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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
 
Joe Harper
Joe Harper in Scotland Colours Season 1978-79. Joe Harper entered the international picture as a member of the Scottish squad to play Belgium in a February 1971 European Championship qualifier in Brussels, but an untimely injury caused him to call off and it was to be more than 18 months before he actually made his debut for Scotland.

Born in Greenock on 11 January 1948, Joe Harper first made his mark with Larkfield Boys Club before signing for Morton as a 15 year old in 1963. A Scottish youth international, Joe's stock rose quickly at Cappielow, and it was a surprise to no one when in March 1967 he followed the well-trodden path south to sign for Huddersfield. But despite holding down a regular first team spot Harper could not settle at the Yorkshire club, and in August 1968 he returned to Morton for half of the 30,000 Huddersfield had splashed out on him.

Dons boss Eddie Turnbull had been an admirer of the goal hungry Harper since a two leg League Cup quarter final against Aberdeen in 1966. In April 1969 Turnbull's first move to take Harper to Pittodrie was turned down, but the Dons supreme was not to be denied. Aberdeen stepped up their bid when the Greenock club lost to Motherwell at the quarter-final stage of the League Cup in September that year, and on 1st October Joe signed for the Dons for a reported club record fee of 40,000.

He starter his Aberdeen career playing wide on either flank with Jim Forrest the established player through the middle. Even when playing out wide it was apparent that here was a player with an eye for goal. The fans responded to Harper's "have-a-pop" style, and he quickly became a favourite. His penalty opener in the sensational 1970 Cup Final sealed Joe's hero status with the Aberdeen support. He was switched to main man for the 1970-71 season, and the move paid off with a glut of goals which resulted in his initial, injury-hit Scotland call-up as the Dons surged clear at the top of the Scottish First Division.

A small, chunky striker, Harper had a real talent for hitting the back of the net from almost any angle and range, while his speciality was to hook the ball home with his back to goal. He won the European "Bronze Boot" at the end of the 1971-72 season, but still could not force his way back into the international reckoning as new Scotland boss Tommy Docherty persevered with Derby County's John O'Hare throughout the latter half of 1971, and then in early 1972 recalled veteran Denis Law. Finally, with Joe scoring plenty in tandem with new club partner Drew Jarvie (19 goals in 18 games in the early part of the 1972-73 campaign), the Doc saw the light and called Harper up for the Scots World Cup opener against Denmark in Copenhagen on 18th October 1972.

Joe watched from the bench as Scotland quickly went 2-0 ahead with goals from Lou Macari and Jimmy Bone, but Laudrup pulled one back for the Danes and at half time the Scots were threatening to throw away their 2-1 lead. With 61 minutes gone, Joe Harper replaced Jimmy Bone for his first taste of full international action, and immediately the Dons' striker was in the thick of the action and looking lively. Ten minutes from time Lorimer and Macari broke away and, from the latter's square pass, Joe drilled home his first international goal to secure the points for Scotland. Two minutes later an angular Harper drive struck an upright before Peter Lorimer controlled the rebound and passed for Willie Morgan to make it 4-1.

Inside 25 minutes Joe Harper had turned the game firmly Scotland's way, and surely had cemented a long term international future. The Aberdeen striker was named to lead the attack in the return match against the Danes at Hampden a month later, and although he did not get on the score sheet he covered every blade of grass on the park and was very close with a number of efforts in the Scots' comfortable 2-0 win. As feared by many, Harper's international exposure soon had English clubs beating a path to Pittodrie with cheque books at the ready, and just over three weeks after the Hampden international Joe was transferred to Everton for 180,000. The Goodison move did not work out for the best however, with Joe playing largely out of position, in an Everton side desperate to recapture the glory days of 1970. Then Willie Ormond replaced Docherty in the Scotland manager's post, and Joe was out of the international picture once again.

In January 1974, he returned to Scotland in a 120,000 move to Hibs, but his arrival at Easter Road coincided with a stutter in the Edinburgh side's title aspirations. Joe turned in numerous fine performances, but many fans saw his arrival as the reason the Hibees faltered in the title hunt, and he was never accorded his due acclaim by the Easter Road faithful.

Willie Ormond was sufficiently impressed to recall Harper to the international fold at the start of the 1975-76 campaign, and Joe played once more against Denmark. Typically he responded with a goal, which was the only counter of the game, but happenings off the field overshadowed on-field exploits and within days Joe Harper, Billy Bremner, Willie Young, Arthur Graham and Pat McCluskey were banned for life from playing for Scotland following an alleged incident in a Copenhagen nightclub.

Harper remained with Hibs until April 1976, when Dons manager Ally McLeod brought him back to Pittodrie. Joe immediately took up where he left off four years earlier to help transform the club from relegation candidates in 1975-76 to League Cup winners in November 1976. In his second spell at Pittodrie, Joe displayed a more skilful all-round style of play, sometimes from a midfield role, yet still finished top scorer in each of his final three seasons with the Dons. Happily the over-zealous life ban imposed on the "Copenhagen five" was lifted soon after Ally McLeod became Scotland team manager. In 1978 Harper's international rehabilitation was completed with his inclusion in Scotland's 22 for the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina, and it was there he won his fourth and last cap as a substitute in the disastrous 1-1- draw with Iran.

Joe's first-class career was effectively ended on 25th November 1979 when he was carried off at Celtic Park with a serious knee injury, although he returned for one final appearance at the end of the 1980-81 season. He later joined Peterhead as player-manager, and had a spell in local junior circles before taking over as manager of Huntly. Joe still frequents Pittodrie on matchdays, usually hosting the Legends Lounge in the Richard Donald Stand.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1977-78 07/06/78 Iran v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1975-76 03/09/75 Denmark v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1972-73 15/11/72 SCOTLAND v Denmark World Cup Qualifier
1972-73 18/10/72 Denmark v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
Total Appearances: 4