J Alan Irvine Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1989-90 1 0 0 0 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
1988-89 7 (2) 1 0 0 44.4% 22.2% 33.3%
1987-88 13 (6) 4 1 0 47.4% 36.8% 15.8%
Totals: 21 (8) 5


 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
 12/08/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
 02/05/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 1
 22/04/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
 01/04/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 1
 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 5 - 1
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A) 7 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 1
 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 1
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  7 - 0
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  7 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 12/08/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 02/05/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 22/04/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 08/04/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 1
 01/04/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 25/03/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 21/03/89 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 24/08/88 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 1
 13/08/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 23/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 2
 16/04/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 4
 02/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 1
 26/03/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 06/02/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  7 - 0
 09/01/88 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  0 - 0
 24/11/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 4
 06/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 0
 03/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 30/09/87 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Coleraine (H)  3 - 1
 26/09/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 0
 22/08/87 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 4
 19/08/87 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H)  4 - 1
 15/08/87 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  3 - 1
 12/08/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 08/08/87 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1


Biography


Alan began his career with Queens Park in 1977, studying as an insurance broker whilst playing part-time football. After helping his side win promotion to the First Division he moved to Everton in 1981, where he appeared regularly over the next three years. Playing in the final of the League Cup against Liverpool in March 1984, he also helped the Toffeemen win the FA Cup that season, playing in all their Cup matches except the final itself. In August 1984 he was signed by Crystal Palace as part of Steve Coppell’s rebuilding of the London side, and was again a regular for his three seasons at Selhurst Park.

Jim McLean signed the winger for around £55,000 in the summer of 1987, and he made his first appearance during a pre-season tour of Norway. He then made his competitive debut in the opening League match of the season against Rangers at Ibrox and was in the side frequently during his first season, but was hampered by injury. He scored his first goals for the club with a brace in the 7-0 Scottish Cup win over Arbroath, and again with two goals against St Mirren at Tannadice in March. His second season was again heavily affected by injury, with the player managing only nine appearances after missing out for several months. After playing in the opening League match of the 1989-90 season, he fell out of favour and was transfer listed. He went on loan to Blackburn Rovers, a move that became permanent for a fee of £30,000 in November 1989.

After being a part of Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn team that won promotion to the newly formed English Premiership in 1992, Alan retired from playing to take up a coaching position with the club, becoming academy director at Ewood Park and later with Newcastle United, before taking the assistant manager role at Everton. In November 2007, Alan became manager of Preston North End, and later had spells with Sheffield Wednesday & West Bromwich Albion, as well as caretaker manager with Norwich City.

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





Debut

August 8th, 1987
Rangers 1 - 1 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    J Alan was born on this date in Glasgow.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    LSK 1 - 1 Dundee United
    Friendly (E-Cup)


  • First Team Debut

    Rangers 1 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Our record at Ibrox, which isn't as bad as most people think, should have been improved by even more than the point we gained here. Facing a Rangers' team devoid of Butcher, Roberts and Souness, we to


  • First Goal

    Arbroath 0 - 7 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (3rd Round)

    Our quickly improving form and confidence meant we soon established a stranglehold on this tie. After an even opening quarter of an hour, we made the breakthrough. Hamish French won the ball deep in h


  • First League Goal

    Dundee United 5 - 1 St Mirren
    League (Premier Division)

    We recorded our biggest win of the season in fine style, despite going behind in seven minutes. In truth we could, or should, have been three up after only three minutes! French sent over a cross whic


  • Last Goal

    Hibernian 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    We maintained our excellent record at Easter Road with this win, which none-the-less confirmed that Hibs would join us in next season's UEFA Cup. The game got off to an explosive start. Paul Hegarty f


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell
    League (Premier Division)

    Our home League programme opened as disappointingly as it had ended last season as Motherwell fully earned the point which they took from this opening day fixture. Indeed this was the third consecutiv


  • Left the Club