Andy Rolland Player Profile


  • Full Name: Andrew Rolland
  • Born: November 12th, 1942 (Cowdenbeath)
  • Position: Full Back
  • Signed: September 29th, 1967 (£10,000)
  • First Manager: Jerry Kerr
  • Career Totals: 440 appearances, 37 goals
  • Also Played For: Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Los Angeles Aztecs


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1977-78 31 (3) 34 1 2 0 22 (1) 1 9 (2) 0
1976-77 37 37 2 1 0 29 2 8 0
1975-76 42 (3) 45 1 4 0 32 (1) 1 10 (2) 0
1974-75 42 (3) 45 4 3 0 30 (2) 3 12 (1) 1
1973-74 41 (3) 44 5 1 0 24 (2) 4 17 (1) 1
1972-73 33 (2) 35 3 1 0 24 (1) 3 9 (1) 0
1971-72 39 (1) 40 8 1 0 30 (1) 5 9 3
1970-71 45 45 1 0 1 33 1 12 0
1969-70 41 41 3 1 1 32 2 9 1
1968-69 43 43 4 0 0 34 4 9 0
1967-68 31 31 5 1 0 29 3 2 2
Totals: 425 (15) 37 319 (8) 29 106 (7) 8

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Feb 4th, 1978 04/02/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 1 - 0
Jan 28th, 1978 28/01/78 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 1
Jan 7th, 1978 07/01/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1
Jan 2nd, 1978 02/01/78 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 1
Dec 31st, 1977 31/12/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Sep 10th, 1977 10/09/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 0
Apr 13th, 1977 13/04/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 3
Nov 3rd, 1976 03/11/76 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 0
Jan 1st, 1976 01/01/76 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Mar 19th, 1975 19/03/75 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Sep 10th, 1977 10/09/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 0 (42') p
Apr 13th, 1977 13/04/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 3 (40')
Nov 3rd, 1976 03/11/76 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 0 (85')
Jan 1st, 1976 01/01/76 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1 (29')
Mar 19th, 1975 19/03/75 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1 (2')
Mar 5th, 1975 05/03/75 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 3 - 1 (47')
Nov 16th, 1974 16/11/74 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 5 - 0 (40')
Aug 28th, 1974 28/08/74 Sectional Tie vs. Ayr Utd (A) 2 - 2 (6')
Apr 17th, 1974 17/04/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1 (26')
Nov 10th, 1973 10/11/73 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1 (88')
Oct 13th, 1973 13/10/73 Division One vs. Morton (A) 2 - 0 (37')
Oct 6th, 1973 06/10/73 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 4 - 0 (61')
Aug 11th, 1973 11/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. East Fife (A) 2 - 1 (89')
Jan 13th, 1973 13/01/73 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0 (38')
Dec 23rd, 1972 23/12/72 Division One vs. Dumbarton (H) 3 - 2 (50')
Oct 14th, 1972 14/10/72 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 2 (35')
Oct 9th, 1971 09/10/71 Division One vs. Morton (A) 2 - 1 (13')
Oct 2nd, 1971 02/10/71 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 5 - 0 (76')
Sep 15th, 1971 15/09/71 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Derby (A) 2 - 6 (57')
Sep 11th, 1971 11/09/71 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 6 (16')
Sep 11th, 1971 11/09/71 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 6 (89')
Sep 4th, 1971 04/09/71 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 3 (35')
Sep 1st, 1971 01/09/71 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1 (54')
Sep 1st, 1971 01/09/71 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1 (60')
Apr 10th, 1971 10/04/71 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1 (31')
Dec 10th, 1969 10/12/69 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 2 (64')
Dec 10th, 1969 10/12/69 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 2 (68')
Aug 27th, 1969 27/08/69 Sectional Tie vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1 (69')
Mar 22nd, 1969 22/03/69 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 2 (52')
Feb 1st, 1969 01/02/69 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 2 (75')
Dec 21st, 1968 21/12/68 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1 (86')
Nov 2nd, 1968 02/11/68 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 1 - 0 (84')
Apr 27th, 1968 27/04/68 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 2 - 2 (82')
Feb 17th, 1968 17/02/68 2nd Round vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 6 (25')
Jan 27th, 1968 27/01/68 1st Round vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 1 (17')
Jan 20th, 1968 20/01/68 Division One vs. Morton (A) 2 - 5 (89')
Oct 28th, 1967 28/10/67 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1 (7')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 319 (8) 29 10 1
SC 22 (5) 2 1 0
LC 59 (1) 5 0 0
UEFA 5 0 2 0
FAIRS 5 0 0 1
CWC 4 0 1 0
TEX 9 (1) 1 1 0
ASC 2 0 0 0
Totals: 425 (15) 37

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


Biography


The Dunfermline born player appeared for Beath High, Dunfermline Schools and Cowdenbeath Royals before being called up to Cowdenbeath in October 1961. After just one season at Central Park, he was released when the reserve team was scrapped, and he signed for junior side Dundonald Bluebell. When the family moved to England, he had a short spell with Crewe Alexandra before returning home to Fife, signing for Cowdenbeath for a second time in 1964. This time he was a regular in the first team, quickly becoming a much sought after overlapping full-back.

