1985–86 in Scottish football
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|1985–86 in Scottish football|
|Premier Division champions|
|Division One champions|
|Division Two champions|
|Scottish Cup winners|
|League Cup winners|
|Junior Cup winners|
|Teams in Europe|
|Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Rangers, St. Mirren|
|Scotland national team|
|1986 World Cup qualification, 1986 World Cup, Rous Cup|
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With Rangers once again failing to mount a title challenge, manager Jock Wallace's second spell as manager ended in April when he was sacked and the club appointed Graeme Souness as player-manager, recruiting the former Liverpool midfielder from Sampdoria in Italy.
On 10 September 1985, the Scotland team travelled to Ninian Park, Cardiff, to take on Wales in their final qualifying game for the World Cup in Mexico. They needed at least a draw to secure a place in the qualification play-off, which they finally achieved in the 81st minute when a Davie Cooper penalty drew Scotland level with Wales, who had gone ahead earlier with a Mark Hughes goal. Just after the final whistle, Scotland manager Jock Stein collapsed from a heart attack and died in the medical room shortly afterwards. He was 62 years old.
Aberdeen manager Alex Ferguson, who had been Stein's assistant, was appointed manager of Scotland on a temporary basis after Stein's death. His first match was at Hampden Park on 20 November 1985, as Scotland took on Australia in the World Cup qualification playoff first leg. Goals from Davie Cooper and the debutant Frank McAvennie gave Scotland a 2-0 advantage, and they confirmed their place in Mexico by drawing the second leg 0-0 in Melbourne. Scotland's World Cup campaign began on 4 June, when they took on Denmark in their opening group game, only to lose 1-0. Four days later, they took on West Germany and despite taking an early lead through Gordon Strachan, lost 2-1 and were left with virtually no hope of reaching the knockout stages. Any hope of progression ended five days later when they could only manage a goalless draw against Uruguay.
Scottish Premier Division
Celtic won the League and became champions in one of the closest finishes in League history. On the final day of the season Hearts were leading Celtic by two points - a draw against Dundee would have been sufficient to see them win their first League title since the 1959–60 season. Hearts lost 2–0 to Dundee at Dens Park thanks to two late goals by substitute Albert Kidd, while Celtic beat St. Mirren 5–0 at Love Street. As a result, Celtic won the league on goal difference.
Relegation was suspended due to league reconstruction, therefore Motherwell and Clydebank retained their Premier Division status.
Much of the season was only viewed in the flesh as a dispute between television companies and the Scottish Football League resulted in no televised Scottish league football between September 1985 and March 1986.
|2||Heart of Midlothian||36||20||10||6||59||33||26||50|
Scottish League Division One
Promoted: Hamilton Academical, Falkirk
Relegated: Ayr United, Alloa Athletic.
Scottish League Division Two
|2||Queen of the South||39||23||9||7||71||36||35||55|
Promoted: Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South
|Scottish Cup 1985–86||Aberdeen||3 – 0||Heart of Midlothian|
|League Cup 1985–86||Aberdeen||3 – 0||Hibernian|
|Youth Cup||Aberdeen||2 – 0||Queen of the South|
|Junior Cup||Auchinleck Talbot||3 – 2||Pollok|
|Footballer of the Year||Sandy Jardine||Heart of Midlothian|
|Players' Player of the Year||Richard Gough||Dundee United|
|Young Player of the Year||Craig Levein||Heart of Midlothian|
Scotland national team
|10 September 1985||Ninian Park, Cardiff (A)||Wales||1–1||WCQG7||Davie Cooper|
|16 October 1985||Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)||East Germany||0–0||Friendly|
|20 November 1985||Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)||Australia||2–0||WCQPO||Davie Cooper, Frank McAvennie|
|4 December 1985||Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne (A)||Australia||0–0||WCQPO|
|28 January 1986||Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel-Aviv (A)||Israel||1–0||Friendly||Paul McStay|
|26 March 1986||Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)||Romania||3–0||Friendly||Gordon Strachan, Richard Gough, Roy Aitken|
|23 April 1986||Wembley Stadium, London (A)||England||1–2||Rous Cup||Graeme Souness (pen.)|
|29 April 1986||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven (A)||Netherlands||0–0||Friendly|
|4 June 1986||Estadio Neza 86, Nezahualcóyotl (N)||Denmark||0–1||WCGE|
|8 June 1986||Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro (N)||West Germany||1–2||WCGE||Gordon Strachan|
|13 June 1986||Estadio Neza 86, Nezahualcóyotl (N)||Uruguay||0–0||WCGE|
- (H) = Home match
- (A) = Away match
- WCQG7 = World Cup qualifying - Group 7
- WCQPO = World Cup qualifying play-off match
- WCGE = World Cup - Group E
Death of Jock Stein
During the closing stages of the World Cup qualifying match in Cardiff, Scotland manager Jock Stein suffered a heart attack at the side of the pitch. He was taken inside for emergency treatment, but was pronounced dead soon thereafter.
Alex Ferguson was caretaker manager for the rest of the season, up to and including the finals of the World Cup.
Kenny Dalglish 100th cap
Notes and references
- "Scotland's play-off past". BBC News. 14 November 2003.
- "Celtic keep bargain with a little help from Dundee". Glasgow Herald (Page 10). 5 May 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Dens memories reduce former Hearts manager to tears - Scotsman.com Sport". Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
- Scotland's score is shown first.
- "Scotland 3 Rumania 0". Glasgow Herald (Page 28). 27 March 1986. Retrieved 27 August 2013.