Gordon David Strachan was born on February 9, 1957 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He played for Dundee, Aberdeen, Manchester United, Leeds United and Coventry City, as well as the Scotland national team.
In his footballing career he played 635 league games, scoring a total of 138 goals. 21 of his 25 career seasons were in either the English or Scottish top-flight.
Strachan was given the captain's armband for Leeds United and led the club to the Second Division title in 1989-90 and the First Division title in 1991-92, the year before the top division became the Premiership.
Since ending his playing career, Strachan has gone on to manage Coventry City, Southampton, Celtic, Middlesbrough and the Scotland national team.