Willie Pettigrew Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1981-82 7 (2) 4 0 0 77.8% 11.1% 11.1%
1980-81 21 (11) 10 0 0 50.0% 25.0% 25.0%
1979-80 49 (1) 22 0 0 38.0% 34.0% 28.0%
Totals: 77 (14) 36


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 05/09/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 0 - 1
 02/09/81 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 0
 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1
 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
 19/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Thistle (A) 2 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1
 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
 15/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 1
 12/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Thistle (H) 2 - 0
 22/04/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 1
 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 15/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 12/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Thistle (H)  2 - 0
 22/04/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 21/03/81 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 2
 14/03/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  2 - 0
 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 3
 22/11/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  3 - 2
 19/11/80 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Celtic (A)  3 - 0
 22/10/80 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Lokeren (H)  1 - 1
 18/10/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 0
 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H)  7 - 2
 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H)  7 - 2
 26/04/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 19/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 0
 12/04/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 02/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 0
 23/02/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H)  5 - 1
 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H)  5 - 1
 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H)  5 - 1
 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H)  5 - 1
 22/12/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 12/12/79 Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  3 - 0
 12/12/79 Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  3 - 0
 24/11/79 Semi Final vs. Hamilton (N)  6 - 2
 03/11/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 0
 27/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  4 - 0
 13/10/79 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 0
 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  1 - 4
 26/09/79 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Queen's Park (A)  3 - 0
 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  2 - 1
 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 3
 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 3
 08/09/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 2

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 12/09/81 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  5 - 2
 05/09/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  0 - 1
 02/09/81 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 1
 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 19/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Thistle (A)  2 - 1
 15/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 12/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Thistle (H)  2 - 0
 08/08/81 Section 4 vs. Ayr Utd (A)  4 - 3
 09/05/81 Final vs. Rangers (N)  0 - 0
 25/04/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 22/04/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 18/04/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  0 - 2
 21/03/81 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 2
 18/03/81 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  4 - 1
 14/03/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  2 - 0
 07/03/81 5th Round vs. Motherwell (H)  6 - 1
 28/02/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 0
 14/02/81 4th Round vs. Partick Thistle (H)  1 - 0
 10/01/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 03/01/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  7 - 0
 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 3
 13/12/80 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 0
 06/12/80 Final vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 29/11/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 3
 22/11/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  3 - 2
 19/11/80 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Celtic (A)  3 - 0
 15/11/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 12/11/80 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 08/11/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  3 - 0
 05/11/80 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Lokeren (A)  0 - 0
 29/10/80 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Clydebank (H)  4 - 1
 25/10/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 22/10/80 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Lokeren (H)  1 - 1
 18/10/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 0
 11/10/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  0 - 0
 08/10/80 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Clydebank (A)  1 - 2
 04/10/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 2
 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H)  7 - 2
 27/09/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 24/09/80 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 2
 01/05/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  0 - 0
 29/04/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 26/04/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 23/04/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 19/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 0
 12/04/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 08/04/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 0
 05/04/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  2 - 2
 02/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 0
 29/03/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 19/03/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 15/03/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 2
 12/03/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  0 - 0
 08/03/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  0 - 0
 01/03/80 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 23/02/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 16/02/80 4th Round vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H)  5 - 1
 12/01/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 2
 05/01/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 29/12/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 0
 22/12/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 12/12/79 Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  3 - 0
 08/12/79 Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 0
 28/11/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  1 - 1
 24/11/79 Semi Final vs. Hamilton (N)  6 - 2
 17/11/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 14/11/79 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 0
 10/11/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 1
 07/11/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Diósgyőri (A)  1 - 3
 03/11/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 0
 31/10/79 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Raith Rovers (H)  0 - 0
 27/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  4 - 0
 24/10/79 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Diósgyőri (H)  0 - 1
 20/10/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 1
 13/10/79 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 0
 10/10/79 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Queen's Park (H)  2 - 1
 06/10/79 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 02/10/79 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Anderlecht (A)  1 - 1
 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  1 - 4
 26/09/79 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Queen's Park (A)  3 - 0
 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  2 - 1
 19/09/79 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Anderlecht (H)  0 - 0
 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 3
 08/09/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 2
 01/09/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 0
 29/08/79 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Airdrie (A)  1 - 2
 25/08/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 18/08/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 1
 11/08/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 0


Biography

Willie began his footballing career with Hibernian in 1970 but soon left to join junior side East Kilbride Thistle after failing to make the first team breakthrough at Easter Road. In 1972 he signed for his hometown club Motherwell where he earned himself a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest goal-scorers. Whilst at Fir Park, Willie finished as the top flight’s top scorer twice: in season 1975/76 and 77/78.

