Willie Pettigrew Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1981-82 7 (2) 9 4 0 0 2 (1) 1 5 (1) 3
1980-81 21 (11) 32 10 0 0 14 (6) 6 7 (5) 4
1979-80 49 (1) 50 22 0 0 34 (1) 14 15 8
Totals: 77 (14) 36 50 (8) 21 27 (6) 15

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Sep 5th, 1981 05/09/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 0 - 1
Sep 2nd, 1981 02/09/81 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 0
Aug 29th, 1981 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1
Aug 26th, 1981 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Aug 19th, 1981 19/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Aug 29th, 1981 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1
Aug 26th, 1981 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Aug 15th, 1981 15/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 1
Aug 12th, 1981 12/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 0
Apr 22nd, 1981 22/04/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Aug 29th, 1981 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1 (33')
Aug 26th, 1981 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1 (55')
Aug 15th, 1981 15/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 1 (23')
Aug 12th, 1981 12/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 0 (64')
Apr 22nd, 1981 22/04/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3 (29')
Mar 21st, 1981 21/03/81 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 1 - 2 (74')
Mar 14th, 1981 14/03/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 0 (43')
Dec 20th, 1980 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 3 - 3 (74')
Nov 22nd, 1980 22/11/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 3 - 2 (44')
Nov 19th, 1980 19/11/80 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 0 (4')
Oct 22nd, 1980 22/10/80 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Lokeren (H) 1 - 1 (66')
Oct 18th, 1980 18/10/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 0 (60')
Oct 1st, 1980 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H) 7 - 2 (66')
Oct 1st, 1980 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H) 7 - 2 (70')
Apr 26th, 1980 26/04/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2 (64')
Apr 19th, 1980 19/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0 (75')
Apr 12th, 1980 12/04/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 2 - 0 (18')
Apr 2nd, 1980 02/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0 (72')
Feb 23rd, 1980 23/02/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0 (40')
Jan 30th, 1980 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 1 (84') p
Jan 30th, 1980 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 1 (59')
Jan 30th, 1980 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 1 (28')
Jan 30th, 1980 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 1 (68')
Dec 22nd, 1979 22/12/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 0 (41')
Dec 12th, 1979 12/12/79 Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 3 - 0 (15')
Dec 12th, 1979 12/12/79 Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 3 - 0 (65')
Nov 24th, 1979 24/11/79 Semi Final vs. Hamilton (N) 6 - 2 (5')
Nov 3rd, 1979 03/11/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 0 (12')
Oct 27th, 1979 27/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 4 - 0 (15')
Oct 13th, 1979 13/10/79 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 0 (27')
Sep 29th, 1979 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 1 - 4 (52')
Sep 26th, 1979 26/09/79 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Queen's Park (A) 3 - 0 (37')
Sep 22nd, 1979 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1 (33')
Sep 15th, 1979 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 3 (82')
Sep 15th, 1979 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 3 (63')
Sep 8th, 1979 08/09/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 2 (45') p

