1983–84 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen F.C.
1983–84 season
Chairman Dick Donald
Manager Alex Ferguson
Scottish Premier Division 1st
Scottish Cup Winners
Scottish League Cup Semi final
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Semi Final
UEFA Super Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Mark McGhee (13)
Gordon Strachan 13
All: Mark McGhee (24)
Highest home attendance 23,000 (vs Celtic, 4 February 1984)
Lowest home attendance 9,650 (vs Raith Rovers, 24 August 1983)

Aberdeen F.C. competed in the Scottish Premier Division, Scottish Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in season 1983–84. They won their third Scottish League championship, won the Scottish Cup for the third successive year and reached the semi-finals of both the League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Results[edit]

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Match Day Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
1. 20 August Dundee H 3–0 Strachan, Hewitt, McGeachie (Own goal) 14,304
2. 3 September St. Johnstone H 5–0 Miller, Stark, Black (2), McGhee 12,400
3. 10 September Motherwell A 1–1 McGhee 6,217
4. 17 September Rangers A 2–0 McGhee (2) 27,500
5. 24 September Dundee United H 1–2 Strachan 21,100
6. 1 October Heart of Midlothian A 2–0 Weir (2) 18,200
7. 8 October St. Mirren H 5–0 Miller, Stark (2), McGhee, Falconer 13,300
8. 15 October Hibernian A 1–2 Rougvie 7,000
9. 22 October Celtic H 3–1 McLeish, Strachan, Hewitt 22,800
10. 29 October Dundee A 3–1 Strachan, Bell, Weir 7,849
11. 5 November St. Johnstone A 5–0 Strachan, Hewitt (3), Weir 6,074
12. 12 November Rangers H 3–0 Simpson, Hewitt, Porteous 22,800
13. 19 November Heart of Midlothian H 2–0 Rougvie, Simpson 19,800
14. 26 November Dundee United A 2–0 Strachan, Bell 16,902
15. 3 December Motherwell H 3–1 Strachan, Falconer, McGhee 17,700
16. 10 December Celtic A 0–0 25,867
17. 17 December Hibernian H 2–1 McGhee, Blackley (Own goal) 14,000
18. 24 December St. Mirren A 3–0 McLeish, McGhee, Bell 6,654
19. 31 December Dundee H 5–2 Strachan (2), Hewitt, Weir, McKinlay (Own Goal) 18,250
20. 7 January Rangers A 1–1 Hewitt 37,500
21. 4 February Celtic H 1–0 Hewitt 23,000
22. 11 February Motherwell A 4–0 Strachan (2), Hewitt, Black 6,051
23. 25 February Hibernian A 2–0 Black, McGhee 8,500
24. 3 March St. Mirren H 2–0 Strachan, Hewitt 14,500
25. 31 March Celtic A 0–1 19,193
26. 2 April Heart of Midlothian H 1–1 Porteous 16,240
27. 7 April Motherwell H 2–1 Strachan, McGhee 15,500
28. 18 April Dundee United H 5–1 Rougvie (2), Black, McGhee (2) 19,562
29. 21 April St. Johnstone A 2–0 Stark, McGhee 6,197
30. 28 April Dundee A 1–0 Black 6,663
31. 30 April St. Johnstone H 1–0 Hewitt 11,500
32. 2 May Heart of Midlothian A 1–0 McKimmie 14,000
33. 5 May Hibernian H 2–2 Porteous, Stark 17,000
34. 7 May Dundee United A 0–0 7,990
35. 9 May Rangers H 0–0 16,200
36. 12 May St. Mirren A 2–3 Stark, Money (Own goal) 3,450

Final League table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Aberdeen 36 25 7 4 78 21 57 57
2 Celtic 36 21 8 7 80 41 39 50
3 Dundee United 36 18 11 7 67 39 28 47
4 Rangers 36 15 12 9 53 41 12 42

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Second Round[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R2 L1 24 August Raith Rovers H 9–0 Porteous, Stark (3), Black (4), Hewitt 9,650
R2 L2 27 August Raith Rovers A 3–0 Stark, Hewitt (2) 3,000

Group Stage[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
G3 31 August Meadowbank Thistle H 4–0 Black, Stark, McGhee (2) 10,000
G3 7 September St. Johnstone A 1–0 Miller 5,100
G3 5 October Dundee H 0–0 13,200
G3 26 October St. Johnstone H 1–0 Simpson 12,700
G3 9 November Meadowbank Thistle A 3–1 Hewitt, Porteous, Own goal 2,700
G3 30 November Dundee A 2–1 McGhee, Bell 11,019

