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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

Ryan Christie
34 Caps
Martin Buchan for Scotland in Season 1977-78
Martin Buchan
34 Caps
Scott McKenna in Aberdeen Colours.
Scott McKenna
28 Caps

Kenny McLean
28 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
Bobby Clark punches clear for Scotland against Brasil at Hampden in 1972.
Bobby Clark
17 Caps
Alex Jackson in Aberdeen Colours.
Alex Jackson
17 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
Graeme Shinnie in Aberdeen Colours.
Graeme Shinnie
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
Dave Robb in Aberdeen Colours.
Dave Robb
5 Caps
Alec Cheyne in Aberdeen Colours.
Alec Cheyne
5 Caps
Neil Simpson in action for Scotland
Neil Simpson
5 Caps
Bobby Connor in action for Scotland.
Robert Connor
4 Caps
Lewis Ferguson in Aberdeen Colours.
Lewis Ferguson
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
Matt Armstrong in action for Scotland against Wales in 1935
Matt Armstrong
3 Caps
George Mulhall in Aberdeen Colours.
George Mulhall
3 Caps
Frank Hill in Aberdeen Colours.
Frank Hill
3 Caps
Andy at Hampden
Andrew Considine
3 Caps
Andy Love in Aberdeen Colours.
Andy Love
3 Caps

Lee Miller
3 Caps

Michael Devlin
3 Caps
Paddy Buckley in Aberdeen Colours.
Paddy Buckley
3 Caps
Willie Mills in Aberdeen Colours.
Willie Mills
3 Caps
Chris Maguire in action for the Scotland U21s
Chris Maguire
2 Caps
Willie Lennie in Aberdeen Colours.
Willie 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
Gary Mackay-Steven in Aberdeen Colours.
Gary Mackay-Steven
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
Robbie Winters in action for Scotland against Germany in 1999.
Robbie Winters
1 Cap
Steve Murray in Aberdeen Colours.
Steve Murray
1 Cap
Alex McLeish
Alex McLeish comes up against England substitute Steve Bull in the Rous Cup Match against England at Hampden in 1989 The shortest Dark Blue Don career of the 80's was that of Steve Archibald, who had just 42 minutes of action against Portugal on March 26, 1980 in his one and only Scotland international while an Aberdeen player. That same evening another Don embarked on his international career, and in marked contrast Alex McLeish not only became the most capped Aberdeen player of all time, but went on to set new standards as the most capped Scottish defender ever.

Born on January 21, 1959, Alex McLeish first came to prominence in the mid-1970s as a promising youngster with juvenile side Glasgow United. Alex started his competitive career with United's under-12 side before joining Barrhead Youth, but returned to Glasgow United when Barrhead folded. Several top clubs, including Rangers, were interested on securing the young defender's signature, but Alex's father advised the youngster to join the Dons as he felt his son would be given every chance to develop at Pittodrie.

McLeish senior's advice proved wise indeed. Alex signed for the Dons in 1976 and had a spell farmed out to local junior side Lewis United during the 1976/77 season. Following Lewis' exit from the Scottish Junior Cup, McLeish was recalled to Pittodrie and played over 20 games for the reserve team in Ally McLeod's last days at Pittodrie. New boss Bill McNeill was impressed by McLeish, and on January 2, 1978, the reserve centre half received a shock call-up to a first-team spot alongside Willie Miller after incumbent Willie Garner was given a one game disciplinary ban by the manager. Although obviously a little raw and nervous early on, Alex did not put a foot wrong during a 1-0 win over Dundee United. Garner reclaimed his first-team berth five days later, but young McLeish had sampled the big time and was keen for more.

Alex's big break came in September, 1978, by which time Alex Ferguson had taken over as manager. Once again McLeish profited at the expense of the unfortunate Willie Garner. Garner broke a leg in Aberdeen's European Cup Winner's Cup clash against Marek Dimitrov in Bulgaria, and four days later Alex was thrown in at the deep end for a Dons League visit to Ibrox. Again the youngster performed above his years, although he had the unlucky experience of conceding a penalty which gave Rangers the lead before a late Dom Sullivan equaliser earned Aberdeen a creditable 1-1 draw. A 14 game run in the first team was ended by injury, and for a spell Alex was replaced in the centre of defence by big Doug Rougvie.

By March 1979, manager Ferguson felt he had to find a place for McLeish in his side, and he was given a midfield role for the 1978/79 season. In midfield Alex showed a zest for tackling, and used his height and developing physique to good effect. But he also showed that he had ability on the ball and could be creative as well. Indeed young McLeish's performances in midfield won him recognition at under 21-level, with caps against Wales, USA, Belgium and England over a two year period. His first under-21 cap actually came in February 1978, while he was still a reserve team player.

With Garner fit again at the start of the 1979/80 season, Alex continued in midfield, but a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock on February 23, 1980, convinced Alex Ferguson that a change had to be made in the centre of defence. Doug Rougvie got the nod for the Dons next fixture at home to Partick Thistle, but on March 15, Alex was given the No.5 jersey.

This tactical switch transformed Aberdeen's title challenge and suddenly the Dons were on a roll which would end two months later with the League Championship trophy at Pittodrie and McLeish entrenched as the perfect foil for Willie Miller.

