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.





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

    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.

  • 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 took a stranglehold of the game in the first half. There was an early breakthrough. Eamonn Bannon deftly chipped the ball over the Ibrox defence, and Dave Beaumont ran through to take on Woods. His first effort was parried by the English internationalist, but Dave had an easy task to prod the loose ball into the empty net after 12 minutes. Ian Redford put Dave Bowman clear, but Dave shot straight at Woods. The only moment of concern to the Tannadice defence in the first half came in the 38th minute, but Dave Narey was on the spot to clear an Ally McCoist shot off the line.

  • 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 his own half, passed to Alan Irvine who found Ian Redford just inside his own half but with a clear run in on goal. He advanced to the penalty box before despatching the ball past Jackson. On the half hour mark skipper Maurice Malpas ran on to a ball and beat Arbroath's off-side trap and neatly beat the advancing Jackson. Our third goal also stemmed from a ball which beat the home defence's off-side trap. Alan Irvine ran on to a ball chipped over the defence and crossed from near the bye-line for Mixu Paatelainen to knock home at the far post.

  • 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 found Maurice Malpas on the left and his cross was missed by the entire Hibs defence and Charlie Adam, but not Alan Irvine who tucked the ball under Andy Goram. Hibs immediately launched an onslaught on our goal. Dave Narey cleared a Houchen header off the line and the former Coventry striker headed just over, but Hibs gained reward in the 29th minute, when Houchen slipped the ball to George McCluskey, who drove the ball high past Billy Thomson. We quickly regained the initiative and Goram blocked a Kevin Gallacher drive and then an Adam overhead kick shaved the top of the bar.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell

    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 consecutive 1-1 draw between Motherwell and ourselves at Tannadice. Yet we started well enough by taking the lead after only eight minutes. A piece of wizardry by Paddy Connolly left two visiting defenders in his wake and his cut-back from one byeline was turned home by Hamish French via the far post. By rights Motherwell should have equalised almost immediately. Gordon Mair raced clear and though Scott Thomson blocked his shot the ball bounced high in the air and fell to Steve Kirk, who somehow contrived to shoot over the bar with the goal at his mercy. A near let-off for Mothewell preceded their equaliser. Paddy Connolly sprinted wide left cut inside and shot, and the 'Well defence cleared the ball not only to safety, but to counter-attack. Bobby Russell swung over a cross from the right which Nick Cusack dived to head into the corner of the goal. Two minutes from half-time Freddy Van Der Hoorn hammered in a shot which Maxwell couldn't hold, but a Motherwell defender denied the incoming Mixu Paatelainen.