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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
 
Ernie McGarr
Jim Leighton in Aberdeen Colours. Glasgow born Ernie McGarr joined the Dons around the same time as Bobby Clark from junior outfit Kilbirnie Ladeside in 1965. It was the latter who established himself as the regular first team keeper, and when full international honours came Clark's way McGarr's prospects of being anything other than second string at Pittodrie seemed remote indeed. As the 1968-69 season got under way there was little hint of the unlikely turnaround about to unfold.

Bobby Clark was apparently on the verge of making the Scotland No.1 spot his very own for the foreseeable future, when out of the blue he suffered a dramatic loss of form and McGarr was promoted to the first team. There can be little doubt that Clark's confidence problem had its roots in an infamous clash with Celtic's Bobby Lennox at Parkhead on September 28, 1968, when the impish forward nipped in and punched the ball from the Aberdeen keeper's grasp to score a controversial, late winning goal. But Clark's nightmare was McGarr's good fortune and in early December 1968 Ernie was handed the first team jersey.

He quickly established himself as a superb custodian in his own right and it became difficult to see how the replacement could be asked to step aside even if a spell in the reserves restored Bobby Clark's confidence. Ernie's style was somewhat different to his predecessor with greater flamboyance and emphasis on the spectacular reaction save coupled with a bigger physical presence. His displays for the Dons won him deserved attention, and his meteoric rise was complete when he was called up for the full Scottish side to face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on September 21, 1969.

Unfortunately, the occasion was more of a trial than a triumph for McGarr. Although the game was only a friendly international, it was seen by manager Bobby Brown as key preparation for a vital World Cup qualifier against West Germany the following month. Incredible as it may seem, the Irish game was played in Dublin on a Sunday after all the players had taken part in their usual club fixtures the day before! Ernie had the bad luck to pick up a leg injury in the Don's battle with St Johnstone at Muirton Park on the Saturday, and took the field with his right thigh heavily strapped. It quickly became obvious that manger Brown's gamble on his new keeper's fitness was going to fail, and after a mere 25 minutes between the sticks during, which McGarr received another knock on his injured leg, the Don's custodian was replaced by rival Jim Herriot.

McGarr could not be risked for the World Cup qualifier in Hamburg, and the Scots failed to qualify for Mexico, 1970 when they lost a dramatic game 3-2. On November 5, 1969 Ernie was put in goal for the now meaningless final qualifying tie against Austria in Vienna, but he failed to distinguish himself in a poor team performance and before another opportunity arose his moment had gone.

The early weeks of 1970 saw the big keeper suffer a loss of form himself, and Bobby Clark re-emerged from the wilderness to which McGarr returned. Later the same year, with Clark back to his best, Ernie saw little prospect of another miracle and not surprisingly tabled a transfer request. In January, 1971, his wish was granted with a move to Dunfermline Athletic, but he spent less than 18 months at East End Park before making a more permanent move to East Fife. Ernie made the short trip to Cowdenbeath in May, 1977 and was actually between the sticks at Pittodrie when old mate Joe Harper scored the goal against the Fifers that gave him the Dons scoring record. McGarr signed for Airdrie in September 1978, before making his final move to Berwick Rangers two years later. He retired at the end of the 1980-81 season.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1969-70 05/11/69 Austria v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1969-70 21/09/69 Republic Of Ireland v SCOTLAND Friendly
Total Appearances: 2