1981–82 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen F.C.
1981–82 season
Chairman Dick Donald
Manager Alex Ferguson
Scottish Premier Division 2nd
Scottish Cup Winners
Scottish League Cup Semi final
UEFA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: John Hewitt (11)
All: Gordon Strachan (20)
Highest home attendance 24,000 (3 times) vs. Ipswich Town, 30 September 1981
vs. SV Hamburg, 25 November 1981
vs. Celtic, 13 February 1982
Lowest home attendance 6,000 (vs Partick Thistle, 3 May 1982)

Aberdeen F.C. competed in the Scottish Premier Division, Scottish Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in season 1981–82.

They finished second in the Scottish Premier Division and won the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1970. In Europe, they reached the third round of the UEFA Cup, their longest run in European competition, after knocking out the holders, Ipswich Town.

Peter Weir became the most expensive player in Scottish football when he was signed from St. Mirren for £300,000.

Results[edit]

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Match Day Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
1. 29 August Dundee United A 1–4 McLeish 10,598
2. 5 September Celtic H 1–3 Strachan 18,825
3. 12 September Partick Thistle A 2–0 McCall, Cowan 3,606
4. 19 September Hibernian H 1–0 Simpson 10,852
5. 26 September Airdrieonians A 4–0 McLeish, Hewitt, Weir (2) 3,000
6. 3 October Morton H 2–0 Rougvie, Watson 11,007
7. 10 October Rangers A 0–0 28,000
8. 17 October St. Mirren A 2–1 Watson (2) 6,870
9. 24 October Dundee H 2–1 Rougvie, McCall 11,506
10. 31 October Dundee United H 1–1 Black 11,035
11. 7 November Celtic A 1–2 Strachan 29,326
12. 14 November Partick Thistle H 2–1 Watson, Harrow 11,193
13. 21 November Hibernian A 1–1 Simpson 7,600
14. 28 November Airdrieonians H 0–0 8,030
15. 5 December Morton A 1–2 Hewitt 3,102
16. 30 January Celtic H 1–3 McMaster 20,000
17. 3 February Partick Thistle A 0–0 2,317
18. 6 February Morton H 0–0 7,217
19. 20 February Airdrieonians A 3–0 Hewitt, McGhee (2) 3,500
20. 27 February Dundee H 0–0 8,961
21. 10 March Hibernian H 3–1 Strachan, Cooper, Jarvie 8,691
22. 13 March Rangers A 3–1 Cooper, Cowan, Watson 31,305
23. 17 March Dundee A 3–0 Cowan, Simpson, Hewitt 6,126
24. 20 March Dundee United H 2–1 Hewitt, McLeish 12,056
25. 27 March Celtic A 1–0 Kennedy 30,000
26. 10 April Hibernian A 3–0 Strachan, McGhee, Jarvie 8,000
27. 14 April St. Mirren H 4–1 Rougvie (2), Strachan, Simpson 12,119
28. 17 April Morton A 1–2 McGhee 3,000
29. 21 April Rangers H 3–1 McGhee, Rougvie, Black 15,700
30. 24 April Airdrieonians H 2–0 McGhee, Black 8,000
31. 1 May Dundee A 5–0 McLeish, Harrow, Bell, McCall, Glennie (Own goal) 6,415
32. 3 May Partick Thistle H 3–1 McCall, Hewitt, Watson 6,000
33. 5 May Dundee United A 2–1 Hewitt (2) 6,587
34. 7 May St. Mirren H 5–1 Strachan (2), Cooper, McGhee (2) 9,000
35. 12 May St. Mirren A 2–0 Rougvie, McLeish 3,942
36. 15 May Rangers H 4–0 Hewitt (3), Own goal 18,000

Final League table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Celtic 36 24 7 5 79 33 46 55
2 Aberdeen 36 23 7 6 71 29 42 53
3 Rangers 36 16 11 9 57 45 12 43
4 Dundee United 36 15 10 11 61 38 23 40

