Date of Birth: December 10, 1973
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Previous Clubs (Player): Livingston, Stenhousemuir, Alloa, Berwick Rangers
Previous Clubs (Manager): Berwick Rangers, Vale of Leithen, Heriot Watt Uni, Livingston U20s, Whitehill Welfare
Biography: Manager Ian Little’s first association with Berwick Rangers came back in 2004, when then Manager Paul Smith signed him following spells at Livingston, Stenhousemuir and, latterly, Alloa Athletic, where he racked up more than 120 appearances.
A diminutive midfielder with an eye for goal, Little spent the rest of his playing career with the ‘Gers, playing more than 180 games over eight seasons from 2004/05 to 2011/12. However, in the Championship winning season of 2006/07, ‘Yano’ managed just four appearances following a severe injury picked up in the 2005/06 play-off match at Alloa Athletic.
In his final season as a player at the club, he also formed part of Manager Jimmy Crease’s backroom team and when Crease resigned in October 2011, Little was placed in temporary charge until the end of the season. Following a fantastic start to life as caretaker boss, which saw him win the Irn-Bru Manager of the Month award for November, Little remained in charge for the rest of the season.
His contract was extended for the 2012/13 campaign and, with Rangers in League Two, Little guided the team to the play-offs after a fourth-placed finish, only to be defeated by East Fife over two legs.
Little left the club in January 2014 and went on to hold managerial posts at Vale of Leithen, Heriot Watt University, Livingston U20s and Whitehill Welfare before returning to the club in May 2019 as Assistant Manager to John Brownlie as the ‘Gers desperately tried to salvage their Scottish Professional Football League status.
With Brownlie leaving at the end of the 2018/19 season, which saw the club relegated to the Lowland League, Little was appointed Manager for a second time and, in what was a season of transition both on and off the field, he guided the team to 12th, with the campaign eventually curtailed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
In April 2020, Little – along with his backroom team of Kevin Haynes, Darren Smith and Mark Beveridge – signed two-year contract extensions until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Ian’s kit is sponsored by the club’s Honorary President, John Hush.
A supporter of the ‘Gers for his entire life, John spent multiple decades as a Director at the club and has played a pivotal role in keeping the doors open at Shielfield Park.
Such is his contribution to not only Berwick Rangers FC but the wider area of Berwick-upon-Tweed, John was also the first Honorary Freeman of the town, an distinction awarded for his exceptional service over the years to the people of Berwick-upon-Tweed – both in his previous occupation and in a voluntary capacity through the support of BRFC and other local sports associations.