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Charlie Nicholas Squad Index
Information:
1989-90 Squad Number:
7
Position:
Forward
Date of Birth:
30th December 1961
Birthplace:
Glasgow
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 9
Weight:
11st
Signed:
August 1987
Career History:
Celtic 1979-1983
Arsenal 1983-1988
Aberdeen 1988-1990
Celtic 1990-1995
Clyde 1995-1996
 
Profile:
If ever there was a stellar signing, this was it. Ian Porterfield signed Nicholas from Arsenal for 400,000 in the New Year of 1988, and immediately lifted the Dons' flagging spirits. In his Pittodrie debut against Dunfermline, 20,000 turned out to see the former Celtic star. A gifted striker, Nicholas was already a Scottish international by the time he arrived at Pittodrie, and went on to become a favourite at Pittodrie. Played in the side that won the Cup double in 1989-90, and began to form an exciting partnership with Hans Gillhaus that was touted, as the most feared in the game. Moved back to his first club Celtic after the Dons had beaten the Parkhead side in the 1990 Cup Final.

After hanging up his boots, Charlie went on to be a successful football pundit on television.

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
09/01/1988
Hibernian 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 16,000 26 Start

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
1989-90
32
1
11
5
0
0
5
0
2
2
0
0
44
1
13
1
0
1
1988-89
27
1
16
3
0
1
5
0
1
1
0
0
36
1
18
3
0
1
1987-88
16
0
3
0
0
0
6
0
2
0
0
0
22
0
5
0
0
0
Totals:
75
2
30
8
0
1
16
0
5
3
0
0
102
2
36
4
0
2
Total Appearances/Goals: 104 36  

Scottish International Caps
Season Date
Match
Tournament
1988-89 26/04/89
SCOTLAND v Cyprus
World Cup Qualifier
1986-87 23/05/87
SCOTLAND v England
Rous Cup
1986-87 10/09/86
SCOTLAND v Bulgaria
Euro Championship Qualifier
1985-86 13/06/86
Uruguay v SCOTLAND
World Cup Finals
1985-86 04/06/86
Denmark v SCOTLAND
World Cup Finals
1985-86 23/04/86
England v SCOTLAND
Rous Cup
1985-86 26/03/86
SCOTLAND v Romania
Friendly
1985-86 28/01/86
Israel v SCOTLAND
Friendly
1984-85 27/03/85
SCOTLAND v Wales
World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 27/02/85
Spain v SCOTLAND
World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 17/10/84
SCOTLAND v Iceland
World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 12/09/84
SCOTLAND v Yugoslavia
Friendly
1983-84 01/06/84
France v SCOTLAND
Friendly
1983-84 12/10/83
SCOTLAND v Belgium
Euro Championship Qualifier
1982-83 20/06/83
Canada v SCOTLAND
Friendly
1982-83 16/06/83
Canada v SCOTLAND
Friendly
1982-83 12/06/83
Canada v SCOTLAND
Friendly
1982-83 01/06/83
England v SCOTLAND
British Int'l Championship
1982-83 24/05/83
SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland
British Int'l Championship
1982-83 30/03/83
SCOTLAND v Switzerland
Euro Championship Qualifier
Total Appearances: 20