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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
 
'Big Dunc' in action for Scotland.
Duncan Shearer
7 Caps
 
Stuart Kennedy in Aberdeen Colours.
Stuart Kennedy
7 Caps
 
Peter Weir in Aberdeen Colours.
Peter Weir
6 Caps
 
Fred Martin in action for Scotland.
Fred Martin
6 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
 

Kenny McLean
5 Caps
 
Bobby Connor in action for Scotland.
Robert Connor
4 Caps
 
Scott McKenna in Aberdeen Colours.
Scott McKenna
4 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
 
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
 

Lee Miller
3 Caps
 
Willie Mills in Aberdeen Colours.
Willie Mills
3 Caps
 
Graeme Shinnie in Aberdeen Colours.
Graeme Shinnie
3 Caps
 

Ryan Christie
3 Caps
 
William Lennie in Aberdeen Colours.
William Lennie
2 Caps
 
Chris Maguire in action for the Scotland U21s
Chris Maguire
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
 
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
 
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
 
Steve Murray in Aberdeen Colours.
Steve Murray
1 Cap
 
Robbie Winters in action for Scotland against Germany in 1999.
Robbie Winters
1 Cap
 
Gordon Strachan
Belgium midfielder Ludo Coeck (right) tries to pull back Scotland's Gordon Strachan. It is one of Scottish football's recurring mysteries why at international level we often fail to make the most of the talent available. Gordon Strachan, arguably the finest talent to grace the Scottish game in the final quarter of the 20th century, played only 50 times at full international level. Remarkably the 50 cap mark is an achievement by Scottish standards.

Edinburgh born Strachan joined Dundee as an S form signing in October, 1971 and with Scottish caps at both schoolboy and youth level, the youngster looked a good bet for future stardom. Gordon showed up well in the Dundee first team during the inaugural Premier League season in 1975-76, but that campaign ended with Dundee in Division One and it became apparent that the Dens park side would have to part with the talented youngster in their bid to battle their way out of the lower division. In November, 1977, Dons boss Billy McNeill moved in to snap up wee Gordon in what proved to be one of the biggest "steals" in modern transfer history. Strachan came north to Pittodrie in a player swap deal that gave Jim Shirra to the Dens Park outfit along with the princely sum of 50,000.

At first there was little hint of the great things to follow as the wee man, low on confidence, struggled to break into a strong and highly competitive Aberdeen side. Then Billy McNeill went to Parkhead during the 1978 close season and there was the possibility that Strachan would not be required by new boss Alex Ferguson. However, Gordon quickly impressed Fergie and by midway through the 1978-79 season had firmly established himself as a first team regular.

By the start of the next campaign the wee man had matured into one of the finest midfield players of his generation, and his confident displays in the middle of the park were ultimately the springboard to the Dons first championship success in some 25 years. Gordon's role in that success was underlined by his selection as Scottish Player of the year in April 1980. Despite his lack of inches and slight build, Strachan was the complete player. He could run at a defence with the ball or could change the point of attack with a pinpoint 40 yard pass. He could strike a powerful shot from any range and even had the ability to "pass" the ball into the net if a goalkeeper left the slightest gap. When he was not in possession, Gordon was constantly on the move to make himself available to team mates, and although not the strongest tackler in the world, he would always be there to make an opponent's task that bit harder.

His pivotal role in the Dons 1980 success finally brought recognition at international level and Strachan was named in the Scottish squad for the 1980 British Championship, making his debut in a 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland at Windsor Park on May 16. He then played in the two remaining British Championship fixtures, both at Hampden, against Wales and England, before heading off to Eastern Europe for a two game friendly tour against Poland and Hungary. The wee man acquitted himself well in all five internationals and did his chances of inclusion in Scotland's forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign no harm at all.

Scotland's road to Spain 1982 began in Stockholm on September 10 1980. Strachan was the star in Sweden as he scored the crucial second half counter that gave Scotland a rare 1-0 away win and launched them on the road to a third consecutive appearance in the Finals. He played again in Scotland's opening home fixture, a disappointing 0-0 draw with Portugal on October 15. By the time the third qualifier came round in February, 1981 Gordon was sidelined with a serious stomach muscle tear which kept him out of action in the second half of the 1980-81 season.

Strachan was back in the Aberdeen side by the start of the 1981-82 season. His influence at club level was as powerful as ever as the Dons developed into one of Europe's finest outfits-with the 1983 European Cup Winner's Cup triumph the pinnacle of their achievements. Simultaneously, Gordon established himself as a Scotland regular, coming back into contention after the stomach injury in October 1981 with Scotland already assured of a place in the World Cup Final.

