Örjan Persson Player Profile


  • Full Name: Per
  • Born: August 27th, 1942 (Uddevalla, Sweden)
  • Position: Left Winger
  • Signed: December 2nd, 1964
  • First Manager: Jerry Kerr
  • Career Totals: 101 appearances, 17 goals
  • Also Played For: Orgryte, Rangers


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1966-67 42 42 11 0 0 29 9 13 2
1965-66 37 37 2 0 1 28 2 9 0
1964-65 22 22 4 0 0 20 4 2 0
Totals: 101 (0) 17 77 (0) 15 24 (0) 2

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

 Recent First Team Starts
May 3rd, 1967 03/05/67 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 2
Apr 22nd, 1967 22/04/67 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2
Apr 8th, 1967 08/04/67 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0
Apr 5th, 1967 05/04/67 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 4
Apr 1st, 1967 01/04/67 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 0 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Apr 22nd, 1967 22/04/67 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2
Mar 4th, 1967 04/03/67 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 3 - 1
Feb 25th, 1967 25/02/67 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 3
Feb 18th, 1967 18/02/67 2nd Round vs. Falkirk (H) 1 - 0
Jan 7th, 1967 07/01/67 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 4 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Apr 22nd, 1967 22/04/67 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2 (29')
Mar 4th, 1967 04/03/67 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 3 - 1 (38')
Feb 25th, 1967 25/02/67 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 3 (45')
Feb 18th, 1967 18/02/67 2nd Round vs. Falkirk (H) 1 - 0 (76')
Jan 7th, 1967 07/01/67 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 4 - 0 (5')
Nov 5th, 1966 05/11/66 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 2 (34')
Oct 15th, 1966 15/10/66 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 4 - 3 (14')
Oct 8th, 1966 08/10/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 4 - 1 (40')
Sep 24th, 1966 24/09/66 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 7 - 0 (63')
Sep 24th, 1966 24/09/66 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 7 - 0 (60')
Aug 13th, 1966 13/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 0 (68')
Mar 19th, 1966 19/03/66 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 1 (-)
Feb 12th, 1966 12/02/66 Division One vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 0 (20')
Apr 24th, 1965 24/04/65 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 1 (49')
Mar 24th, 1965 24/03/65 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 2 (89')
Mar 24th, 1965 24/03/65 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 2 (5')
Jan 16th, 1965 16/01/65 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 4 - 3 (12')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
May 3rd, 1967 03/05/67 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 2
Apr 22nd, 1967 22/04/67 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2
Apr 8th, 1967 08/04/67 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0
Apr 5th, 1967 05/04/67 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 4
Apr 1st, 1967 01/04/67 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 0 - 1
Mar 25th, 1967 25/03/67 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 0
Mar 20th, 1967 20/03/67 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 4
Mar 18th, 1967 18/03/67 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Mar 11th, 1967 11/03/67 3rd Round vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 0
Mar 8th, 1967 08/03/67 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Juventus (H) 1 - 0
Mar 4th, 1967 04/03/67 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 3 - 1
Feb 25th, 1967 25/02/67 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 3
Feb 18th, 1967 18/02/67 2nd Round vs. Falkirk (H) 1 - 0
Feb 11th, 1967 11/02/67 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 3
Feb 8th, 1967 08/02/67 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Juventus (A) 0 - 3
Feb 4th, 1967 04/02/67 Division One vs. Clyde (A) 0 - 2
Jan 21st, 1967 21/01/67 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H) 2 - 0
Jan 7th, 1967 07/01/67 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 4 - 0
Jan 3rd, 1967 03/01/67 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 2
Jan 2nd, 1967 02/01/67 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 0
Dec 31st, 1966 31/12/66 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 2
Dec 17th, 1966 17/12/66 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 2
Dec 10th, 1966 10/12/66 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 2
Nov 26th, 1966 26/11/66 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 3
Nov 19th, 1966 19/11/66 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 1
Nov 16th, 1966 16/11/66 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (H) 2 - 0
Nov 12th, 1966 12/11/66 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 1 - 1
Nov 5th, 1966 05/11/66 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 2
Oct 29th, 1966 29/10/66 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 4
Oct 25th, 1966 25/10/66 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Barcelona (A) 2 - 1
Oct 22nd, 1966 22/10/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 2
Oct 15th, 1966 15/10/66 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 4 - 3
