Steve Archibald

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Steve Archibald
Personal information
Full name Steven Archibald[1]
Date of birth (1956-09-27) 27 September 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1973–1974 Fernhill Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974 East Stirlingshire 1 (0)
1974–1977 Clyde 65 (7)
1977–1980 Aberdeen 76 (30)
1980–1984 Tottenham Hotspur 131 (58)
1984–1988 Barcelona 55 (24)
1987–1988 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 20 (6)
1988–1989 Hibernian 44 (15)
1989–1990 Espanyol 15 (5)
1990–1991 St Mirren 16 (2)
1992 Clyde 1 (0)
1992 Reading 1 (0)
1992 Fulham 2 (0)
1994–1996 East Fife 49 (7)
1996 Home Farm Everton 1 (0)
Total 477 (154)
National team
1979–1980 Scotland U21[2] 5 (1)
1980–1986 Scotland 27 (4)
Teams managed
1994–1996 East Fife
2000–2001 Airdrieonians
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steven Archibald (born 27 September 1956 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former football player and manager. Archibald played prominently for Aberdeen, winning the Scottish league in 1980, Tottenham Hotspur, winning the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, and Barcelona, winning the Spanish league in 1985. He also played for several other clubs in Scotland, England, Spain and Ireland. Archibald played 27 times for Scotland, earning selection for their 1982 and 1986 World Cup squads. He later managed East Fife and Airdrieonians. Archibald was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Club career[edit]

He first came to prominence playing in midfield for Scottish First Division side Clyde, but was converted to striker when he signed for Aberdeen, forging a prolific partnership with Joe Harper.[3] After winning the Scottish Premier Division title in 1980,[3] he moved to London club Tottenham Hotspur where he finished the top scorer in the First Division and won the FA Cup in his first season there.[3] He won a second FA Cup in 1982[3] and then the UEFA Cup in 1984, where he scored his penalty in the final as Spurs overcame Anderlecht in a shootout.[4][5] He also scored for Spurs in their defeat by Liverpool in the 1982 Football League Cup Final.[4] Archibald scored 77 goals in 189 appearances for Spurs between 1980 and 1984,[4] forming successful striking partnerships with Garth Crooks and Mark Falco.

In 1984 he joined Barcelona, where in his first season he helped them win the La Liga title for the first time in 11 years.[3] He then helped Barcelona reach the European Cup final in 1986, only for his side to lose on penalty kicks to Steaua Bucharest.[6] He was a popular figure at the Camp Nou until restrictions on fielding foreign players led to him being excluded from the squad in favour of Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes.[6] He was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers for a spell before to returning to Britain in 1988 to sign for Hibernian.[6]

Archibald scored 16 goals in first season at Hibernian, including the winning goal in November 1988 in a 2-1 win away against Hearts, Hibs' first away win against their city rivals in over 10 years.[6] He left Hibs in 1990 after falling out with manager Alex Miller, and had a brief return to La Liga with RCD Espanyol.[6] He then joined St Mirren and was instrumental in bringing former Barça team-mate Víctor Muñoz to the club.[6]

Archibald's later career saw him make a handful of appearances at a number of clubs in Scotland, England and Ireland, including a nostalgic return to Clyde.[6]

International career[edit]

Archibald was a member of the Scottish national team at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

On 15 November 2009 he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.[7]

Management and the Airdrie experiment[edit]

Archibald's time at East Fife saw the club gain promotion to the First Division, and was also notable for the acquisition of Trinidad and Tobago internationalists Arnold Dwarika and Craig Demmin. He was sacked in 1996 and retired to his home in Spain for the next few years, working on a number of business interests, including as a football agent.

In 2000 Archibald re-emerged in Scottish football when he mounted a bid to buy financially troubled First Division club Airdrieonians. Archibald was allowed to take over the running of the club after being awarded preferred bidder status by the administrators. He installed himself as manager and, using his contacts in Europe, introduced a contingent of Spaniards and other foreign players to the squad.[6]

Although Airdrie supporters were impressed by Archibald and the skills of the imports, he ultimately failed to conclude the purchase of the club, leading to the departure of himself and the foreign players in March 2001,[6] and causing them to narrowly miss out on relegation to the Second Division. They had also been expelled from the Scottish Cup for failing to fulfill a fixture. Airdrieonians went out of business on 1 May 2002, and a new club called Airdrie United was formed and took Clydebank's place in the Scottish Football League.

Music career[edit]

Archibald appeared twice in the same episode of Top of the Pops in 1982, firstly singing "We Have a Dream" with the Scotland World Cup squad starring B. A. Robertson and then alongside his Tottenham Hotspur team mates and Chas & Dave singing "Tottenham, Tottenham".



Tottenham Hotspur



  1. ^ "Steve Archibald". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Steve Archibald". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Dark Blue Dons - Steve Archibald". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Steve Archibald". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "1984 UEFA Cup Final 2nd Leg Tottenham 1-1 Anderlecht 2-2 on aggregate (Tottenham win 4-3 on penalties)". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Steve Archibald". Hibernian Historical Trust. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Eight more Scots greats enter Hall of Fame The Scotsman, 16 November 2009
  8. ^ "1981/82 Charity Shield". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

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