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
G3 8 August Kilmarnock H 3–0 Kennedy, McGhee (2) 9,000
G3 12 August Heart of Midlothian A 0–1 10,500
G3 15 August Airdrieonians H 3–0 Strachan, Hewitt, Weir 7,000
G3 19 August Heart of Midlothian H 3–0 Strachan, Hewitt, Bell 8,600
G3 22 August Kilmarnock A 3–0 Strachan (2), McGhee 3,100
G3 26 August Airdrieonians A 0–0 3,000

Group 3 final table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Aberdeen 6 4 1 1 12 1 11 9
2 Kilmarnock 6 2 2 2 5 8 –3 6
3 Heart of Midlothian 6 2 1 3 5 9 –4 5
4 Airdrieonians 6 1 2 3 4 8 –4 4

Knockout Stage[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
QF L1 2 September Berwick Rangers H 5–0 Cooper, Strachan (2), Bell, McCall 6,500
QF L2 23 September Berwick Rangers A 3–0 McGhee, McMaster, Harrow 1,200
SF L1 10 October Dundee United A 1–0 Weir 13,100
SF L2 28 October Dundee United H 0–3 12,837

Scottish Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R3 23 January Motherwell A 1–0 Hewitt 12,679
R4 13 February Celtic H 1–0 Hewitt 24,000
QF 6 March Kilmarnock H 4–2 Strachan (2), McGhee, Simpson 12,000
SF 3 April St. Mirren N 1–1 Strachan 16,782
SF R 7 April St. Mirren N 3–2 McGhee, Simpson, Weir 15,663
F 22 May Rangers N 4–1 Strachan, McGhee, McLeish, Cooper 53,788

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1981–82 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R1 L1 16 September England Ipswich Town A 1–1 Hewitt 18,535
R1 L2 30 September England Ipswich Town H 3–1 Strachan, Weir (2) 24,000
R2 L1 21 October Romania FC Argeş Piteşti H 3–0 Strachan, Weir, Hewitt 22,000
R2 L2 4 November Romania FC Argeş Piteşti A 2–2 Strachan, Hewitt 8,760
QF L1 25 November West Germany SV Hamburg H 3–2 Watson, Black, Hewitt 24,000
QF L2 9 December West Germany SV Hamburg A 1–3 McGhee 45,000

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 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2 Scotland MF Dougie Bell 27 3 13 1 4 0 8 2 2 0
3 Scotland FW Eric Black 17 4 13 3 2 0 0 0 2 1
4 Scotland MF Neale Cooper 46 5 27 3 5 1 8 1 6 0
5 Scotland MF Steve Cowan 14 3 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
6 Scotland MF Derek Hamilton 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
7 Scotland DF Andy Harrow 11 3 6 2 0 0 5 1 0 0
8 Scotland FW John Hewitt 45 19 25 11 6 2 8 2 6 4
9 Scotland FW Drew Jarvie 16 2 10 2 1 0 5 0 0 0
10 Scotland DF Stuart Kennedy 54 2 34 1 5 0 9 1 6 0
11 Scotland GK Jim Leighton 58 0 36 0 6 0 10 0 6 0
12 Scotland FW Walker McCall 14 5 8 4 0 0 4 1 2 0
13 Scotland FW Mark McGhee 53 16 31 8 6 3 10 4 6 1
14 Scotland DF Alex McLeish 50 6 32 5 6 1 8 0 4 0
15 Scotland MF John McMaster 48 2 31 1 5 0 8 1 4 0
16 Scotland DF Willie Miller 58 0 36 0 6 0 10 0 6 0
17 Scotland DF Brian Mitchell 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Scotland DF Doug Rougvie 43 0 28 0 5 0 5 0 5 0
19 Scotland MF Neil Simpson 42 6 29 4 5 2 3 0 5 0
20 Scotland MF Gordon Strachan 50 20 30 7 6 4 8 6 6 3
21 Scotland MF Andy Watson 45 7 30 6 3 0 6 0 6 1
22 Scotland MF Peter Weir 42 8 25 2 3 1 10 2 4 3

References[edit]

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