In the 1982 competition in Spain, Strachan was outstanding in Scotland's matches against New Zealand, Brazil and the USSR, winning recognition from the international media. Alas, the Scots failed to qualify once again on goal difference.

Over the following two seasons the wee man took his tally of full caps as a Don to 28 before he played his last match for Aberdeen in the memorable 1984 Scottish Cup Final and joined Manchester United in a 600,000 deal.

At Old Trafford Gordon quickly became a favourite of the fans, and in his first season had an FA Cup Winners medal to add to his growing collection of honours. On the international scene he remained an important part of the Scotland set-up as qualification for the Mexico'86 World Cup was achieved under Jock Stein. Once again, in the competition itself, Strachan looked the part on the world stage. Following the 1986 season his appearances in the dark blue of Scotland were increasingly limited, although there was a great deal of football left in him.

In March 1989, Gordon was transferred to Second Division Leeds United, but instead of disappearing into oblivion he played a major part in lifting the Elland Road side back into Division One after an absence of eight years. In tandem with Eric Cantona, the wee man showed his true class be leading Leeds United to the English League title itself in 1991-92, and as a result his international career enjoyed a late flourish to take him to the celebrated 50-cap mark.

Subsequently a troublesome back injury convinced Strachan to retire from the international stage and the same injury finally led to his retirement at club level in the early spring of 1995. Soon afterwards he joined Coventry City as assistant manager to former boss Ron Atkinson before taking over as Manager of the Sky Blues. He was appointed Southampton boss in October 2001 after parting company with Coventry following their relegation from the Premiership. He took Southampton to the FA Cup Final in May 2003, losing 1-0 to Arsenal before stepping down in Feb 2004 to take a break from football. Strachan is now working in the media as a football pundit.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1991-92 25/03/92 SCOTLAND v Finland Friendly
1991-92 19/02/92 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland Friendly
1991-92 16/10/91 Romania v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1991-92 11/09/91 Switzerland v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1990-91 01/05/91 San Marino v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1990-91 27/03/91 SCOTLAND v Bulgaria Euro Championship Qualifier
1990-91 06/02/91 SCOTLAND v Ussr Friendly
1989-90 11/10/89 France v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1988-89 08/03/89 SCOTLAND v France World Cup Qualifier
1987-88 09/09/87 SCOTLAND v Hungary Friendly
1986-87 18/02/87 SCOTLAND v Republic Of Ireland Euro Championship Qualifier
1986-87 15/10/86 Republic Of Ireland v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1986-87 10/09/86 SCOTLAND v Bulgaria Euro Championship Qualifier
1985-86 13/06/86 Uruguay v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1985-86 08/06/86 West Germany v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1985-86 04/06/86 Denmark v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1985-86 26/03/86 SCOTLAND v Romania Friendly
1985-86 20/11/85 SCOTLAND v Australia World Cup Play-Offs
1985-86 10/09/85 Wales v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 28/05/85 Iceland v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 25/05/85 England v SCOTLAND Rous Cup
1984-85 27/02/85 Spain v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1983-84 01/06/84 France v SCOTLAND Friendly
1983-84 26/05/84 SCOTLAND v England British Int'l Championship
1983-84 13/12/83 Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1983-84 16/11/83 East Germany v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1982-83 20/06/83 Canada v SCOTLAND Friendly
1982-83 16/06/83 Canada v SCOTLAND Friendly
1982-83 12/06/83 Canada v SCOTLAND Friendly
1982-83 01/06/83 England v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1982-83 28/05/83 Wales v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1982-83 24/05/83 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland British Int'l Championship
1982-83 30/03/83 SCOTLAND v Switzerland Euro Championship Qualifier
1982-83 15/12/82 Belgium v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1982-83 17/11/82 Switzerland v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1982-83 13/10/82 SCOTLAND v East Germany Euro Championship Qualifier
1981-82 22/06/82 Ussr v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1981-82 18/06/82 Brazil v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1981-82 15/06/82 New Zealand v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1981-82 23/03/82 SCOTLAND v Holland Friendly
1981-82 24/02/82 Spain v SCOTLAND Friendly
1981-82 18/11/81 Portugal v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1981-82 14/10/81 Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1980-81 15/10/80 SCOTLAND v Portugal World Cup Qualifier
1980-81 10/09/80 Sweden v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1979-80 31/05/80 Hungary v SCOTLAND Friendly
1979-80 28/05/80 Poland v SCOTLAND Friendly
1979-80 24/05/80 SCOTLAND v England British Int'l Championship
1979-80 21/05/80 SCOTLAND v Wales British Int'l Championship
1979-80 16/05/80 Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
Total Appearances: 50