Airdrie's Greatest Left Back - Sandy Stewart
19th February 2016
Polling has closed on this week's Greatest XI vote, and with 52% of the overall vote, you have named SANDY STEWART as Airdrie's greatest ever left back.
1989-2000 / 2001-2005
After spells at Hearts and Kilmarnock, Sandy signed for Airdrie at the start of the 1989/90 season. He spent his first two seasons making appearances in various positions in the team including many from the substitutes bench. However in 1991, following Alex MacDonald's appointment as Manager, he quickly became a mainstay of the Airdrie defence.
Stewart was a savvy, intelligent player who had a great reading of opposition teams and players. Although a very measured player in his approach to the game he was never afraid to roll his sleeves up and battle to a victory always committed to the cause. Whenever in possession of the ball he would welcome the opportunity to push forward, linking well with his team mates.
Stewart played for Airdrie till 2000, leaving to join Partick Thistle. However he re-signed with Airdrie again in 2001 as the club was fighting its losing battle against liquidation. When Airdrie United were given a place in the league the following season it was Sandy Stewart who became manager. He would lead the club over the next five seasons. Since departing the club Sandy has become Owen Coyle's Assistant Manager at various clubs north and south of the border as well as in the MLS in the USA.
In his time at Airdrie, Sandy was part of the 1990/91 Promotion Squad, won the Challenge Cup in 1994 & 2001, played in four League Cup Semi-Finals and two Scottish Cup Finals in 1992 & 1995, captaining the team in the 1992 Final. As Manager with Airdrie United he took the club to the 2003 Challenge Cup Final and most notably won the 2nd Division Title in 2003/04. Sandy was among the first Hall of Fame Inductees in 2002, and has also returned to the club on a number of occasions to take part in fundraising/anniversary events.