Billy Kirkwood
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: William Kirkwood
  • Born: September 1st, 1958 (Edinburgh)
  • Former Player: Billy Kirkwood
  • First Appointed: March 28th, 1995


Managerial History


Mar 28th, 1995 to Sep 10th, 1996

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Robbie Winters - 55
2. Steven Pressley - 51
3. Andy McLaren - 50
4. Ally Maxwell - 49
5. Christian Dailly - 46
6. Mark Perry - 42
7. Maurice Malpas - 42
8. Rab Shannon - 42
9. Grant Johnson - 41
10. Owen Coyle - 40
1. Craig Brewster - 19
2. Gary McSwegan - 19
3. Robbie Winters - 12
4. Owen Coyle - 11
5. Grant Johnson - 6
6. Billy McKinlay - 6
7. Paddy Connolly - 5
8. Brian Welsh - 4
9. Christian Dailly - 3
10. Andy McLaren - 3

First Match In Charge
Apr 1st, 1995 0 - 2 vs. Rangers, League (Premier Division)

Last Match In Charge
Sep 7th, 1996 0 - 1 vs. Heart of Midlothian, League

Total Players Used:
36 (39 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Dec 2nd, 1995 8 - 0 vs. Dumbarton, League (First Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Aug 26th, 1995 0 - 3 vs. Dunfermline Athletic, League (First Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
61 29 14 18 106 63
(47.5%) (23.0%) (29.5%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
29 14 5 10 58 31
(48.3%) (17.2%) (34.5%)

Biography

After an eleven year spell as a player at Tannadice - with the exception of a few months in 1986 - Kirkwood continued his playing career with Dunfermline and Dundee, and it was at Dens Park that he went into coaching when he retired.

A spell as coach at Rangers was followed by a return to Tannadice, this time as manager after the sacking of Ivan Golac in March 1995, as United were involved in a relegation battle.

Unfortunately, Kirkwood was unable to prevent the Club from dropping out of the top flight for the first time in 35 years, but after rebuilding the squad from top to bottom, he guided the team to a Play-Off victory and a return to the Premier Division at the first time of asking.

However, after only one win in the first six games of the 1996/97 season, Kirkwood was replaced with Tommy McLean.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Ally Maxwell Jun 16th, 1995 £250,000
2. Rab Shannon Jul 3rd, 1995 £110,000
3. Neil Caldwell Jul 18th, 1995
4. Steven Pressley Jul 24th, 1995 £750,000
5. Sandy Robertson Jul 24th, 1995 £250,000
6. Jim Bett Aug 29th, 1995
7. Gary McSwegan Oct 6th, 1995 £350,000
8. Marino Keith Oct 13th, 1995 £35,000
9. Owen Coyle Oct 13th, 1995 £400,000
10. Jamie McQuilken Nov 4th, 1995 £150,000
11. Lance Key Jul 25th, 1996
12. Armand Benneker Jul 29th, 1996
13. Neil Duffy Aug 6th, 1996 £200,000

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
1. Paul Gallacher Aug 1st, 1995
2. Jim Paterson Aug 1st, 1996
3. Stephen McConalogue Aug 1st, 1996
First Signing

Ally Maxwell
on Jun 16th, 1995