Gordon Strachan Player Profile
Edinburgh born and bred, Gordon Strachan started his professional career with Dundee before he decided to join forces with Aberdeen. The midfielder eventually came to prominence in the fine team of the 1980s who won two Scottish League titles, three Scottish Cups, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup.
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 hard working and strong running midfield dynamo was eventually lured to Manchester United by Old Trafford Head Coach Ron Atkinson who splashed out a transfer fee of £600,000 for his services at the beginning of the 1984–85 campaign. The Manchester United supporters immediately took the player to their hearts and he went on to spend five memorable seasons with the Old Trafford club. What the former Dundee and Aberdeen hero may have lacked in height he more than made up for in other areas, being remarkably quick and extremely powerful in the tackle. Ironically, Strachan was allowed to join Leeds United for a bargain fee of only £300,000 at the back end of the 1988–89 campaign at a time when the playmaker was enjoying one of his best spells ever with Manchester United. While at Elland Road, the Scot was named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1992 after skippering The Peacocks to their first English Football League Championship in eighteen years. At the end of the day, Gordon Strachan left the West Yorkshire club to rejoin his previous manager Ron Atkinson at Coventry City in the spring of 1995. Gordon Strachan: “I have said it before and been hammered for it, but the truth is we’re not very good at team sports in Scotland. Cricket’s always been rotten, rugby’s not very good, football’s not very good and anything healthy we don’t seem to be good at. We are all right at pub games, darts and snooker. And we are great at heart attacks. We are world leaders when it comes to heart attacks.” Gordon Strachan Fact File: Gordon Strachan made his First Division debut for Manchester United in a 1–1 draw against Watford at Old Trafford in August 1984 and the midfield tiger managed to notch up a respectable 33 goals in 160 Football League outings for The Reds. A Scotland international, the wee man amassed 50 full caps for the country of his birth and is a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame.