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joe harper

9
Centre Forward

Profile

Squad Number: 9
Position: Centre Forward
Date of Birth: Sunday, January 11, 1948
Birthplace: Greenock
Nationality: Scottish
Height: 5' 6 1/4
Weight: 12st 9lb
Signed: 11th October 1969, 17th April 1976
Full Name: Joseph Montgomery Harper The 'King' as he was affectionately christened by his beloved Beach End. Signed from Morton in 1969 for £40,000, Harper was the answer to the Dons goal drought as the chunky striker set about devastating many a Scottish defence. Idolised at Pittodrie, 'goal a game Harper' achieved legendary status during his Pittodrie career that was broken by a spell with Everton and Hibs. Played in the Dons Cup winning sides of 1970 and 1976, and was still around as the Dons won the Premier in 1980. His ability around the goal and predatory instincts were his strengths, but his all round talent was often overlooked outwith the North East. His tally of only four caps did not do justice to his ability. Remains the clubs record goalscorer with a total of 199 goals. [The Evening Express tried to get the number over 200 but this was not universally recognised as the additional goals came from the Drybrough Cup tournament]. Towards the end of his playing career, Joe was granted a Testimonial Year which included a dinner held at the Skean Dubh Hotel on 20th December 1979 and a match played on 31st August 1980. The dinner attracted some controversy as the Testimonial Committee made it an all male event. For many years in the 2000's Joe appeared as a columnist in the Evening Express and also helped out the Clubby acting as an Ambassador on matchdays.

Aberdeen Debut

All Appearances

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Date Result Competition Venue Attendance Age at debut Type RedTv Report
04/10/1969 Ayr United 1 - 2 Aberdeen Div 1 (Old) 9,100
Start

Appearances

Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1980-81 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
1979-80 8 3 3 7 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 17 3 7 3 1 2
1978-79 25 3 18 7 0 9 4 1 3 4 0 2 40 4 32 9 0 3
1977-78 31 0 17 6 0 6 4 0 4 2 0 0 43 0 27 5 0 6
1976-77 34 0 18 11 0 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 48 0 28 6 0 5
1975-76 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1972-73 13 0 11 11 0 15 0 0 0 2 0 1 26 0 27 9 1 12
1971-72 34 0 33 6 0 4 3 0 2 4 0 3 47 0 42 13 0 10
1970-71 30 1 19 5 0 5 4 0 2 2 0 1 41 1 27 6 0 4
1969-70 24 0 6 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 29 0 9 2 1 1
Totals: 200 7 125 53 0 51 23 1 15 16 0 8 292 8 199 55 4 43
Total Appearances/Goals:   300 199  

Scottish International Caps

Total Appearances:
Season Date Match Tournament
1977-78 07/06/1978 Iran v Scotland World Cup Finals
1975-76 03/09/1975 Denmark v Scotland Euro Championship Qualifier
1972-73 15/11/1972 Scotland v Denmark World Cup Qualifier
1972-73 18/10/1972 Denmark v Scotland World Cup Qualifier