Allan Preston Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1992-93 - (2) 0 0 0 50.0% 0.0% 50.0%
1991-92 3 0 0 0 66.7% 0.0% 33.3%
1990-91 5 (2) 0 0 0 42.9% 14.3% 42.9%
1989-90 11 0 0 0 36.4% 18.2% 45.5%
1988-89 10 (1) 1 0 0 36.4% 45.5% 18.2%
1987-88 1 (1) 0 0 0 50.0% 50.0% 0.0%
1986-87 - - - - - - -
1985-86 - - - - - - -
Totals: 30 (6) 1


 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
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H) 3 - 2
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4
 03/10/90 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. FH (H) 2 - 2
 25/09/90 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N) 0 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 26/08/92 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 3
 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 0
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 16/04/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 03/10/90 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. FH (H)  2 - 2
 29/09/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 25/09/90 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N)  0 - 2
 18/09/90 1st Round 1st Leg vs. FH (A)  3 - 1
 25/08/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 1
 21/08/90 2nd Round vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  3 - 0
 21/04/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 18/04/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 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
 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 3
 30/09/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 27/09/89 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Glentoran (H)  2 - 0
 26/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H)  1 - 0
 19/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 09/11/88 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Din. Bucharest (A)  1 - 1
 05/11/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 02/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 29/10/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 22/10/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 1
 12/10/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 05/10/88 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Floriana (H)  1 - 0
 07/05/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 04/05/88 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 1


Biography


Allan was a schoolboy international who joined United on an 'S' form from Hutchison Vale in the summer of 1985. A versatile left-sided player who could play in defence or midfield, he was quickly called up for United reserves, becoming part of the Scotland youth squad by season 1985-86.

Aged 18 years-old, 'Biscuits' was given his first team debut towards the end of the 1987-88 season, as manager Jim McLean rested a few regulars for the trip to Falkirk a week before the Scottish Cup final against Celtic. His next first team start was the European Cup Winners Cup tie against Maltese side Floriana in October 1988, and he had an extended run in the team over the next two months. Allan scored his only goal for United in a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie during that time. After eleven starts during the 1989-90 season, Allan appeared less and less in the first team over the following three years, playing regularly in the second string. After being transfer listed in April 1992, he left he left United to join Hearts six months later, along with £215,000 in exchange for Scott Crabbe.

He only spent a few months with Hearts before joining Dunfermline for the 1993-94 season. In March 1994, former United teammate Paul Sturrock, then manager of St Johnstone, took the winger to McDiarmid Park, where he enjoyed six years in Perth, winning the First Division title in 1997. He collected a League Cup runners-up medal in 1998 as an unused substitute and had a loan spell with Queen of the South in 2000, before quitting the game due to a hip injury aged 31.

Another former teammate, Peter Davenport, appointed Allan as assistant manager at Macclesfield Town, but within a year he returned to Scotland for a coaching job with Livingston. In November 2004, he took over as manager, but was in the job for just five months before being sacked after a bad run of results. After leaving the game, Allan became a summariser on BBC Sportsound radio programme most weekends.





Debut

May 4th, 1988
Falkirk 1 - 2 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    Allan was born on this date in Edinburgh.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Allan was a schoolboy international who joined United on an 'S' form from Hutchison Vale in the summer of 1985. A versatile left-sided player who could play in defence or midfield, he was quickly called up for United reserves, becoming part of the Scotland youth squad by season 1985-86.

  • Apart from the result itself, this was a highly satisfying evening. The three youngsters drafted into the side — Brian Welsh, Harry Curran and Allan Preston — all played significant parts in winning an obviously potentially difficult match given Falkirks desperation for the points.

  • From Bucherest the action switched to Pittodrie, a ground where we always do well and once again we picked up a point and after equalising may well have won the match.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 2 - 3 Rangers

    After Extra-time our cup record against Rangers is, to say the least, poor, but this was a very close contest and strangely there was little evidence of a titanic battle in prospect at the end of an opening 45 minutes that was by and large an insipid affair. True Ian Ferguson had hit the base of the post, but other than that the half had been devoid of incident.