Peter Weir (footballer)

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Peter Weir
Personal information
Full name Peter Russell Weir[1]
Date of birth (1958-01-18) 18 January 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Johnstone, Scotland
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Neilston Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 St Mirren 60 (4)
1981–1987 Aberdeen 159 (23)
1988–1989 Leicester City 28 (2)
1989–1990 St Mirren 28 (6)
1990–1992 Ayr United 40 (1)
National team
1980–1983 Scotland 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Peter Russell Weir (born 18 January 1958) is a Scottish former footballer, best known for his time with Aberdeen.

Playing career[edit]

Having been a supporter of Aberdeen as a boy, Peter joined the club from St Mirren in 1981 for £300,000 plus Ian Scanlon, which was then a club record;[2] Alex McLeish, who had attended Barrhead High School and played in youth teams alongside Weir, was already at the club.[3] He had been brought to St Mirren in 1978 by Alex Ferguson who left the Paisley club within days,[4] but soon became manager of Aberdeen and sought to make his former signing part of his new team.

Weir made 237 appearances and scored 38 goals whilst at Pittodrie, and was capped by Scotland on six occasions.[4] He won two League titles and three Scottish Cups, as well as the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, playing a crucial role in the final.[5]

In December 1987, Weir left the Dons to move across the border to sign for Leicester City[2] for £80,000. Upon leaving Leicester in 1989, he returned to St Mirren and later played for Ayr United.

Coaching career[edit]

Weir returned to Aberdeen in its Youth system set-up.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Weir". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Peter Weir". AFC Heritage Trust. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  3. ^ McLeish, Alex; Alastair Macdonald (1988). The Don of an Era. John Donald Publishers. ISBN 0-85976-242-4. 
  4. ^ a b "Dark Blue Dons: Peter Weir". AFC Heritage Trust. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "In celebration of Peter Weir and Aberdeen's aces of 1983". These Football Times. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 

External links[edit]

  • Peter Weir at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database