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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
 
Jim Leighton
Jim Leighon at the World Cup in 86 Jim Leighton became the fourth Aberdeen goalkeeper to progress to the national side when he made his International debut on 13th October 1982, in a European Championship qualifier at Hampden against East Germany. The 24 year old distinguished himself on his debut, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

Leighton kept his place for the subsequent qualifiers against Switzerland and Belgium away from home, and he received his fourth cap in the return game against the Swiss at Hampden in March 1983.

Despite steady displays in all four games, Jim's status as Scotland No.1 remained under threat from St Mirren's Billy Thomson. At the tail end of the 1982-83 season, Thomson was preferred for the first of the three British Championship matches, and on a summer tour of Canada the St Mirren custodian again got one cap to Leighton's two.

The crunch came on 16 November 1983, when Thomson got the nod over Leighton for the second game against the East Germans in the European Championship at Halle, but Billy looked to be at fault for one of the German goals in a 2-1 defeat.

Leighton returned for his 11th cap against Northern Ireland in December, 1983 and from that point on was the undisputed first choice Scotland goalie. Jim became a key component in the Scotland set-up, and he played a major part in Scotland's successful bid to reach the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, including fine performances in vital games such as a narrow 1-0 win over Iceland and a 3-1 win over Spain.

On 27th February 1985 Leighton became the most capped Dons keeper in history when he faced Spain in Seville, but a 1-0 loss in the World Cup qualifier took the edge off Jim's 18th cap.

Over the following three seasons Jim went on to add a further 24 Scottish caps to his collection, including three in the 1986 World Cup finals, before making the move at club level to Manchester United. This gave him a total of 42 caps as an Aberdeen player.

In his early career, Jim first came to prominence with Ayrshire side Dalry Thistle before joining the Dons as a 19 year old in 1977. Within weeks of signing, Jim was off to Europe with Aberdeen when a combination of an injury to long-time Dons keeper Bobby Clark and a passport problem for reserve John Gardiner, left Leighton as the only real candidate for the goalie's jersey on a club visit to Yugoslavia. His lightning promotion was a one-off however, and he soon found himself farmed out to Highland League outfit Deveronvale. Jim gained valuable experience at Princess Royal Park and on numerous occasions was credited with winning the points for "Vale".

During the 1977-78 close season Bobby Clark's troublesome shoulder injury flared up again and kept him out of the Aberdeen side for the opening of the following season, Alex Ferguson's first in charge. The new boss had little hesitation in pitching young Leighton into the fray from the off and Jim did a capable job. As a consequence he began to be mentioned as a possible candidate for the Scotland under-21 squad.

Clark returned to full fitness and reclaimed his No.1 jersey in November 1978, and for the rest of the season Leighton slugged it out with colleague John Gardiner to win the battle for the No.2 spot in the eyes of Alex Ferguson. Leighton successfully saw off Gardiner's challenge, and in the wake of the Dons 1980 Scottish League title triumph Jim stepped into the side for the again injured Clark, and from that point never looked back.

The young goalie played his part in helping to maintain the Dons' success, giving the impression that he had played all his days behind Alex McLeish and Willie Miller. It must have been soul destroying for opposing strikers to pick up the crumbs sparingly offered by those two gentlemen only to find Big Jim the route to goal.

Leighton quickly became recognised as one of the country's premier keepers, and made a nonsense of Fergie's decision to sign experienced Belgian Marc de Clerck. From the beginning of the 1980-81 season to the end of the 1984-85 campaign, Jim missed out on only five first team outings in over 240 games, keeping a clean sheet in more than half those appearances.

During that spell he amassed all the honours available with the Dons at that time, as well as establishing himself as Scotland's No.1. There is no doubt that Leighton, as the last line of defence, was a vital member of the Dons' European Cup Winner's Cup side that triumphed in Gothenburg.

In his early days Jim dazzled with his reaction saves and his ability to win those one-to-one situations that strikers love. And over the years he developed to become a superb all-round keeper, with that all important ability needed by the custodian in any dominant, successful side - to make a save after being out of the game for a long spell.

After Leighton left Pittodrie in 1988 for Old Trafford the sky seemed to be the limit for the keeper who had made the English experts eat their words about Scottish goalies. In May, 1989 Jim was made Scotland skipper for the 50th cap, a Rous Cup game against Chile at Hampden. And in March 1990, he set a new mark for Scotland goalkeepers when he broke Alan Rough's existing record with a 54th cap in a sensational 1-0 win over Argentina - the goal scored by former club mate Stewart McKimmie.

Unfortunately, things began to go sadly wrong at club level, culminating in his much publicised exclusion from the Manchester United side to face Crystal Palace in the replay of the 1990 FA Cup final. To his credit, Scotland boss Andy Roxburgh stood by his man for the subsequent 1990 World Cup finals, but in the wake of the Scots agonising exit after a 1-0 loss to Brazil, Roxburgh felt he could not keep a reserve team player as Scotland's first choice keeper.

Jim spent three years in the wilderness, during which time he left Old Trafford for Dens Park, although it took a move to Easter Road in 1993 before the healing process began in earnest. His rehabilitation was complete with a recall to the Scotland side later that year, and finally in 1995 Jim came full circle by regaining his place as Scotland's No.1.