United, along with Rangers and Clyde, were interested in signing Andy, and he finally arrived at Tannadice in September 1967 in a fee reported at £10,000, making his first team debut the next day against Airdrieonians at Broomfield. Originally playing at both inside forward slots, by March 1968 he was playing at right-back - a position he would dominate for the next eleven seasons. Nicknamed ‘The Major’ due to his vocal presence on the park, his strong running and tough tackling made him a huge favourite with the fans. He also drew the attention of the referees receiving a red car in an end of season tour of Norway at the end of his first season, and again against Juventus in a tour of America at the end of 1968-69 season. His disciplinary record attracted negative publicity, causing him to request a transfer in early 1970 which was thankfully withdrawn soon after.

A prolific scorer during his time with United, Andy scored twice in a game on three separate occasions, grabbing a brace against Dunfermline in December 1969, and against Motherwell and Dundee in September 1971. The high point of his United career was undoubtably his involvement in the Club's run to their first ever Scottish Cup final appearance in 1974. Andy played in every round, although was an unused substitute in the semi-final replay against Hearts at Hampden and came off the bench in the final against Celtic to collect a runners-up medal. Andy also took part in many of the Club's early European adventures, playing in the Fairs Cup, European Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Cup, facing the likes of Newcastle United, Grasshoppers of Zurich, Sparta Prague, Juil Petrosani of Romania, Bursaspor or Turkey, Iceland's Keflavik and Porto. In November 1975, he broke Club rules by moving out of Dundee with his family to live in Glenrothes, going against Jim McLean's rule of players having to live within a certain distance of the city. He was briefly suspended until a compromise agreement was reached. He received international recognition in March 1976 when he played for the Scottish League side against their English counterparts in the last of the inter League internationals.

The long serving defender was released at the end of the 1977-78 season and went to play in America for Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Los Angeles Aztecs, where he was involved in a swap deal with George Best. He returned to Scotland to sign for Dunfermline, and after manager Harry Melrose became ill, Andy took over as coach and led the East End Park club to promotion to the First Division, scoring the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the final match of the season. He returned to Cowdenbeath for a third spell in 1979, and was appointed player-manager in 1980, taking them to the brink of promotion on the last day of the season where they just fell short, with Andy this time missing the penalty that would have taken them up. He then returned to the junior ranks, playing for Newburgh, Leven and Thornton before hanging up his boots at the age of 45.

Andy appears in joint eighth place, alongside Eamonn Bannon, on United's all-time appearance list, and was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in January 2009.

Last updated on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 by B Orr.





Debut

September 30th, 1967
Airdrieonians 2 - 0 Dundee United

League (Division One)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Andy was born on this date in Cowdenbeath.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Airdrie 2 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • First Goal

    Falkirk 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 50th Appearance

    St Mirren 1 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Arbroath 3 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 100th Appearance

    Hearts 2 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Both sides served up a late Christmas cracker as the home side went two ahead before the half way stage of the opening period, but found themselves pegged back by the interval. Even though Uni


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 2 Rangers
    League (Division One)

    United were licking their wounds following a 6-0 drubbing at Cappielow the previous week. Out to atone for this the Tannadice side and Rangers set a cracking pace. Both teams had close shaves with McC


  • 200th Appearance

    Dunfermline 0 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Going into the final League game of the season, United could do no more than a mid-table finish, however Dunfermline still had a chance of escaping second bottom and relegation. Archie Knox in for Pat


  • 200th League Appearance

    Clyde 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 300th Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 0 Celtic
    League (Division One)

    Although the second half was evenly contested. United should have held a comfortable interval lead with a raking Phillip effort coming back off the bar besides four gilt-edged chances which were scorn


  • 400th Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 1 Ayr Utd
    League (Premier Division)


  • 300th League Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 3 Aberdeen
    League (Premier Division)


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 0 Hibernian
    League (Premier Division)


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 0 Queen's Park
    Scottish Cup (5th Round)