steve archibald - fact file

1980- 1984            forward

Born on 27th September 1956 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Height : - .m  (5' 10")

Weight : -  - kgs  (11st 2lbs)

With the arrival of Ardiles and Villa before them, it was perhaps the double signing of Archibald and Crooks which fired the club to success in the early Eighties.

A record signing for Spurs at the time and setting a record for a transfer for a player from a Scottish club to an English club, Steve Archibald had made his name at Aberdeen under Alex Ferguson, winning the Scottish First Division title. 


The striker had not been playing professional football for more than two years, as his early forays into the game at East Stirling and Clyde found little success.  It was at Pittodrie that he came alive and when he made his move to Tottenham, you could see why he was such a success.

It was the apparent disinterest Steve showed in the game which threw defenders.  Seemingly not paying attention to what was going on around him, he was quietly deciding where he should be when the ball dropped invitingly in the area for him to smash it home.  His control was exquisite and his finishing instinctive even though it may not have been the prettiest.  A toe poke here, a jabbed effort before the keeper could set himself there; they all counted in Archie's book. 

The pairing of Garth Crooks with the Scot was a masterstroke by Keith Burkinshaw.  Crooks was the more livewire, mobile forward, while Archibald the more predatory in the box.  They blended well from the start of their partnership and made goals for each other as well as scoring them.  With Crooks short and firmly built and Steve long and wiry, they could not have been more dissimilar, but they were on the same wavelength when it came to goal-scoring.

The crowd chorused "We'll Take More Care of You, Archibald, Archibald" (to the tune of the British Airways advertisement of the time) as he celebrated every goal with his distinctive arm in the air, cuff gripped in hand a la Denis Law.  It was a common sound across football grounds of England during his tenure at Tottenham.

Both were well supplied by the talented midfield of Ardiles, Hoddle, Villa and Galvin, who provided the ammo for the bullets Archibald would fire.  He was not on the target when Spurs won the FA Cup later that season, but his involvement was key, both in being on the spot when the corner fell to him, only to be beaten to it by Garth when he scored the equaliser in the replay and also pulling players away from Ricky Villa, who scored the winner.

With European experience in the European Cup-Winners' Cup, he won a place in the Scotland team and stayed there for the 1982 World Cup.  This came off the back of a season of great promise for Tottenham, as they fought on four fronts to win trophies, but ended up with just the one - the FA Cup once more, won against QPR after a replay.  His first Wembley goal was against Liverpool in the 1981 League Cup Final, which gave Spurs an early lead, but the Merseyside came back to win the trophy in extra time and the European adventure was ended by the savagery dished out by Barcelona at White Hart Lane.

His European success was only delayed for two seasons, when Tottenham overcame Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup Final of 1984 on penalties.  The season had seen Steve notch 28 goals and with the medal in his hand, he, and Burkinshaw, said goodbye to the Tottenham crowd on a high.  An exotic move to Barcelona (ironically) followed, but now the Catalan club was managed by Terry Venables.

Following his time in Spain, Archie was equally nomadic, playing for Blackburn Rovers on loan, HIbs, Espanyol, St. Mirren, Clyde, Fulham, East Stirling and Home Farm in Ireland.

On leaving football, Steve became a players agent specialising in the Spanish market and made his first venture into management with East Fife in 1994, staying for two years.  He was appointed an executive director at Benfica in Portugal in 1998 and led a takeover to rescue Airdrie in Scotland in 2000, before managing the club.

Steve was a regular Scottish international and played 27 times, but his scoring rate was not as high as with his club.  He went to Spain 1982 World Cup having been joint top-scorer in the First Division in 1980-81 to represent Scotland with two successive FA Cup winners medals and a goal in a losing League Cup final in 1982. 

Archibald was a 62nd minute substitute for Alan Brazil (later to be a Spurs forward) in the Scots 5-2 win over New Zealand, but two quick goals by the Kiwis put the team under pressure, although they pulled away to grab the points with Archibald scoring the fifth with ten minutes left. 

He got a place in the team for the next game, playing the whole of the match against Brazil, which Scotland lost 1-4.  Joe Jordan gave Scotland the lead alongside Archibald in attack in the final group game against Russia, but the opponents went on to  gain a 2-2 draw, which was enough to take them through and knock the Scots out.

NICKNAME :   Archie

MIDDLE NAME :  -

 

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
East Stirling ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Clyde 1974 ?? ??  65 7
Aberdeen 1977 ?? ??  76 30
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR May 1980 800,000 16th August 1980 v Nottingham Forest (Division 1) (Home) Won 2-0. 185 77
Barcelona (Spain) July 1984 1,250,000 ??  55 24
Blackburn Rovers December 1987 - May 1988 Loan ??  21 6
Hibernian 1988 ?? ??  44 15
Espanyol (Spain) 1990 ?? ??  0 0
St. Mirren 1990 ?? ??  16 2
Clyde 1992 ?? ??  1 0
Fulham 1992 ?? ??  2 0
East Stirling 1994 ?? ??  49 7
Home Farm Everton 1996 ?? ??  1 0

Career Record
East Stirling
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Clyde
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Aberdeen
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
128 (+3 as a sub) League appearances; 58 goals
17 (+1 as a sub) FA Cup appearances; 5 goals
18 League Cup appearances; 7 goals
22 European appearances; 7 goals
Barcelona
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
 

Honours
Scotland international
27 full caps;  4 goals
?? Under-21 caps; ?? goals
Scottish First Division Championship winners medal 1979-80 (Aberdeen)
Spanish La Liga Championship winners medal 1984-85 (Barcelona)
FA Cup winners medal 1980-81; 1981-82 (THFC)
UEFA Cup winners medal 1983-84 (THFC)

    

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