John Hewitt (footballer)

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John Hewitt
Personal information
Full name John Hewitt
Date of birth (1963-02-09) 9 February 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Middlefield Boys' Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1989 Aberdeen 237 (54)
1989–1992 Celtic 16 (0)
1991–1992 Middlesbrough (loan) 2 (0)
1992 St. Mirren 14 (3)
1992 Deveronvale
1992–1996 St. Mirren 75 (11)
1996–1997 Dundalk 9 (0)
1997 Ross County 7 (1)
1997–1998 Cove Rangers
1998–1999 Brantwood
Teams managed
1996–1997 Dundalk (player-manager)
1997–1999 Cove Rangers (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Hewitt, (born 9 February 1963 in Aberdeen), is a Scottish former footballer and manager, who spent the majority of his playing career with Aberdeen F.C., but also had spells with Celtic and St. Mirren among others. He also spent a short time in management in Ireland with Dundalk before retiring from the game.

He is best known as the scorer of a number of significant goals for Aberdeen, including the winning goal in the 1983 Cup Winners' Cup final. He was inducted into the Aberdeen FC "Hall of Fame" as one of the founding members in 2003.

Playing career[edit]

Hewitt was a product of Cornhill Primary & Middlefield Boys' Club in Aberdeen, and was a schoolboy international before signing for Aberdeen, the club he had supported as a boy,[1] in the face of competition from a number of other clubs.[2] He made his full debut for Aberdeen in 1979 at the age of 17, and by the 1981–82 season had become a regular in the side.[1] in January 1982, Hewitt scored the only goal of the game in a fourth round Scottish Cup tie against Motherwell. This goal, timed at 9.6 seconds,[1] was not only the fastest goal recorded in Scottish Cup history,[3] but proved to be the opening goal in Aberdeen's route to the following season's European success; Aberdeen qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup by going on to win the Scottish Cup that season.

The following season, Hewitt again featured prominently for Aberdeen, but it is for two substitute appearances in Europe that he is best known. On 16 March 1983, Hewitt came off the bench to score the winning goal in the Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich, and then repeated the feat by scoring the winner in extra time in the final against Real Madrid. Hewitt also scored twice in the 1985–86 Scottish Cup final against Hearts – a game in which he was named Man of the match.[1]

In all, Hewitt won three championship medals, four Scottish Cup winners medals, a Scottish League Cup winner's medal as well as the Cup Winners' Cup and the following season's UEFA Super Cup – all while at Aberdeen.

In 1989, Hewitt moved to Celtic, but failed to break into the first team on a regular basis, and subsequently spent four more successful seasons with St. Mirren. A short, unsuccessful spell as player-manager of Dundalk was notable only for the fact that Hewitt scored the only goal of a pre-season friendly game against Aberdeen.[4] Hewitt retired from the game after a season as assistant manager to his former Aberdeen team-mate Doug Rougvie at Cove Rangers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Paul (2007). The Legends of Aberdeen. Breedon Books. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-85983-575-3. 
  2. ^ Ferguson, Alex (2000). Managing My Life. Coronet. p. 167. ISBN 0-340-72856-6. 
  3. ^ "Scottish League SFAQs". Scottishleague.net. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Dundalk FC: Results 1996–1997". Dundalk FC. Retrieved 2008-01-22. [dead link]