Alec Young

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Alec Young
Personal information
Full name Alexander Young
Date of birth (1925-10-20)20 October 1925
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 2 March 2010(2010-03-02) (aged 84)
Place of death Fortrose, Scotland
Playing position Centre-half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1958 Aberdeen 168 (1)
1958–1964 Ross County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alexander "Alec" Young (20 October 1925 – 2 March 2010) was a Scottish footballer and coach. He played at centre-half for the league-winning Aberdeen team of 1954–55, and was inducted into the Aberdeen FC "Hall of Fame" as one of the founding members in 2003.

Playing career[edit]

Young began his playing career in junior football in the West of Scotland, playing for Kilsyth Rangers and Blantyre Victoria - with whom he won a Scottish Junior Cup in 1950 - before signing for Aberdeen at the relatively late age of 24. He was a mainstay of the successful Aberdeen side of the 1950s, playing in every game of the league championship season in 1954–55, and appearing in two Scottish Cup finals, in 1953 and 1954.[1] In the second of these finals, Young scored an own goal to open the scoring for Celtic, who went on to win 2–1.[2]

Young never played for the Scottish national team, despite being a highly regarded defender, and having captained the junior international side.[1] Archie Glen, one of Young's teammates in the league-winning side, considered him to be one of that side's more under-rated players:

People still speak about his famous sliding tackle, but he could do more than that. The fans were not in a position to know that Alec was an extremely thoughtful person, always concerned for the people around him.[2]

Young left Aberdeen in 1958, moving to Ross County, then in the Highland League, where he served as player-coach until retiring on medical advice in 1964.[1]

He went on to run a grocery shop in Fortrose.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Paul (2007). The Legends of Aberdeen. Breedon Books. p. 207. ISBN 978-1-85983-575-3.
  2. ^ a b Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 Years of The Dons: the official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903 - 2003. Hodder and Stoughton. p. 191. ISBN 0-340-82344-5.
  3. ^ Caught in Time: Aberdeen's first championship side, April 1955, The Sunday Times, 17 July 2005