On this day – Jim Leighton born

24-7-1958: Jim Leighton the Scottish goalkeeper who played for Aberdeen and Manchester United was born on this day in 1958. Leighton made 300 appearances for the successful Aberdeen team that under Alex Ferguson’s leadership won both Scottish and European honours. His was reunited with Ferguson when in 1988 he moved to Manchester United for £750,000. In his two seasons at the club he made 73 appearances. In 1991 he returned to Scotland and played for Dundee (21 games) and Hibernian (151 games) before returning to Aberdeen (82 games). His final game was the 2000 Scottish Cup Final between Aberdeen and Rangers.

Only Kenny Dalglish (102 games) has made more appearances for Scotland. Leighton won 91 caps for his country between 1983 and 1998. He played in all Scotland’s games in the 1986, 1990 and 1998 World Cup Finals.

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