Graeme Payne Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1983-84 1 (2) 3 0 0 0 - (1) 0 1 (1) 0
1982-83 8 (1) 9 2 0 0 2 (1) 0 6 2
1981-82 8 (6) 14 2 0 0 3 (4) 1 5 (2) 1
1980-81 31 (6) 37 4 0 0 19 (3) 2 12 (3) 2
1979-80 33 (1) 34 2 0 0 18 (1) 0 15 2
1978-79 24 (7) 31 3 0 0 19 (7) 3 5 0
1977-78 44 (3) 47 2 0 0 31 (2) 1 13 (1) 1
1976-77 43 (2) 45 1 0 0 34 (2) 1 9 0
1975-76 22 (4) 26 3 0 0 15 (4) 2 7 1
1974-75 10 (5) 15 0 0 0 8 (3) 0 2 (2) 0
1973-74 25 (7) 32 2 1 0 18 (6) 1 7 (1) 1
Totals: 249 (44) 21 167 (34) 11 82 (10) 10

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

 Recent First Team Starts
Nov 30th, 1983 30/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0
Oct 27th, 1982 27/10/82 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 2
Sep 18th, 1982 18/09/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 0
Sep 11th, 1982 11/09/82 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 0
Sep 1st, 1982 01/09/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Raith Rovers (A) 3 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Aug 25th, 1982 25/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 0
Aug 21st, 1982 21/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Raith Rovers (H) 5 - 1
Sep 23rd, 1981 23/09/81 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Hamilton (H) 5 - 0
Sep 19th, 1981 19/09/81 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 2
Oct 1st, 1980 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H) 7 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Aug 25th, 1982 25/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 0 (80')
Aug 21st, 1982 21/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Raith Rovers (H) 5 - 1 (12')
Sep 23rd, 1981 23/09/81 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Hamilton (H) 5 - 0 (27')
Sep 19th, 1981 19/09/81 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 2 (29')
Oct 1st, 1980 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H) 7 - 2 (87') p
Sep 6th, 1980 06/09/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 4 (76')
Aug 20th, 1980 20/08/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. East Fife (H) 4 - 0 (90')
Aug 9th, 1980 09/08/80 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 2 (26')
Sep 1st, 1979 01/09/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Airdrie (H) 2 - 0 (36')
Aug 1st, 1979 01/08/79 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N) 2 - 3 (70')
May 5th, 1979 05/05/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 2 (37')
Dec 23rd, 1978 23/12/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 1 (53')
Oct 21st, 1978 21/10/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 1 (74')
Mar 25th, 1978 25/03/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 3 (42')
Jan 28th, 1978 28/01/78 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 1 (75')
Dec 27th, 1976 27/12/76 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1 (53')
Jan 24th, 1976 24/01/76 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (H) 4 - 0 (53')
Sep 27th, 1975 27/09/75 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2 (73') p
Sep 6th, 1975 06/09/75 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0 (2') p
Apr 17th, 1974 17/04/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1 (28')
Apr 9th, 1974 09/04/74 Semi Final Replay vs. Hearts (N) 4 - 2 (59')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 167 (34) 11 0 0
SC 14 (3) 3 1 0
LC 46 (4) 5 0 0
EC - (1) 0 0 0
UEFA 17 (1) 1 0 0
CWC 1 (1) 0 0 0
DRY 2 1 0 0
ASC 2 0 0 0
Totals: 249 (44) 21

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


Biography


Graeme was on an S form with United as early as May 1971, and became one of the first players to benefit from Jim McLean's youth development system. He was called up for the reserves from St Columba’s Boys Club in 1972-73, making his first team debut at the start of the next campaign, still aged just seventeen, against East Fife in August 1973, missing his brother's wedding to make his United debut.

He was a regular in midfield for United over the rest of that season and played against Celtic when United turned out at Hampden Park for their first ever Scottish Cup final in May 1974. On route to the final, Graeme scored an important second goal against Hearts in the semi-final replay. That season also saw Graeme involved in the Scotland youth team.

In the next campaign, his appearances were limited due to injury but by 1975-76, he was an established first team player again, contributing in an attacking midfield role as United only just kept their place in the newly formed Premier Division. Over the next three seasons he missed only thirteen matches, and in 1978 he was voted the SPFA Young Player of the Year. After playing for Scotland at youth and Under-21 level, Graeme was also named in the initial squad of forty players for the World Cup in Argentina 1978 but he did not make it into the final selection. His talent attracted attention from a few English dubs with Queens Park Rangers, Liverpool and Newcastle United all keeping a close eye on him at various stages in the late 1970s.

Graeme played in nearly every round as United made their way to their first ever League Cup Final in 1979, scoring against Airdrie in the 2nd round. However, injury prevented him from appearing in the semi-final against Hamilton, and he only just made it back in time to appear in the 0-0 draw with Aberdeen in the final at Hampden. He collected a winners medal as an unused substitute in the 3-0 win at Dens Park in the replay, at the Club won their first major honour.

In the 1980/81 season he missed only two of United's eleven matches on route to their second consecutive League Cup Final, and this time started in the Final at Dens Park, as United ran out 3-0 winners over neighbours Dundee for their second major trophy win.

By the beginning of the next decade, Graeme began to feature less in the side and during the championship season 1982-83, he played just three times in the league and spent the second half of the season on loan at Morton. In May 1984 Graeme joined Arbroath for a nominal fee. He later moved to Brechin City and also played for St Johnstone, before leaving football at the age of 31 for a career in the insurance industry.

In recognition of his contribution to Dundee United, and his part in helping the club win silverware in 1979 and 1980, Graeme was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2014.

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





Debut

August 11th, 1973
East Fife 1 - 2 Dundee United

League Cup (Sectional Tie)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Graeme was born on this date in Dundee.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    East Fife 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League Cup (Sectional Tie)

    A week earlier the section venue had been over in Fife where United's visit opened the season. Almost 4,000 watched the fare on offer — a far cry from the miserable attendances currently plaguing the


  • League Debut

    Dumbarton 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • First Goal

    Hearts 2 - 4 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (Semi Final Replay)


  • First League Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 1 Arbroath
    League (Division One)


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Hibernian
    League (Premier Division)

    Jim McLean's Tannadice men celebrated the first-ever home Premier League game with a sparkling start with a goal after only a couple of minutes from the penalty spot. Little Graeme Payne did the needf


  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 1 Hearts
    League (Premier Division)


  • 100th Appearance

    Ayr Utd 1 - 4 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 1 Aberdeen
    League (Premier Division)


  • 200th Appearance

    Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Dundee United fielded the side which finished the derby against Dundee. George Fleming failed to recover from an achilles tendon injury and Kirkwood retained his place. John Bourke, the striker who wa


  • Last Goal

    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


  • 200th League Appearance

    Dundee United 6 - 0 Morton
    League (Premier Division)

    United, aiming for their 17th game without defeat, brought back Eamonn Bannon after he had missed the last two matches with a leg strain. He replaced Ian Britton who was out with a calf injury. John H


  • Last Appearance

    Motherwell 0 - 3 Dundee United
    League Cup (Group Section 1)

    Though of totally academic importance as far as the group placings were concerned, this win came as welcome relief, ending the Tannadice goal famine. United's first came as cleverly worked fre


  • Left the Club