Scott Booth was born in the "granite city" in 1971 and in his 15 year professional playing career he became a legend for his home town club Aberdeen, enjoyed stints at top clubs in Holland and Germany and also chalked up an impressive 22 appearances for his national side as well.
(Scott is pictured above in action for the Scotland Home team at Hampden in 2010)
Booth’s goal scoring ability was spotted at an early age and he made local headlines for his huge haul of goals at Primary School level and at Oldmachar Academy. Scott joined Aberdeen FC from Deeside Boys Club and emerged from the fantastic Aberdeen youth side of the late 80's to make an immediate impact on the first team alongside Eoin Jess. Scott enjoyed a distinguished nine year career in his 1st spell with Aberdeen, scoring 43 goals in just over 160 League games for The Dons. He was part of the squad who narrowly missed out on winning the league title in 1991 and won a League Cup medal in season 1995-96.
After leaving Aberdeen in 1997, Booth headed to Europe where he joined German giants Borussia Dortmund. However Booth found it difficult to break into the 1st team of the then European Champions, but he was still able to gain experience of Champions League football (scoring in the Group stage) and more notably he became the first Scottish player to earn an Intercontinental Cup winners medal when he featured in the squad for Dortmund's 2-0 win over Cruzeiro in Tokyo.
After loan spells at Dutch clubs FC Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem, Booth left Dortmund permanently and signed for FC Twente in 1999 for £400,000. Here Booth became a regular fixture up front and even helped them to win the KNVB Cup in 2001 against a PSV side featuring International stars like Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Mark Van Bommel. Booth certainly played his part, showing nerves of steel to score Twente's 1st penalty in an incredible penalty shoot-out which saw The Tukkers come from 3-1 down to win 4-3 and earn the club's 1st trophy win in 24 years. In all Booth made over 100 League appearances in 4 seasons for the Dutch side, scoring 21 times.
After 6 years on the Continent Booth returned to his roots in 2003 and played his final season as a professional football player for Aberdeen. Despite being the club's top scorer with 8 League goals Booth struggled with injuries in this spell and retired from football in May 2004 at the tender age of 32.
To go along with his highly accomplished club career Booth also achieved honours for his Country at the highest level. He made his debut with the full national side in 1993 in a narrow one nil defeat at home against the recent European Championship runners up Germany. In an International career spanning 8 years Booth notched up 22 appearances scoring 6 goals, including a spell where he scored in 4 Euro 96 qualifiers in the space of 13 months, including a crucial winning goal at home to Finland and an equally important equaliser against Russia. Booth went on to make two appearances in the Finals of the tournament and also featured against Morocco in the 1998 World Cup in France.
Since retiring from the playing side of football, Scott has been involved in the media for the likes of the BBC, Setanta, ITV and ESPN. He is also currently working towards his UEFA Pro license coaching badge.
Scott made is Football Aid debut at Hampden Park in 2008 and has been a regular fixture in our Scotland Internationals since (even adding to his Hampden goal tally in 2010) and we were delighted when Scott agreed to become a Football Aid ambassador in 2011.