Ian Gibson Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1982-83 - - - - - - -
1981-82 4 (4) 0 0 0 62.5% 12.5% 25.0%
1980-81 13 (1) 2 0 0 57.1% 21.4% 21.4%
Totals: 17 (5) 2


 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
 15/05/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A) 2 - 1
 27/03/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0
 20/03/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 2
 13/03/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H) 5 - 1
 04/04/81 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
 03/01/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 7 - 0
 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 3 - 3

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 03/01/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  7 - 0
 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 3

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 15/05/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  2 - 1
 27/03/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  5 - 0
 20/03/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 2
 13/03/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  5 - 1
 27/02/82 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 1
 09/12/81 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Winterslag (H)  5 - 0
 07/11/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0
 24/10/81 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 2
 25/04/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 04/04/81 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 28/02/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 0
 10/01/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 03/01/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  7 - 0
 30/12/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 27/12/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  4 - 1
 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 3
 22/11/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  3 - 2
 15/11/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 08/11/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  3 - 0
 01/11/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  2 - 0
 25/10/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 18/10/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 0


Biography

Ian signed for Partick Thistle from Coltness United in 1974, and went on to be an important player for Thistle, eventually becoming the youngest ever captain for the Premier Division side. After over 100 appearances, he signed for United in October 1980 under freedom of contract. There was a dispute between the clubs over the fee, which was later set at £75,000 by a tribunal.

He made his debut two days later against Kilmarnock, but as he was a late signing, he was illegible for European and League Cup matches. In the League he was originally given a good run in the starting eleven, but by the end of the season he was mostly used in the reserves.

Ian never became an established first team player, and was seen mostly on the substitutes bench for most of the 1981/82 season. He was an unused substitute for most of United's European games as the club reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup, and this trend continued into the 1982/83 season.

Midway through that Championship winning campaign he moved to Morton on loan with John McNeil coming to Tannadice. He then went on loan to St Johnstone, helping the Muirton side gain promotion to the Premier Division at the end of that season. During the summer the deal was made permanent for a fee of around £15,000.

A regular during his four years in Perth, he became their player/manager in 1985. In 1987 he moved on to Raith Rovers for two years, and then took up the position of player/manager at Arbroath before retiring in 1991.

Debut

October 18th, 1980
Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Ian was born on this date in Hamilton.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Ian signed for Partick Thistle from Coltness United in 1974, and went on to be an important player for Thistle, eventually becoming the youngest ever captain for the Premier Division side. After over 100 appearances, he signed for United in October 1980 under freedom of contract. There was a dispute between the clubs over the fee, which was later set at £75,000 by a tribunal.

  • It took a long time in coming, but after ten league games, United finally registered their first league win of the season. Having said that it looked, in the first half at least, that the strain of trying to register that opening victory was telling. New signing Ian Gibson was handed his debut, with Iain Phillip dropping out after last weeks draw with Partick Thistle.

  • The inch of snow had been successfully cleared at a turbulent Love Street, where boardroom arguments and the sacking of Jim Clunie had not affected the playing staff as the Buddies had won all four of their previous League matches, with both clubs sitting in joint fourth place in the Premier Division. Midfielder Ian Gibson returned to the starting eleven, with Willie Pettigrew taking a place on the bench after being an injury doubt.

  • Jim McLean made one change to his starting line-up from the side which had been unlucky only to pick up a point at Pittodrie midweek with the Dons snatching a less than deserved equaliser from the penalty spot late on in the game. Midfielder Billy Kirkwood was brought into the team – replacing John Holt who dropped out of the squad altogether. With Kilmarnock rooted at the foot of the Premier Division table and United sitting in fourth McLean would have been hoping for – and probably expecting – a big win prior to kick-off, and that’s exactly what he got.

  • After St Mirren's defeat to Aberdeen in midweek, United just needed a point in their final league game of the season at Firhill to clinch fourth place and the UEFA Cup qualification that came with it. Thistle on the other hand, needed a victory and goal difference to swing in their favour to avoid relegation. Former Thistle midfielder Ian Gibson came in for John Holt, the only change from the team that defeated Celtic.