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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
 
Dave Robb
Jim Leighton in Aberdeen Colours. With Bobby Clark re-established as an international class goalkeeper at the start of the 1970s and Jim Forrest also enjoying a recall to the full Scottish side, Scotland team manager Bobby Brown began to pencil in the up-and-coming Pittodrie stars to his future plans. Brown's particular need to keep an eye on Clark brought other Dons players to the national team boss's attention, and the Club's 1970-71 title push underlined the quality of player at Pittodrie at the time. As luck would have it, Aberdeen's spirited league challenge faltered as title holders Celtic claimed a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie on April 17 1971 to help them retain the flag. But for Reds fans' favourite Davie Robb, the bitter disappointment of failure after coming so close was eased a little by recognition at full international level only a few days later.

Born in Broughty Ferry on 15 December 1947, Davie was on the Chelsea ground staff as a youngster, but the Stamford Bridge side allowed him to return to Scotland to sign for Fife outfit Newburgh before he was snapped up by the Dons in 1965. His displays in the reserves as a youngster won him favour in the eyes of manager Eddie Turnbull, and in February 1967, he was given his baptism at first team level in a league fixture against Ayr at Somerset Park.

Over the next year or so Davie was given half a dozen short spells in the top team, principally as an out and out attacker. Rather unfairly he was given a rough time by the "boo-boys" among the Pittodrie support for his raw style and lack of composure in front of goal. But Eddie Turnbull refused to be influenced by his detractors and insisted Davie was doing all that was required of him. By the end of the 1968-69 season, and playing in a deeper role, Davie had established himself as a first team regular and his all-action displays began to win over his critics. He became known affectionately to fans as "The Brush". Davie more than played his part in the Dons 1970 Scottish Cup triumph, and was a major factor in the Dons' emergence in 1970-71 as the main threat to Celtic's domination of the domestic scene. He was most effective in midfield where he gave no quarter, besides making the most of his strength and presence in the air. Around goal, he never really threw off his habit of scorning the occasional sitter, but Davie could always be relied on to conjure up a score from the most unlikely of positions. You never knew just what to expect when Davie forced his personality on a game.

Bobby Brown handed Robb his first cap in a make or break European Championship clash against group leaders Portugal in Lisbon on 12 April 1971, leading to the fans tongue in cheek terracing chant "We don't need Eusebio 'cos we've got Davie Robb." He played up front in tandem with Alan Glizean and used his aerial ability to great effect, but as the Eusebio-inspired home side threatened to over-run the Scots in the second half, Davie was pulled back into midfield. In the final analysis Robb was one of the few successes in what was regarded as a poor overall performance by the Scots, who went down 2-0 to relinquish their last hopes of qualification in the tournament. Scotland boss Brown was now under severe pressure as manager, but he displayed his faith in Robb by picking him for Scotland's next fixture a Home International against Wales on a waterlogged pitch at Cardiff on May 15, 1971. The conditions were farcical and contributed hugely to the 0-0 scoreline, but Davie was characteristically the busiest man on the park. In the process he unfortunately picked up a thigh knock that ruled him out for the following midweek fixture at Hampden Park against the Irish. However, he recovered in time to be selected for the Wembley fixture against the "Auld Enemy" on May 22.

Davie started the game in wide midfield and gave his usual wholehearted performance. But he was chiefly remembered for being dispossessed by Francis Lee (unfairly, since he received a "hospital pass") in the build up to England's second goal, scored by Martin Chivers. Late in the game Bobby Brown pushed big Davie up front after taking off the ineffective Hugh Curran, but with the English on top it was a forlorn hope. One June 9 Davie lined up with team mates Bobby Clark and Jim Forrest in the Scotland side that lost a now meaningless European Championship qualifier 1-0 in Denmark. Five days later he gained another cap in identical company in a Moscow friendly won by the USSR 1-0. That game proved to be Bobby Brown's swansong as manager, and unfortunately for Davie, new boss Tommy Docherty had little faith in home based players.

Robb continued to give his all for the Dons, but a serious knee injury, picked up in December 1972 began a nightmare run of injuries. He returned from a cartilage operation in March 1973 but his comeback lasted barely four games before he was out again with a similar injury. The next two years of Davie's career were blighted by injury and the 1975-76 season marked his first near injury campaign for four years. "The Brush" played his part in aiding the Dons to avoid the drop in April 1976 and seven months later he was the toast of Pittodrie when he came off the bench to score an extra time winner in the League Cup Final against Celtic. Davie's final season at Pittodrie was played under old rival Billy McNeill in 1977-78 before he joined Tampa Bay Rowdies for 8,000 in February 1978. At the end of the US season he joined Norwich where he played for six months.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
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 15/05/71 Wales v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1970-71 21/04/71 Portugal v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
Total Appearances: 5