Alan Main Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History



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Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1994-95 10 0 0 0 30.0% 20.0% 50.0%
1993-94 24 0 0 0 25.0% 50.0% 25.0%
1992-93 48 0 1 0 45.8% 18.8% 35.4%
1991-92 19 0 0 0 52.6% 21.1% 26.3%
1990-91 40 0 0 1 47.5% 17.5% 35.0%
1989-90 33 0 1 0 39.4% 30.3% 30.3%
1988-89 - - - - - - -
1987-88 10 0 0 0 40.0% 40.0% 20.0%
1986-87 3 0 0 0 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
Totals: 187 (0) 0


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 01/10/94 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
 29/09/94 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Tatran Prešov (A) 1 - 3
 24/09/94 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 1 - 0
 21/09/94 Quarter Final vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1
 17/09/94 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
 None

 List of Goals Scored
None

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 01/10/94 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 29/09/94 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Tatran Prešov (A)  1 - 3
 24/09/94 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 21/09/94 Quarter Final vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 17/09/94 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 15/09/94 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Tatran Prešov (H)  3 - 2
 10/09/94 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 31/08/94 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A)  2 - 2
 27/08/94 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 1
 20/08/94 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 26/04/94 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 3
 13/11/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 2
 09/11/93 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 2
 06/11/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 30/10/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 0
 23/10/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 16/10/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 2
 09/10/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 3
 05/10/93 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 02/10/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 28/09/93 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Brøndby (H)  3 - 1
 25/09/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 0
 21/09/93 Semi Final vs. Hibernian (N)  0 - 1
 18/09/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 15/09/93 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Brøndby (A)  0 - 2
 11/09/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 04/09/93 Premier Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 1
 31/08/93 Quarter Final vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 3
 28/08/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 24/08/93 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 21/08/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 14/08/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 1
 10/08/93 2nd Round vs. Hamilton (A)  1 - 0
 07/08/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 15/05/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 4
 08/05/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 01/05/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  3 - 1
 20/04/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  4 - 0
 17/04/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  3 - 0
 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 1
 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  4 - 1
 13/03/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 09/03/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 0
 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 24/02/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 0
 20/02/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  4 - 0
 07/02/93 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 02/02/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 2
 30/01/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 1
 23/01/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 16/01/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H)  3 - 1
 05/01/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 3
 02/01/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 26/12/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 12/12/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 01/12/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 1
 28/11/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  0 - 0
 21/11/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 1
 11/11/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 07/11/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 2
 31/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 24/10/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 1
 17/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 07/10/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 03/10/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 26/09/92 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 4
 19/09/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 1
 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 02/09/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 0
 26/08/92 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 3
 22/08/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 0
 15/08/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 2
 11/08/92 2nd Round vs. QOS (H)  6 - 0
 08/08/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 05/08/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  1 - 0
 01/08/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 02/05/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 25/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 18/04/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 11/04/92 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 28/03/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 0
 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 28/09/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 21/09/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 14/09/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 3
 31/08/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 27/08/91 3rd Round vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 18/05/91 Final vs. Motherwell (N)  3 - 4
 11/05/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 1
 04/05/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 24/04/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 20/04/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 16/04/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 13/04/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 1
 06/04/91 Semi Final vs. St Johnstone (N)  2 - 1
 30/03/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 0
 23/03/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 13/03/91 5th Round vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 1
 09/03/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 02/03/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 23/02/91 4th Round vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 0
 19/02/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 0
 16/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 09/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 02/02/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 1
 26/01/91 3rd Round vs. East Fife (A)  1 - 1
 19/01/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 0
 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 02/01/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 29/12/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 22/12/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 1
 15/12/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 08/12/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 01/12/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 24/11/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 3
 17/11/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 10/11/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 1
 07/11/90 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vitesse (H)  0 - 4
 03/11/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 27/10/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 24/10/90 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Vitesse (A)  0 - 1
 20/10/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 13/10/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/10/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 25/08/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 1
 21/08/90 2nd Round vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  3 - 0
 05/05/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 0
 28/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 21/04/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 18/04/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 14/04/90 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 4
 07/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 31/03/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 24/03/90 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 2
 17/03/90 Quarter Final vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/03/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 03/03/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 3
 26/02/90 4th Round vs. QOS (H)  2 - 1
 17/02/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 10/02/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 3
 27/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 3
 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 20/01/90 3rd Round vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 0
 13/01/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 06/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 03/01/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 30/12/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 23/12/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 16/12/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 13/12/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 1
 09/12/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 18/11/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 08/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 04/11/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 1
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 28/10/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 0
 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 3
 16/04/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 4
 02/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 1
 19/03/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 2
 15/03/88 Quarter Final Replay vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 2
 12/03/88 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 0
 05/03/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 27/02/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 13/02/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 0
 06/02/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 04/04/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 2
 28/03/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 1
 24/03/87 Quarter Final Rep. vs. Forfar Athletic (A)  2 - 0


