1980–81 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen F.C.
1980–81 season
Chairman Dick Donald
Manager Alex Ferguson
Scottish Premier Division 2nd
Scottish Cup Fourth round
Scottish League Cup Quarter final
European Champions' Cup Second round
Drybrough Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Mark McGhee (13)
All: Mark McGhee (17)
Highest home attendance 24,000 vs. Celtic, 27 December 1980
24,000 vs. Liverpool, 22 October 1980
Lowest home attendance 5,600 vs. Heart of Midlothian, 11 April 1981

Aberdeen F.C. competed in the Scottish Premier Division, Scottish Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in season 1980–81.

Overview[edit]

Aberdeen finished second in the Scottish Premier Division. The team played in their first-ever European Champions' Cup campaign, defeating Austrian Champions Austria Memphis, then losing 0–5 on aggregate to English club Liverpool. In the domestic cups, they lost in the quarter final of the League Cup to Dundee and were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the fourth round by Morton.

Results[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
19 July Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn A 5–1 Scanlon (2), Jarvie, Watson, McMaster 0
22 July Forres Mechanics A 7–1 Jarvie (3), Scanlon, Watson, McMaster, Cowan 0
23 July Nairn County A 5–0 Scanlon (3), Strachan, Jarvie 0
3 August England Arsenal H 2–1 Watson, Miller 0
12 August Netherlands FC Twente H 1–2 McLeish 0
31 August Joe Harper Select H 8–6 Cowan (2), Strachan, Leighton, Jarvie, Perovic, Dornan, Davidson 0
3 May Dundee A 3–0 Rougvie, Harrow, Davidson 0

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Match Day Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
1. 9 August St. Mirren A 1–0 Jarvie 7,067
2. 16 August Dundee United H 1–1 Strachan 13,729
3. 23 August Airdrieonians A 4–0 Cowan, McGhee, Jarvie, Scanlon 5,000
4. 6 September Morton H 6–0 Miller, Strachan, McMaster, Scanlon (2), Hewitt 9,485
5. 13 September Rangers A 1–1 Strachan 30,000
6. 20 September Partick Thistle A 1–0 McGhee 6,000
7. 27 September Celtic H 2–2 McGhee, McAdam (Own goal) 23,000
8. 4 October Heart of Midlothian A 1–0 Rougvie 10,873
9. 11 October Kilmarnock H 2–0 Jarvie, Scanlon 11,000
10. 18 October St. Mirren H 3–2 McMaster, McGhee (2) 11,000
11. 25 October Dundee United A 3–1 McGhee, Strachan, Hewitt 10,043
12. 1 November Airdrieonians H 4–1 McCall (3), McGhee 9,000
13. 8 November Celtic A 2–0 McCall (2) 29,000
14. 15 November Partick Thistle H 2–1 Strachan, Bell 12,000
15. 22 November Kilmarnock A 1–1 McLeish 3,200
16. 6 December Morton A 0–1 5,000
17. 13 December Rangers H 2–0 McGhee, Johnstone (Own goal) 22,500
18. 20 December Partick Thistle A 1–1 McCall 4,000
19. 27 December Celtic H 4–1 McCall, McLeish, Miller, Strachan 24,000
20. 30 December Dundee United H 1–1 Scanlon 23,000
21. 3 January St. Mirren A 1–1 Scanlon 11,100
22. 10 January Heart of Midlothian A 2–0 McCall, McGhee 7,999
23. 31 January Rangers A 0–1 32,500
24. 7 February Morton H 0–1 11,000
25. 21 February Airdrieonians A 0–0 2,600
26. 28 February St. Mirren H 1–2 Jarvie 9,500
27. 7 March Heart of Midlothian H 4–1 Hamilton, Angus, McCall, Jarvie 9,500
28. 14 March Kilmarnock A 0–1 2,400
29. 28 March Celtic A 1–1 Harrow 35,200
30. 1 April Partick Thistle H 3–1 McLeish, Simpson, McGhee 8,000
31. 4 April Morton A 3–1 Simpson, McGhee, Rougvie 4,500
32. 11 April Heart of Midlothian H 1–0 Rougvie 5,600
33. 18 April Airdrieonians H 3–0 McCall, McGhee (2) 7,000
34. 22 April Rangers H 0–0 15,000
35. 25 April Dundee United A 0–0 6,369
36. 2 May Kilmarnock H 0–2 6,300