Shortly after his "conversion" to centre back, Alex received his first full Scotland call, and at just over 21 years of age he was firmly established as one of Scotland's brightest prospects. As mentioned earlier, McLeish's first cap came against Portugal in 1980 in a meaningless European Championship qualifier. The Scots were unable to qualify, and manager Jock Stein decided to experiment with one eye on the 1982 World Cup Finals. Alex lined up in midfield alongside Archie Gemmill and Graeme Souness, but played in a deep role in front of the back four.

Stein was pleased with Alex's efforts saying that "he did all that was asked of him". The youngster also had the bonus of threading through the pass that led to Scotland's second goal in a 4-1 victory.

Over the following two seasons Alex was a regular in the Scotland set-up, primarily in the centre of defence. He played one of the finest internationals ever in a 1-0 win at Wembley in May 1981 when both he and Willie Miller established their top flight credentials to dubious English pundits. On the eve of the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain, Stein saw fit to put Alan Evans of Aston Villa ahead of McLeish in his master plan, and the big Don's World Cup was restricted to a 20 minute run as a substitute against Brazil.

At club level Alex continued his development although still regarded as the junior partner in the Miller/McLeish partnership. As he grew in stature and confidence McLeish quickly emerged as a force in his own right, and a remarkable on-field tete-a-tete with Miller at Tannadice at the beginning of the 1981-82 season established Alex's authority with his skipper.

From then on the pair developed into arguably the finest central defensive partnership in Europe. McLeish was a vital ingredient in the Dons rise to European prominence and domestic domination over the early and mid-1980s, and while revelling in the big match atmosphere he could be relied on to play with terrific consistency whether at Boghead or the Bernabeu.

He was immense in the air, and was extremely difficult to pass on the deck, where his long legs often denied opponents with a timely tackle. The Dons used his aerial ability to great effect from set pieces, with his "late arrival" up front a regular feature.

Following the Don's 1983 European Cup Winners Cup triumph in Gothenburg, McLeish became an automatic choice as Scotland's centre half, and over the May, 1983 to December, 1985 period played 23 consecutive internationals. His 1986 Mexico World Cup was curtailed when he fell ill after the opener against Denmark, but his disappointment over that was well behind him by thetime he was handed the honour of skippering Scotland for his 50th cap against Luxemburg in December, 1987.

On October 11, 1989 in a World Cup tie versus France at the Parc des Princes, Alex set a new club record of 65 caps. He went on to add 12 more to that record, playing in all three ties in Scotland's 1990 World Cup Finals appearance in Italy, before playing in his last International for Scotland against Malta at Ibrox on February 17, 1993.

At club level over the same period McLeish took over from the injured Willie Miller as club captain and led the Dons to success in the dramatic 1990 Scottish Cup Final. He remained at Pittodrie until the summer of 1994, when he became manager of Motherwell. Alex then moved on to Hibernian and is now manager of Rangers.

Scottish International Caps
Season Date Match Tournament
1992-93 17/02/93 SCOTLAND v Malta World Cup Qualifier
1990-91 27/03/91 SCOTLAND v Bulgaria Euro Championship Qualifier
1990-91 06/02/91 SCOTLAND v Ussr Friendly
1990-91 17/10/90 SCOTLAND v Switzerland Euro Championship Qualifier
1990-91 12/09/90 SCOTLAND v Romania Euro Championship 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 16/05/90 SCOTLAND v Egypt Friendly
1989-90 25/04/90 SCOTLAND v East Germany 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 22/12/88 Italy v SCOTLAND Friendly
1988-89 19/10/88 SCOTLAND v Yugoslavia 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
1986-87 26/05/87 SCOTLAND v Brazil Rous Cup
1986-87 23/05/87 SCOTLAND v England Rous Cup
1986-87 01/04/87 Belgium v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
1985-86 04/06/86 Denmark v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1985-86 29/04/86 Holland v SCOTLAND Friendly
1985-86 23/04/86 England v SCOTLAND Rous Cup
1985-86 04/12/85 Australia v SCOTLAND World Cup Play-Offs
1985-86 20/11/85 SCOTLAND v Australia 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 16/11/83 East Germany v SCOTLAND Euro Championship Qualifier
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 12/06/83 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
1981-82 18/06/82 Brazil v SCOTLAND World Cup Finals
1981-82 28/04/82 Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1981-82 24/02/82 Spain v SCOTLAND Friendly
1981-82 09/09/81 SCOTLAND v Sweden World Cup Qualifier
1980-81 23/05/81 England v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1980-81 19/05/81 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland British Int'l Championship
1980-81 28/04/81 SCOTLAND v Israel World Cup Qualifier
1980-81 25/03/81 SCOTLAND v Northern Ireland World Cup Qualifier
1980-81 25/02/81 Israel v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1980-81 10/09/80 Sweden v SCOTLAND World Cup Qualifier
1979-80 31/05/80 Hungary v SCOTLAND Friendly
1979-80 28/05/80 Poland v SCOTLAND Friendly
1979-80 24/05/80 SCOTLAND v England British Int'l Championship
1979-80 21/05/80 SCOTLAND v Wales British Int'l Championship
1979-80 16/05/80 Northern Ireland v SCOTLAND British Int'l Championship
1979-80 26/03/80 SCOTLAND v Portugal Euro Championship Qualifier
Total Appearances: 77