David John "Davie" Irons (born July 18 1961 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former professional footballer. His playing career spanned 26 years as a central defender or midfielder. He is currently manager of Scottish League club Greenock Morton.
Born in Glasgow in 1961, Davie Irons was raised in Dumfries after moving there with his parents in 1964. He began his career with local team Queen of the South in 1979. After only one year of the Willie Harkness regime at Palmerston Park and a total of four first team appearances he moved into junior football.
Irons returned to Palmerston Park under the new regime of Norman Blount to play for a Queen of the South select on 23 April, 1995. The opposition in the 2-2 draw was Rangers in a game to mark Queens' 75th anniversary and the opening of the new stand.
Irons joined Kello Rovers, with whom he remained for four years.
He returned to the professional game in 1984 with Ayr United. He went on to make 75 league appearances for The Honest Men, scoring twelve goals.
After 106 appearances and nine goals for the Pars, he was signed by Partick Thistle. He remained at Firhill for two years before joining the sixth professional club of his career, St. Johnstone, in 1993. In three years at McDiarmid Park he made 52 appearances and scored twice.
Irons scored the opening goal for Dunfermline in the game that confirmed Queens' relegation in 1989.
He spent a season with Clydebank in 1996.
Irons spent five years with Annan Athletic (as their player-manager) between 1997 and 2002.
Irons finished his playing career in 2005 after a three-year spell at Gretna, at which point he became assistant manager to Rowan Alexander. He became caretaker-manager of the club between March 2007 and the end of the 2006-07 season during Alexander's absence.
On April 28, 2007, Gretna, under Irons' managership, won promotion to the Premier League with a 3-2 win at Ross County. The result clinched the First Division championship for Gretna, a point ahead of Irons' former club St. Johnstone.
Irons is currently working as manager of Greenock Morton, after resigning from the Gretna job in February 2008.
As a manager
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