Click here to go back to the AFC Heritage Trust Homepage Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Logo  
Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust - Player Profile
Eric Black Squad Index
Information:
1983-84 Squad Number:
10
Position:
Forward
Date of Birth:
01st October 1963
Birthplace:
Bellshill
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 8
Weight:
10st 4lbs
Signed:
23rd August 1980
Career History:
Alness Academy
Aberdeen 23rd August 1980
Metz June 1986, Retired - May 1991
Ross County Commercial Manager 1991
SFA Community Development Officer - North of Scotland 1993
Celtic Assistant Manager 1998-2000
Motherwell Manager 15/10/2001 to 24/04/2002
Coventry City Assistant Manager July 2003, Manager 15/01/2004 to 24/04/2004
Birmingham City Assistant-Manager 07/072004 to 27/11/2007
Wigan Athletic Assisstant-Manager 28/11/2007 to 30/06/2009
Sunderland Assistant Manager 1st July 2009 to 30th November 2011, Caretaker Manager 1st December 2011 to 6th December 2011
Blackburn Rovers Assistant Manager 19/01/2012 to 31/10/2012, Caretaker Manager 28/09/2012 to 30/10/2012
Blackpool Coach 07/03/2014 to 09/05/2014
Wigan Athletic Coach 04/07/2014 to 30/06/2015
Rotherham United Coach 08/07/2015 to 25/01/2016
Aston Villa Coach 26/01/2016 to 29/03/2016, Caretaker Manager 30/03/2016 to 03/06/2016
Southampton assistant manager 30/06/2016; resigned 12/2017
 
Profile:
One of the clutch of Fergie's rising young stars that went on to greatness with the Dons in Gothenburg. Scored the opening goal in the 1983 ECWC Final against real Madrid and was also on target in many big Aberdeen games. Was particularly renowned for his ability to "hang in the air" when going for high balls. Signed a deal to move to Metz in France which led to his being left out of the Dons 1986 Cup Final side.

Back injuries hampered Black's career after leaving the Dons and he was forced to give up playing professionally in his late twenties. Highly regarded as a coach, he was manager at Motherwell and Coventry City as well as being assistant at several other clubs.


Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
25/01/1981
Aberdeen University 1-7 Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire Cup R1 17 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
1985-86
23
3
8
3
1
4
5
0
2
4
0
1
35
4
15
2
0
3
1984-85
27
0
17
0
0
0
6
0
1
2
0
2
35
0
20
5
0
2
1983-84
14
4
6
6
0
5
7
0
1
4
2
0
31
6
12
3
0
2
1982-83
22
9
12
5
3
3
4
1
1
6
2
3
37
15
19
3
0
3
1981-82
10
3
3
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
1
12
5
4
1
0
0
1980-81
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
Totals:
96
19
46
14
4
12
22
3
5
18
4
7
150
30
70
15
0
10
Total Appearances/Goals: 180 70