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Willie Garner Squad Index
Information:
1978-79 Squad Number:
5
Position:
Centre Half
Date of Birth:
24th July 1955
Birthplace:
Stirling
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
6' 1
Weight:
13st 0lbs
Signed:
01/08/1975
Career History:
Campsie Black Watch
Aberdeen 29th September 1975
Celtic 1st July 1981 45,000
Alloa Athletic 26th August 1982 (On Loan)
Rochdale October 1982 (On Loan)
Alloa Athletic 30th November 1982, player-manager 1st December 1982
Aberdeen assistant manager - 6th February 1984 - 18th June 1986
Cove Rangers July 1986 to February 1987
Rosslyn Sports 20th July 1987
Keith 1988 player-manager, player only on 30th September 1989
FC Stoneywood
Berwick Rangers 30th November 1990
Retired - 9th May 1992
Craigroyston Manager 1992-95
Newtongrange Star Manager December 1995 to February 1999
Harthill Royal Manager 2000-2002
Glenrothes Manager February 2005 to 2006
Forfar Athletic Assistant-Manager 18th April 2007, Acting Manager 21st April 2008 to May 2008
Tayport Juniors Manager 14th November 2008 to 16th April 2011
Ballingry Rovers Manager 13th October 2013 to 2014
 
Profile:
After a solid career with the Dons, during which he participated in a League winning campaign in 1979-80 and gathered a League Cup winners' medal in 1976, Willie began moving into management when he joined Alloa Athletic in 1982.In 1984 he returned to Pittodrie as assistant to Alex Ferguson for a couple of years before moving on once again.

Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
17/01/1976
Heart of Midlothian 3-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,300 20 Start
24/01/1976
Alloa Athletic 0-4 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 6,312 20 Start
21/02/1976
Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic
Premier Division 18,221 20 Start
23/02/1976
Aberdeen 2-1 Nuremberg
Friendly 20 Start
28/02/1976
Aberdeen 3-0 St. Johnstone
Premier Division 5,920 20 Start
17/03/1976
Finn Harps 4-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 20 Start
10/04/1976
Ayr United 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,700 20 Sub
14/04/1976
Aberdeen 0-0 Rangers
Premier Division 17,968 20 Start
17/04/1976
Celtic 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 29,000 20 Start
21/04/1976
St. Johnstone 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,500 20 Start
24/04/1976
Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 10,985 20 Start
01/05/1976
Forres Mechanics 2-5 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 1,800 20 Start
07/08/1976
Dundee United 1-0 Aberdeen
Anglo-Scottish Cup PR1 1L 5,500 21 Start
11/08/1976
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee United
Anglo-Scottish Cup PR1 2L 10,709 21 Start
14/08/1976
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
League Cup G2 10,866 21 Start
18/08/1976
St. Mirren 2-3 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 4,500 21 Start
21/08/1976
Aberdeen 1-0 Ayr United
League Cup G2 9,695 21 Start
25/08/1976
Aberdeen 4-0 St. Mirren
League Cup G2 8,212 21 Start
28/08/1976
Ayr United 1-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 4,800 21 Start
01/09/1976
Kilmarnock 2-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 2,700 21 Start
04/09/1976
Aberdeen 2-2 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 11,727 21 Start
11/09/1976
Ayr United 0-5 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,800 21 Start
15/09/1976
Aberdeen 0-1 Orient
Anglo-Scottish Cup QF 1L 10,000 21 Start
18/09/1976
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 8,712 21 Start
22/09/1976
Aberdeen 1-0 Stirling Albion
League Cup QF 1L 7,185 21 Start
25/09/1976
Hibernian 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,278 21 Start
29/09/1976
Orient 1-0 Aberdeen
Anglo-Scottish Cup QF 2L 5,005 21 Start
02/10/1976
Partick Thistle 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,000 21 Start
06/10/1976
Stirling Albion 1-0 Aberdeen
League Cup QF 2L 3,700 21 Start
16/10/1976
Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 22,000 21 Start
18/10/1976
Aberdeen 2-0 Stirling Albion
League Cup QF REP 4,027 21 Start
23/10/1976
Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic
Premier Division 19,379 21 Start
27/10/1976
Aberdeen 5-1 Rangers
League Cup SF 20,990 21 Start
30/10/1976
Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee United
Premier Division 18,577 21 Start
