Allan Preston Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1992-93 - (2) 2 0 0 0 - - - (2) 0
1991-92 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
1990-91 5 (2) 7 0 0 0 1 (2) 0 4 0
1989-90 11 11 0 0 0 8 0 3 0
1988-89 10 (1) 11 1 0 0 8 (1) 1 2 0
1987-88 1 (1) 2 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 - -
1986-87 - - - - - - - - -
1985-86 - - - - - - - - -
Totals: 30 (6) 1 20 (4) 1 10 (2) 0

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Aug 20th, 1991 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H) 3 - 2
Aug 13th, 1991 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 4 - 1
Aug 10th, 1991 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4
Oct 3rd, 1990 03/10/90 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. FH (H) 2 - 2
Sep 25th, 1990 25/09/90 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N) 0 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
Nov 12th, 1988 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Nov 12th, 1988 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1 (70')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Aug 26th, 1992 26/08/92 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 3 (sub)
Aug 18th, 1992 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Aug 20th, 1991 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H) 3 - 2
Aug 13th, 1991 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 4 - 1
Aug 10th, 1991 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4
Apr 16th, 1991 16/04/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 1 (sub)
Oct 3rd, 1990 03/10/90 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. FH (H) 2 - 2
Sep 29th, 1990 29/09/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1 (sub)
Sep 25th, 1990 25/09/90 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N) 0 - 2
Sep 18th, 1990 18/09/90 1st Round 1st Leg vs. FH (A) 3 - 1
Aug 25th, 1990 25/08/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 3 - 1
Aug 21st, 1990 21/08/90 2nd Round vs. Alloa Athletic (A) 3 - 0
Apr 21st, 1990 21/04/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 1
Apr 18th, 1990 18/04/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 1
Mar 3rd, 1990 03/03/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 3
Feb 26th, 1990 26/02/90 4th Round vs. QOS (H) 2 - 1
Feb 17th, 1990 17/02/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0
Feb 10th, 1990 10/02/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1
Feb 3rd, 1990 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 3
Jan 23rd, 1990 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0
Oct 21st, 1989 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 3
Sep 30th, 1989 30/09/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 0 - 0
Sep 27th, 1989 27/09/89 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Glentoran (H) 2 - 0
Nov 26th, 1988 26/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H) 1 - 0
Nov 19th, 1988 19/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 0
Nov 12th, 1988 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1
Nov 9th, 1988 09/11/88 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Din. Bucharest (A) 1 - 1
Nov 5th, 1988 05/11/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 0
Nov 2nd, 1988 02/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 1
Oct 29th, 1988 29/10/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Oct 22nd, 1988 22/10/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 0 - 1
Oct 12th, 1988 12/10/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1 (sub)
Oct 8th, 1988 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 0
Oct 5th, 1988 05/10/88 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Floriana (H) 1 - 0
May 7th, 1988 07/05/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
May 4th, 1988 04/05/88 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1


Competition History


Comp
LGE 20 (4) 1 0 0
SC 2 0 0 0
LC 3 (2) 0 0 0
UEFA 3 0 0 0
CWC 2 0 0 0
Totals: 30 (6) 1

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


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.

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





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


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    St Andrews Utd 0 - 2 Dundee United
    Friendly

    Played in quite atrocious conditions this summers evening was more reminiscent of a grey, damp November afternoon. The match was brightened up by a quite superb goal by Paddy Connolly. He picked up a


  • First Team Debut

    Falkirk 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    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 a


  • First Goal

    Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    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. In the early stages Char


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 3 Rangers
    League Cup (Quarter Final)

    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 o


  • Left the Club