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Eric Black Squad Index
Information:
1985-86 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.


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
25/01/1981
Aberdeen University 1-7 Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire Cup R1 17 Start
16/08/1981
Aberdeen 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Testimonial 17 Start
31/10/1981
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee United
Premier Division 11,035 18 Start
07/11/1981
Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 29,326 18 Start
14/11/1981
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 11,193 18 Start
25/11/1981
Aberdeen 3-2 Hamburg
UEFA Cup R3 1L 24,000 18 Start
28/11/1981
Aberdeen 0-0 Airdrie
Premier Division 8,030 18 Sub
05/12/1981
Morton 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 3,102 18 Start
09/12/1981
Hamburg 3-1 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R3 2L 45,000 18 Start
23/01/1982
Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 12,679 18 Sub
30/01/1982
Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic
Premier Division 20,000 18 Sub
03/02/1982
Partick Thistle 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,307 18 Start
06/02/1982
Aberdeen 0-0 Morton
Premier Division 7,217 18 Start
10/04/1982
Hibernian 0-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 8,000 18 Sub
21/04/1982
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
Premier Division 15,700 18 Start
24/04/1982
Aberdeen 2-0 Airdrie
Premier Division 8,000 18 Start
01/05/1982
Dundee 0-5 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,415 18 Start
03/05/1982
Aberdeen 3-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 7,000 18 Start
22/05/1982
Aberdeen 4-1 Rangers
Scottish Cup F 53,788 18 Sub
31/07/1982
Ross County 0-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 18 Start
03/08/1982
Inverness Thistle 0-4 Aberdeen
Testimonial 2,500 18 Start
07/08/1982
Aberdeen 0-1 Ipswich Town
Testimonial 8,200 18 Start
11/08/1982
Morton 2-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 3,500 18 Start
14/08/1982
Aberdeen 3-3 Dundee
League Cup G2 9,000 18 Start
18/08/1982
Aberdeen 7-0 Sion
European Cup Winners Cup PR2 1L 13,000 18 Start
21/08/1982
Aberdeen 3-0 Dumbarton
League Cup G2 6,500 18 Start
25/08/1982
Aberdeen 3-0 Morton
League Cup G2 11,000 18 Start
28/08/1982
Dundee 1-5 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 7,000 18 Sub
01/09/1982
Sion 1-4 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup R2 2L 2,400 18 Sub
04/09/1982
Dundee United 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,683 18 Start
08/09/1982
Dumbarton 1-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 750 18 Start
11/09/1982
Aberdeen 4-1 Morton
Premier Division 7,500 18 Start
15/09/1982
Aberdeen 1-0 Dinamo Tirane
European Cup Winners Cup R1 1L 15,000 18 Sub
18/09/1982
St. Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,800 18 Start
22/09/1982
Aberdeen 1-3 Dundee United
League Cup QF 1L 14,000 18 Sub
25/09/1982
Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers
Premier Division 20,300 18 Start
06/10/1982
Dundee United 1-0 Aberdeen
League Cup QF 2L 11,700 19 Sub
16/10/1982
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
Premier Division 10,800 19 Sub
20/10/1982
Aberdeen 2-0 Lech Poznan
European Cup Winners Cup R2 1L 17,600 19 Start
23/10/1982
Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 3,400 19 Start
30/10/1982
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,400 19 Start
06/11/1982
Aberdeen 5-1 Dundee United
Premier Division 14,000 19 Start
13/11/1982
Morton 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,500 19 Start
20/11/1982
Aberdeen 4-0 St. Mirren
Premier Division 10,300 19 Start
27/11/1982
Rangers 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 23,000 19 Sub
04/12/1982
Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,929 19 Start
11/12/1982
Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic
Premier Division 24,000 19 Sub
18/12/1982
Dundee 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,528 19 Start
27/12/1982
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 14,500 19 Start
01/01/1983
Aberdeen 2-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 14,000 19 Start
03/01/1983
Dundee United 0-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 17,851 19 Sub
08/01/1983
Aberdeen 2-0 Morton
Premier Division 12,600 19 Start
15/01/1983
St. Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,530 19 Sub
22/01/1983
Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers
Premier Division 21,600 19 Start
29/01/1983
Hibernian 1-4 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 14,289 19 Start
08/02/1983
Aberdeen 5-1 Motherwell
Premier Division 13,300 19 Start
12/02/1983
Celtic 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 42,831 19 Start
19/02/1983
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
Scottish Cup R4 19,000 19 Start
26/02/1983
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee
Premier Division 11,500 19 Start
02/03/1983
Bayern Munich 0-0 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup QF 1L 35,000 19 Start
05/03/1983
Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,400 19 Start
12/03/1983
Partick Thistle 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 12,092 19 Sub
16/03/1983
Aberdeen 3-2 Bayern Munich
European Cup Winners Cup QF 2L 24,000 19 Start
19/03/1983
Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee United
Premier Division 22,800 19 Sub
26/03/1983
Morton 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,800 19 Start
02/04/1983
Aberdeen 0-1 St. Mirren
Premier Division 16,400 19 Start
06/04/1983
Aberdeen 5-1 Waterschei
European Cup Winners Cup SF 1L 24,500 19 Start
09/04/1983
Rangers 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 19,800 19 Sub
16/04/1983
Aberdeen 1-0 Celtic
Scottish Cup SF 51,152 19 Start
30/04/1983
Dundee 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,076 19 Sub
05/05/1983
Aberdeen 5-0 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 12,000 19 Sub
11/05/1983
Aberdeen 2-1 Real Madrid
European Cup Winners Cup F 17,800 19 Start
14/05/1983
Aberdeen 5-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 24,000 19 Start
21/05/1983
Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers
Scottish Cup F 62,979 19 Start
31/07/1983
Dinamo Bucharest 2-0 Aberdeen
Kirn Tournament 19 Start
13/08/1983
Aberdeen 0-1 Arsenal
Friendly 11,700 19 Start
15/08/1983
Ipswich Town 3-0 Aberdeen
Testimonial 19 Start
20/08/1983
Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee
Premier Division 14,304 19 Start
24/08/1983
Aberdeen 9-0 Raith Rovers
League Cup R2 1L 9,650 19 Start
27/08/1983
Raith Rovers 0-3 Aberdeen
League Cup R2 2L 3,000 19 Start
31/08/1983
Aberdeen 4-0 Meadowbank Thistle
League Cup G3 10,000 19 Start
03/09/1983
Aberdeen 5-0 St. Johnstone
Premier Division 12,400 19 Start
07/09/1983
St. Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G3 5,100 19 Start
10/09/1983
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,217 19 Start
02/11/1983
Aberdeen 4-1 Beveren
European Cup Winners Cup R2 2L 22,500 20 Sub
05/11/1983
St. Johnstone 0-5 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,074 20 Sub
17/12/1983
Aberdeen 2-1 Hibernian
Premier Division 14,000 20 Sub
20/12/1983
Aberdeen 2-0 Hamburg
European Super Cup F 2L 22,500 20 Sub
24/12/1983
St. Mirren 0-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,654 20 Start
31/12/1983
Aberdeen 5-2 Dundee
Premier Division 18,250 20 Start
07/01/1984
Rangers 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 37,500 20 Start
11/02/1984
Motherwell 0-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,051 20 Sub
13/02/1984
Aberdeen 1-1 Kilmarnock
Scottish Cup R3 15,000 20 Start
15/02/1984
Kilmarnock 1-3 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 REP 9,460 20 Start
18/02/1984
Clyde 0-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R4 5,800 20 Start
22/02/1984
Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic
League Cup SF 20,074 20 Start
25/02/1984
Hibernian 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 8,500 20 Start
03/03/1984
Aberdeen 2-0 St. Mirren
Premier Division 14,500 20 Start
07/03/1984
Ujpest Doza 2-0 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup QF 1L 29,000 20 Start
10/03/1984
Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen
League Cup SF REP 41,169 20 Start
17/03/1984
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
Scottish Cup QF 22,000 20 Start
21/03/1984
Aberdeen 3-0 Ujpest Doza
European Cup Winners Cup QF 2L 22,800 20 Start
28/03/1984
Dundee United 0-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF REP 16,094 20 Start
31/03/1984
Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 19,193 20 Start
07/04/1984
Aberdeen 2-1 Motherwell
Premier Division 15,500 20 Start
11/04/1984
Porto 1-0 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup SF 1L 65,000 20 Start
14/04/1984
Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee
Scottish Cup SF 17,654 20 Start
18/04/1984
Aberdeen 5-1 Dundee United
Premier Division 19,562 20 Start
21/04/1984
St. Johnstone 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,197 20 Start
25/04/1984
Aberdeen 0-1 Porto
European Cup Winners Cup SF 2L 23,000 20 Start
28/04/1984
Dundee 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,663 20 Start
02/05/1984
Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 14,000 20 Sub
05/05/1984
Aberdeen 2-2 Hibernian
Premier Division 17,000 20 Start
19/05/1984
Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic
Scottish Cup F 58,900 20 Start
04/08/1984
Stuttgart Kickers 0-1 Aberdeen
West Germany Tour 20 Start
11/08/1984
Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee
Premier Division 14,700 20 Start
13/08/1984
Leicester City 1-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 7,400 20 Start
25/08/1984
Dundee United 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 13,033 20 Start
01/09/1984
Aberdeen 4-1 Hibernian
Premier Division 14,500 20 Start
08/09/1984
Morton 0-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,000 20 Start
19/09/1984
Aberdeen 2-1 Dynamo Berlin
European Cup R1 1L 20,000 20 Start
22/09/1984
Dumbarton 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,500 20 Start
29/09/1984
Aberdeen 4-0 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 16,344 20 Start
03/10/1984
Dynamo Berlin 2-1 Aberdeen
European Cup R1 2L 20,000 21 Start
06/10/1984
Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 31,418 21 Start
13/10/1984
Dundee 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,990 21 Start
20/10/1984
Aberdeen 4-0 St. Mirren
Premier Division 14,100 21 Start
30/10/1984
Aberdeen 4-2 Coventry City
Friendly 10,000 21 Start
06/11/1984
Hibernian 0-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 8,000 21 Start
10/11/1984
Aberdeen 3-1 Morton
Premier Division 14,500 21 Start
17/11/1984
Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 44,000 21 Start
20/11/1984
Forfar Athletic 1-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 2,168 21 Start
24/11/1984
Aberdeen 1-0 Dumbarton
Premier Division 13,200 21 Start
08/12/1984
Aberdeen 4-2 Celtic
Premier Division 23,000 21 Start
15/12/1984
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee
Premier Division 14,000 21 Start
29/12/1984
St. Mirren 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,287 21 Start
14/01/1985
Ismaily SC 2-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 11,000 21 Start
19/01/1985
Aberdeen 5-1 Rangers
Premier Division 23,000 21 Start
30/01/1985
Aberdeen 5-0 Alloa Athletic
Scottish Cup R3 13,500 21 Start
02/02/1985
Dumbarton 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 3,500 21 Start
09/02/1985
Aberdeen 2-2 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 14,700 21 Start
16/02/1985
Raith Rovers 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R4 10,000 21 Start
23/02/1985
Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 48,834 21 Start
02/03/1985
Aberdeen 3-0 St. Mirren
Premier Division 12,000 21 Start
09/03/1985
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 23,900 21 Start
13/03/1985
Aberdeen 1-0 Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Cup QF REP 23,000 21 Start
16/03/1985
Dundee 0-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,161 21 Start
23/03/1985
Hibernian 0-5 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,000 21 Start
30/03/1985
Aberdeen 4-2 Dundee United
Premier Division 15,600 21 Start
06/04/1985
Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 23,437 21 Start
13/04/1985
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
Scottish Cup SF 18,485 21 Start
17/04/1985
Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee United
Scottish Cup SF REP 10,771 21 Start
20/04/1985
Aberdeen 4-0 Dumbarton
Premier Division 12,500 21 Start
11/05/1985
Morton 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 3,600 21 Start
24/07/1985
Neuchatel 1-0 Aberdeen
Tour 21 Start
10/08/1985
Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 14,846 21 Start
17/08/1985
Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 14,339 21 Start
21/08/1985
Aberdeen 5-0 Ayr United
League Cup R2 12,400 21 Sub
24/08/1985
Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell
Premier Division 14,059 21 Sub
31/08/1985
Dundee 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,592 21 Start
04/09/1985
Aberdeen 1-0 Heart of Midlothian
League Cup QF 13,100 21 Start
07/09/1985
Aberdeen 3-0 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 12,300 21 Start
14/09/1985
Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 39,450 21 Start
18/09/1985
Akranes 1-3 Aberdeen
European Cup R1 1L 7,000 21 Start
21/09/1985
Aberdeen 1-1 St. Mirren
Premier Division 12,585 21 Start
25/09/1985
Dundee United 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup SF 1L 12,837 21 Start
28/09/1985
Rangers 0-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 37,599 21 Start
02/10/1985
Aberdeen 4-1 Akranes
European Cup R1 2L 14,700 22 Start
05/10/1985
Aberdeen 3-1 Clydebank
Premier Division 11,339 22 Start
19/10/1985
Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee United
Premier Division 15,148 22 Sub
27/10/1985
Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian
League Cup F 40,061 22 Start
02/11/1985
Aberdeen 4-1 Celtic
Premier Division 23,000 22 Start
10/12/1985
Clydebank 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,095 22 Start
14/12/1985
Aberdeen 4-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 11,819 22 Start
16/12/1985
Aberdeen 1-3 Billy McNeill Select
Testimonial 16,500 22 Start
21/12/1985
Dundee United 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,085 22 Start
01/01/1986
Dundee 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,096 22 Start
04/01/1986
Aberdeen 3-1 St. Mirren
Premier Division 11,500 22 Start
11/01/1986
Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 31,305 22 Start
18/01/1986
Aberdeen 0-1 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 21,500 22 Start
01/02/1986
Rangers 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 29,887 22 Start
05/02/1986
Aberdeen 4-1 Montrose
Scottish Cup R3 9,000 22 Start
08/02/1986
Aberdeen 4-1 Clydebank
Premier Division 11,000 22 Start
15/02/1986
Arbroath 0-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R4 6,017 22 Start
19/02/1986
Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers
Premier Division 18,700 22 Start
22/02/1986
Hibernian 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,500 22 Start
05/03/1986
Aberdeen 2-2 IFK Gothenburg
European Cup QF 1L 22,000 22 Start
08/03/1986
Dundee 2-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF 13,188 22 Start
12/03/1986
Aberdeen 2-1 Dundee
Scottish Cup QF REP 21,000 22 Start
19/03/1986
IFK Gothenburg 0-0 Aberdeen
European Cup QF 2L 44,152 22 Start
05/04/1986
Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian
Scottish Cup SF 19,165 22 Start
09/04/1986
Aberdeen 3-2 Motherwell
Premier Division 10,300 22 Start
12/04/1986
Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic
Premier Division 22,000 22 Start
16/04/1986
Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee United
Premier Division 8,500 22 Start
20/04/1986
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 19,047 22 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
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