1985–86 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen F.C.
1985–86 season
Chairman Dick Donald
Manager Alex Ferguson
Scottish Premier Division 4th
Scottish Cup Winners
Scottish League Cup Winners
European Champions' Cup Quarter final
Tennents' Sixes Winners
Top goalscorer League: Frank McDougall (14)
All: Frank McDougall (20)
Highest home attendance 23,000 (vs Celtic, 2 November 1985)
Lowest home attendance 8,500 (vs Dundee United, 16 April 1986)

Aberdeen F.C. competed in the Scottish Premier Division, Scottish Cup, League Cup and European Champions' Cup in season 1985–86.

Overview[edit]

Aberdeen finished fourth in the Scottish Premier Division and won the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. In Europe, they reached the quarter finals of the Champions' Cup but lost out to IFK Gothenburg on the away goals rule.

Frank McDougall finished the season as Aberdeen's top scorer with 14 goals in the league and 20 overall, including all four goals in a 4-1 win over Celtic in November.

Results[edit]

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Match Day Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
1. 10 August Hibernian H 3–0 McDougall (2), Bett 14,846
2. 17 August Dundee United A 1–1 McKimmie 14,339
3. 24 August Motherwell H 1–1 McKimmie 14,059
4. 31 August Dundee A 3–1 Simpson, Stark (2) 7,592
5. 7 September Heart of Midlothian H 3–0 Stark, Black, Wright 12,300
6. 14 September Celtic A 1–2 McDougall 39,450
7. 21 September St. Mirren H 1–1 McQueen 12,585
8. 28 September Rangers A 3–0 Stark, McLeish, Hewitt 27,599
9. 5 October Clydebank H 3–1 McKimmie, Black, McDougall 11,399
10. 12 October Hibernian A 1–1 Gray 10,377
11. 19 October Dundee United H 3–2 McDougall, Hewitt (2) 15,148
12. 30 October Heart of Midlothian A 0–1 12,866
13. 2 November Celtic H 4–1 McDougall (4) 23,000
14. 9 November Dundee H 4–1 Stark (2), McLeish, McDougall 12,800
15. 16 November Motherwell A 1–1 McDougall 4,960
16. 23 November St. Mirren A 0–1 5,930
17. 12 December Clydebank A 1–2 Black 2,095
18. 14 December Hibernian H 4–0 McLeish, Angus, J. Miller, Weir 11,819
19. 21 December Dundee United A 1–2 Stark 10,085
20. 1 January Dundee A 0–0 9,096
21. 4 January St. Mirren H 3–1 Black (2), Weir 11,500
22. 11 January Celtic A 1–1 J. Miller 31,305
23. 18 January Heart of Midlothian H 0–1 21,500
24. 1 February Rangers A 1–1 J. Miller 29,887
25. 8 February Clydebank H 4–1 Black (3), Bett 11,000
26. 19 February Rangers H 1–0 Angus 18,700
27. 22 February Hibernian A 1–0 Wright 9,500
28. 15 March St. Mirren A 1–1 W. Miller 4,448
29. 22 March Dundee H 0–0 13,013
30. 29 March Motherwell A 1–0 Hewitt 4,597
31. 9 April Motherwell H 3–2 McDougall, Bett, Weir 10,300
32. 12 April Celtic H 0–1 22,000
33. 16 April Dundee United H 0–1 8,500
34. 20 April Heart of Midlothian A 1–1 Weir 19,047
35. 26 April Rangers H 1–1 Hewitt 17,000
36. 3 May Clydebank A 6–0 Stark, Hewitt, McDougall (2), McMaster, Weir 2,382

Final League table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
2 Heart of Midlothian 36 20 10 6 59 33 26 50
3 Dundee United 36 18 11 7 59 31 28 47
4 Aberdeen 36 16 12 8 62 31 31 44
5 Rangers 36 13 9 14 53 45 8 35

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R2 21 August Ayr United H 5–0 McQueen, Stark (2), McDougall (2) 12,400
R3 28 August St. Johnstone A 2–0 Hewitt, McDougall 5,100
QF 4 September Heart of Midlothian H 1–0 Black 13,100
SF L1 25 September Dundee United A 1–0 Black 12,837
SF L2 9 October Dundee United H 1–0 McDougall 20,000
F 27 October Hibernian N 3–0 Stark, Black (2) 40,061

Scottish Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R3 5 February Montrose H 4–1 Stark, McLeish, W. Miller, McDougall 9,000
R4 15 February Arbroath A 1–0 J. Miller 6,017
R5 8 March Dundee A 2–2 Hewitt (2) 13,188
R5 R 12 March Dundee H 2–1 Black, Weir 21,000
SF 5 April Hibernian N 3–0 Stark, Black, J. Miller 19,165
F 10 May Heart of Midlothian N 3–0 Hewitt (2), Stark 62,841

European Champions' Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R1 L1 18 September Iceland Akranes A 3–1 Stark, Black, Hewitt 7,000
R1 L2 2 October Iceland Akranes H 4–1 Gray, Simpson, Hewitt, Falconer 14,700
R2 L1 23 October Switzerland Servette A 0–0 8,000
R2 L2 6 November Switzerland Servette H 1–0 McDougall 19,000
QF L1 5 March Sweden Gothenburg H 2–2 W. Miller, Hewitt 20,000
QF L2 19 March Sweden Gothenburg A 0–0 20,000

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 26 2 17 2 4 0 1 0 4 0
2 Scotland MF Jim Bett 37 3 24 3 6 0 3 0 4 0
3 Scotland FW Eric Black 39 15 26 8 5 2 4 4 4 1
4 Scotland MF Neale Cooper 38 0 23 0 5 0 4 0 6 0
5 Scotland FW Willie Falconer 10 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
6 Scotland MF Stevie Gray 21 2 13 1 0 0 4 0 4 1
7 Scotland GK Bryan Gunn 13 0 9 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
8 Scotland FW John Hewitt 38 14 23 6 4 4 5 1 6 3
9 Scotland DF Brian Irvine 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Scotland GK Jim Leighton 41 0 27 0 5 0 4 0 5 0
11 Scotland FW Frank McDougall 39 20 26 14 4 1 6 4 3 1
12 Scotland DF Tommy McIntyre 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Scotland DF Stewart McKimmie 51 3 34 3 5 0 6 0 6 0
14 Scotland DF Alex McLeish 52 4 34 3 6 1 6 0 6 0
15 Scotland MF John McMaster 9 1 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
16 Scotland DF Tommy McQueen 23 2 17 1 3 0 2 1 1 0
17 Scotland MF Joe Miller 22 5 18 3 3 2 0 0 1 0
18 Scotland DF Willie Miller 51 3 33 1 6 1 6 0 6 1
19 Scotland DF Brian Mitchell 32 0 23 0 0 0 4 0 5 0
20 Scotland MF Ian Porteous 7 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
21 Scotland DF Ian Robertson 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Scotland MF Neil Simpson 36 2 22 1 4 0 6 0 4 1
23 Scotland MF Billy Stark 46 15 30 8 5 3 6 3 5 1
24 Scotland MF Peter Weir 32 6 21 5 4 1 3 0 4 0
25 Scotland FW Paul Wright 14 2 10 2 2 0 0 0 2 0

References[edit]

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