John Reilly Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1985-86 - - - - - - - - -
1984-85 4 (8) 12 4 0 0 3 (7) 3 1 (1) 1
1983-84 21 (7) 28 13 2 0 15 (4) 7 6 (3) 6
1982-83 9 (12) 21 7 1 0 8 (9) 7 1 (3) 0
1981-82 5 (8) 13 2 0 0 3 (8) 1 2 1
1980-81 - (2) 2 0 0 0 - (1) 0 - (1) 0
1979-80 - - - - - - - - -
Totals: 39 (37) 26 29 (29) 18 10 (8) 8

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

 Recent First Team Starts
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0
Mar 23rd, 1985 23/03/85 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 1
Feb 23rd, 1985 23/02/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (H) 4 - 0
Aug 21st, 1984 21/08/84 2nd Round vs. Forfar Athletic (H) 5 - 0
May 5th, 1984 05/05/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0
Mar 30th, 1985 30/03/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 4
Feb 23rd, 1985 23/02/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (H) 4 - 0
Aug 21st, 1984 21/08/84 2nd Round vs. Forfar Athletic (H) 5 - 0
Apr 30th, 1984 30/04/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0 (28')
Mar 30th, 1985 30/03/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 4 (77')
Feb 23rd, 1985 23/02/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (H) 4 - 0 (25')
Aug 21st, 1984 21/08/84 2nd Round vs. Forfar Athletic (H) 5 - 0 (63')
Apr 30th, 1984 30/04/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0 (84')
Apr 28th, 1984 28/04/84 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1 (71')
Apr 18th, 1984 18/04/84 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 5 (34')
Apr 14th, 1984 14/04/84 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 0 (80')
Apr 2nd, 1984 02/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 5 - 2 (32')
Nov 30th, 1983 30/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0 (71')
Nov 9th, 1983 09/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (A) 4 - 2 (17')
Oct 5th, 1983 05/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 2 (10')
Sep 14th, 1983 14/09/83 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Hamrun (A) 3 - 0 (2')
Sep 3rd, 1983 03/09/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 1 (70')
Sep 3rd, 1983 03/09/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 1 (17')
Aug 30th, 1983 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H) 5 - 0 (36')
Aug 30th, 1983 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H) 5 - 0 (59')
Mar 12th, 1983 12/03/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 3 (82')
Jan 8th, 1983 08/01/83 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2 (12')
Dec 27th, 1982 27/12/82 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 0 (59')
Dec 18th, 1982 18/12/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 2 - 1 (31')
Dec 11th, 1982 11/12/82 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 7 - 0 (68')
Dec 11th, 1982 11/12/82 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 7 - 0 (38')
Nov 20th, 1982 20/11/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 3 - 0 (77')
May 15th, 1982 15/05/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 1 (74')
Sep 23rd, 1981 23/09/81 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Hamilton (H) 5 - 0 (82')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
May 4th, 1985 04/05/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Apr 27th, 1985 27/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 0 (sub)
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0
Mar 30th, 1985 30/03/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 4 (sub)
Mar 23rd, 1985 23/03/85 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 1
Mar 2nd, 1985 02/03/85 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Feb 23rd, 1985 23/02/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (H) 4 - 0
Dec 15th, 1984 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 2 (sub)
Nov 7th, 1984 07/11/84 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Linzer (H) 5 - 1 (sub)
Sep 1st, 1984 01/09/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 0 - 1 (sub)
Aug 21st, 1984 21/08/84 2nd Round vs. Forfar Athletic (H) 5 - 0
Aug 11th, 1984 11/08/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0 (sub)
May 5th, 1984 05/05/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 2
Apr 30th, 1984 30/04/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0
Apr 28th, 1984 28/04/84 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1
Apr 21st, 1984 21/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 1
Apr 18th, 1984 18/04/84 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 5
Apr 14th, 1984 14/04/84 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Apr 7th, 1984 07/04/84 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 1
Apr 2nd, 1984 02/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 5 - 2
Mar 31st, 1984 31/03/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 0 (sub)
Feb 25th, 1984 25/02/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 2 (sub)
Feb 6th, 1984 06/02/84 3rd Round vs. Ayr Utd (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Dec 31st, 1983 31/12/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 1
Dec 10th, 1983 10/12/83 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 0
Dec 3rd, 1983 03/12/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0
Nov 30th, 1983 30/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0
Nov 9th, 1983 09/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (A) 4 - 2
Nov 5th, 1983 05/11/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 1 (sub)
Nov 2nd, 1983 02/11/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Standard (H) 4 - 0 (sub)
Oct 26th, 1983 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Oct 22nd, 1983 22/10/83 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 0
Oct 8th, 1983 08/10/83 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 1
Oct 5th, 1983 05/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 2
Sep 17th, 1983 17/09/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 2 - 1
Sep 14th, 1983 14/09/83 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Hamrun (A) 3 - 0
Sep 10th, 1983 10/09/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 0
Sep 7th, 1983 07/09/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (A) 1 - 1
Sep 3rd, 1983 03/09/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 1
Aug 30th, 1983 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H) 5 - 0
Apr 6th, 1983 06/04/83 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Mar 26th, 1983 26/03/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 3 - 3
Mar 16th, 1983 16/03/83 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Bohemians (H) 0 - 0 (sub)
Mar 12th, 1983 12/03/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 3 (sub)
Feb 26th, 1983 26/02/83 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Jan 22nd, 1983 22/01/83 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 2 (sub)
Jan 15th, 1983 15/01/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 0
Jan 8th, 1983 08/01/83 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2
Jan 3rd, 1983 03/01/83 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 3 (sub)
Jan 1st, 1983 01/01/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0
Dec 27th, 1982 27/12/82 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 0
Dec 18th, 1982 18/12/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 2 - 1
Dec 11th, 1982 11/12/82 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 7 - 0
Nov 27th, 1982 27/11/82 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 0
Nov 24th, 1982 24/11/82 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Werder Bremen (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Nov 20th, 1982 20/11/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Nov 6th, 1982 06/11/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 5 (sub)
Nov 3rd, 1982 03/11/82 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Viking (H) 0 - 0
Oct 30th, 1982 30/10/82 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Oct 27th, 1982 27/10/82 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Oct 23rd, 1982 23/10/82 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 0 (sub)
May 15th, 1982 15/05/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 1 (sub)
May 8th, 1982 08/05/82 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
May 5th, 1982 05/05/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 2 (sub)
Apr 10th, 1982 10/04/82 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H) 4 - 0
Apr 7th, 1982 07/04/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 1 - 1
Apr 3rd, 1982 03/04/82 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0 (sub)
Mar 27th, 1982 27/03/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0 (sub)
Mar 20th, 1982 20/03/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 2 (sub)
Jan 16th, 1982 16/01/82 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Nov 7th, 1981 07/11/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Oct 10th, 1981 10/10/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 0
Sep 23rd, 1981 23/09/81 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Hamilton (H) 5 - 0
Aug 8th, 1981 08/08/81 Section 4 vs. Ayr Utd (A) 4 - 3
Aug 23rd, 1980 23/08/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Aug 20th, 1980 20/08/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. East Fife (H) 4 - 0 (sub)


