John Gardiner Player Profile

Player Details

Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1983-84 2 0 0 0 50.0% 50.0% 0.0%
1982-83 1 0 0 0 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
1981-82 - - - - - - -
1980-81 - - - - - - -
1979-80 - - - - - - -
Totals: 3 (0) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets 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
 02/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 5 - 2
 31/03/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 0
 25/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals

 List of Goals Scored

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 02/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  5 - 2
 31/03/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 25/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 0


John began his senior career at Aberdeen, where he competed with Bobby Clark and Jim Leighton for the goalkeepers jersey. Restricted to just a handful of outings during his four years at Pittodrie, he signed for United in January 1980 as understudy to Hamish McAlpine.

He made his first team debut in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea at Tannadice in July 1980 while McAlpine was recovering from injury, and was an unused substitute for the European ties against Slask Wroclaw and Lokeren. With John and Andy Graham finding it difficult to dislodge McAlpine in goals, he was loaned out to Airdrie in February 1981 for the rest of the season.

The majority of his first team involvement over the next three seasons was as substitute goalkeeper for United’s European ties, as the team reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup twice and the semi-finals of the European Cup. He also spent a month out on loan at Forfar Athletic in October 1981, and finally made his competitive debut for United in a League Cup tie against Falkirk in August 1982. In the Spring of 1984 he made back to back appearances in the Premier Division against Hearts and Dundee, but spent most of his time at Tannadice in the reserves.

The arrival of Billy Thomson in June 1984 put John even further to the back of the queue, and a month's loan deal at Motherwell was made permanent in February 1985 for a fee of around £10,000. This new opportunity worked out well for Gardiner, who was Motherwell's regular keeper for three seasons. He later moved on to Montrose and Peterhead before finishing his career with Huntly, where he played against United in a Scottish Cup tie in February 1995.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.


August 25th, 1982
Dundee United 4 - 0 Falkirk

League Cup (Group Stage - Section 4)


  • Date of Birth

    John was born on this date in Glasgow.

  • Signed For Dundee United

  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Dundee United 0 - 0 Chelsea

    On the same night that several other Scottish clubs kicked off their season in the Anglo-Scottish Cup, United welcomed English Second Division side Chelsea to Tannadice for a "friendly" Anglo-Scottish

  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 4 - 0 Falkirk
    League Cup (Group Stage - Section 4)

    John Gardiner made his Tannadice debut for United, with Sturrock and Dodds leading the line for home side in the League Cup sectional tie.Even with a strong wind in their faces, United took co

  • League Debut

    Hearts 0 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Nae goals, nae fitba, sums up this stalemate on a mudheap. Missing five players, lain Munro debuts. Gardiner is rarely troubled, but conversely Clark skies United's only chance over. Bookings are leve

  • Last Appearance

    Dundee 2 - 5 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    United's amazing run of success at Dens Park continued as we chalked up our seventh consecutive win. However, United had to come from behind to notch our best away victory this season. Maurice

  • Left the Club