Steve Archibald

Steve Archibald first came to prominence playing for Scottish First Division side Clyde as a midfielder. However, when he signed for Aberdeen, Alex Ferguson converted him to a striker and he forged a prolific partnership with Joe Harper. He spent three years at Pittodrie, winning the Scottish Premier Division in 1980.

However he left Scotland for the riches of London, and Tottenham Hotspur, spending four years at White Hart Lane, where he won FA Cup Winners Medals in 1981 and 1982, and the UEFA Cup in 1984.

In 1984 he left for La Liga Giants Barcelona, where he became popular with the fans. However changes to squad regulations in the Spanish game, meant that the Scot was excluded in favour of Gary Linekar and Mark Hughes. Because of this, Archibald was loaned to English side Blackburn Rovers for the season, before he left Barcelona for a return to Scotland and Hibernian. It was a brief stay at Easter Road, as he returned to Spain and Espanyol the next season, but he was only there for one season before returning to Scotland once again, this time joining Paisley side St. Mirren. He was at Love Street for one season, and then returned to former club Clyde playing a mere one game, before he headed to Reading, Ayr United and Fulham. Two years later in 1994, Archibald was appointed Player-Manager of East Fife spending two seasons at the lower league side, before playing over in Ireland for one game in 1996, that game ended Archibald’s playing career and he would return to Scotland and to former club Clyde as manager.

He was also a member of the Scottish national team at the 1982 under Jock Stein and the 1986 World Cup under former manager at Aberdeen, Alex Ferguson.

On the 15th November 2009, Steve Archibald was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Managerial Career

Archibald kick started his managerial career at East Fife as Player Manager. During his time with the Bayview club, they gained promotion to the First Division. But he was sacked in 1996 and he returned to Spain, working as a football agent.

In 2000, Archibald returned to Scottish Football as he bought over First Division outfit Airdrieonians, who were in administration. He installed himself as manager, and using his European contacts, he brought in a string of Spanish and other foreign players to the side.

Despite all of these positive moves under Archibald, and the backing of the fans, Archibald failed to finalise the purchase of the club which led to his departure and the players he brought into the club in March 2001.

Airdrie narrowly missed out on relegation to the Second Division. They were expelled from the Scottish Cup after failing to fulfill a fixture and on May 1st 2002, Airdrieonians went out of business.

A new club called Airdrie United was formed, taking Clydebank’s place in the Scottish Football League, much to the anger of the Scottish Football fans.


Name: Steven Archibald
Date of Birth: 27 September 1956
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Position: Striker

Senior Career

1974 East Stirlingshire 1 (0)
1974-77 Clyde 65 (7)
1977-80 Aberdeen 76 (30)
1980-84 Spurs 131 (58)
1984-88 Barcelona 55 (24)
1987-88 Blackburn Rovers loan 20 (6)
1988-89 Hibernian 44 (15)
1989-90 RCD Espanyol 15 (5)
1990-91 St.Mirren 16 (2)
1992 Clyde 1 (0)
1992 Fulham 2 (0)
1994-96 East Fife 49 (7)
1996 Home Farm Everton 1 (0)

International Career

1980-86 Scotland 27 (4)

Managerial Career

1994-96 East Fife
2000-01 Airdrieonians

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