Alan Irvine Player Profile

Player Details

Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1987-88 4 (4) 0 1 0 37.5% 37.5% 25.0%
Totals: 4 (4) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals 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
 28/10/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 0
 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 1
 03/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1
 29/08/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals

 List of Goals Scored

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 28/10/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 0
 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 1
 17/10/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 03/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 26/09/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 0
 19/09/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 2
 02/09/87 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 2
 29/08/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1


Alan, the son of former United player Jim Irvine, began his career with Blackburn United before joining Hibs as a schoolboy, later signing a professional contract. He had a spell with Whitburn Juniors before joining Falkirk in 1983, where goals helped Falkirk win promotion to the Premier Division in 1986. Having refused to sign a new contract with the Bairns, he was surprisingly signed by Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool for £75,000 in October 1986. He only made a handful of appearances for the English champions, all coming from the bench in the middle of the 1986-87 season.

As the 1987-88 season got underway, United manager Jim McLean brought the player back to Scotland, paying a reported £100,000 at the end of August, and Alan made his debut the following day against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. He made eight appearances over the next two months, with four of those as a substitute, but having failed to make the desired impact he wasn't seen in the first team again. After being chosen for United's squad at the Tennents Sixes competition at the end of January, he was transferred to Shrewsbury Town for around £60,000 around a month later.

He moved onto Japanese club Mazda in 1989, but returned to the UK a year later with St Mirren, and had spells with Northern Irish side Portadown, and East Fife where he finished his career in 1995.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.


August 29th, 1987
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


  • Date of Birth

    Alan was born on this date in Broxburn.

  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

  • Signed For Dundee United

  • First Team Debut

    Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Two soft penalties, one for either side, told the story of this latest meeting with our great north east rivals. Taking everything into consideration a draw was probably a fair reflection of events. C

  • Last Appearance

    Hibernian 0 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    This was a match that started innocuously enough, but for some reason developed into a bruising affair with Hibs losing the services of two players who were red carded and a further two were booked as

  • Left the Club