Biography


Beginning his career at his hometown club Lossiemouth, where he made his debut ages just 15, Alan joined Elgin City before signing for United in November 1986 for a fee of £8,000. He made an early first appearance against Montrose in a Forfarshire Cup tie a few weeks later, and made his competitive debut aged 19 in March 1987 in a Scottish Cup replay against Forfar Athletic after the Station Park club had earned a 2-2 draw at Tannadice.

Battling with Scott Thomson to be Billy Thomson's understudy, Alan was an unused substitute against Barcelona at the Camp Nou and against Borussia Monchengladbach at Tannadice as United made their way to the final of the UEFA Cup, and played in two league matches at the tail end of that season as manager Jim McLean utilised his squad to cope with that long, hard season.

With Billy Thomson out injured for a spell during the 1987-88 season, Alan was first choice keeper for a couple of months, before going out on short term loans to Cowdenbeath and East Stirlingshire. However, in October 1989 he took over between the posts and had the No.1 jersey for the next two seasons, collecting a Scottish Cup runners-up medal after the final against Motherwell in May 1991.

New arrival Guido van De Kamp became first choice for the No. 1 Jersey in 1991-92 but, by February 1992, Alan had taken over again. Previously a Scotland youth and under-21 internationalist, Alan's form saw him called up to Andy Roxburgh's Scotland squad for a match against Malta in November 1993. However, a serious back injury prevented him making his Scotland debut, with the injury requiring an operation that kept him out of action for nine months - missing out on United's Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers in May 1994.

He recovered to get back in contention for the 1994-95 season, but lost his place to Kelham O'Hanlon in October, and in January 1995 he left United to join Paul Sturrock's St Johnstone side for a fee of around £150,000. He helped the Perth side to promotion in 1996-97 and collected a League Cup runners-up medal in 1998. He also received further Scotland squad call-ups and gained a Scotland 'B' international cap against Norway in 1998.

After eight years with St Johnstone he moved to Livingston, where he collected a League Cup winners medal as an unused substitute. In October 2004 he joined Gretna, and was with the Borders club through their meteoric rise to the Premier League, collecting a runners-up medal with them in the 2006 Scottish Cup final. He returned to St Johnstone in July 2007, playing his part as the Perth club won promotion to the SPL in 2009, and received a testimonial year in 2010 before joining the coaching staff at Rangers.





Debut


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March 24th, 1987
Forfar Athletic 0 - 2 Dundee United

Scottish Cup (Quarter Final Rep.)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    Alan was born on this date in Elgin.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Beginning his career at his hometown club Lossiemouth, where he made his debut ages just 15, Alan joined Elgin City before signing for United in November 1986 for a fee of £8,000. He made an early first appearance against Montrose in a Forfarshire Cup tie a few weeks later, and made his competitive debut aged 19 in March 1987 in a Scottish Cup replay against Forfar Athletic after the Station Park club had earned a 2-2 draw at Tannadice.

  • A 2-0 winning scoreline and Forfar penned in their own penalty area for the last quarter of an hour clouded what was episode two of the great escape. Undoubtedly there was no complacency in the Tannadice camp after the scare we were given at Tannadice. Certainly the way in which we began the replay in fine style. The real drama of the first half came in the 27th minute. Dave Narey tripped Kenny Ward in the corner of the box. Kenny MacDonald's spot kick was brilliantly tipped on to the post by Alan Main, deputising for the injured Billy Thomson. From the rebound a goalmouth melee ensued which ended with Jim McInally conceding a second penalty, when he made a diving save with his hands. Incredibly, John Clark side-footed the second spot kick wide of the left hand post.

  • This dress rehearsal for the Scottish Cup semi-final did little to provide clues as to the likely winners. What it did do was to prove both sides are well adept at missing chances. Clearly the greater share of these fell to us, especially the second half when we had advantage of the very strong wind. Actually we probably played better against the wind and Kevin Gallacher blazed over from close range and Dave Narey miskicked in front of goal. At the other end Tommy Coyne shot over when clean through. Five minutes from half-time, Stuart Rafferty found a gap in the defence and drove the ball past Alan Main.

