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Jim Leighton

Jim Leighton

Clubs played for: Dalry Thistle, Aberdeen, Deveronvale (loan), Manchester United, Arsenal (loan), Reading (loan), Dundee, Sheffield United (loan), Hibernian (1977-2000)

Born: 1958

Birthplace: Johnstone, Scotland

Position: Goalkeeper

Biography: Followed his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson from Aberdeen for a British record £450,000 fee in June 1988. Seen as one of the best shot stoppers in the business, he enjoyed a good first season with the club keeping 14 clean sheets, but then suffered a lack in confidence which ended up costing him his place from the 1990 FA Cup Final replay against Crystal Palace. From then on, he had to play second fiddle to Les Sealey and in February 1992, he returned to Scotland with Dundee. Now lives in the Cults area of Aberdeen and works as a goalkeeping coach for Huntly in the Highland League and the Scottish Under-21 team, having previously worked for his local club. He also runs the Jim Leighton Goalkeeping School.

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