Group 3 Final Table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Aberdeen 6 5 1 0 11 2 9 11
2 Dundee 6 3 2 1 8 4 4 8
3 Meadowbank Thistle 6 1 2 3 4 10 –6 4
4 St. Johnstone 6 0 1 5 2 9 –7 1

Knockout Stage[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
SF L1 22 February Celtic H 0–0 20,074
SF L2 10 March Celtic A 0–1 41,169

Scottish Cup[edit]

Aberdeen won the Scottish Cup for the third successive season after beating Celtic in the final at Hampden Park in May 1984.

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R3 13 February Kilmarnock H 1–1 Weir 15,000
R3 R 15 February Kilmarnock A 3–1 Miller, Strachan, Weir 9,580
R4 18 February Clyde A 2–0 Cooper, Angus 5,800
R5 17 March Dundee United H 0–0 22,000
R5 R 28 March Dundee United A 1–0 McGhee 16,094
SF 14 April Dundee N 2–0 Strachan, Porteous 17,654
F 19 May Celtic N 2–1 McGhee, Black 58,900

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

After winning the trophy the previous season, Aberdeen qualified for the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup as holders.

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R1 L1 14 September Iceland Akranes A 2–1 McGhee (2) 5,500
R1 L2 28 September Iceland Akranes H 1–1 Strachan 12,500
R2 L1 19 October Belgium Beveren A 0–0 21,000
R2 L2 2 November Belgium Beveren H 4–1 Simpson, Strachan (2), Weir 22,500
QF L1 7 March Hungary Újpest Dozsa A 0–2 29,000
QF L2 21 March Hungary Újpest Dozsa H 3–0 McGhee (3) 22,800
SF L1 11 April Portugal Porto A 0–1 65,000
SF L2 25 April Portugal Porto H 0–1 23,000

European Super Cup[edit]

After winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the previous season, Aberdeen qualified to play the European Champions' Cup winners from 1983, SV Hamburg, in the Super Cup. Aberdeen won the game 2-0 on aggregate.

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
L1 22 November West Germany SV Hamburg A 0–0 15,000
L2 20 December West Germany SV Hamburg H 2–0 Simpson, McGhee 22,500

Squad[edit]

Appearances & Goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier Division Scottish Cup League Cup Europe
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 MF Scotland Ian Angus 23 1 11 0 5 1 4 0 3 0
2 MF Scotland Doug Bell 43 4 23 3 2 0 8 1 10 0
3 FW Scotland Eric Black 37 12 18 6 7 1 6 5 6 0
4 MF Scotland Neale Cooper 48 1 26 0 5 1 8 0 9 0
5 FW Scotland Steve Cowan 7 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
6 FW Scotland Willie Falconer 15 2 9 2 0 0 5 0 1 0
7 FW Scotland John Hewitt 58 16 33 12 5 0 10 4 10 0
8 GK Scotland Jim Leighton 54 0 36 0 7 0 10 0 1 0
9 FW Scotland Mark McGhee 55 24 33 13 6 2 6 3 10 6
10 DF Scotland Tommy McIntyre 12 0 9 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
11 DF Scotland Stewart McKimmie 29 1 18 1 6 0 0 0 5 0
12 DF Scotland Alex McLeish 59 2 32 2 7 0 10 0 10 0
13 MF Scotland John McMaster 26 0 13 0 2 0 7 0 4 0
14 DF Scotland Willie Miller 60 4 34 2 7 1 9 1 10 0
15 DF Scotland Brian Mitchell 15 0 10 0 2 0 1 0 2 0
16 MF Scotland Ian Porteous 22 6 14 3 4 1 3 2 1 0
17 DF Scotland Ian Robertson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 DF Scotland Doug Rougvie 56 4 34 4 7 0 8 0 7 0
19 MF Scotland Neil Simpson 45 5 24 2 4 0 7 1 10 2
20 MF Scotland Billy Stark 23 11 14 6 1 0 5 5 3 0
21 MF Scotland Gordon Strachan 47 18 25 13 7 2 6 0 9 3
22 MF Scotland Peter Weir 44 8 27 5 4 2 8 0 5 1
23 FW Scotland Paul Wright 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

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