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Defender 71-83
5ft 10" 11st 7lbs
b.Aberdeen, 6th March 1949
Debut v Tottenham (a) 4/3/72

Aberdeen 65, pro aug 66
UNITED March 72
Oldham Athletic Aug 83 retired hurt after injury Oct 84
Burnly manager June-Oct 85

Captain of Aberdeen at 20 years of age, Martin Buchan was only 21 when he
skippered the Dons to victory in the Scottish Cup Final of 1970. Voted
Scottish Player of the Year in 71, he won the first oh his 34 Scottish Caps
in the same year. He had made a total of 188 appearances when UNITED boss
Frank O`Farrell pais 125.000 pounds fot his signature in March 72- surely
one of UNITEDS best ever buys.
He was to spend over 11 years at OT, six years as club captain when he set
the very highest standards, led by example, and was always the first name on
the team-sheet. He played in UNITED`s three FA Cup Finals during the 70`s,
collecting a winners medal against Liverpool in 77 when he magnificently
blotted the menace of Kevin Keegan. He won a Second Div Championship medal
in 75 as UNITED wisely rebuilt around him after shock relegation. 
One of the coolest and classiest defenders of his era, Buchan combined an
acute positional sense and simple distribution with a searing turn of pace
which gave him extraordinary powers of recovery. Increasingly troubled by
injuries he left OT to join Oldham on a free transfer in August 83. He
played a vital part in the Latics battle for Second Div survival in the same
season. after only four games of 84-5, however, a persistent thigh injury
caused him to announce retirement.
He had a brief spell in management with Burnley, quickly realising that it
was not a job he was suited for. He subsequently worked as an area manager
for a large sportswear company.   

FL   376 - 4 g
FAC   39 - 0 g
FLC   30 - 0 g
EUR   10 - 0 g   Total: 455 apps  4 goals

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