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In Memoriam: Archie Irvine

12 October 2020

Scunthorpe United is saddened to learn of the passing of former player Archie Irvine, aged 74, following a short illness.

Born in Coatbridge on June 25, 1946, Irvine began his footballing career in his native Scotland for the junior side Armadale Thistle before signing for Airdrieonians in 1965. 

September 1968 would bring him south of the border, who were in the First Division at the time, signing for Sheffield Wednesday. He would make a total of 34 appearances, scoring one goal.

Just over a year later, Irvine was on the move again in December 1969 when he joined Doncaster Rovers. He would make his debut for the side at Belle Vue on Boxing Day with Rovers hosting Rotherham United in front of just under 20,000 spectators.

During his time at Doncaster, he would be voted as the Supporter's Player of the Season in 1971-72 and 1972-73 while also taking on the captaincy responsibilities. He made 247 appearances for the side, putting him 21st on the all-time appearance chart, scoring 19 goals.

He would arrive at the Old Show Ground in July 1975, after six seasons at Belle Vue, and his career would last for one final season.

During that final campaign of his playing career, Irvine would make 22 league starts, one substitute appearance and one League Cup appearance, scoring one goal. That goal would come in April 1976 when he joined Angus Davidson on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win over Darlington.

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the club are with Archie's family and friends.

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