Scott Higgins

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Scott Higgins
Personal information
Full name Scott Higgins
Date of birth (1976-06-09) 9 June 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1991–1993 QAS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Canberra Cosmos 0 (0)
2002–2004 Brisbane Strikers 67 (0)
2005–2006 Brisbane Roar 17 (0)
2006–2007 Falkirk 15 (0)
2007 Maccabi Herzliya 15 (0)
2007–2008 Adelaide United 6 (0)
2008 Wellington Phoenix 0 (0)
2009–2011 Gold Coast United 23 (0)
Total 143 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Gold Coast United (goalkeeping coach)

Coomera Colts Soccer Club (assistant) 2017-18 Grange Thistle Football Club,(head coach)

2019 Australian Indigenous Football Team (head coach )
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Scott Higgins (born 9 June 1976) is an Australian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His career saw him play in three different continents, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

Football career[edit]

Club career[edit]

He started his professional footballing career in the NSL with Canberra Cosmos and later returning to Queensland with Brisbane Strikers.

In the relaunched A-League, he secured a deal with Queensland Roar in 2005, before moving to Europe in June 2006 to join Scottish Premier League club Falkirk. A difference of opinion with Falkirk boss John Hughes ended his stay in Scotland with the "Bairns" in a good position at sixth in the SPL and through to the semi finals of the League Cup.[citation needed] Before departing Scotland Higgins stated it was a boyhood dream to play against his much loved Glasgow Celtic at Parkhead on December 23, 2006.[citation needed] Higgins played a key role at keeping Celtic at bay and was a standout for the Bairns, saying after the game "no one can take that away from me, I loved every minute of it and knowing my family was here and my best mate Barry who is a mad hoops fan was sitting watching back in Australia makes me very proud"; however, they eventually went down one–nil, he departed Scotland on 24 January 2007 to join Israeli side Maccabi Herzliya.[1]


When Higgins joined Herzliya, he became the first Australian in Israeli football. With some stellar performances he led his club to the Toto Cup final, a first ever for the club,[2] where they defeated Hapoel Kfar Saba 2–1 at the National Stadium in Ramat Gan.

Unfortunately, despite helping Herzliya to lift the Toto Cup and avoid relegation from the Israeli Premier League, Higgins left the club in late May 2007 as the club moved to secure the Macedonian national team keeper, Jane Nikolovski, as a replacement in a deal that ultimately fell through.


On returning to Australia, he was signed by Adelaide United on a short term contract as cover for injured goalkeeper Daniel Beltrame for the start of the 2007–08 season.[3]

In December 2008, Higgins signed a four-game contract with the Wellington Phoenix as cover for Mark Paston, he has not yet made an appearance for the Phoenix. He was released half way through his contract, as Paston became match-fit earlier than expected, he never got any game time with the Phoenix.

Miron Bleiberg, football director of new A-League club Gold Coast United has announced that Higgins will be signed by the club for the 2009–10 season. On 30 September 2008 he was announced along with goalkeeper Jess Vanstrattan as Gold Coast United's inaugural signings.[4]


At the conclusion of the 2010-11 A-League season Higgins retired and joined the staff at GCU as goalkeeping coach.[5]


Higgins was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2013 federal election in the Australian Senate representing Queensland for the Palmer United Party.[6]


  1. ^ "Higgins quits Falkirk for Israel". BBC Sport. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
  2. ^ Glass, Adam (22 May 2007). היגינס: יש לי הרגשה שהרצליה לא ירצו אותי (in Hebrew). Retrieved 22 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Keeper joins Adelaide on short term contract". 18 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
  4. ^ Lewis, D (30 September 2008). "Gold Coast United unveil a real keeper in Vanstrattan". Gold Coast News. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Virtual Tally Room: Candidates - H". Australian Electoral Commission. Australian Government. 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2017.

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