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Sep 12th, 1981 12/09/81 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 2 (sub)
Sep 5th, 1981 05/09/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 0 - 1
Sep 2nd, 1981 02/09/81 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 0
Aug 29th, 1981 29/08/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1
Aug 26th, 1981 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Aug 19th, 1981 19/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 1
Aug 15th, 1981 15/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 1
Aug 12th, 1981 12/08/81 Section 4 vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 0
Aug 8th, 1981 08/08/81 Section 4 vs. Ayr Utd (A) 4 - 3 (sub)
May 9th, 1981 09/05/81 Final vs. Rangers (N) 0 - 0 (sub)
Apr 25th, 1981 25/04/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Apr 22nd, 1981 22/04/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
Apr 18th, 1981 18/04/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Mar 21st, 1981 21/03/81 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 1 - 2
Mar 18th, 1981 18/03/81 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 4 - 1 (sub)
Mar 14th, 1981 14/03/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 0
Mar 7th, 1981 07/03/81 5th Round vs. Motherwell (H) 6 - 1 (sub)
Feb 28th, 1981 28/02/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 0 (sub)
Feb 14th, 1981 14/02/81 4th Round vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Jan 10th, 1981 10/01/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
Jan 3rd, 1981 03/01/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 7 - 0 (sub)
Dec 20th, 1980 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 3 - 3 (sub)
Dec 13th, 1980 13/12/80 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H) 1 - 0
Dec 6th, 1980 06/12/80 Final vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 0
Nov 29th, 1980 29/11/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 3
Nov 22nd, 1980 22/11/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 3 - 2
Nov 19th, 1980 19/11/80 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 0
Nov 15th, 1980 15/11/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0
Nov 12th, 1980 12/11/80 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 1
Nov 8th, 1980 08/11/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 3 - 0 (sub)
Nov 5th, 1980 05/11/80 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Lokeren (A) 0 - 0 (sub)
Oct 29th, 1980 29/10/80 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 1 (sub)
Oct 25th, 1980 25/10/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 3
Oct 22nd, 1980 22/10/80 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Lokeren (H) 1 - 1
Oct 18th, 1980 18/10/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 0
Oct 11th, 1980 11/10/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 0
Oct 8th, 1980 08/10/80 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Clydebank (A) 1 - 2
Oct 4th, 1980 04/10/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 2
Oct 1st, 1980 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H) 7 - 2
Sep 27th, 1980 27/09/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1
Sep 24th, 1980 24/09/80 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 2
May 1st, 1980 01/05/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 0 - 0
Apr 29th, 1980 29/04/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1
Apr 26th, 1980 26/04/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2
Apr 23rd, 1980 23/04/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 2 - 0
Apr 19th, 1980 19/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0
Apr 12th, 1980 12/04/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 2 - 0
Apr 8th, 1980 08/04/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 0
Apr 5th, 1980 05/04/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 2
Apr 2nd, 1980 02/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0
Mar 29th, 1980 29/03/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 0 - 0
Mar 19th, 1980 19/03/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Mar 15th, 1980 15/03/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 2
Mar 12th, 1980 12/03/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 0
Mar 8th, 1980 08/03/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 0 - 0
Mar 1st, 1980 01/03/80 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1
Feb 23rd, 1980 23/02/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Feb 16th, 1980 16/02/80 4th Round vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 1
Jan 30th, 1980 30/01/80 3rd Round vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 1
Jan 12th, 1980 12/01/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 2
Jan 5th, 1980 05/01/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1
Dec 29th, 1979 29/12/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 0
Dec 22nd, 1979 22/12/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 0
Dec 12th, 1979 12/12/79 Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 3 - 0
Dec 8th, 1979 08/12/79 Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 0 - 0
Nov 28th, 1979 28/11/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 1 - 1
Nov 24th, 1979 24/11/79 Semi Final vs. Hamilton (N) 6 - 2
Nov 17th, 1979 17/11/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Nov 14th, 1979 14/11/79 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Raith Rovers (A) 1 - 0
Nov 10th, 1979 10/11/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 1
Nov 7th, 1979 07/11/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Diósgyőri (A) 1 - 3
Nov 3rd, 1979 03/11/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 0
Oct 31st, 1979 31/10/79 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Raith Rovers (H) 0 - 0
Oct 27th, 1979 27/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 4 - 0
Oct 24th, 1979 24/10/79 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Diósgyőri (H) 0 - 1
Oct 20th, 1979 20/10/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 1
Oct 13th, 1979 13/10/79 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 0
Oct 10th, 1979 10/10/79 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Queen's Park (H) 2 - 1
Oct 6th, 1979 06/10/79 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Oct 2nd, 1979 02/10/79 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Anderlecht (A) 1 - 1
Sep 29th, 1979 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 1 - 4
Sep 26th, 1979 26/09/79 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Queen's Park (A) 3 - 0
Sep 22nd, 1979 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1
Sep 19th, 1979 19/09/79 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Anderlecht (H) 0 - 0
Sep 15th, 1979 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 3
Sep 8th, 1979 08/09/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 2
Sep 1st, 1979 01/09/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Airdrie (H) 2 - 0
Aug 29th, 1979 29/08/79 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 2
Aug 25th, 1979 25/08/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 3
Aug 18th, 1979 18/08/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 1
Aug 11th, 1979 11/08/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 0


Competition History


Comp
LGE 50 (8) 21 0 0
SC 2 (3) 4 0 0
LC 19 (2) 8 0 0
UEFA 6 (1) 3 0 0
Totals: 77 (14) 36

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


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.

Last updated on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by B Orr.





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


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Dundee United 3 - 2 Tottenham
    Friendly

    A night to remember for United fans as they caught their first glimpse of the superb talents of the Londoners' Argentinian World Cup stars Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa — and a comeback of massive


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)

    With Hamish McAlpine only just returned to the fold after his fall out with manager Jim McLean in Japan, former Chelsea and England 'keeper Peter Bonetti made his first appearance for United in the hi


  • First Goal

    Celtic 2 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Hamish McAlpine made just his second appearance of the season for Unite, in place of the injured Peter Bonetti. United also made number of positional changes from the previous week. Ian Phillip return


  • 50th Appearance

    Morton 0 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    There was nothing bar pride at stake for this match which brought down the curtain on the season at Cappielow. Paul Hegarty was again missing for United and Paul Sturrock was also missing. Gordon Lee,


  • 50th League Appearance

    Partick Th 0 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Bar the last two minutes before the interval, United found themselves well and truly under the cosh of this league fixture at Firhill. At that point there had been no scoring, so when the halftime whi


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 4 - 1 Aberdeen
    League (Premier Division)

    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


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 5 - 2 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)

    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


  • Left the Club