  • 50th Appearance - Dundee United 1 - 0 Hibernian

    Having experienced winter the week before when Dunfermline played at Tannadice, conditions resembled a summer's day when Hibs took to the field to try and breach our 100% home league record. The men from Easter Road have not fared well on Premier business at Tannadice but were buoyed by the inclusion new signing Murdo McLeod. Main was busier than his counterpart Andy Goram in the opening exchanges. In the early minutes Paddy Connolly had chances to put us ahead, in the 36th minute he shot narrowly over Bowman had dummied Hamish French's cross. A minute later Paddy shot past from the edge of the box. Right on the stroke of half-time Hamish French embarked on a magnificent solo run which saw him waltz past a handful of Hibs defenders, but his parting shot didn't quite match the run that took him into that position and the ball slipped past the far post.

  • 50th League Appearance - Dunfermline 1 - 0 Dundee United

    There was little evidence that Pars would take both points during the early exchanges. Exchanges isn't really the right description, because for the first 25 minutes it was decidedly one way traffic in the direction of Andy Rhodes' goal. However, despite our almost complete dominance in those opening stages, we failed to breach the home side's defence. The nearest we came to scoring was after quarter of an hour when Darren Jackson's chip to the far post found Dave Bowman, but his flick hit the outside of the post. Gradually, Dunfermline unshackled themselves and we had a narrow escape in the 28th minute. Davies met a cross on the volley, but Alan Main tipped it on to the post, Kozma then struck the same post from the rebound as did Jack, but a linesman's flag brought this scramble around our goal to a halt. Alan Main made another tremendous save nine minutes later when Moyes headed down a Kozma cross, but Alan beat his header away to safety. Straight away Billy McKinlay fired in a low shot, which Rhodes saved diving to his left. Two minutes later from the interval Moyes got in another header which Alan Main saved well before Gijs Steinmann eventually scrambled the ball away.

  • 100th Appearance - Celtic 3 - 1 Dundee United

    A late withdrawal from the squad which was trying to register its first win of the season over Celtic was Finnish International Mixu Paatelainein who was Pittodrie bound. John O'Neil was his replacement and that was the only change from the eleven who had done so well at Pittodrie the previous week. After the disappointments we have experienced against Celtic we almost took a fifth minute lead when John O'Neil waltzed past Smith on the left and fired in a cross from which Duncan Ferguson's header was only kept out by the feet of Gordon Marshall. The match was then punctuated by a series of stoppages. First the referee Mr Miller had to retire to run the line and then Victor Ferreyra had to be escorted off with concussion to be replaced by Dave Bowman. Unfortunately, between these two events there was another break in play after Celtic had taken the lead. In the home side's first real attack Gerry Creaney met a near post cross to send a glancing header flying in at the far post. Celtic were now in the ascendancy as Alan Main pushed a Charlie Nicholas effort round the post and then saw Creaney's snap shot sail over the bar. However, in the lead up to the interval we peppered the Celtic goal with shots. Freddy Van der Hoorn forced Marshall to save at the base of the post and he then kept out a Grant Johnson lob from 25 yards. Shortly afterwards Marshall clung on to a Darren Jackson header from Brian Welsh's long throw. The Celtic keeper continued to be fully occupied when he pushed Jim McInally's long range shot round the post. Right on half-time came the incident upon which the eventual outcome revolved. Marshall palmed out a Grant Johnson shot and Darren Jackson netted, only for the substitute linesman's flag to be raised and the goal was chalked off.

  • 100th League Appearance - Dundee United 1 - 0 Hibernian

    The United line up for this game raised a few eyebrows. Out went Billy McKinlay, Alex Cleland, Gary Bollan and Paddy Connolly from the side which had drawn at Brockville. The two replacements to cause most surprise were Victor Ferreyra, back after a five match absence and Northern Ireland Internationalist Michael O'Neill who'd only recently signed a short term contract and hadn't figured in the first team for over a year. In the build up to this game Manager Jim McLean had called for a battling approach and this call was answered by the players, though not before we had survived a series of near things in front of Alan Main's goal, particularly in the first half. Evans and Wright were the main sinners In one instance, Dave Narey cleared off the line from Keith Wright when the former Dundee striker had the goal at his mercy. However, as the interval beckoned Duncan Ferguson served notice that we weren't out of contention when he headed against the post.

  • Last Appearance - Rangers 2 - 0 Dundee United

    Playing less than 48 hours after making that disappointing exit from Europe, Dave Bowman and Cralg Brewster retained their places in the side after coming on as substitutes against Tatran, whilst Gary Bollan was drafted in at Ibrox after not even figuring in the squad which had travelled to Slovakia.