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Position Central midfielder
Born 09 Feb 1957, Edinburgh (Scotland)
Height 167 cm
Weight 65 kg
International Caps Scotland: 50 full, 1 U21, ? Youth

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Dundee 01 Oct 1971 01 Nov 1977     £50000
Aberdeen 01 Nov 1977 01 Aug 1984     £600000
Manchester United 01 Aug 1984 21 Mar 1989 160 33 £300000
Leeds United 21 Mar 1989 01 Mar 1995 244 45 £0
Coventry City 01 Mar 1995 01 Jun 1997 26 0  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1988 - 1989 11 3 0   0   0   0  
1989 - 1990 46 16 1   2 1 0   4 1
1990 - 1991 34 7 6 1 7 1 0   5 1
1991 - 1992 35(1) 4 0   4   0   0  
1992 - 1993 25(6) 4 4   3 1 5 1 0  
1993 - 1994 32(1) 3 3 1 2   0   0  
1994 - 1995 5(1)   0   1   0   0  
Total 188(9) 37 14 2 19 3 5 1 9 2

Jabba's Comments

One of the bargain signings of all time, Gordon Strachan was picked up from Manchester United by Howard Wilkinson and was instrumental in the side winning promotion and - just two years later - the title. After a fantastic career at Aberdeen, in which he'd picked up a Championship medal in 1980 and again in 1984, 3 Scottish Cup medals, a European Cup-Winners Cup medal and the Player of the Year award, he joined Manchester United. He cemented his place as a regular in the Scottish national side in the early 1980s, but by 1989 he wasn't getting on with the management and at the age of 31, found his future prospects limited at Old Trafford. The move to Leeds followed and the rest is history.

He was voted in as Footballer of the Year in 1991 as Leeds consolidated in their first season back in the top flight, and the following season he topped it all by lifting the Championship as captain of Leeds.

There was talk of him being lined up to succeed Wilko, but when no firm dates were set, he decided to seek a challenge that would lead to management, and so joined Coventry to work with Ron Atkinson - but found himself required to provide some inspiration on the pitch despite being twice the age of many of his team-mates. He was soon in sole charge, and for several seasons managed to stave off the inevitable, finally failing to keep the Sky Blues in the Premier League in 2000-01. Despite the relegation, he has stayed on to try to get them back into the top flight, but after a poor start to the 2001-02 season and "adverse comment" from the terraces, he parted company with the club "by mutual consent".

He wasn't out of management for long - taking over at Southampton who were struggling after moving to their new ground. After a slightly shaky start, it looks like Strachan is turning the club around a bit and he's dragged them clear of immediate relegation danger, winning a Manager of the Month award for his achievements in January 2002.

Richard Chandler says: Mr Craig's Club 1991/2. Went for a piss - heard scottish type accent stuff -looked up - Gordon one side, Garry Mac the other - couldnt piss - very embarrassing! Come back - ready break man.

kevin mcfadden says: Gordon Strachan should be leeds manager next season

"Ivor Biggun" says: He was great at Manchester United! The shirt matched his hair! ;-)

Damo Byrne says: Now's the time for Gordon Strachan to become Leeds Utd manager, the man's Leeds Utd through and through. Do it for Leeds Gordon!

Rab says: Strachan will come to save us, we need him. Smith, Viduka and co can go for all I care as long as Gordon comes home.

John Orford says: Gordon Strachan has done wonders for Southampton -- you can beat 'em but never run 'em ragged. Good organisation and discipine, like the player. He could lift Leeds back if there's money -- he would be a great succcessr to Sir Alex one day.

ricky wilson says: any1 remember this? der nun dun dun der dun, der nun dun dun der dun, der der da dada der der da dada. woa way!!!!!! yes!!!!! add comment if u know hat i mean

,p>mikey says: sorry leeds fans i really hope you stay up but wee strach should come home and that is hibernian fc his 1st love mikey the hibee

Pitlochry Hibee says: Gordon will hopefully see Hibs as a good move in his recuperation and head home to Easter Road

sean says: met him in a bar in spain with his wife. lovely man. would welcome him back to lufc anytime

john says: ive heard the wee man played 2 games for a junior outfit called newtongrange star(in midlothian) when he was only 15 or 16 is there any truth in what ive heard

Ste says: Up like a shot-Salute the wee scot-We remember Gordon - looked like a traffic warden, used to be a Scummer - which is abit of a bummer but he was super Leeds and showed in his deeds that he was 'no silly!'- brought back memories of Billy. The opposition would hack, but ignore it would Strach and from the start he played with heart, wore it on his sleeve and tried to achieve, great things with us, Elland Road buzzed - Although he was ginger he fought like a ninja, adequate on either foot-lively on the ball - despite bein just 3 feet tall. If anyone can-Gordon Strachan can! A true Super Leeds man!

jack says: i met him at a book signing around about 10 years ago.

Richard Ross says: I once played in a golf tournament with the Aberdeen and Dundee United teams (I played against Alex Ferguson). I remember watching Gordon hit his first tee shot, an absolute cracker. He took golf nearly as seriously as his football. A great servant for his beloved Aberdeen. One of Aberdeen's greatest players ever.

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