celebrity speaker Joe Harper is a former footballer from Greenock, mainly remembered for his two spells with Aberdeen, during which he became the club's record goalscorer.
In 1969, Aberdeen manager Eddie Turnbull paid £40,000 to sign Harper for Aberdeen. in his first season with the Dons he helped them win the Scottish Cup for the second time in their history. Harper opened the scoring from the penalty spot as overwhelming pre-match favourites Celtic were defeated 3–1.
He rapidly developed a reputation as a prodigious goalscorer and enjoyed a record-breaking haul of 33 goals in 34 league games in the 1971–72 season.
He scored a hat-trick for Hibs in the 1974 Scottish League Cup Final, but Dixie Deans also scored a hat-trick as Celtic defeated Hibs 6–3. Harper first played for Scotland against Denmark in October 1972, scoring on his debut in a 4–1 win.
joe has been a columnist for the Aberdeen Evening Express. And his autobiography, was published in 2008. He was appointed honorary Club President of Aberdeenshire Amateur League side Halliburton AFC in 2009.
joe can be found on home match days for Aberdeen in the Legends Lounge of the Richard Donald stand as the congenial host. and it's this congeniality that has rewarded joe as one of the most popular after dinner speakers at sporting and corpaorate dinners and functions.
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