Gordon Strachan Profile

Gordon Strachan

Gor­don Da­vid Stra­chan, born Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, Feb­ruary 9, 1957. Gor­don Stra­chan ar­rived at Man­chester Uni­ted in 1984 and sco­red a cred­it­able 33 goals from mid­field in 160 Fir­st Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances for the club be­fore he was sold to Leeds Uni­ted five years later. 

Ed­in­burgh born and bred, Gor­don Stra­chan began his pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball ca­reer at Scot­tish Pre­mier Di­vi­sion club Dun­dee and qui­ckly es­tab­lished him­self in the fir­st te­am at Dens Park. Af­ter clock­ing up 13 goals in 69 Scot­tish Lea­gue ap­pear­ances for The Dee, he joi­ned Ab­er­deen for a fee of £50,000 plus ex­per­i­enced mid­fielder Jim Shirra in Nov­ember 1977. At Pit­todrie Sta­dium, The Ed­in­burgh­er ev­entually came to prom­in­ence in the fine Ab­er­deen te­am of the 1980s who won two Scot­tish Lea­gue titles, three Scot­tish FA Cups, the Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup, and the Euro­pean Su­per Cup un­der Al­ex Fer­guson. A self mo­tiv­ated per­former, Gor­don Stra­chan was cap­able of drag­ging him­self thro­ugh a foot­ball mat­ch by his mor­al boot­straps and, as his fa­me spread, the mid­fielder was ev­entually lured to Man­chester Uni­ted by Ron Atkin­son who splashed out a trans­fer fee of £600,000 for his ser­vices at the be­gin­ning of the 1984–85 sea­son. Stra­chan was giv­en his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but for Uni­ted in a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Wat­ford at Old Traf­ford on the 25th of Au­gust 1984, scor­ing from the pen­alty spot in the 22nd min­ute of the ga­me. What the for­mer Dun­dee and Ab­er­deen fa­vour­ite may have lacked in height he more than made up for in oth­er areas, be­ing re­mark­ably quick and ex­tremely power­ful in the tack­le. He was re­united wi­th Al­ex Fer­guson when the lattter was ap­poin­ted as suc­cessor to Atkin­son on the 6th of Nov­ember 1986, and sco­red his fir­st goal for Man­chester Uni­ted un­der the for­mer Ab­er­deen man­ager in a 2–0 Di­vi­sion One vic­tory over Ar­senal at Old Traf­ford on the 24th of Jan­uary 1987. Iron­ic­ally, he was al­lowed to join Sec­ond Di­vi­sion te­am Leeds Uni­ted for a bar­gain trans­fer fee of on­ly £300,000 in the spring of 1989 at a time when the play­maker was en­joy­ing one of his best spells ever wi­th Man­chester United.

Gor­don Stra­chan made his de­but for Leeds in a 1-0 Sec­ond Di­vi­sion tri­umph over Ports­mouth at El­land Road on the 25th of Mar­ch 1989, and the club´s sup­port­ers im­me­di­ately took the mid­field dy­namo to their hearts and he went on to spend six un­for­get­table sea­sons wi­th the West York­shire club. The Scot help­ed Leeds gain pro­mo­tion back to the Fir­st Di­vi­sion in 1990, and was named Foot­ball Writers’ As­so­ci­ation Play­er of the Year in 1992 af­ter skip­per­ing The Pea­cocks to their fir­st Foot­ball Lea­gue Cham­pi­on­ship for eight­een years. But at the end of the day, he left El­land Road to re­join his for­mer man­ager Ron Atkin­son at Cov­entry City at the back end of the 1994-95 cam­paign, and de­b­uted for The Sky Blues in a 2-0 Fir­st Di­vi­sion vic­tory ag­ainst Shef­field Wed­nesday at High­field Road on the 15th of April 1995, at the age of 38. A Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al, Stra­chan was han­ded his seni­or de­but for his na­tive coun­try by Jock Stein in a 1-0 Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship de­feat to North­ern Ire­land at Wind­sor Park on the 16th of May 1980, and rep­res­en­ted his na­tion in the FIFA Wor­ld Cup in Spain in 1982, and in Mex­ico in 1986. Dur­ing his in­ter­na­tion­al ca­reer, the wee man ac­cu­mu­lated a fine total of 50 full caps for his na­tive coun­try, and he is a mem­ber of the Scot­land Foot­ball Hall of Fa­me. Af­ter re­tir­ing as a play­er, Gor­don Stra­chan be­came a man­ager, tak­ing charge of Cov­entry City, South­ampton, Glas­gow Celt­ic, and Middles­brough be­fore he was ap­poin­ted man­ager of the Scot­land Na­tion­al Foot­ball Te­am on the 15th of Jan­uary 2013. Gor­don Stra­chan Play­ing Ca­reer: Dun­dee, Ab­er­deen, Man­chester Uni­ted, Leeds Uni­ted, Cov­entry City. Man­aging Ca­reer: Cov­entry City, South­ampton, Glas­gow Celt­ic, Middlesbrough. 

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