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Ian Scanlon Squad Index
Information:
1978-79 Squad Number:
11
Position:
Outside Left
Date of Birth:
13th July 1952
Birthplace:
Birkenshaw (Lanarkshire)
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 10
Weight:
11st 3lbs
Signed:
18th March 1978
Career History:
Viewpark BC
East Stirling 6th June 1970
Notts County 5th July 1972 17,000
Aberdeen 1st April 1978 15,000
St Mirren 30th May 1981 to May 1986
 
Profile:
Full Name: John Ian Scanlon, known as Ian.

Scanlon cut a mercurial figure on the pitch and frequently created exciting moments for the crowd, but he could also drift out of games. Nonetheless he was a significant contributor to the Dons' teams of the late 1970's and played a big part in the League Championship winning season of 1979-1980. In 1979, USA club Washington Diplomats came close to making a 100,000 bid for the player,who was wanting away from Pittodrie, but nothing came of it. Eventually he signed for St Mirren in the summer of 1981 as part of the deal that brought Peter Weir to Aberdeen.

Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
29/04/1978
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,250 25 Sub
06/05/1978
Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers
Scottish Cup F 61,563 25 Sub
31/07/1978
Elgin City 0-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 26 Sub
02/08/1978
Buckie Thistle 0-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 26 Start
12/08/1978
Heart of Midlothian 1-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,500 26 Sub
19/08/1978
Aberdeen 3-1 Morton
Premier Division 14,500 26 Sub
26/08/1978
Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,000 26 Sub
30/08/1978
Meadowbank Thistle 0-5 Aberdeen
League Cup R2 1L 1,600 26 Start
02/09/1978
Aberdeen 4-0 Meadowbank Thistle
League Cup R2 2L 6,850 26 Start
03/09/1978
Aberdeen 0-1 Former Dons Select
Testimonial 21,000 26 Start
09/09/1978
Aberdeen 4-0 Motherwell
Premier Division 12,200 26 Start
13/09/1978
Marek Dimitrov 3-2 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup R1 1L 20,000 26 Start
16/09/1978
Rangers 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 27,000 26 Start
23/09/1978
Hibernian 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 12,086 26 Start
27/09/1978
Aberdeen 3-0 Marek Dimitrov
European Cup Winners Cup R1 2L 21,100 26 Start
30/09/1978
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 11,100 26 Start
04/10/1978
Hamilton 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup R3 1L 5,000 26 Start
07/10/1978
Aberdeen 4-1 Celtic
Premier Division 25,000 26 Start
11/10/1978
Aberdeen 7-1 Hamilton
League Cup R3 2L 10,000 26 Start
14/10/1978
St. Mirren 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,973 26 Sub
18/10/1978
Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-0 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup R2 1L 10,000 26 Sub
21/10/1978
Aberdeen 1-2 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 12,750 26 Start
23/10/1978
Arbroath Select 2-2 Aberdeen
Testimonial 1,200 26 Start
28/10/1978
Morton 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,500 26 Start
01/11/1978
Aberdeen 2-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf
European Cup Winners Cup R2 2L 16,800 26 Sub
04/11/1978
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United
Premier Division 13,850 26 Sub
11/11/1978
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,448 26 Sub
15/11/1978
Aberdeen 3-1 Ayr United
League Cup QF 2L 13,000 26 Sub
18/11/1978
Aberdeen 0-0 Rangers
Premier Division 24,000 26 Start
09/12/1978
Celtic 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 24,000 26 Start
13/12/1978
Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian
League Cup SF 21,048 26 Start
16/12/1978
Aberdeen 1-1 St. Mirren
Premier Division 11,700 26 Start
23/12/1978
Heart of Midlothian 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,500 26 Start
30/12/1978
Aberdeen 1-2 Morton
Premier Division 8,700 26 Start
16/01/1979
Belenenses 0-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 26 Start
20/01/1979
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,100 26 Start
28/01/1979
Hamilton 0-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 9,400 26 Start
21/02/1979
Aberdeen 6-2 Ayr United
Scottish Cup R4 11,500 26 Start
24/02/1979
St. Mirren 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,500 26 Start
28/02/1979
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 11,500 26 Start
03/03/1979
Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 26,000 26 Start
10/03/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
Scottish Cup QF 23,000 26 Sub
14/03/1979
Celtic 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF REP 36,000 26 Start
11/04/1979
Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian
Scottish Cup SF 9,837 26 Start
14/04/1979
Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,000 26 Start
18/04/1979
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,672 26 Start
21/04/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
Premier Division 18,400 26 Start
25/04/1979
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
Premier Division 19,000 26 Start
02/05/1979
Aberdeen 5-0 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 6,000 26 Start
05/05/1979
Dundee United 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,822 26 Start
07/05/1979
Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 30,000 26 Start
11/05/1979
Partick Thistle 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,000 26 Start
14/05/1979
Ross County - Brora Rangers Select 0-2 Aberdeen
Testimonial 2,000 26 Start
19/07/1979
Randers 0-1 Aberdeen
Danish Tour 27 Start
05/09/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Leicester City
Friendly 8,000 27 Start
15/09/1979
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
Premier Division 23,000 27 Start
19/09/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
UEFA Cup R1 1L 20,000 27 Start
22/09/1979
Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic
Premier Division 23,000 27 Start
26/09/1979
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
League Cup R3 1L 18,000 27 Start
29/09/1979
Dundee 0-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,817 27 Sub
03/10/1979
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R1 2L 20,000 27 Start
06/10/1979
St. Mirren 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,163 27 Start
10/10/1979
Rangers 0-2 Aberdeen
League Cup R3 2L 18,000 27 Start
13/10/1979
Aberdeen 3-1 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 12,000 27 Start
20/10/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 12,000 27 Start
27/10/1979
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,000 27 Start
31/10/1979
Aberdeen 3-2 Celtic
League Cup QF 1L 24,000 27 Start
03/11/1979
Aberdeen 0-3 Dundee United
Premier Division 12,500 27 Start
10/11/1979
Aberdeen 1-2 Morton
Premier Division 10,400 27 Start
17/11/1979
Rangers 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 18,500 27 Start
24/11/1979
Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup QF 2L 29,000 27 Start
01/12/1979
Aberdeen 2-1 Morton
League Cup SF 11,986 27 Start
08/12/1979
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
League Cup F 27,173 27 Start
12/12/1979
Aberdeen 0-3 Dundee United
League Cup F REP 28,933 27 Start
12/01/1980
Aberdeen 3-2 Rangers
Premier Division 18,600 27 Start
19/01/1980
Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic
Premier Division 24,000 27 Start
26/01/1980
Arbroath 1-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 5,764 27 Start
30/01/1980
Aberdeen 5-0 Arbroath
Scottish Cup R3 REP 9,127 27 Start
02/02/1980
Dundee 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,661 27 Start
09/02/1980
St. Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,900 27 Start
16/02/1980
Aberdeen 8-0 Airdrie
Scottish Cup R4 10,410 27 Start
23/02/1980
Aberdeen 1-2 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 9,600 27 Start
01/03/1980
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 9,000 27 Start
19/03/1980
Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee
Premier Division 7,000 27 Sub
22/03/1980
Aberdeen 1-0 Morton
Premier Division 7,250 27 Start
29/03/1980
Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 20,000 27 Start
01/04/1980
Kilmarnock 0-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,000 27 Sub
05/04/1980
Celtic 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 40,000 27 Start
07/04/1980
Aberdeen 2-1 Dundee
Premier Division 11,600 27 Start
12/04/1980
Aberdeen 0-1 Rangers
Scottish Cup SF 44,000 27 Start
16/04/1980
Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian
Premier Division 15,000 27 Start
19/04/1980
Kilmarnock 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 3,800 27 Sub
23/04/1980
Celtic 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 48,000 27 Start
26/04/1980
Aberdeen 2-0 St. Mirren
Premier Division 19,000 27 Start
29/04/1980
Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 12,954 27 Start
03/05/1980
