfield helped him find a place in the side and he racked up almost 200 appearances and was described by the then Director of Football Pat Nevin as a 'top player and great professional'.

As he approached the twilight of his career he began to return to old stomping grounds. He returned to Pittodrie, signing a one year deal that finally allowed him to step out on the former pile of horse dung where he had first hoped to make his name.

After a spell at Livingston he was coaxed back to Ross County to sign a player coach deal at a time when off-field problems were threatening the club. He played over half the games during the season but was unable to prevent County from finishing rock bottom and dropping into the third tier of Scottish football.

Next season he is expected to remain with the club and could even be looking to cut his managerial teeth as he is said to be one of a number of names considered for the head coach position following the resignation of Scott Leitch.

Adams finally did get the chance to go into management with Ross County in October 2007. He was appointed caretaker boss after the dismissal of Dick Campbell and after steering them to the top of the Scottish Second Division was given the job on a permanent basis in November.

He brought success to Ross County, winning promotion to the First Division in 2008 and taking them to the Scottish Cup Final in 2010. They beat both Hibs and Celtic on the way to the final where they were beaten by Dundee United.

In November 2010, after just over three years as manager of Ross County, he decided to accept the position of assistant manager at Hibs under boss Colin Calderwood. By the end of the 2010/11 season he was on the move again, returning to Ross County as manager on a three year contract and a year later he took Ross into the Scottish Premier League, winning the First Division title easily.



Former Claret Adams joins Hibs (12/11/10)

Three ex-Clarets moving on up (16/04/12)