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Alex Willoughby Squad Index
Information:
1973-74 Squad Number:
10
Position:
Centre Midfield
Date of Birth:
17th September 1944
Birthplace:
Springburn, Glasgow
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 7
Weight:
9st 12lbs
Signed:
31st May 1969
Career History:
Drumchapel Amateurs
Rangers 30th November 1961
Aberdeen 31st May 1969 £20,000, Contract Cancelled on 14th February 1974
Hong Kong Rangers 14th February 1974 to July 1975
Cork Hibernians Manager October 1975
Rangers, South Africa January 1976 to October 1976
KA, Iceland, Coach 1980-82
 
Profile:

Alex was born in Springburn in Glasgow on 17th September 1944 and was a product of the famed Drumchapel Amateurs alongside cousin Jim Forrest. Both went on to gain Scottish schoolboy caps before joining Rangers as 15 year-olds. Alex made 150 appearances for the Ibrox club in nine seasons before Eddie Turnbull signed him in the close season of 1969.

Originally an inside forward, Alec was used in a variety or roles and by the end of his Aberdeen career he was converted in to a right back, initially taking on that role in the club tour of Canada in 1972 and on a more permanent basis from Henning Boel who was out for a long spell with a knee injury.

Alex made his debut against Dunfermline in a 2-2 draw that saw him once again teamed up with Jim Forrest. It was his first game against his old club at Ibrox that Alex was injured in a clash with John Greig. The injury led to complications and ultimately left him out of the Dons successful 1970 Scottish Cup winning side.

Alec had the rare distinction of being the last player that Aberdeen bought from Rangers and he went on to make 149 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals in the process. He was a member of the squad that pushed Celtic all the way in the title challenge of 1971 and it was Willoughby's goal against the Parkhead side at Pittodrie in April of that year, in the match that was billed as a league decider that helped the Dons to a 1-1 draw. Alex left Aberdeen in 1974 to play in Hong Kong, Australia and South Africa.

His name will live in on in footballing circles in this area after Alex provided the Willoughby Cup which is contested for annually by the primary schools in Aberdeen City.

