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Jim Leighon at the World Cup in 86
Jim Leighton
91 Caps
 
Alex McLeish comes up against England substitute Steve Bull in the Rous Cup Match against England at Hampden in 1989
Alex McLeish
77 Caps
 
Willie in action for Scotland
Willie Miller
65 Caps
 
Belgium midfielder Ludo Coeck (right) tries to pull back Scotland's Gordon Strachan.
Gordon Strachan
50 Caps
 
Stewart McKimmie in action for Scotland.
Stewart McKimmie
40 Caps
 
Martin Buchan for Scotland in Season 1977-78
Martin Buchan
34 Caps
 
Steve Archibald in action for Scotland.
Steve Archibald
27 Caps
 
Jim Bett for Scotland v Norway WC Qualifier in 1989.
Jim Bett
26 Caps
 
Billy Dodds Celebrates after netting for Scotland against Belgium in a WC Qualifier in 2001.
Billy Dodds
26 Caps
 
Scott Booth in action for Scotland.
Scott Booth
22 Caps
 
Charlie Nicholas in action for Scotland.
Charlie Nicholas
20 Caps
 
Eoin Jess in action for Scotland.
Eoin Jess
18 Caps
 
Graham Leggat Scores against England in 1956.
Graham Leggat
18 Caps
 
Alex Jackson in Aberdeen Colours.
Alex Jackson
17 Caps
 
Bobby Clark punches clear for Scotland against Brasil at Hampden in 1972.
Bobby Clark
16 Caps
 
Scott Severin in action for Scotland.
Scott Severin
15 Caps
 
Derek Whyte in action for Scotland.
Derek Whyte
12 Caps
 
Jock Hutton in Aberdeen Colours.
Jock Hutton
10 Caps
 
Russell Anderson in action for Scotland.
Russell Anderson
10 Caps
 
Brian Irvine in action against Romania in a Euro Qualifier at Hampden in 1990.
Brian Irvine
9 Caps
 
Scott McKenna in Aberdeen Colours.
Scott McKenna
8 Caps
 
Stuart Kennedy in Aberdeen Colours.
Stuart Kennedy
7 Caps
 
'Big Dunc' in action for Scotland.
Duncan Shearer
7 Caps
 
Fred Martin in action for Scotland.
Fred Martin
6 Caps
 
Peter Weir in Aberdeen Colours.
Peter Weir
6 Caps
 

Kenny McLean
5 Caps
 
Graeme Shinnie in Aberdeen Colours.
Graeme Shinnie
5 Caps
 

Ryan Christie
5 Caps
 
George Hamilton in Aberdeen Colours.
George Hamilton
5 Caps
 
Jim Forrest in Aberdeen Colours.
Jim Forrest
5 Caps
 
Neil Simpson in action for Scotland
Neil Simpson
5 Caps
 
Dave Robb in Aberdeen Colours.
Dave Robb
5 Caps
 
Alec Cheyne in Aberdeen Colours.
Alec Cheyne
5 Caps
 
Donald Colman in Aberdeen Colours.
Donald Colman
4 Caps
 
Joe Harper in Scotland Colours Season 1978-79.
Joe Harper
4 Caps
 
Kevin McNaughton in action for Scotland.
Kevin McNaughton
4 Caps
 
Mark McGhee watches his header beat the diving Peter Shilton to score against England.
Mark McGhee
4 Caps
 
Jimmy Smith in Aberdeen Colours.
Jimmy Smith
4 Caps
 
Bobby Connor in action for Scotland.
Robert Connor
4 Caps
 
Willie Mills in Aberdeen Colours.
Willie Mills
3 Caps
 

Lee Miller
3 Caps
 
George Mulhall in Aberdeen Colours.
George Mulhall
3 Caps
 
Paddy Buckley in Aberdeen Colours.
Paddy Buckley
3 Caps
 
Matt Armstrong in action for Scotland against Wales in 1935
Matt Armstrong
3 Caps
 
