Billy Hainey Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: William Hainey
  • Born: June 16th, 1939 (Paisley)
  • Position: Inside Forward
  • Signed: March 15th, 1966 (£8,000)
  • First Manager: Jerry Kerr
  • Career Totals: 65 appearances, 16 goals
  • Also Played For: Partick Thistle, Portadown, St Mirren


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1967-68 16 (1) 5 0 0 29.4% 23.5% 47.1%
1966-67 35 (4) 9 0 1 46.2% 25.6% 28.2%
1965-66 9 2 0 0 66.7% 11.1% 22.2%
Totals: 60 (5) 16


 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
 06/04/68 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 4
 25/03/68 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 1 - 0
 16/03/68 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 3 - 3
 06/03/68 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 2
 02/03/68 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 02/03/68 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1
 17/02/68 2nd Round vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 6
 25/11/67 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 2
 30/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 2
 16/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 5 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 02/03/68 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 1
 17/02/68 2nd Round vs. Hearts (H)  5 - 6
 25/11/67 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  3 - 2
 30/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 2
 16/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H)  5 - 0
 03/05/67 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  3 - 2
 05/04/67 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 4
 21/01/67 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 0
 16/11/66 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (H)  2 - 0
 25/10/66 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Barcelona (A)  2 - 1
 15/10/66 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 3
 31/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (H)  5 - 3
 27/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 13/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 16/04/66 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 0
 21/03/66 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 06/04/68 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 4
 30/03/68 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 5
 25/03/68 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 0
 16/03/68 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  3 - 3
 06/03/68 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 2
 02/03/68 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 1
 17/02/68 2nd Round vs. Hearts (H)  5 - 6
 16/12/67 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 5
 02/12/67 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 25/11/67 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  3 - 2
 09/09/67 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 2
 02/09/67 Sectional Tie vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 3
 30/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 2
 26/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 1
 19/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 16/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H)  5 - 0
 12/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 06/05/67 Division One vs. Partick Thistle (A)  0 - 3
 03/05/67 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  3 - 2
 22/04/67 Division One vs. Partick Thistle (H)  2 - 2
 08/04/67 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 05/04/67 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 4
 25/03/67 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 18/03/67 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 08/03/67 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Juventus (H)  1 - 0
 04/03/67 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  3 - 1
 25/02/67 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 3
 11/02/67 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 3
 08/02/67 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Juventus (A)  0 - 3
 04/02/67 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 2
 28/01/67 1st Round vs. Hearts (A)  3 - 0
 21/01/67 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 0
 03/01/67 Division One vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 2
 02/01/67 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 0
 31/12/66 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 2
 17/12/66 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 10/12/66 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 03/12/66 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 0
 26/11/66 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 19/11/66 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 1
 16/11/66 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (H)  2 - 0
 05/11/66 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 2
 29/10/66 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 4
 25/10/66 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Barcelona (A)  2 - 1
 22/10/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 2
 15/10/66 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 3
 08/10/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A)  4 - 1
 01/10/66 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 3
 24/09/66 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A)  7 - 0
 10/09/66 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 2
 03/09/66 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 4
 31/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (H)  5 - 3
 27/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 20/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 4
 17/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 13/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 30/04/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H)  1 - 1
 23/04/66 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 1
 16/04/66 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 0
 09/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  5 - 4
 30/03/66 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 1
 26/03/66 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  1 - 4
 21/03/66 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 0
 19/03/66 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  5 - 1
 16/03/66 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 0


Biography

Hainey played junior football for Johnstone Burgh before joining Partick Thistle during the 1959-60 season. Within a month of stepping up to the senior grade, he had already established himself as a first team regular. Partick qualified for the 1963-64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and Billy scored their first ever European goal in a 4-1 victory over Glentoran in Belast in September 1963. United manager made an attempt to bring Billy to Tannadice in November 1964, but the deal broke down.

However, after six years and over 100 appearances for Thistle, Billy eventually signed for United eighteen months later for a reported fee of £8,000. He made his debut the following night against Hearts at Tynecastle. He scored his first goal for the Club five days later, heading home the winner in a victory over Rangers at Tannadice. United finished in their highest ever league position at the end of that season, and qualified for Europe for the first time.

Billy became the first player to come on as a substitute in major competition for United, when he replaced Dennis Gillespie in a League Cup tie against Dundee at Tannadice at the start of the 1966-67 season, and in the same match became the first United substitute to score to help United to a 2-0 win. Billy was a regular in the line-up that season and scored some vital goals, but none more important than United's first ever European goal - just as he had done with Partick. Grabbing the opener in a 2-1 win over Barcelona in Spain, he then scored a stunning second goal against the Spaniards in the return leg at Tannadice as United recorded a famous double. At the end of the season, Billy was named in the sixteen man squad that travelled to America to represent Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association.

By October 1967 Billy had dropped out of the first team and was playing regularly in the reserves. He was transfer listed at his own request, but came back into the side to score a double in the Dewar Sheild Final against St Johnstone, and appeared sporadically through the season. Remarkably, the classic 5-6 Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts at Tannadice in February was the only time in Billy's time at Tannadice where the team lost in a match that he scored in.

Given a free transfer at the end of that season, he returned to his hometown to sign for newly promoted St Mirren, and after two seasons at Love Street he went to Northern Ireland to play for Portadown. Two years later he returned to Scottish Junior level, finishing his playing days with Ayrshire side Beith.

Billy was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2010.

Debut

March 16th, 1966
Heart of Midlothian 0 - 1 Dundee United

League (Division One)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Billy was born on this date in Paisley.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Hainey played junior football for Johnstone Burgh before joining Partick Thistle during the 1959-60 season. Within a month of stepping up to the senior grade, he had already established himself as a first team regular. Partick qualified for the 1963-64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and Billy scored their first ever European goal in a 4-1 victory over Glentoran in Belast in September 1963. United manager made an attempt to bring Billy to Tannadice in November 1964, but the deal broke down.

  • Last Appearance - Rangers 4 - 1 Dundee United

    With the game all square at half-time and no goals, few would have expected what was to come in the second half. Five goals were scored by they were not shared evenly, leaving United to nurse a heavy defeat at Ibrox with Alex Ferguson getting a double.