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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
 
Martin Buchan
Martin Buchan for Scotland in Season 1977-78 Martin Buchan was named in Tommy Docherty's first pool for a meaningless European Championships game at Hampden on October 13, 1971 against Portugal, and it looked as if he might play from the start following injuries to both Wolves' Frank Munro and Eddie Colquhoun of Sheffield United. The latter passed a late fitness test, however, and Martin had to be content with a run as a substitute for the last nine minutes of a 2-1 win.

Scotland's next outing was an extremely rare visit to Pittodrie for the national side, and it was no surprise that Martin was named to start alongside club team mates Bobby Clark and Steve Murray against visitors Belgium. On a memorable evening for the North East, Buchan proved himself at full international level as the Scots won another meaningless European Championship game 1-0.

Unfortunately, for Dons fans those were the only two caps that Martin won as an Aberdeen player as his exposure at the highest level inevitably led to a transfer south. The path to the top for local boy Martin started back in 1965 when he joined the Dons from Bank o' Dee A on a provisional form. He was called up by manager Eddie Turnbull at the beginning of the 1966-67 season and so impressed the coaching staff at Pittodrie that within weeks of the season opening, the 17 year old was pitched in at the deep end for a league game against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park.

Young Martin was slotted in at left half with incumbent Jens Petersen moving over to fill the troublesome right half spot and the cool and collected Buchan did his long term prospects no harm with a near faultless display. Unfortunately, from Martin's point of view, Eddie Turnbull was already committed to signing Francis Munro from Dundee United to solve his right half problem and Buchan had to stand down on Munro's arrival and continue his apprenticeship in reserve football.

During the summer of 1967 Martin travelled with the Dons to participate as a "Washington Whip" in the President's Cup, and in the USA it quickly emerged that he simply had to be found a place in the side. His poise, style and general all-round awareness gave him the look of an old head on young shoulders, and he seemed tailor made for the sweeper system that Eddie Turnbull was attempting to install in his Aberdeen side. With Munro, McMillan and Petersen established as the first choice half back line, Turnbull felt obliged to begin the 1967-68 season with Buchan at inside left rather than leave the talented youngster languishing in the reserves any longer.

In Bulgaria on a European trip, young Martin came off the bench to fill the sweeper role against Slavia Sofia, and from that point on he never really looked back. Not long after the Slavia game, Francis Munro (another future Scotland international) was on his way south to Wolves. Jens Petersen was once again moved to right half and Martin Buchan looked set for a long stay as the Dons' regular No.6.

A close season road accident kept Martin out of the side until mid-November 1969 but a season that had begun badly picked up in dramatic fashion when in February 1970, a month short of his 21st birthday, Buchan was appointed club captain. Almost incredibly, two months later Martin was climbing the steps at Hampden as the youngest ever skipper to lift the Scottish Cup.

The Dons success was largely down to solid defending by a good tight unit superbly marshalled by Buchan, and that extra bit of flair supplied by the front line. The following season the Dons came within a whisker of ending Celtic's stranglehold on the Scottish League title, and the importance of Martin Buchan to that effort was emphasised by the fact that the defence conceded a record low of just 17 goals. At the end of the 1970-71 campaign, Martin was named as Scottish Player of the Year and then to add to his string of under 23 caps he was finally given his first full cap by Tommy Docherty in that game against Portugal in October1971.

Martin's growing reputation made him an obvious target for the then fashionable lure of English football, and sadly for Dons fans he joined Manchester United for 125,000 in February 1972. Buchan joined the Old Trafford side at perhaps the most difficult time in their history, but he gave United full value for his large fee, and his efforts were rewarded with an FA Cup winners medal in 1977. On the international front, Martin went on to win a further 32 caps at Old Trafford, but a disagreement with Scotland manager Willie Ormond limited his appearances in the mid-1970s. Buchan's United career ended in 1983 not long after a testimonial (for which the Dons provided the opposition) and he then joined Oldham.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1978-79 29/11/78 Portugal v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1978-79 25/10/78 SCOTLAND v Norway Euro Championship Qualifier
1978-79 20/09/78 Austria v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1977-78 11/06/78 Holland v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1977-78 07/06/78 Iran v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1977-78 03/06/78 Peru v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1977-78 13/05/78 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland British Int'l Championship
1977-78 12/10/77 Wales v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1977-78 07/09/77 East Germany v SCOTLAND Friendly
1976-77 23/06/77 Brazil v SCOTLAND Friendly
1976-77 18/06/77 Argentina v SCOTLAND Friendly
1976-77 15/06/77 Chile v SCOTLAND Friendly
1976-77 13/10/76 Czechoslovakia v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1976-77 08/09/76 SCOTLAND v Finland Friendly
1975-76 17/12/75 SCOTLAND v Romania Euro Championship Qualifier
1975-76 03/09/75 Denmark v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1974-75 13/05/75 SCOTLAND v Portugal Friendly
1974-75 05/02/75 Spain v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1974-75 30/10/74 SCOTLAND v East Germany Friendly
1973-74 22/06/74 Yugoslavia v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1973-74 18/06/74 Brazil v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1973-74 06/06/74 Norway v SCOTLAND Friendly
1973-74 14/05/74 SCOTLAND v Wales British Int'l Championship
1973-74 11/05/74 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland British Int'l Championship
1973-74 27/03/74 West Germany v SCOTLAND Friendly
1972-73 14/02/73 SCOTLAND v England Friendly
1972-73 15/11/72 SCOTLAND v Denmark World Cup Qualifier
1972-73 18/10/72 Denmark v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1971-72 05/07/72 Brazil v SCOTLAND Brazilian Independence Cup
1971-72 02/07/72 Czechoslovakia v SCOTLAND Brazilian Independence Cup
1971-72 29/06/72 Yugoslavia v SCOTLAND Brazilian Independence Cup
1971-72 24/05/72 SCOTLAND v Wales British Int'l Championship
1971-72 10/11/71 SCOTLAND v Belgium Euro Championship Qualifier
1971-72 13/10/71 SCOTLAND v Portugal Euro Championship Qualifier
Total Appearances: 34