Hibernian 0-5 Aberdeen
Premier Division 12,921 27 Start
07/05/1980
Partick Thistle 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,000 27 Start
26/07/1980
Aberdeen 4-1 Airdrieonians
Drybrough Cup QF 9,000 28 Start
30/07/1980
Morton 2-4 Aberdeen
Drybrough Cup SF 28 Start
02/08/1980
Aberdeen 2-1 St. Mirren
Drybrough Cup F 8,000 28 Start
09/08/1980
St. Mirren 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,067 28 Start
12/08/1980
Aberdeen 1-2 Twente Enschede
Friendly 8,621 28 Start
16/08/1980
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee United
Premier Division 13,729 28 Start
23/08/1980
Airdrieonians 0-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,000 28 Start
27/08/1980
Aberdeen 8-1 Berwick Rangers
League Cup R2 1L 7,570 28 Start
03/09/1980
Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen
League Cup R3 1L 30,000 28 Start
06/09/1980
Aberdeen 6-0 Morton
Premier Division 9,485 28 Start
13/09/1980
Rangers 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 30,000 28 Start
17/09/1980
Aberdeen 1-0 Austria Memphis
European Cup R1 1L 18,633 28 Start
20/09/1980
Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,000 28 Start
24/09/1980
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
League Cup R3 2L 23,926 28 Start
27/09/1980
Aberdeen 2-2 Celtic
Premier Division 23,000 28 Sub
01/10/1980
Austria Memphis 0-0 Aberdeen
European Cup R1 2L 37,000 28 Start
04/10/1980
Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,873 28 Sub
08/10/1980
Dundee 0-0 Aberdeen
League Cup QF 1L 10,500 28 Start
11/10/1980
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 11,164 28 Start
18/10/1980
Aberdeen 3-2 St. Mirren
Premier Division 11,000 28 Start
22/10/1980
Aberdeen 0-1 Liverpool
European Cup R2 1L 23,934 28 Start
25/10/1980
Dundee United 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,043 28 Start
29/10/1980
Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee
League Cup QF 2L 14,925 28 Start
01/11/1980
Aberdeen 4-1 Airdrieonians
Premier Division 9,266 28 Start
05/11/1980
Liverpool 4-0 Aberdeen
European Cup R2 2L 36,182 28 Start
08/11/1980
Celtic 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 29,000 28 Start
15/11/1980
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 12,268 28 Start
22/11/1980
Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 3,300 28 Start
06/12/1980
Morton 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,000 28 Start
13/12/1980
Aberdeen 2-0 Rangers
Premier Division 22,054 28 Start
20/12/1980
Partick Thistle 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,000 28 Start
27/12/1980
Aberdeen 4-1 Celtic
Premier Division 23,930 28 Start
30/12/1980
Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee United
Premier Division 23,573 28 Start
03/01/1981
St. Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,100 28 Start
10/01/1981
Heart of Midlothian 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,000 28 Start
24/01/1981
Raith Rovers 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 10,000 28 Sub
25/01/1981
Aberdeen University 1-7 Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire Cup R1 28 Start
31/01/1981
Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 30,000 28 Start
07/02/1981
Aberdeen 0-1 Morton
Premier Division 12,005 28 Start
21/02/1981
Airdrieonians 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,000 28 Start
28/02/1981
Aberdeen 1-2 St. Mirren
Premier Division 9,683 28 Start
07/03/1981
Aberdeen 4-1 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 11,128 28 Start
14/03/1981
Kilmarnock 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,500 28 Start
28/03/1981
Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 35,200 28 Start
01/04/1981
Aberdeen 3-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 7,650 28 Start
04/04/1981
Morton 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,500 28 Start
11/04/1981
Aberdeen 1-0 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 6,982 28 Start
22/04/1981
Aberdeen 0-0 Rangers
Premier Division 15,000 28 Start
25/04/1981
Dundee United 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,369 28 Start
29/04/1981
Aberdeen 5-1 Buckie Thistle
Aberdeenshire Cup F 28 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
1980-81
32
2
5
5
0
0
0
1
0
4
0
0
41
3
5
6
0
13
1979-80
25
4
4
7
0
0
4
0
4
2
0
0
38
4
8
2
0
2
1978-79
24
6
2
5
1
2
4
1
2
2
2
0
35
10
6
5
1
0
1977-78
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
Totals:
81
13
12
17
1
2
8
3
6
8
2
0
114
19
20
13
1
15
Total Appearances/Goals: 133 20