1957 Born February 9, Edinburgh

1974 Signs for Dundee. Plays 60 league matches in three years at Dens Park, scoring 13 goals. The team's youngest captain

1977 Joins Aberdeen for £50,000. Plays 187 matches in seven years, scoring 55 times

1980 Wins Scottish league championship medal and first of 50 Scotland caps against Northern Ireland. Named Scottish Footballer of the Year 1982 Collects Scottish Cup winners' medal. Plays in World Cup in Spain

1983 Achieves second Scottish Cup success, followed by European Cup-Winners' Cup medal

1984 Wins Scottish league and cup double. Manchester United sign him for £500,000 in August. Stays at Old Trafford for five years, playing 160 league matches and scoring 33 goals 1985 Only trophy success with United, winning FA Cup

1986 Plays in his second World Cup, Mexico 86, scoring against West Germany

1989 Joins second division Leeds in March for £300,000 in deadline-beating deal

1990 Captains club to second division title.

1991 Named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year

1992 Leads Howard Wilkinson's side to a first league championship in 18 years. Wins final international cap against Finland

1995 After announcing his retirement from football, joins Ron Atkinson at Coventry as assistant

1996 Takes over as Coventry manager as Atkinson stepped down

1997 Coventry survive relegation on the final day of the Premier League season with victory at Tottenham

2001 May: Coventry lose at Aston Villa and relinquish their Premier League status after 34 consecutive years in the top flight

September: City lose 1-0 at home to Grimsby, sparking chants of "Strachan out". A handful of fans have to be restrained by police as they attempt to confront the manager. Strachan later leaves Coventry by mutual consent

October: Appointed Southampton manager 2003 May: Southampton lose 1-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final but qualify for Europe for the first time in 19 years

2004 January: Confirms he will not extend his contract with Southampton beyond the end of the season for personal reasons

February: Steps down as Southampton manager 2005 May: Named Celtic manager on a 12-month rolling contract.

2009 May: steps down