Jim Bett

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Jim Bett
Personal information
Full name James Bett
Date of birth (1959-11-25) 25 November 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Gartcosh United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Airdrie 8 (0)
1978 Valur 2 (0)
1978–1980 Lokeren 33 (1)
1980–1983 Rangers 104 (21)
1983–1985 Lokeren 64 (7)
1985–1994 Aberdeen 257 (33)
1994 KR Reykjavík 13 (4)
1994–1995 Heart of Midlothian 26 (2)
1995–1996 Dundee United 10 (2)
National team
1980–1982 Scotland U21[1] 7 (0)
1982–1990 Scotland 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Bett (born 25 November 1959 in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former internationalist professional association footballer. He played nine seasons with Aberdeen and shorter spells at other clubs in three counties. He played in central or left midfield.

Playing career[edit]

Bett was a Scottish Schoolboy internationalist,[2] who started his career with Gartcosh United and Airdrieonians before moving to Icelandic side Valur in 1978.

A year later he joined K.S.C. Lokeren (282) in Belgium.

Rangers manager John Greig paid £150,000 to sign him for the Glasgow club in 1980. In three seasons at Ibrox he won a Scottish Cup winners medal (1980–81) and a League Cup winners medal (1982–83).[2] During this spell he also earned his first selection for the Scotland national side, making the first of 25 appearances in 1982.

Bett left Rangers in 1983 for a second spell with Lokeren.

He returned to his native land joining Alex Ferguson's Aberdeen in 1985 for £300,000.[2] During his time with the Dons he collected winners medals in the 1985–86 and 1989–90 seasons for both the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup. He left Pittodrie in 1994, after making almost 300 first-team appearances.

He next moved to KR Reykjavík. He won the Icelandic Cup with KR but left at the end of the 1994 Icelandic season.

He joined Hearts with whom he played the 1994–95 Scottish season.

After a final season with Dundee United he retired.

Personal life[edit]

Bett met his Icelandic wife during his time playing for Valur and has maintained a close connection with Iceland since. His sons Baldur and Calum, also both professional footballers, were born there and have represented the country at Under-19 level.[3] Coincidentally, Bett's only goal for Scotland occurred in a 1–0 win over Iceland in Reykjavík in 1985.[3]

Accolades[edit]

In 2003, Bett was inducted into the Aberdeen FC Hall of Fame as one of the founding members.

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

Scotland national team[4]
Year Apps Goals
1982 2 0
1983 1 0
1984 6 0
1985 6 1
1986 2 0
1987 2 0
1988 1 0
1989 2 0
1990 4 0
Total 26 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.[5]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 May 1985 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík  Iceland 1–0 1–0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jim Bett". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872–1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. (ISBN 0-907033-47-4). 
  3. ^ a b "News Archive". Bob Dunning 1970–71 Football review. 30 September 2005. 
  4. ^ National Football Teams profile
  5. ^ SFA profile

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