02/11/1976
Aberdeen 3-1 Motherwell
Premier Division 15,207 21 Start
06/11/1976
Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic
League Cup F 69,679 21 Start
10/11/1976
Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,500 21 Start
20/11/1976
Kilmarnock 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,000 21 Start
24/11/1976
Aberdeen 1-0 Ayr United
Premier Division 10,581 21 Start
27/11/1976
Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 14,788 21 Start
07/12/1976
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 3,590 21 Start
26/12/1976
Celtic 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 47,000 21 Start
03/01/1977
Aberdeen 4-1 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 18,761 21 Start
08/01/1977
Ayr United 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,600 21 Start
12/01/1977
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 9,898 21 Start
19/01/1977
Aberdeen 3-3 Rangers
Premier Division 21,591 21 Start
22/01/1977
Hibernian 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,480 21 Start
29/01/1977
Dunfermline Athletic 0-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R3 11,899 21 Start
05/02/1977
Partick Thistle 2-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,000 21 Start
07/02/1977
Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 7,650 21 Start
19/02/1977
Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 17,000 21 Start
26/02/1977
Dundee 0-0 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R4 16,999 21 Start
02/03/1977
Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee
Scottish Cup R4 REP 18,375 21 Start
05/03/1977
Aberdeen 2-0 Celtic
Premier Division 21,656 21 Start
12/03/1977
Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee United
Premier Division 12,620 21 Start
16/03/1977
Dundee United 3-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,176 21 Start
19/03/1977
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 8,000 21 Start
23/03/1977
Aberdeen 2-1 Motherwell
Premier Division 7,849 21 Start
26/03/1977
Aberdeen 0-2 Ayr United
Premier Division 6,057 21 Start
02/04/1977
Kilmarnock 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,000 21 Start
05/04/1977
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,523 21 Start
09/04/1977
Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 7,910 21 Start
13/04/1977
Dundee United 2-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,500 21 Start
16/04/1977
Aberdeen 0-2 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 5,836 21 Start
20/04/1977
Celtic 4-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 27,000 21 Start
23/04/1977
Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,209 21 Start
30/04/1977
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
Premier Division 13,484 21 Start
30/07/1977
Aberdeen 2-1 OFK Kikinda
Friendly 8,000 22 Start
02/08/1977
Fraserburgh 3-0 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 900 22 Start
04/08/1977
Arbroath 1-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 1,000 22 Start
08/08/1977
Dundee 0-4 Aberdeen
Friendly 4,468 22 Start
13/08/1977
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
Premier Division 21,500 22 Start
17/08/1977
Aberdeen 3-1 Airdrie
League Cup R1 1L 10,600 22 Start
20/08/1977
Clydebank 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,000 22 Start
24/08/1977
Airdrie 0-2 Aberdeen
League Cup R1 2L 2,500 22 Start
27/08/1977
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
Premier Division 16,100 22 Start
31/08/1977
Aberdeen 5-0 Cowdenbeath
League Cup R2 1L 8,250 22 Start
03/09/1977
Cowdenbeath 0-5 Aberdeen
League Cup R2 2L 1,780 22 Start
10/09/1977
Ayr United 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,700 22 Start
14/09/1977
R. W. Molenbeek 0-0 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R1 1L 14,000 22 Start
17/09/1977
Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic
Premier Division 25,800 22 Start
24/09/1977
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 11,900 22 Start
28/09/1977
Aberdeen 1-2 R. W. Molenbeek
UEFA Cup R1 2L 26,000 22 Start
01/10/1977
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,466 22 Start
05/10/1977
Rangers 6-1 Aberdeen
League Cup R3 1L 25,000 22 Start
08/10/1977
St. Mirren 0-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 12,919 22 Start
15/10/1977
Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian
Premier Division 11,900 22 Start
22/10/1977
Rangers 3-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 37,000 22 Start
26/10/1977
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
League Cup R3 2L 15,600 22 Start
29/10/1977
Aberdeen 1-1 Clydebank
Premier Division 9,400 22 Start
05/11/1977
Dundee United 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,000 22 Start
12/11/1977
Aberdeen 0-0 Ayr United
Premier Division 9,350 22 Start
19/11/1977
Celtic 3-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 27,000 22 Start
26/11/1977
Partick Thistle 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 12,800 22 Start
03/12/1977
Aberdeen 4-1 Motherwell
Premier Division 9,500 22 Start
05/12/1977
Inverness Caledonian 2-4 Aberdeen
Benefit Match 1,750 22 Start
10/12/1977
Aberdeen 3-1 St. Mirren
Premier Division 9,000 22 Start
17/12/1977
Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,601 22 Start
24/12/1977
Aberdeen 4-0 Rangers
Premier Division 21,000 22 Start
31/12/1977
Clydebank 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,800 22 Start
07/01/1978
Ayr United 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,966 22 Start
14/01/1978
Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic
Premier Division 24,600 22 Start
04/02/1978
Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 8,845 22 Start
06/02/1978
Aberdeen 2-0 Ayr United
Scottish Cup R3 14,244 22 Start
15/02/1978
Queen of the South 3-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 1,500 22 Start
25/02/1978
Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 11,200 22 Start
27/02/1978
Aberdeen 3-0 St. Johnstone
Scottish Cup R4 15,597 22 Start
04/03/1978
Rangers 0-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 34,500 22 Start
11/03/1978
Aberdeen 2-2 Morton
Scottish Cup QF 17,394 22 Start
15/03/1978
Morton 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup QF REP 10,500 22 Start
18/03/1978
Dundee United 0-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,671 22 Start
21/03/1978
Aberdeen 2-0 Clydebank
Premier Division 9,600 22 Start
25/03/1978
Aberdeen 4-1 Ayr United
Premier Division 11,000 22 Start
29/03/1978
St. Mirren 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,300 22 Start
01/04/1978
Celtic 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 24,000 22 Start
04/04/1978
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 16,000 22 Start
08/04/1978
Partick Thistle 0-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,000 22 Start
12/04/1978
Aberdeen 4-2 Partick Thistle
Scottish Cup SF 12,282 22 Start
15/04/1978
Aberdeen 5-0 Motherwell
Premier Division 16,280 22 Start
22/04/1978
Aberdeen 4-2 St. Mirren
Premier Division 17,250 22 Start
29/04/1978
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,250 22 Start
06/05/1978
Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers
Scottish Cup F 61,563 22 Start
31/07/1978
Elgin City 0-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 23 Start
02/08/1978
Buckie Thistle 0-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 23 Start
05/08/1978
Aberdeen 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Friendly 18,000 23 Start
07/08/1978
Aberdeen 3-2 Middlesbrough
Friendly 10,500 23 Start
12/08/1978
Heart of Midlothian 1-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,500 23 Start
19/08/1978
Aberdeen 3-1 Morton
Premier Division 14,500 23 Start
26/08/1978
Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,000 23 Start
30/08/1978
Meadowbank Thistle 0-5 Aberdeen
League Cup R2 1L 1,600 23 Start
02/09/1978
Aberdeen 4-0 Meadowbank Thistle
League Cup R2 2L 6,850 23 Start
03/09/1978
Aberdeen 0-1 Former Dons Select
Testimonial 21,000 23 Start
09/09/1978
Aberdeen 4-0 Motherwell
Premier Division 12,200 23 Start
13/09/1978
Marek Dimitrov 3-2 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup R1 1L 20,000 23 Start
16/01/1979
Belenenses 0-5 Aberdeen
Friendly 23 Sub
24/01/1979
Buckie Thistle 0-3 Aberdeen
Friendly 23 Start
18/04/1979
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 2,672 23 Start
21/04/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic
Premier Division 18,400 23 Start
25/04/1979
Aberdeen 2-1 Rangers
Premier Division 19,000 23 Start
28/04/1979
Aberdeen 1-2 St. Mirren
Premier Division 10,400 23 Start
02/05/1979
Aberdeen 5-0 Heart of Midlothian
Premier Division 6,000 23 Start
05/05/1979
Dundee United 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,822 23 Start
