Alan Irvine Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1987-88 4 (4) 8 0 1 0 4 (3) 0 - (1) 0
Totals: 4 (4) 0 4 (3) 0 0 (1) 0

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Oct 28th, 1987 28/10/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 0
Oct 24th, 1987 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 1
Oct 3rd, 1987 03/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1
Aug 29th, 1987 29/08/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 None

 List of Goals Scored
None

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Oct 28th, 1987 28/10/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 0
Oct 24th, 1987 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 1
Oct 17th, 1987 17/10/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Oct 3rd, 1987 03/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1
Sep 26th, 1987 26/09/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Sep 19th, 1987 19/09/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Sep 2nd, 1987 02/09/87 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 2 (sub)
Aug 29th, 1987 29/08/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1


Competition History


Comp
LGE 4 (3) 0 1 0
LC - (1) 0 0 0
Totals: 4 (4) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


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.





Debut

August 29th, 1987
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • 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