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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
 
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
 

Kenny McLean
4 Caps
 
Willie Mills in Aberdeen Colours.
Willie Mills
3 Caps
 

Lee Miller
3 Caps
 
Scott McKenna in Aberdeen Colours.
Scott McKenna
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
 
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
 

Ryan Christie
2 Caps
 
Graeme Shinnie in Aberdeen Colours.
Graeme Shinnie
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
 
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
 
Stuart Kennedy
Jim Leighton in Aberdeen Colours. In the wake of Ally McLeod's "elevation" from Aberdeen manager to national team boss at the end of the 1976-77 season, one might have expected that a few of Ally's old boys at Pittodrie would be rewarded with an international call-up. The players, after all, had done much to raise Ally's managerial stock by blending together and creating the first realistic challenge to the Old Firm's domination for some years. But the extrovert McLeod was in the hot seat for eight months before he awarded his former skipper Willie Miller his second full cap in February 1978 and brought in full back Stuart Kennedy for his first taste of international action. Kennedy's chance came after an injury to long standing Scotland right back Danny McGrain, and on the face of it the opportunity could not have come at a better time, with the World Cup Finals in Argentina just four months away.

With hindsight his inclusion so close to Scotland's World Cup nightmare probably did his long term international prospects more harm than good. Stuart took his place against Bulgaria at Hampden on 22 February 1978, in what was the Dark Blues' only warm up game, apart from the British Championship, in the build up to the big event in South America. Kennedy did well on his debut, displaying all the speed and tenacity he showed at club level while defending, besides adding welcome attacking flair on the overlap to the Scotland side.

Along with Bobby Clark, Joe Harper and Willie Miller, Stuart was named on Scotland's World Cup 40 for Argentina, with all but Miller making it to the final 22. Stuart received his second and third caps in British Championship games at Hampden Park against Wales and England, although in the eyes of the public, these games hardly seemed to matter against a background of increasing pre-Argentina hysteria.

On 3 June 1978, Stuart Kennedy became the first Don in 20 years to play on the big stage of a World Cup Final when Scotland took on Peru in their group opener (Graham Leggat in Sweden in 1958 was the last previously). Unfortunately, that date will forever be remembered as one of Scotland's darkest international hours. Stuart, among others, was left out for the next match against Iran (the real disaster in Argentina) but, without justification, was tarred with some of the blame for the debacle.

T he finger pointers glossed over Kennedy's fine performance in the 3-2 win over subsequent finalists Holland in Scotland's final group match, and the damage had been done. The Aberdeen full back retained his place in Scotland's side in the wake of the Argentina fiasco, playing against Austria in Vienna in a European Championship qualifier. But a 3-2 loss to the Austrians proved the final straw for Ally McLeod and he resigned as Scotland's manager a few days later. New boss Jock Stein passed over Kennedy for his first match in charge, on 25 October 1978, against Norway, but Stuart returned for his 7th cap in a European Championship qualifier against Portugal in Lisbon.

He was his usual dependable self in a Scotland side which defended well despite a 1-0 win for the Portuguese. Stuart dropped out of Stein's plans, and it seemed his days in a dark blue jersey were over. There was still a final twist to Kennedy's international career, however. The Dons emergence as THE power in Scottish football in the 1980's propelled everyone at Pittodrie into the international spotlight, and Stuart won one final cap again with Portugal the opponents - in November 1981.

Born in Grangemouth on 31 May 1953, Stuart Kennedy began his football career with Falkirk. His polished performances in a struggling Brockville side won him many admirers. He started to realise his potential when Ally Mcleod took him to Pittodrie for the bargain fee of 40,000 in the summer of 1976.

Stuart went straight into a new look Dons side that McLeod had put together and immediately solved the right back problem that had dogged the Reds since the untimely departure of Jim Hermiston over a year earlier. Three months after his first game in a Dons shirt, Stuart played a big part in the League Cup success of 1976, and he went on to establish himself as one of the classiest full backs in the Club's history.

As a defender he was a complete professional. His pace, determination and timing always gave him the upper hand against the best of opponents and even on the odd occasion a forward got past him, he had an amazing ability to recover. He was booked only twice in his seven success-laden seasons at Pittodrie. While his international career flagged, manager Alex Ferguson had no complaints about his automatic choice at right back, and Kennedy was a key ingredient in an Aberdeen defence that was recognised as one of the tightest in the country. Stuart was so dependable that his contribution was almost taken for granted at times, with critics picking only on a stray cross or two when he joined the attack, instead of praising his immense defensive qualities.

What he did, week in and week out, became apparent when he was not there and that was not often since he had a fierce pride in his own fitness. He was an important part of the League Championship winning side in 1980, and completed his haul of domestic honours when he did his bit in the Dons 4-1 thrashing of Rangers in the 1982 Scottish Cup Final. Stuart scored a rare goal in the 7-1 hammering of Swiss side Sion in the opening game of Aberdeen's European Cup Winners Cup run in 1982-83, and all looked well for him as Aberdeen set Scotland alight with their progress to the final in Gothenburg. He played in the semi-final win against Belgian side Waterschel at Pittodrie when the Dons finished with a 5-1 advantage. But tragically, with the Cup Winners Cup Final beckoning, not to mention another Scottish Cup Final at Hampden, Stuart caught his studs in the turf in the return match at the bumpy Dumont stadium in Belgium, suffering a serious knee injury.

What was the formality of the second leg of the semi-final was marred by Kennedy's injury, and it turned out to be his last game for the Dons. Alex Ferguson paid Stuart the compliment of naming him on the subs bench in Gothenburg, but not surprisingly the event was something of an anticlimax for the veteran full back as he missed out on playing on what would have been the biggest night in his career.



Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1981-82 18/11/81 Portugal v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1978-79 29/11/78 Portugal v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1978-79 20/09/78 Austria v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1977-78 03/06/78 Peru v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1977-78 20/05/78 SCOTLAND v England British Int'l Championship
1977-78 17/05/78 SCOTLAND v Wales British Int'l Championship
1977-78 22/02/78 SCOTLAND v Bulgaria Friendly
Total Appearances: 7