07/05/1979
Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 30,000 23 Start
11/05/1979
Partick Thistle 1-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 4,000 23 Start
14/05/1979
Ross County - Brora Rangers Select 0-2 Aberdeen
Testimonial 2,000 23 Start
21/07/1979
Skovbakken 0-7 Aberdeen
Danish Tour 23 Start
28/07/1979
Kilmarnock 1-0 Aberdeen
Drybrough Cup QF 24 Start
30/07/1979
Buckie Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen
Friendly 24 Start
02/08/1979
Aberdeen 4-1 Coventry City
Friendly 9,000 24 Start
08/08/1979
Aberdeen 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Friendly 11,500 24 Start
11/08/1979
Partick Thistle 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,500 24 Start
15/08/1979
Aberdeen 4-0 Arbroath
League Cup R1 1L 6,700 24 Start
18/08/1979
Aberdeen 3-0 Hibernian
Premier Division 10,300 24 Start
22/08/1979
Arbroath 2-1 Aberdeen
League Cup R1 2L 2,174 24 Start
25/08/1979
Dundee United 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,982 24 Start
29/08/1979
Meadowbank Thistle 0-5 Aberdeen
League Cup R2 1L 1,200 24 Start
01/09/1979
Aberdeen 2-2 Meadowbank Thistle
League Cup R2 2L 6,000 24 Start
05/09/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Leicester City
Friendly 8,000 24 Start
08/09/1979
Morton 3-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 5,540 24 Start
15/09/1979
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
Premier Division 23,000 24 Start
19/09/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
UEFA Cup R1 1L 20,000 24 Start
22/09/1979
Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic
Premier Division 23,000 24 Start
26/09/1979
Aberdeen 3-1 Rangers
League Cup R3 1L 18,000 24 Start
29/09/1979
Dundee 0-4 Aberdeen
Premier Division 11,817 24 Start
03/10/1979
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Aberdeen
UEFA Cup R1 2L 20,000 24 Sub
06/10/1979
St. Mirren 2-2 Aberdeen
Premier Division 9,163 24 Start
10/10/1979
Rangers 0-2 Aberdeen
League Cup R3 2L 18,000 24 Start
13/10/1979
Aberdeen 3-1 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 12,000 24 Start
20/10/1979
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Premier Division 12,000 24 Start
27/10/1979
Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,000 24 Start
31/10/1979
Aberdeen 3-2 Celtic
League Cup QF 1L 24,000 24 Start
03/11/1979
Aberdeen 0-3 Dundee United
Premier Division 12,500 24 Start
17/11/1979
Rangers 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 18,500 24 Start
24/11/1979
Celtic 0-1 Aberdeen
League Cup QF 2L 29,000 24 Start
01/12/1979
Aberdeen 2-1 Morton
League Cup SF 11,986 24 Start
08/12/1979
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
League Cup F 27,173 24 Start
12/12/1979
Aberdeen 0-3 Dundee United
League Cup F REP 28,933 24 Start
15/12/1979
Aberdeen 2-0 St. Mirren
Premier Division 5,000 24 Start
05/01/1980
Morton 1-0 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,000 24 Start
12/01/1980
Aberdeen 3-2 Rangers
Premier Division 18,600 24 Start
19/01/1980
Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic
Premier Division 24,000 24 Start
02/02/1980
Dundee 1-3 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,661 24 Start
09/02/1980
St. Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 7,900 24 Start
16/02/1980
Aberdeen 8-0 Airdrie
Scottish Cup R4 10,410 24 Start
23/02/1980
Aberdeen 1-2 Kilmarnock
Premier Division 9,600 24 Start
30/08/1980
Berwick Rangers 0-4 Aberdeen
League Cup R2 2L 1,188 25 Start
01/10/1980
Austria Memphis 0-0 Aberdeen
European Cup R1 2L 37,000 25 Start
04/10/1980
Heart of Midlothian 0-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 10,873 25 Start
20/12/1980
Partick Thistle 1-1 Aberdeen
Premier Division 6,000 25 Start
25/01/1981
Aberdeen University 1-7 Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire Cup R1 25 Start
29/04/1981
Aberdeen 5-1 Buckie Thistle
Aberdeenshire Cup F 25 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
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
4
0
0
2
0
0
1979-80
20
0
0
11
0
2
1
0
0
1
1
0
33
1
2
6
0
1
1978-79
12
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
15
0
0
7
1
0
1977-78
35
0
1
6
0
0
6
0
0
2
0
0
49
0
1
6
0
0
1976-77
36
0
0
11
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
50
0
0
5
0
0
1975-76
7
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
8
1
0
3
0
0
Totals:
112
1
1
31
0
2
11
0
0
5
1
0
159
2
3
29
1
1
Total Appearances/Goals: 161 3