Oct 8th, 1966 08/10/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 4 - 1
Oct 1st, 1966 01/10/66 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 3
Sep 24th, 1966 24/09/66 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 7 - 0
Sep 17th, 1966 17/09/66 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 4
Sep 3rd, 1966 03/09/66 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 4
Aug 31st, 1966 31/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (H) 5 - 3
Aug 27th, 1966 27/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1
Aug 20th, 1966 20/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 4
Aug 17th, 1966 17/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Aug 13th, 1966 13/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 0
Apr 30th, 1966 30/04/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H) 1 - 1
Apr 20th, 1966 20/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 3
Apr 16th, 1966 16/04/66 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 0
Apr 9th, 1966 09/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 4
Mar 30th, 1966 30/03/66 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 2 - 1
Mar 26th, 1966 26/03/66 Division One vs. Clyde (A) 1 - 4
Mar 21st, 1966 21/03/66 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 0
Mar 19th, 1966 19/03/66 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 1
Mar 16th, 1966 16/03/66 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 0
Mar 12th, 1966 12/03/66 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 3
Feb 23rd, 1966 23/02/66 2nd Round vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 5
Feb 16th, 1966 16/02/66 1st Round Replay vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1
Feb 12th, 1966 12/02/66 Division One vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 0
Feb 7th, 1966 07/02/66 1st Round vs. Falkirk (H) 0 - 0
Jan 29th, 1966 29/01/66 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 0 - 4
Jan 22nd, 1966 22/01/66 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 1 - 4
Jan 15th, 1966 15/01/66 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0
Jan 8th, 1966 08/01/66 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1
Dec 25th, 1965 25/12/65 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 4 - 2
Dec 18th, 1965 18/12/65 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 0 - 0
Dec 11th, 1965 11/12/65 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 0
Nov 27th, 1965 27/11/65 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 0 - 2
Nov 20th, 1965 20/11/65 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0
Nov 13th, 1965 13/11/65 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 4 - 1
Oct 30th, 1965 30/10/65 Division One vs. Morton (H) 4 - 2
Oct 27th, 1965 27/10/65 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
Oct 16th, 1965 16/10/65 Division One vs. Hamilton (H) 7 - 0
Oct 9th, 1965 09/10/65 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 4 - 2
Oct 2nd, 1965 02/10/65 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 5 - 2
Sep 11th, 1965 11/09/65 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 5 - 0
Sep 4th, 1965 04/09/65 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 3
Sep 1st, 1965 01/09/65 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 3
Aug 28th, 1965 28/08/65 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 3
Aug 25th, 1965 25/08/65 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 4
Aug 21st, 1965 21/08/65 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1
Aug 18th, 1965 18/08/65 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 0
Aug 14th, 1965 14/08/65 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 1
Apr 24th, 1965 24/04/65 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 1
Apr 19th, 1965 19/04/65 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 0 - 0
Apr 17th, 1965 17/04/65 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 0
Apr 10th, 1965 10/04/65 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1
Apr 3rd, 1965 03/04/65 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 1
Mar 27th, 1965 27/03/65 Division One vs. Morton (H) 3 - 2
Mar 24th, 1965 24/03/65 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 2
Mar 20th, 1965 20/03/65 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 0
Mar 13th, 1965 13/03/65 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 6 - 0
Mar 10th, 1965 10/03/65 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 4
Feb 27th, 1965 27/02/65 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 3 - 2
Feb 20th, 1965 20/02/65 2nd Round vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 2
Feb 17th, 1965 17/02/65 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A) 2 - 1
Feb 13th, 1965 13/02/65 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 1
Feb 6th, 1965 06/02/65 1st Round vs. Forfar Athletic (A) 3 - 0
Jan 23rd, 1965 23/01/65 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0
Jan 16th, 1965 16/01/65 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 4 - 3
Jan 9th, 1965 09/01/65 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 1
Jan 1st, 1965 01/01/65 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 4 - 1
Dec 19th, 1964 19/12/64 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 1
Dec 12th, 1964 12/12/64 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 3
Dec 5th, 1964 05/12/64 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 3


