Gordon Strachan, the most exciting playmaker Scotland has produced in years, shot to international football fame in the 1982 World Cup as Scotland’s star player and was voted by the world’s press as the personality of the event. In 1982, he inspired his club Aberdeen to victory in the European Cup Winners’ Cup against the legendary Real Madrid in Gothenburg.
Brought up in a tough district of Edinburgh, the young Strachan resisted attempts to take him to fashionable clubs like Manchester United. He wanted to mature at home, so he joined Dundee and was captain at nineteen. But his career really blossomed when he moved to Aberdeen in 1977, at the start of a period which was to prove Pittodrie’s greatest.