Frank Hill in Aberdeen Colours.
Frank Hill
3 Caps
 
Andy Love in Aberdeen Colours.
Andy Love
3 Caps
 
Archie Glen in Aberdeen Colours.
Archie Glen
2 Caps
 
Ernie McGarr in Aberdeen Colours.
Ernie McGarr
2 Caps
 
Dave Smith in Aberdeen Colours.
Dave Smith
2 Caps
 
Chris Maguire in action for the Scotland U21s
Chris Maguire
2 Caps
 
William Lennie in Aberdeen Colours.
William Lennie
2 Caps
 
Gary Mackay-Steven in Aberdeen Colours.
Gary Mackay-Steven
2 Caps
 
Stephen Wright clears his lines for Scotland's U21's as Germany's Mehmet Scholl bears down on him at Pittodrie.
Stephen Wright
2 Caps
 
Steve Murray in Aberdeen Colours.
Steve Murray
1 Cap
 
Robbie Winters in action for Scotland against Germany in 1999.
Robbie Winters
1 Cap
 
Doug Rougvie proudly shows his Scotland Cap.
Doug Rougvie
1 Cap
 
Benny Yorston in Aberdeen Colours.
Benny Yorston
1 Cap
 
Archie Baird in Aberdeen Colours.
Archie Baird
1 Cap
 
Harry Yorston in Aberdeen Colours.
Harry Yorston
1 Cap
 
Bobby Clark
Bobby Clark punches clear for Scotland against Brasil at Hampden in 1972. Aberdeen's ability to turn out the talent but failure to hold on to the gems they produced was highlighted by "Jinky" Smith's debut for Scotland as a substitute in Amsterdam on May 30, 1968. No fewer than five players out of the 12 Scots on show had been or were still with the Dons at the time, in addition to Jimmy Smith, West Brom's Doug Fraser featured at right back, Rangers' Dave Smith was left half, and Charlie Cooke was on the left wing. The fifth Don in the side was none other than goalkeeper Bobby Clark.

Bobby had made his full international debut prior to Jimmy Smith back in November, 1967, but his story was so different from the other Dark Blue Dons of the 1960s that his tale deserves some special attention. Born in Glasgow on September 26 1945 Bobby Clark was to some extent destined to find a life and career in sport. His father had been a director at Clyde before becoming treasurer of the SFA, and young Bobby developed as a goalkeeper with Queens Park while graduating as a PT instructor at Jordanhill. Dons fans got their first glimpse of Bobby on January 25, 1964, when the young keeper put on an impressive display as the Dons struggled to draw 1-1 at home to Queens Park in the 2nd round of the Scottish Cup. Indeed they needed extra time to dispose of their amateur opponents in the replay at Hampden.

A little over a year later, when the club was in the market for a manager Queens Park coach Eddie Turnbull was the choice, and the Don's boss wasted little time in bringing his young goalkeeper north with him. When incumbent John Ogston made the move to Liverpool in August 1965, Bobby Clark stepped in to become the Don's first choice keeper, still short of his 20th birthday. In his early days Bobby was more of a reaction type keeper, who brought off breathtaking saves but sometimes lacked concentration. Gradually though, he transformed himself into a solid, non-showy custodian, putting more emphasis on anticipation and positioning than the flamboyant approach.

His early displays for Turnbull's Tornadoes won him under 23 honours, and as Scotland manager Bobby Brown looked around for a replacement for the ageing Ronnie Simpson, Clark looked a good, if inexperienced choice. On November 22 1967, Bobby played for the full Scottish side for the first time in a 3-2 win over Wales at Hampden, and did nothing to harm his chances of re-selection. After sitting out the first international of 1968 against the Auld Enemy at Hampden, Bobby was back between the sticks for the aforementioned game against Holland in Amsterdam. From there one might have expected Bobby to embark on a long international career, but the following two seasons were something of a nightmare for the Aberdeen keeper.