Competition History


Comp
LGE 29 (29) 18 3 0
SC - (1) 0 0 0
LC 8 (3) 7 0 0
EC 1 (1) 1 0 0
UEFA 1 (3) 0 0 0
Totals: 39 (37) 26

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


Biography


John joined United from Strathtay on an 'S' form in January 1977. A Scotland schoolboy international, he was called up for United reserves in the latter half of season 1978-79. His performances in the second eleven earned him a place in the Scotland youth squad and a United first team debut in February 1980, as a substitute against Hearts in a friendly. Exactly six months later he made his first appearance in major competition from the bench, replacing Derek Stark against East Fife in a League Cup tie.

Over the next three seasons he played mostly in the reserves, but made 36 first team appearances, mostly from the bench as he struggled to break the successful Davie Dodds/Paul Sturrock partnership. Nonetheless, he was an important squad member throughout the 1982-83 season, making a significant contribution with seven League goals as United went on to finish the season as Scottish Premier League champions for the first time.

With Paul Sturrock missing most of the first half of the 1983-84 season through injury, 'Boney' was given a run in the starting eleven, scoring four goals in a week at the end of August. He then etched his name into the history books by scoring the Club's first ever European Cup goal, two minutes into the first round tie against Hamrun Spartans in Malta. He was an unused substitute in the semi-finals of that competition as United lost out to Roma towards the end of the campaign, but on a personal level he finished that term with an impressive 13 goals in 28 appearances.

Manager Jim McLean began to slowly rebuild the squad over the next couple of years, and after finding himself further down the pecking order following the arrival of Tommy Coyne, John was eventually signed by Jim's brother Tommy McLean at Motherwell for a reported fee of £50,000. In his first season there, John made his old pals suffer, scoring both goals in a 2-0 defeat at Fir Park in March 1986. He played in over 50 matches for Motherwell, but in 1987 an Achilles tendon injury picked up not long after his move to Fir Park forced him to retire at the age of just 25.

However, advances in surgical techniques gave John the chance to get back into the game four years later and he signed for Dunfermline Athletic in 1991. He moved to East Fife two years later and then had a spell at Cowdenbeath as player/manager. He was then briefly at Arbroath, Forfar Athletic and Albion Rovers before retiring in 1996.

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





Debut (as sub)

August 20th, 1980
Dundee United 4 - 0 East Fife

League Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)

Full Debut

August 8th, 1981
Ayr United 3 - 4 Dundee United

League Cup (Section 4)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    John was born on this date in Dundee.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 4 - 0 East Fife
    League Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)

    With United well in control after the 1st leg at Bayview, manager Jim McLean handed a first team debut to 19 year-old full-back Derek Murray, and ex-Hibs striker Joe Ward returned to the starting elev


  • League Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Morton
    League (Premier Division)

    After sharing the points in their opening two League matches, United were looking to take both points in their home match with Benny Rooney's Greenock Morton. The only change made by manager Jim McLea


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 5 - 0 Hamilton
    League Cup (Quarter Final 2nd Leg)

    After winning the first leg 4-0, the second leg of this quarter final League Cup tie was almost academic. The Tannadice eleven showed four changes from the one which had lost at Airdrie and whilst it


  • First League Goal

    Partick Th 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    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.


  • 50th 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


  • 50th League Appearance

    St Mirren 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Love Street is rapidly becoming an unhappy ground for United, and this latest visit provided a real dent to United's title aspirations. The decisive goal arose in controversial circumstances w


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 5 - 0 Morton
    League (Premier Division)

    Another high scoring win came within days of that midweek derby win. However, this overwhelming victory by Jim McLean's men consigned his brother Willie's Cappielow side to the First Division by scori


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 1 Rangers
    League (Premier Division)

    Although United took the field minus half-a-dozen regulars, they still managed to beat Rangers, the side we find the hardest to beat. Two ahead at the break, United appeared well on the way to a comfo


  • Left the Club