Position Centre Forward
Alan Gordon played for Hearts, Dundee United, Hibernian and Dundee, but is probably best remembered from his time at Easter Road.
Signed by Hearts from Edinburgh Athletic after previous service with Edina Hearts, Alan Gordon made his debut for the Gorgie side during the 1961-62 season scoring 8 goals from 24 appearances. He scored twice in his first game against Hibs, which came while he was still a 17 year old pupil of George Heriot's School, a rearranged New Year's Day fixture at Easter Road on the 17th of January 1962 which resulted in a 4-1 victory for the visitors.
After seven seasons at Tynecastle, including a spell on loan to South African side Durban United, Gordon was allowed to move to Dundee United during the 1968-69 season, remaining at Tannadice until he joined Hibs in January 1972 as one of manager Eddie Turnbull's first signings for the club. After the bargain £10,000 deal had been concluded the United manager Jim McLean confessed to Turnbull "he felt that United had just been done!"
Gordon made his Hibs debut in a 2-1 home defeat by Motherwell on the 22nd of January 1972. The season saw him score 7 goals from 19 appearances, including Hibernian's solitary goal in the crushing defeat by Celtic in the 1973 Scottish Cup Final. Having formed a prolific goal scoring partnership with Jimmy O'Rourke, without doubt Alan Gordon's best season came during the 1972-73 campaign - as well as winning League Cup and Drybrough Cup medals, he scored a remarkable 42 goals including two in the famous 7-0 defeat of his former club, Hearts, at Tynecastle on the 1st of January 1973.
At one time he was seriously in the running to win the coveted 'Golden Boot' award, and only narrowly failed to become the Football Writers Player of the Year, finishing second to John Connolly of Celtic. Such was Gordon's reputation at the time, he was invited to play for an International XI against Hamburg in Willi Shultz's testimonial game, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Eusebio, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore.
Although initially signed to play alongside both Alan Gordon and Jimmy O'Rourke, the arrival of former Aberdeen player Joe Harper from Everton in February 1974 was the beginning of the end for both forwards at Easter Road. Gordon scored in his final appearance for the club later that season, a 1-1 draw at Dunfermline on the 9th of November 1974. St Johnstone attempted to reunite him with O'Rourke, who had since moved to Perth, but instead Gordon moved to Dundee in a £13,000 deal to become, it is believed, the first player to turn out for both Edinburgh and both Dundee sides.
Alan retired from the game at the end of the 1975-76 season to concentrate of his successful chartered accountants business in Leith. A member of the Hibernian Former Players Association and a popular figure with the fans of both Edinburgh clubs alike, Alan Gordon died in February 2010, aged 65 following a short battle with cancer.
During his career Alan Gordon made a total of 434 appearances in all competitions including 16 as a substitute, scoring 196 goals. While at Easter Road he scored 83 goals in 153 appearances.
Full name Alan Fordyce Gordon
Date of birth 14th May 1944
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6ft 0in