The Dons suffered a poor start to the 1968-69 season and following a 5-1 loss at Dunfermline and then a 6-2 reverse at home to Hibs, Bobby Clark was dropped. Reserve keeper Ernie McGarr came in to fill Bobby's spot, and to add insult to injury did such an outstanding job that within a year he had equalled Clark's full cap haul of two. The Dons were thus in the unlikely position of having two full Scottish international keepers on their books at the same time! Faced with a long term future as reserve goalie, Clark became increasingly disillusioned with his chosen craft and turned to outfield play, at which he was no slouch. Indeed, Bobby's performances in defence in 1969 led to his appearance on two occasions in the first team, thereby creating history as the Dons became the first club to feature two Scottish international goalkeepers in the same starting line-up.

February 11, 1970 proved to be a big turning point for both the club and Bobby Clark, Turnbull moved to arrest a dismal run by reintroducing Bobby as first choice keeper and promoting Martin Buchan to skipper for a home second round Scottish Cup tie versus Clydebank. The performance on the night was well short of satisfactory, but the two moves were crucial, setting the dons on a roll which ended with the Scottish Cup in the Pittodrie boardroom for the first time in 23 years.

A week after the Dons memorable win over the mighty Celtic in the final at Hampden, Bobby Clark's remarkable comeback was capped by his return to the Scotland side that beat Northern Ireland in Belfast. Hearts goalie Jim Cruickshank was preferred to Bobby Clark at the back end of 1970, but the Aberdeen keeper did his reputation no harm setting a then world record of 20 hours 46 minutes playing time without conceding a goal as the Dons mounted an impressive League challenge. In 1971 Clark was recalled to the Scotland side to face Portugal in Lisbon and the subsequent Home International competition. In the final game of the series at Wembley, Bobby set a new record as the Dons most capped keeper, with seven caps. And on June 9 in Copenhagen he became the most capped Don of all time when he finally laid to rest Jock Hutton's 45 year old mark.

Over the next two years Clark went on to boost his caps total to 16, although Scotland boss Tommy Docherty never really seemed to settle on either Bobby, Ally Hunter, or David Harvey as his first choice. There can be no doubt that the Scottish management of the time favoured Anglos above home-based players and that might have been a factor in Bobby's flirt with a move to Stoke City in October 1972 but in the end he decided to stay put. On February 14, 1973 with new boss Willie Ormond at the helm, Scotland were humiliated 5-0 at Hampden by England in the Centenary International. Although cruelly exposed by an untried defensive combination, Bobby Clark was among the scapegoats and his international career was effectively over. He survived an attempt by new Dons boss Ally McLeod to replace him with Ally McLean in 1976 and when McLeod took over as national team manager he was recalled to the Scotland squad, without ever getting to play again.

Throughout the remainder of the 1970s Bobby continued to give sterling service to the Dons, and his patience was rewarded with a League Cup winner's medal in 1976, a testimonial in 1978 and ultimately a well deserved championship winner's medal in 1980. Following the Don's title triumph the now ageing keeper was sidelined by injury, and lost his place permanently to youngster Jim Leighton after making more than 700 first team appearances. Clark soon turned to coaching, spending time in Africa and the United States before taking managing the New Zealand national side. He is now coaching on the American college circuit.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1972-73 14/02/73 SCOTLAND v England Friendly
1972-73 18/10/72 Denmark v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1971-72 05/07/72 Brazil v SCOTLAND Brazilian Independence Cup
1971-72 02/07/72 Czechoslovakia v SCOTLAND Brazilian Independence Cup
1971-72 27/05/72 SCOTLAND v England British Int'l Championship
1971-72 24/05/72 SCOTLAND v Wales British Int'l Championship
1971-72 20/05/72 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland British Int'l Championship
1971-72 10/11/71 SCOTLAND v Belgium Euro Championship Qualifier
1970-71 14/06/71 Ussr v SCOTLAND Friendly
1970-71 09/06/71 Denmark v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1970-71 22/05/71 England v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1970-71 18/05/71 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland British Int'l Championship
1970-71 15/05/71 Wales v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1970-71 21/04/71 Portugal v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1969-70 18/04/70 Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1967-68 30/05/68 Holland v SCOTLAND Friendly
Total Appearances: 16