Player Profile: Martin Buchan
A Granite City local, Martin Buchan was a vital member of the legendary Aberdeen side of the early 1970s. A reliable and strong central half, the prodigiously talented Buchan became the youngest captain ever to lead a club to glory in the Scottish FA Cup when The Dons defeated their old foes Celtic 3–1 in the final at Hampden Park in 1970.
After another good campaign the following season, Martin Buchan was deservedly named as Scotland’s Player of the Year in 1971. While at Pittodrie Stadium, Buchan accumulated an impressive 134 Scottish Football League appearances for Aberdeen before the young and promising prospect was brought to Manchester United by Old Trafford Head Coach Frank O’Farrell who signed him for an estimated transfer fee of £125,000 in the spring of 1972. After making his English Football League baptism for Manchester United in a 2–0 loss against Bill Nicholson´s Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in March 1972, the determined and disciplined central defender was subsequently made skipper of the team and he would set an exemplary personal example in the years to come. At the end of the 1973–74 season, however, Manchester United Football Club found eventually themselves relegated to the Second Division along with Norwich City and Southampton. But despite Manchester United suffering relegation from the Football League First Division, the Old Trafford board of directors kept faith in manager Tommy Docherty and The Red Devils bounced straight back to the top flight of English football the very next season. A highly competitive and confident player, Martin Buchan emerged as one of Manchester United’s most dependable performers during the seventies and he proceeded to play well over 400 first team matches for the legendary club. Martin Buchan: “When I went down to Old Trafford for the first time it only struck me then what a huge club Manchester United are. The Old Trafford Stadium was massive and everything felt right about the move. Frank O’Farrell was was a great help and you could always speak to him. When I arrived at Manchester United it took some getting used to with the different surroundings and new team mates.” Martin Buchan Career Details: Martin Buchan appeared in three FA Cup finals in four seasons between 1976 and 1979 and the Manchester United captain lifted the FA Cup trophy when Tommy Docherty´s team defeated bitter enemies Liverpool by 2–1 at Wembley Stadium in May 1977. The Aberdonian spent over eleven successful years with Manchester United before he finally decided to leave Old Trafford at the end of the 1982–83 campaign after increasing problems with his fitness. Martin Buchan made his full debut for Scotland in a 2–0 triumph over Portugal at Hampden Park in October 1971 and won a total of senior 34 caps. The Manchester United player also represented Scotland in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup Finals in West Germany and Argentina respectively. Martin Buchan Playing Career: Aberdeen, Manchester United, Oldham Athletic.