Competition History


Comp
LGE 77 15 0 1
SC 8 1 0 0
LC 12 1 0 0
FAIRS 4 0 0 0
Totals: 101 (0) 17

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


Biography


Starting his footballing life with local side Smögens IF, Örjan joined Gothenburg Örgryte in 1961, newly promoted to the Allsvenskan. He became a regular in their side, and made his international debut for Sweden against Finland in June 1962. Örgryte qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1964, and in October they faced Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park, where the classy left winger hugely impressed United manager Jerry Kerr. After nearly two months of protracted negotiations, Persson became the first overseas player to sign for United, and he was swiftly joined by Danish centre forward Finn Døssing, and the two players impressed greatly on their first appearance against Hearts at Tynecastle in December 1964.

They were soon joined by Mogens Berg and Örjan's former Örgryte team-mate Lennart Wing, and the Scandinavians were instrumental in United's fantastic run that saw them defeated only twice in the league, and go from relegation candidates to a respectable ninth place finish. At the end of their first season, Persson and Wing returned home and turned out for Örgryte during the summer, and missed out on United's run to the final of the Summer Cup that year. Having already won 14 international caps before coming to Scotland, Örjan, along with Wing, became the first Dundee United players to be capped at full international level whilst playing for the club when they turned out for Sweden in a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus in May 1965.

Persson's all-action style, penetrative wing play and pin-point crossing was a huge factor in United finishing in fifth place in Division One during the 1965-66 season. This was, at the time, the club's highest ever placing in the Scottish League, and also meant that the club qualified for European football for the first time. His European and international experience was invaluable as United took on two giants of the European scene, winning three of their four matches against Barcelona and Juventus during the 1966-67 season.

At the end of that season the winger refused to re-sign terms with the Club, maintaining that he was a free agent. The Club argued otherwise, and excluded him from the summer trip to the United States to represent Dallas Tornadoes, and a complicated contractual dispute followed, which was never fully resolved. In the end, Orjan joined Rangers in August 1967 in exchange for Davie Wilson and Wilson Wood, and he spent three seasons at Ibrox.

Whilst with Rangers, he played in the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico, and later that year returned to Orgryte where he continued his international career, turning out in the World Cup finals in West Germany in 1974.He later played for Kungsbacka and IF Väster before retiring in 1980.

Along with former team-mate Don Mackay, Orjan was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2013.

Last updated on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 by B Orr.





Debut

December 5th, 1964
Heart of Midlothian 3 - 1 Dundee United

League (Division One)


International Career (Sweden)


Caps: 48

Goals: 7

International Debut: June 19th, 1962 v. Finland

Orjan made his international debut aged 19, in a friendly match against Finland in June 1962. By the time he signed for United, he had already accumulated 14 international caps, including appearances in the 1964 European Championships. Along with fellow country man Lennart Wing, Orjan became the first Dundee United players to be capped at full international level whilst playing for the club when they turned out for Sweden in a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus in May 1965. He appeared for Sweden nine times during his spell at Tannadice, and would go on to make 48 appearances, including two games in the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico and again in the 1974 World Cup Finals in West Germany, where he made his final international appearance against Yugoslavia.

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Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Örjan was born on this date in Uddevalla, Sweden.


  • International Debut


    Örjan earned his first International cap for Sweden, playing against Finland.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Hearts 3 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • First Goal

    Hibernian 3 - 4 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Hibs looked far from comfortable in the opening stages of this match. Dossing beat McNamee before crossing for Berg. The inside man's shot was deflected and Thom failed to capitalise by firing over. I


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 3 Falkirk
    League (Division One)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Ayr Utd 0 - 7 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 2 Partick Th
    League (Division One)


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 2 Partick Th
    League (Division One)


  • Last Appearance

    Celtic 2 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Division One)