Died: East Kilbride, 14th July 2004

Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
28/07/1969
Tranmere Rovers 4-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 1,241 24 Start
30/07/1969
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 10,075 24 Start
02/08/1969
Aberdeen 0-0 Werder Bremen
Friendly 24 Start
09/08/1969
Aberdeen 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic
League Cup G2 16,000 24 Start
13/08/1969
Clyde 0-0 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 4,000 24 Start
16/08/1969
Aberdeen 2-2 Hibernian
League Cup G2 16,000 24 Start
20/08/1969
Aberdeen 3-0 Clyde
League Cup G2 13,500 24 Start
23/08/1969
Dunfermline Athletic 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 8,000 24 Start
27/08/1969
Hibernian 0-0 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 18,300 24 Start
30/08/1969
Aberdeen 6-0 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 12,500 24 Start
03/09/1969
Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 40,000 24 Start
29/10/1969
Aberdeen 2-3 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 25 Start
01/11/1969
Dunfermline Athletic 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 25 Start
05/11/1969
St. Mirren 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
08/11/1969
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 25 Start
15/11/1969
Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,500 25 Start
22/11/1969
Aberdeen 4-1 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 25 Start
29/11/1969
Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 25 Start
13/12/1969
Clyde 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,000 25 Start
27/12/1969
Raith Rovers 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 25 Start
01/01/1970
Dundee 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 25 Start
10/01/1970
Aberdeen 5-1 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 25 Start
17/01/1970
Morton 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,500 25 Start
31/01/1970
Aberdeen 0-1 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 25 Sub
11/02/1970
Aberdeen 2-1 Clydebank
Scottish Cup R2 13,100 25 Start
25/03/1970
Celtic 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 33,000 25 Start
28/03/1970
Dundee United 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 25 Start
04/04/1970
Aberdeen 0-1 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 25 Start
06/04/1970
Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 6,500 25 Start
19/08/1970
St. Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G4 3,300 25 Start
26/09/1970
Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 26 Start
30/09/1970
Honved 3-1 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup R1 2L 18,500 26 Sub
03/10/1970
Morton 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 26 Start
10/10/1970
Aberdeen 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 26 Sub
07/11/1970
Aberdeen 3-0 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 26 Sub
14/11/1970
Ayr United 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 26 Start
21/11/1970
Aberdeen 1-0 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 13,500 26 Start
25/11/1970
Aberdeen 5-0 Gornik Zabrze
Friendly 17,500 26 Start
12/12/1970
Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 63,000 26 Sub
26/12/1970
Airdrie 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 26 Sub
01/01/1971
Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 24,000 26 Start
02/01/1971
St. Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 21,500 26 Start
09/01/1971
Aberdeen 3-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 18,000 26 Start
16/01/1971
Hibernian 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 23,400 26 Start
25/01/1971
Aberdeen 5-0 Elgin City
Scottish Cup R3 24,136 26 Sub
06/02/1971
Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 26 Sub
13/02/1971
Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R4 24,000 26 Start
17/02/1971
Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee United
Scottish Cup R4 REP 29,000 26 Sub
20/02/1971
Aberdeen 0-0 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 36,000 26 Sub
27/02/1971
Aberdeen 1-1 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 26 Sub
06/03/1971
Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 65,000 26 Sub
10/03/1971
Dundee United 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 26 Sub
13/03/1971
Clyde 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,500 26 Sub
10/04/1971
Cowdenbeath 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 26 Sub
17/04/1971
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 36,000 26 Start
19/04/1971
Aberdeen 2-3 Eintracht Brunswick
Friendly 26 Start
24/04/1971
Falkirk 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 26 Start
01/05/1971
Ross County 0-6 Aberdeen
Friendly 3,000 26 Start
03/05/1971
Peterhead 0-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 2,182 26 Start
20/07/1971
Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Aberdeen
German Tour 26 Start
23/07/1971
1860 Munich 3-1 Aberdeen
German Tour 26 Start
24/07/1971
Augsburg 0-1 Aberdeen
German Tour 26 Start
28/07/1971
Nijmegen 0-1 Aberdeen
German Tour 26 Start
31/07/1971
East Fife 0-3 Aberdeen
Drybrough Cup QF 26 Start
04/08/1971
Airdrieonians 1-4 Aberdeen
Drybrough Cup SF 26 Start
07/08/1971
Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic
Drybrough Cup F 25,000 26 Start
10/08/1971
Aberdeen 3-2 Newcastle United
Friendly 18,000 26 Start
14/08/1971
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee
League Cup G2 19,053 26 Start
18/08/1971
Clyde 0-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 2,027 26 Start
21/08/1971
Aberdeen 1-0 Falkirk
League Cup G2 17,339 26 Start
25/08/1971
Aberdeen 5-0 Clyde
League Cup G2 15,542 26 Start
28/08/1971
Dundee 3-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 11,875 26 Start
01/09/1971
Falkirk 3-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 11,865 26 Start
04/09/1971
Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 13,188 26 Start
15/09/1971
Celta Vigo 0-2 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R1 1L 35,000 26 Start
18/09/1971
Aberdeen 5-0 Airdrieonians
Div 1 (Old) 14,133 27 Start
25/09/1971
Rangers 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 41,236 27 Start
29/09/1971
Aberdeen 1-0 Celta Vigo
UEFA Cup R1 2L 20,000 27 Start
02/10/1971
Aberdeen 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 14,855 27 Start
04/10/1971
Aberdeen 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
Friendly 27 Start
09/10/1971
Kilmarnock 0-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 27 Start
11/10/1971
Forfar Athletic 0-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 27 Start
16/10/1971
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 24,450 27 Start
23/10/1971
Morton 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,843 27 Start
27/10/1971
Juventus 2-0 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R2 1L 35,000 27 Start
30/10/1971
Aberdeen 7-2 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 19,304 27 Start
06/11/1971
Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 61,385 27 Start
13/11/1971
Aberdeen 5-0 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 14,298 27 Start
17/11/1971
Aberdeen 1-1 Juventus
UEFA Cup R2 2L 29,500 27 Start
20/11/1971
Motherwell 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 27 Start
27/11/1971