His form for Motherwell saw Willie recognised at full international level for Scotland. In 1976 he was given his first cap and he went onto earn a total of five over the next two years, scoring twice. Motherwell began to receive transfer bids not just domestically, but from Europe as well, with Celtic, St Pauli and Bayern Munich all being rejected by either the club or the player. However, at the start of the 1979-80 season Jim McLean signed Willie for £100,000 – a club record fee at the time - to bring the much sought after striker to Tannadice. It didn't take long for Willie to make an impact in tangerine.

Willie scored the opening goal in the 6-2 rout of Hamilton Academical at East End Park in the League Cup Semi Final, and had played in every round as United progressed to the final of the competition for the first time in their history. After a goalless match against Aberdeen at Hampden, Willie wrote his name into the history books in the midweek replay at Dens Park, becoming the first Dundee United player ever to score a goal in a major cup final, as he fired United into the lead. He scored again in the second half as United went on to win 3-0 to claim their first ever major honour. A few weeks later, Willie knocked four goals past Dundee in a 5-1 Scottish Cup demolition at Tannadice, and he continued his fine form to finish his first season as the club’s top scorer.

A fractured collar bone picked up in pre-season kept Willie out of the opening six weeks of the 1980-81 campaign, but he was back in the starting line-up as United again made it through to the League Cup final, and he collected another winners medal when the club retained the trophy with a superb 3-0 win over city rivals Dundee – again at Dens Park. Later that season, Willie collected a Scottish Cup runners-up medal as United lost out to Rangers at in the replayed final at Hampden 4-1, having drawn the first game.

By this time his difficult relationship with manager Jim McLean had reached boiling point and in September 1981 he left to join Hearts in a joint deal with Derek Addison reported to be worth £180,000. He spent three seasons at Tynecastle before leaving to join Greenock Morton in 1984. His stay at Cappielow only lasted one season before he left to join Hamilton Academical. He retired from professional football in 1986.

In recognition of his contribution to Dundee United he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2014.

Debut

August 11th, 1979
Dundee United 3 - 0 Dundee

League (Premier Division)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Willie was born on this date in Motherwell.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Willie began his footballing career with Hibernian in 1970 but soon left to join junior side East Kilbride Thistle after failing to make the first team breakthrough at Easter Road. In 1972 he signed for his hometown club Motherwell where he earned himself a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest goal-scorers. Whilst at Fir Park, Willie finished as the top flight’s top scorer twice: in season 1975/76 and 77/78.

  • Another memorable game for the fans in that the derby win over their city rivals was seldom in doubt after Paul Sturrock latched on to a Willie Pettigrew assist in 22 minutes to send United ahead. Substitute Billy Kirkwood added another with Derek Stark completing the win in the second half.

  • United had to come from behind twice at Parkhead to cancel out a brace from George McCluskey. The Celtic striker, McCluskey, put his side ahead after 21 minutes, but on the stroke of half-time, Willie Pettigrew converted a penalty to show that our problems in finding a regular spot kick taker may have been over. Thirteen minutes into the second half, McCluskey put Celtic back in front again, but with just under quarter of an hour to go, Ralph Milne rescued a deserved point with a superb long range strike.

  • United opened their Premier League campaign by welcoming Alex Ferguson's Aberdeen to Tannadice. Jim McLean made three changes from the midweek League Cup draw with Motherwell, with Derek Stark, Derek Murray and Davie Dodds replacing George Nicol, Ralph Milne and Graeme Payne.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 5 - 2 Dundee

    United welcomed newly promoted Dundee to Tannadice for the first derby of the season and their first meeting since United’s 1980 League Cup Final triumph. Jim McLean made two changes to the side which had started at Cappielow the previous week with Ralph Milne and Billy Kirkwood coming into the side in the place of Willie Pettigrew – who dropped to the bench – and Derek Stark and dropped out of the squad altogether.