1986–87 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen F.C.
1986-87 season
Chairman Dick Donald
Manager Alex Ferguson (to November)
Ian Porterfield (from November)
Scottish Premier Division 4th
Scottish Cup Third round
Scottish League Cup Quarter Final
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round
Tennents' Sixes Winners
Top goalscorer League: Billy Stark (12)
All: John Hewitt (14)
Billy Stark (14)
Highest home attendance 23,500 vs. Rangers, 2 May 1987
23,500 vs. Celtic, 3 September 1986
Lowest home attendance 6,000 vs. Clydebank, 11 April 1987

Aberdeen F.C. competed in the Scottish Premier Division, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in season 1986–87.

Overview[edit]

Aberdeen lost their manager Alex Ferguson to Manchester United in November 1986. He was replaced by Ian Porterfield. On the field, the club finished in a disappointing fourth place in the Premier Division, and were knocked out of both domestic cup competitions by Celtic. In Europe, they were knocked out of the Cup Winners' Cup by Swiss club FC Sion at the first round stage.

New signings included midfielder Bobby Connor from Dundee and striker Davie Dodds from Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax.

Results[edit]

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Match Day Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
1 9 August Dundee United A 1–2 Stark 10,910
2 13 August Hibernian H 4–0 Stark, Gray, J. Miller, Angus 12,983
3 16 August Hamilton Academical H 2–0 Stark (2) 10,316
4 23 August Celtic A 1–1 J. Miller 46,073
5 30 August Dundee H 2–0 J. Miller, Hewitt 12,486
6 6 September St. Mirren A 1–1 Stark 4,435
7 13 September Heart of Midlothian H 0–1 15,625
8 20 September Clydebank A 3–1 Hewitt, Weir 2,766
9 27 September Rangers A 0–2 40,155
10 4 October Motherwell H 2–2 W. Miller, Dodds 8,751
11 8 October Falkirk A 3–3 Stark, McLeish, Bett 4,800
12 11 October Dundee United H 2–0 Hewitt (2) 14,922
13 18 October Hibernian A 1–1 Connor 9,127
14 25 October Hamilton Academical A 1–0 Bett 3,001
15 1 November Dundee A 2–0 Porteous, Dodds 8,200
16 8 November St. Mirren H 0–0 11,366
17 15 November Heart of Midlothian A 1–2 Hewitt 17,108
18 19 November Clydebank H 5–0 Stark (2), Connor (2), Hewitt 7,301
19 22 November Rangers H 1–0 Dodds 21,733
20 26 November Celtic H 1–1 McLeish 22,040
21 29 November Motherwell A 1–0 Weir 4,479
22 3 December Falkirk H 1–0 Stark 9,253
23 6 December Dundee United A 0–0 10,242
24 13 December Hibernian H 1–0 Stark 11,003
25 20 December Celtic A 1–1 J. Miller 32,624
26 27 December Hamilton Academical H 0–0 10,500
27 1 January Dundee H 2–1 Wright, Grant 11,000
28 21 January Heart of Midlothian H 2–1 Grant, W. Miller 15,030
29 24 January Rangers A 0–0 44,000
30 27 January Clydebank A 5–0 Hewitt, Dodds, Wright (2), Connor 2,007
31 7 February Motherwell H 1–0 Wright 10,000
32 21 February Falkirk A 3–0 Stark (2), McLeish 5,000
33 25 February St. Mirren A 0–1 3,553
34 28 February Dundee United H 0–1 14,000
35 7 March Hibernian A 1–1 Bett 6,000
36 14 March Celtic H 1–0 Irvine 20,000
37 21 March Hamilton Academical A 2–0 Bett, Porteous 3,594
38 28 March St. Mirren H 0–1 7,000
39 4 April Dundee A 1–1 Grant 4,346
40 11 April Clydebank H 1–1 Irvine 6,000
41 18 April Heart of Midlothian A 1–1 Hewitt 12,539
42 25 April Motherwell A 2–0 Hewitt, Miller 2,886
43 2 May Rangers H 1–1 Irvine 23,500
44 9 May Falkirk H 3–1 Hewitt, Miller, Grant 6,500

Final League table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Dundee United 44 24 12 8 66 36 30 60
4 Aberdeen 44 21 16 7 63 29 34 58
5 Heart of Midlothian 44 21 14 9 64 43 21 56
6 Dundee 44 18 12 14 74 57 27 48

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R2 20 August Alloa Athletic H 4–0 J. Miller, Hewitt (2), Connor 7,000
R3 27 August Clyde H 3–1 Stark (2), J. Miller 8,081
QF 3 September Celtic H 1–1 Connor 23,500

Scottish Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R3 1 February Celtic H 2–2 Bett, Hewitt 23,000
R3 R 4 February Celtic A 0–0 55,405
R3 2R 9 February Celtic N 0–1 21,255

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R1 L1 17 September Switzerland FC Sion H 2–1 Bett, Wright 12,312
R1 L2 1 October Switzerland FC Sion A 0–3 11,800

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 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Scotland MF Jim Bett 45 6 38 4 3 1 2 0 2 1
3 Scotland MF Bobby Connor 39 6 32 4 3 0 3 2 1 0
4 Scotland FW Davie Dodds 29 4 25 4 3 0 0 0 1 0
5 Scotland FW Willie Falconer 7 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
6 Scotland MF Brian Grant 18 4 15 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
7 Scotland MF Stevie Gray 16 1 13 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
8 Scotland GK Bryan Gunn 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
9 Scotland FW John Hewitt 42 14 33 11 4 1 3 2 2 0
10 Scotland DF Brian Irvine 23 0 20 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
11 Scotland GK Jim Leighton 48 0 42 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
12 Scotland FW Frank McDougall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Scotland DF Tommy McIntyre 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Scotland DF Stewart McKimmie 45 0 37 0 3 0 3 0 2 0
15 Scotland DF Alex McLeish 48 0 40 0 3 0 3 0 2 0
16 Scotland MF John McMaster 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Scotland DF Tommy McQueen 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Scotland FW Joe Miller 34 8 28 6 3 0 3 2 0 0
19 Scotland DF Willie Miller 43 0 36 0 3 0 2 0 2 0
20 Scotland DF Brian Mitchell 22 0 17 0 0 0 3 0 2 0
21 Scotland MF Ian Porteous 9 2 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Scotland DF David Robertson 42 0 34 0 3 0 3 0 2 0
23 Scotland DF Ian Robertson 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Scotland MF Neil Simpson 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Scotland MF Billy Stark 40 14 36 12 0 0 2 2 2 0
26 Scotland MF Peter Weir 40 2 35 2 1 0 2 0 2 0
27 Scotland FW Paul Wright 31 5 25 4 3 0 1 0 2 1

References[edit]

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