Final League table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Celtic 36 26 4 6 84 37 47 56
2 Aberdeen 36 19 11 6 61 26 35 49
3 Rangers 36 16 12 8 60 32 28 44
4 St. Mirren 36 18 8 10 66 42 24 44

Drybrough Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
QF 26 July Airdrieonians H 4–1 Scanlon (3), Watson (2) 0
SF 30 July Morton A 4–2 Scanlon (2), Strachan, McGhee
Final 2 August St Mirren N 2–1 Jarvie, Cowan 8,000

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R2 L1 27 August Berwick Rangers H 8–1 Watson (2), McGhee (3), Jarvie (2), Bell 7,570
R2 L2 30 August Berwick Rangers A 4–1 de Clerck, Kennedy, Strachan, Hewitt 1,188
R3 L1 3 September Rangers A 0–1 30,000
R3 L2 24 September Rangers H 3–1 Strachan (2), McMaster 23,926
QF L1 8 October Dundee A 0–0 10,500
QF L2 29 October Dundee H 0–1 14,060

Scottish Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R3 24 January Raith Rovers A 2–1 Jarvie 10,000
R4 14 February Morton A 0–1 8,350

European Champions' Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R1 L1 17 September Austria Austria Memphis H 1–0 McGhee 20,000
R1 L2 1 October Austria Austria Memphis A 0–0 37,000
R2 L1 22 October England Liverpool H 0–1 24,000
R2 L2 5 November England Liverpool A 0–4 36,182

Squad[edit]

Appearances & Goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier Division Scottish Cup League Cup Europe
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Scotland MF Ian Angus 20 1 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 Scotland MF Dougie Bell 29 2 17 1 2 0 6 1 4 0
3 Scotland DF Doug Considine 14 0 11 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
4 Scotland MF Neale Cooper 8 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
5 Scotland MF Steve Cowan 9 1 5 1 0 0 4 0 0 0
6 Scotland MF Duncan Davidson 6 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
7 Belgium GK Marc de Clerck 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
8 Scotland MF Andy Dornan 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 Scotland DF Willie Garner 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
10 Scotland MF Derek Hamilton 9 1 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
11 Scotland FW Joe Harper 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Scotland DF Andy Harrow 11 1 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
13 Scotland FW John Hewitt 28 3 21 2 1 0 3 1 3 0
14 Scotland FW Drew Jarvie 31 9 23 5 1 2 4 2 3 0
15 Scotland DF Stuart Kennedy 41 1 31 0 1 0 6 1 3 0
16 Scotland GK Jim Leighton 46 0 35 0 2 0 5 0 4 0
17 Scotland FW Walker McCall 21 10 19 10 2 0 0 0 0 0
18 Scotland FW Mark McGhee 47 17 36 13 2 0 5 3 4 1
19 Scotland DF Alex McLeish 43 3 33 3 2 0 5 0 3 0
20 Scotland MF John McMaster 17 3 10 2 0 0 4 1 3 0
21 Scotland DF Willie Miller 44 2 33 2 1 0 6 0 4 0
22 Scotland MF Steve Morrison 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Scotland DF Doug Rougvie 38 3 27 3 1 0 6 0 4 0
24 Scotland MF Ian Scanlon 45 6 35 6 1 0 5 0 4 0
25 Scotland MF Neil Simpson 16 2 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Scotland MF Gordon Strachan 30 9 20 6 0 0 6 3 4 0
27 Scotland MF Andy Watson 42 2 30 0 2 0 6 2 4 0

References[edit]

  • Kevin Stirling. Aberdeen A Centenary History 1903-2003. Desert Island Books 2002. ISBN 1-874287-49-X.