Jim returned to Pittodrie in 1997 for another 3 seasons before bowing out in the infamous 1999-00 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers where he was stretchered off on 4mins after a clash with Rod Wallace. Jim became Goalkeeping Coach at Pittodrie after retiring in 2000.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1998-99 10/10/98 SCOTLAND v Estonia Euro Championship Qualifier
1998-99 05/09/98 Lithuania v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1997-98 23/06/98 Morocco v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1997-98 16/06/98 Norway v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1997-98 10/06/98 Brazil v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1997-98 30/05/98 Usa v SCOTLAND Friendly
1997-98 22/04/98 SCOTLAND v Finland Friendly
1997-98 25/03/98 SCOTLAND v Denmark Friendly
1997-98 11/10/97 SCOTLAND v Latvia World Cup Qualifier
1997-98 07/09/97 SCOTLAND v Belarus World Cup Qualifier
1996-97 08/06/97 Belarus v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1996-97 01/06/97 Malta v SCOTLAND Friendly
1996-97 27/05/97 SCOTLAND v Wales Friendly
1996-97 30/04/97 Sweden v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1996-97 02/04/97 SCOTLAND v Austria World Cup Qualifier
1996-97 29/03/97 SCOTLAND v Estonia World Cup Qualifier
1996-97 10/11/96 SCOTLAND v Sweden World Cup Qualifier
1995-96 26/05/96 Usa v SCOTLAND Friendly
1995-96 24/04/96 Denmark v SCOTLAND Friendly
1995-96 27/03/96 SCOTLAND v Australia Friendly
1995-96 15/11/95 SCOTLAND v San Marino Euro Championship Qualifier
1995-96 11/10/95 Sweden v SCOTLAND Friendly
1995-96 06/09/95 SCOTLAND v Finland Euro Championship Qualifier
1995-96 16/08/95 SCOTLAND v Greece Euro Championship Qualifier
1994-95 07/06/95 Faroe Islands v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1994-95 24/05/95 Ecquador v SCOTLAND Kirin Cup
1994-95 21/05/95 Japan v SCOTLAND Kirin Cup
1994-95 26/04/95 San Marino v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1994-95 29/03/95 Russia v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1994-95 18/12/94 Greece v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1993-94 27/05/94 Holland v SCOTLAND Friendly
1993-94 20/04/94 Austria v SCOTLAND Friendly
1993-94 17/11/93 Malta v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1989-90 20/06/90 Brazil v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1989-90 16/06/90 Sweden v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1989-90 11/06/90 Costa Rica v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1989-90 28/05/90 Malta v SCOTLAND Friendly
1989-90 28/03/90 SCOTLAND v Argentina Friendly
1989-90 15/11/89 SCOTLAND v Norway World Cup Qualifier
1989-90 11/10/89 France v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1989-90 06/09/89 Yugoslavia v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1988-89 30/05/89 SCOTLAND v Chile Rous Cup
1988-89 27/05/89 SCOTLAND v England Rous Cup
1988-89 26/04/89 SCOTLAND v Cyprus World Cup Qualifier
1988-89 08/03/89 SCOTLAND v France World Cup Qualifier
1988-89 08/02/89 Cyprus v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1988-89 14/09/88 Norway v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1987-88 21/05/88 England v SCOTLAND Rous Cup
1987-88 17/05/88 SCOTLAND v Columbia Rous Cup
1987-88 27/04/88 Spain v SCOTLAND Friendly
1987-88 22/03/88 Malta v SCOTLAND Friendly
1987-88 17/02/88 Saudi Arabia v SCOTLAND Friendly
1987-88 02/12/87 Luxembourg v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1987-88 11/11/87 Bulgaria v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1987-88 14/10/87 SCOTLAND v Belgium Euro Championship Qualifier
1987-88 09/09/87 SCOTLAND v Hungary Friendly
1986-87 23/05/87 SCOTLAND v England Rous Cup
1986-87 01/04/87 Belgium v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1986-87 18/02/87 SCOTLAND v Republic Of Ireland Euro Championship Qualifier
1986-87 12/11/86 SCOTLAND v Luxembourg 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 28/01/86 Israel v SCOTLAND Friendly
1985-86 04/12/85 Austria v SCOTLAND World Cup Play-Offs
1985-86 20/11/85 SCOTLAND v Austria World Cup Play-Offs
1985-86 16/10/85 SCOTLAND v East Germany Friendly
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 SCOTLAND v England Rous Cup
1984-85 27/03/85 SCOTLAND v Wales World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 27/02/85 Spain v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 14/11/84 SCOTLAND v Spain World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 17/10/84 SCOTLAND v Iceland World Cup Qualifier
1984-85 12/09/84 SCOTLAND v Yugoslavia Friendly
1983-84 01/06/84 France v SCOTLAND Friendly
1983-84 26/05/84 SCOTLAND v England British Int'l Championship
1983-84 28/02/84 SCOTLAND v Wales British Int'l Championship
1983-84 13/12/83 Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1983-84 12/10/83 SCOTLAND v Belgium Euro Championship Qualifier
1983-84 21/09/83 SCOTLAND v Uruguay Friendly
1982-83 20/06/83 Canada v SCOTLAND Friendly
1982-83 16/06/83 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 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
Total Appearances: 91