1989–90 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen F.C.
1989–90 season
Chairman Dick Donald
Co-Managers Alex Smith
Jocky Scott
Scottish Premier Division 2nd
Scottish Cup Winners
Scottish League Cup Winners
UEFA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Charlie Nicholas (11)
All: Paul Mason (15)
Highest home attendance 23,000 vs. Rangers, 22 November 1989 and 8 April 1990
Lowest home attendance 7,977 vs. St. Mirren, 28 April 1990

Aberdeen F.C. competed in the Scottish Premier Division, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and UEFA Cup in the 1989–90 season.

Overview[edit]

In October 1989, Aberdeen reached the Scottish League Cup Final for the third successive season, and faced Rangers for the third successive year. Aberdeen won 2–1, thanks to two goals from Englishman Paul Mason and a superb display in goal from Dutch goalkeeper Theo Snelders.

November saw a new signing from PSV Eindhoven, striker Hans Gillhaus who joined for a then-record transfer fee of £650,000.[1] The Dutchman made an immediate impact by scoring twice on his debut against Dunfermline Athletic. In May 1990, Aberdeen won the Scottish Cup for the seventh time in their history after a penalty shoot-out victory over Celtic following a 0–0 draw.

Two Aberdeen players won Player of the Year awards; Alex McLeish won the Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year award and Jim Bett was voted as the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year.

Results[edit]

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Match Day Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
1 12 August Hibernian H 1–0 Mason 16,000
2 19 August Motherwell A 0–0 6,491
3 26 August Dundee H 1–0 Jess 12,500
4 9 September Rangers A 0–1 40,283
5 16 September Dunfermline Athletic H 2–1 C. Robertson, Mason 13,000
6 23 September St. Mirren A 2–0 Grant, Mason 5,872
7 30 September Celtic H 1–1 McLeish 21,374
8 4 October Dundee United A 0–2 11,879
9 14 October Heart of Midlothian H 1–3 van der Ark 15,000
10 25 October Hibernian A 3–0 C. Robertson, van der Ark, Mason 12,000
11 28 October Motherwell H 1–0 Bett 13,500
12 4 November Dundee A 1–1 Connor 7,041
13 18 November Dunfermline Athletic A 3–0 D. Robertson, Gillhaus (2) 11,882
14 22 November Rangers H 1–0 Gillhaus 23,000
15 25 November St. Mirren H 5–0 McLeish, Nicholas (3), Mason 13,500
16 2 December Celtic A 0–1 38,300
17 9 December Dundee United H 2–0 Nicholas, Mason 15,500
18 20 December Heart of Midlothian A 1–1 Grant 11,370
19 26 December Hibernian H 1–2 Grant 16,500
20 30 December Motherwell A 2–2 van der Ark 7,267
21 2 January Dundee H 5–2 Grant, Nicholas, Bett, van der Ark (2) 16,054
22 6 January Rangers A 0–2 41,351
23 13 January Dunfermline Athletic H 4–1 Grant, Nicholas, Bett, Mason 14,000
24 27 January St. Mirren A 0–1 7,855
25 3 February Heart of Midlothian H 2–2 Nicholas (2) 15,000
26 10 February Dundee United A 1–1 Mason 10,533
27 17 February Celtic H 1–1 Nicholas 22,100
28 3 March Dunfermline Athletic A 4–2 Nicholas, Mason, Gillhaus (2) 8,228
29 10 March Hibernian A 2–3 van der Ark, Own goal 9,550
30 24 March Motherwell H 2–0 Gillhaus (2) 10,000
31 31 March Dundee A 1–1 Gillhaus 8,071
32 8 April Rangers H 0–0 23,000
33 18 April Dundee United H 1–0 Grant 10,000
34 21 April Heart of Midlothian A 0–1 11,616
35 28 April St. Mirren H 2–0 Irvine, Nicholas 7,977
36 2 May Celtic A 3–1 Graham Watson, Jess (2) 20,154

Final League table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Rangers 36 20 11 5 48 19 29 51
2 Aberdeen 36 17 10 9 56 33 23 44
3 Heart of Midlothian 36 16 12 8 54 35 19 44
4 Dundee United 36 11 13 12 36 39 –3 35

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R2 16 August Albion Rovers A 2–0 D. Robertson, van der Ark 2,384
R3 23 August Airdrieonians H 4–0 Bett, Mason (2), Cameron 10,000
QF 30 August St. Mirren H 3–1 Bett, Mason, Winnie (Own goal) 11,500
SF 20 September Celtic N 1–0 Cameron 45,367
F 22 October Rangers N 2–1 Mason (2) 61,190

Scottish Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R3 20 January Partick Thistle A 6–2 Grant, Mason, van der Ark (3), Kerr (Own goal) 11,875
R4 24 February Morton H 2–1 Nicholas, Gillhaus 14,500
QF 17 March Heart of Midlothian H 4–1 Nicholas, Gillhaus, Irvine, Bett 22,500
SF 14 April Dundee United N 4–0 Irvine, Paatelainen (Own goal), van der Hoorn (Own goal), Gillhaus 16,581
F 12 May Celtic N 0–0 (9–8 on penalties) 60,493

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1989–90 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent H/A Score Aberdeen Scorer(s) Attendance
R1 L1 13 September Austria Rapid Vienna H 2–1 C. Robertson, Grant 16,800
R1 L2 27 September Austria Rapid Vienna A 0–1 19,000

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
Scotland MF Jim Bett 41 6 30 3 4 1 5 2 2 0
Scotland FW Scott Booth 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Ian Cameron 17 2 11 0 1 0 4 2 1 0
Scotland MF Bobby Connor 45 0 33 0 5 0 5 0 2 0
Scotland FW Davie Dodds 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Netherlands FW Hans Gillhaus 24 11 20 8 4 3 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Brian Grant 43 8 31 6 5 1 5 0 2 1
Scotland DF Scott Harvie 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF Brian Irvine 40 3 31 1 5 2 3 0 1 0
Scotland FW Eoin Jess 16 3 11 3 1 0 3 0 1 0
England MF Paul Mason 46 15 34 9 5 1 5 5 2 0
Scotland DF Stewart McKimmie 45 0 33 0 5 0 5 0 2 0
Scotland DF Alex McLeish 43 0 32 0 5 0 4 0 2 0
Scotland DF Willie Miller 22 0 15 0 0 0 5 0 2 0
England GK Bobby Mimms 8 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland FW Charlie Nicholas 45 13 33 11 5 2 5 0 2 0
Scotland MF Craig Robertson 27 3 22 2 2 0 1 0 2 1
Scotland DF David Robertson 27 2 20 1 2 0 5 1 0 0
Scotland DF Ian Robertson 7 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Neil Simpson 12 0 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Netherlands GK Theo Snelders 32 0 23 0 2 0 5 0 2 0
Netherlands FW Willem van der Ark 35 0 27 0 3 0 3 0 2 0
Scotland DF Graham Watson 6 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF Gregg Watson 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland GK Michael Watt 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF Stephen Wright 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hans Gillhaus". Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  • Kevin Stirling. Aberdeen A Centenary History 1903-2003. Desert Island Books 2002. ISBN 1-874287-49-X.