Alex Taylor Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1984-85 21 (6) 5 1 0 70.4% 14.8% 14.8%
1983-84 8 (7) 2 0 0 60.0% 20.0% 20.0%
1982-83 1 (3) 0 0 0 75.0% 25.0% 0.0%
1981-82 - (1) 0 0 0 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
1980-81 - - - - - - -
1979-80 - - - - - - -
Totals: 30 (17) 7


 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
 11/05/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 1
 04/05/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 1
 27/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 0
 13/04/85 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 0 - 0
 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0
 03/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 4 - 0
 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 2
 17/11/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 7 - 0
 24/08/83 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (H) 6 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  5 - 0
 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  5 - 0
 03/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  4 - 0
 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  5 - 2
 17/11/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  7 - 0
 24/08/83 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (H)  6 - 1
 20/08/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 11/05/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 1
 04/05/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 27/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  2 - 0
 20/04/85 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 13/04/85 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 0
 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  5 - 0
 03/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  4 - 0
 30/03/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 4
 23/03/85 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 1
 16/03/85 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 0
 13/03/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  3 - 0
 16/02/85 4th Round vs. QOS (A)  3 - 0
 09/02/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 0
 04/02/85 3rd Round vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 0
 02/02/85 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 0
 02/01/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 1
 29/12/84 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 1
 22/12/84 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  5 - 2
 12/12/84 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Man Utd (H)  2 - 3
 08/12/84 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  2 - 2
 17/11/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  7 - 0
 10/11/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 0
 07/11/84 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Linzer (H)  5 - 1
 03/11/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 24/10/84 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Linzer (A)  2 - 1
 20/10/84 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 3
 14/05/84 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 12/05/84 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 07/05/84 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 02/05/84 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 14/04/84 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  3 - 0
 28/03/84 Quarter Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 1
 05/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 2
 01/10/83 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 2
 17/09/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 1
 14/09/83 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Hamrun (A)  3 - 0
 10/09/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  5 - 0
 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  5 - 0
 27/08/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 0
 24/08/83 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (H)  6 - 1
 20/08/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 0
 26/03/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 3
 20/11/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 0
 30/10/82 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 14/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. St Johnstone (H)  3 - 0
 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1


Biography

Alex joined United on an 'S' form from Blantyre St Joseph’s in 1978. Appearing in the reserves during the 1979-80 season, he made a good early impression which lead to his first appearance at first team level in a friendly against Hearts in February 1980. It was another eighteen months later that he made his competitive debut, in a League Cup tie against Motherwell in August 1981.

A regular in the reserves, Alex again impressed during a pre-season tour of Scandinavia in July 1982, and was in the starting eleven in friendlies against West Ham and Southampton. Seen regularly on the bench throughout the 1982/83 season, he made only 4 appearances as United became Premier Division Champions.

The young attacking midfielder continued to be a member of the first team squad, scoring his first United goal on the opening day of the 1983/84 season against Motherwell, as the club unfurled the Championship flag at Tannadice. He gained valuable experience on the bench for many of United's European matches in the early 1980s, making his Euro debut in United's first ever European Cup match, against Ħamrun Spartans in Malta.

The 1984/85 season was arguably Alex's best in tangerine, with 21 starting eleven appearances and five goals. However, a difficult relationship with manager Jim McLean eventually lead to Alex's departure when his contract expired in the summer of 1985, and he quit football and began an accountancy course at Hamilton. However a year later he signed for Hamilton Academical, gaining United a fee of £40,000, and went on to collect a First Division winners medal and the First Division Players Player of the Year award. In August 1988 he joined Walsall, before returning to Scotland to sign for Falkirk, who won promotion to the Premier League in his first season there. Over the next few years he played for Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers, Ross County and Forfar Athletic before retiring in 2001.

Debut (as sub)

August 26th, 1981
Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell

League Cup (Section 4)

Full Debut

October 30th, 1982
Dundee United 1 - 0 Dundee

League (Premier Division)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Alex was born on this date in Baillieston.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Alex joined United on an 'S' form from Blantyre St Joseph’s in 1978. Appearing in the reserves during the 1979-80 season, he made a good early impression which lead to his first appearance at first team level in a friendly against Hearts in February 1980. It was another eighteen months later that he made his competitive debut, in a League Cup tie against Motherwell in August 1981.

  • Going into the final group stage match having already clinched the top spot, manager Jim McLean changed things up a bit. After making his return to first team action as a substitute against Partick, Paul Hegarty was given a place in the starting eleven for the first time since the Scottish Cup Final in May. Recent new signing from Stirling Albion George Nicol made his first team debut. Billy Kirkwood, Graeme Payne and Willie Pettigrew were also in, with Frank Kopel, Derek Stark, Ian Phillip, Richard Gough and Davie Dodds dropping out. 19 year-old Alex Taylor was handed a place on the bench.

  • The unfurling of the league flag ceremony was the prelude to a championship style performance by United. It took almost half an hour for United to open their account when Billy Kirkwood bulleted a header past Hugh Sproat from a perfect Alex Taylor cross. Tannadice fans only had to wait until four minutes into the second half for the second goal.

  • Another high scoring win came within days of that midweek derby win. However, this overwhelming victory by Jim McLean's men consigned his brother Willie's Cappielow side to the First Division by scoring five times without reply. The basis of United's victory had its foundations in the first half. Eamonn Bannon cut the ball back from a free-kick to enable Alex Taylor to strike the ball past McDermott and open the scoring.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee 1 - 0 Dundee United

    Our City neighbours gained their first victory over us at Dens Park since October, 1979, and even that might not have come about had Eamonn Bannon not missed a penalty kick.