Aberdeen 2-3 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 19,754 27 Start
04/12/1971
Ayr United 1-5 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,582 27 Start
11/12/1971
Aberdeen 4-1 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 12,194 27 Start
18/12/1971
Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 13,707 27 Start
25/12/1971
Falkirk 0-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,885 27 Start
01/01/1972
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 18,600 27 Start
03/01/1972
Aberdeen 4-2 St. Johnstone
Div 1 (Old) 24,235 27 Start
08/01/1972
Airdrieonians 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,681 27 Start
15/01/1972
Aberdeen 0-0 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 33,608 27 Start
22/01/1972
Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,243 27 Start
27/01/1972
Montrose 1-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 27 Sub
29/01/1972
Aberdeen 4-2 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 12,981 27 Start
05/02/1972
Dundee United 0-4 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 12,974 27 Start
12/02/1972
Hibernian 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 21,389 27 Start
19/02/1972
Aberdeen 1-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 14,230 27 Start
26/02/1972
Aberdeen 1-0 Morton
Scottish Cup R4 18,277 27 Start
04/03/1972
Partick Thistle 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,340 27 Start
11/03/1972
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 32,853 27 Start
18/03/1972
Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 25,936 27 Start
25/03/1972
Aberdeen 4-1 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 9,391 27 Sub
01/04/1972
Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,189 27 Sub
04/04/1972
Peterhead 0-4 Aberdeen
Friendly 27 Start
11/04/1972
Olympiakos 2-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 27 Sub
22/04/1972
Dundee United 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,743 27 Sub
28/05/1972
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Aberdeen
North American Summer Tour 4,000 27 Start
29/07/1972
Aberdeen 1-0 St. Mirren
Drybrough Cup QF 16,000 27 Start
02/08/1972
Celtic 3-2 Aberdeen
Drybrough Cup SF 40,000 27 Start
12/08/1972
Queen of the South 0-4 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 4,673 27 Start
19/08/1972
Aberdeen 5-1 Queens Park
League Cup G2 11,464 27 Start
26/08/1972
Aberdeen 2-1 Queen of the South
League Cup G2 10,144 27 Start
30/08/1972
Queens Park 0-3 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 1,029 27 Start
02/09/1972
Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 16,947 27 Start
09/09/1972
Dundee 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,100 27 Start
13/09/1972
Aberdeen 2-3 Borussia Munchengladbach
UEFA Cup R1 1L 21,000 27 Start
16/09/1972
Aberdeen 0-0 St. Johnstone
Div 1 (Old) 9,917 27 Start
20/09/1972
Aberdeen 8-0 Falkirk
League Cup R2 1L 9,939 28 Start
23/09/1972
Dumbarton 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,854 28 Start
27/09/1972
Borussia Munchengladbach 6-3 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R1 2L 19,000 28 Start
30/09/1972
Aberdeen 7-2 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 11,351 28 Start
04/10/1972
Falkirk 3-2 Aberdeen
League Cup R2 2L 4,000 28 Start
07/10/1972
Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,763 28 Start
11/10/1972
Aberdeen 3-0 East Fife
League Cup QF 1L 13,605 28 Start
14/10/1972
Aberdeen 2-2 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 14,165 28 Start
21/10/1972
Ayr United 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,823 28 Start
23/10/1972
Aberdeen 5-2 Manchester United
Friendly 36,000 28 Start
28/10/1972
Aberdeen 2-3 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 34,262 28 Start
01/11/1972
East Fife 1-4 Aberdeen
League Cup QF 2L 4,492 28 Start
11/11/1972
Aberdeen 4-3 East Fife
Div 1 (Old) 10,651 28 Start
18/11/1972
Aberdeen 3-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 10,234 28 Start
25/11/1972
Dundee United 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,173 28 Start
27/11/1972
Aberdeen 2-3 Celtic
League Cup SF 39,682 28 Start
02/12/1972
Airdrie 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,059 28 Start
09/12/1972
Aberdeen 0-0 Arbroath
Div 1 (Old) 8,354 28 Start
16/12/1972
Rangers 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 26,375 28 Start
23/12/1972
Aberdeen 3-0 Morton
Div 1 (Old) 7,031 28 Start
30/12/1972
Hibernian 3-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 21,279 28 Start
01/01/1973
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 13,576 28 Start
09/01/1973
Aberdeen 2-0 Crystal Palace
Friendly 16,000 28 Start
27/01/1973
Aberdeen 3-1 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 13,282 28 Start
03/02/1973
Brechin City 2-4 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 8,123 28 Start
07/02/1973
Motherwell 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 28 Start
10/02/1973
Falkirk 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,897 28 Start
20/02/1973
Aberdeen 6-0 Dumbarton
Div 1 (Old) 7,852 28 Sub
03/03/1973
Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 36,245 28 Start
07/03/1973
St. Johnstone 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,389 28 Sub
31/03/1973
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 8,831 28 Sub
07/04/1973
Aberdeen 5-1 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 6,500 28 Sub
01/08/1973
Aberdeen 0-1 Manchester City
Friendly 21,000 28 Start
22/08/1973
Aberdeen 0-2 Dundee United
League Cup G4 8,912 28 Sub
29/08/1973
Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen
League Cup G4 9,808 28 Sub
12/09/1973
Aberdeen 3-0 Stirling Albion
League Cup G4 7,500 28 Sub
15/09/1973
St. Johnstone 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 28 Start
19/09/1973
Aberdeen 4-1 Finn Harps
UEFA Cup R1 1L 10,700 29 Start
29/09/1973
Clyde 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,375 29 Start
03/10/1973
Finn Harps 1-3 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R1 2L 5,500 29 Start
10/10/1973
Stirling Albion 0-3 Aberdeen
League Cup G4 3,000 29 Start
13/10/1973
Dumbarton 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 29 Start
20/10/1973
Aberdeen 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 7,351 29 Start
31/10/1973
Celtic 3-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G4 26,000 29 Sub
03/11/1973
Morton 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 29 Start
07/11/1973
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R2 2L 21,785 29 Start
10/11/1973
Falkirk 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,500 29 Start
22/12/1973
Arbroath 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,711 29 Sub
29/12/1973
Aberdeen 0-0 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 29 Sub
01/01/1974
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,451 29 Start
05/01/1974
Aberdeen 0-1 St. Johnstone
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 29 Sub

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1973-74
7
3
0
1
4
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
11
7
0
1
0
0
1972-73
22
4
1
9
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
1
34
4
2
5
0
2
1971-72
26
3
7
6
0
2
3
0
1
4
0
0
39
3
10
11
2
0
1970-71
10
10
2
1
0
0
1
3
0
0
1
0
12
14
2
4
0
3
1969-70
18
1
0
6
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
25
1
1
3
0
0
Totals:
83
21
10
23
4
3
6
3
1
9
1
1
121
29
15
24
2
5
Total Appearances/Goals: 150 15