Alex Taylor Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1984-85 21 (6) 27 5 1 0 17 (4) 5 4 (2) 0
1983-84 8 (7) 15 2 0 0 5 (4) 1 3 (3) 1
1982-83 1 (3) 4 0 0 0 1 (2) 0 - (1) 0
1981-82 - (1) 1 0 0 0 - - - (1) 0
1980-81 - - - - - - - - -
1979-80 - - - - - - - - -
Totals: 30 (17) 7 23 (10) 6 7 (7) 1

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

 Recent First Team Starts
May 11th, 1985 11/05/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 1
May 4th, 1985 04/05/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 1
Apr 27th, 1985 27/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 0
Apr 13th, 1985 13/04/85 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 0 - 0
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0
Apr 3rd, 1985 03/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 4 - 0
Dec 15th, 1984 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 2
Nov 17th, 1984 17/11/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 7 - 0
Aug 24th, 1983 24/08/83 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (H) 6 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0 (9')
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0 (87')
Apr 3rd, 1985 03/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 4 - 0 (80')
Dec 15th, 1984 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 2 (49')
Nov 17th, 1984 17/11/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 7 - 0 (18')
Aug 24th, 1983 24/08/83 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (H) 6 - 1 (52')
Aug 20th, 1983 20/08/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0 (63')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
May 11th, 1985 11/05/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 1
May 4th, 1985 04/05/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 1
Apr 27th, 1985 27/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 0
Apr 20th, 1985 20/04/85 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 1 (sub)
Apr 13th, 1985 13/04/85 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 0 - 0
Apr 6th, 1985 06/04/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0
Apr 3rd, 1985 03/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 4 - 0
Mar 30th, 1985 30/03/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 4
Mar 23rd, 1985 23/03/85 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 1
Mar 16th, 1985 16/03/85 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 0 (sub)
Mar 13th, 1985 13/03/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 3 - 0 (sub)
Feb 16th, 1985 16/02/85 4th Round vs. QOS (A) 3 - 0
Feb 9th, 1985 09/02/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 0
Feb 4th, 1985 04/02/85 3rd Round vs. Hibernian (H) 3 - 0
Feb 2nd, 1985 02/02/85 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 0
Jan 2nd, 1985 02/01/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 1
Dec 29th, 1984 29/12/84 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 1
Dec 22nd, 1984 22/12/84 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 0
Dec 15th, 1984 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 2
Dec 12th, 1984 12/12/84 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Man Utd (H) 2 - 3 (sub)
Dec 8th, 1984 08/12/84 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 2
Nov 17th, 1984 17/11/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 7 - 0
Nov 10th, 1984 10/11/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0
Nov 7th, 1984 07/11/84 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Linzer (H) 5 - 1
Nov 3rd, 1984 03/11/84 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 2
Oct 24th, 1984 24/10/84 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Linzer (A) 2 - 1 (sub)
Oct 20th, 1984 20/10/84 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 3 (sub)
May 14th, 1984 14/05/84 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 2
May 12th, 1984 12/05/84 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
May 7th, 1984 07/05/84 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
May 2nd, 1984 02/05/84 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 2 - 2 (sub)
Apr 14th, 1984 14/04/84 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Mar 28th, 1984 28/03/84 Quarter Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 1 (sub)
Oct 5th, 1983 05/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 2 (sub)
Oct 1st, 1983 01/10/83 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 2
Sep 17th, 1983 17/09/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 2 - 1 (sub)
Sep 14th, 1983 14/09/83 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Hamrun (A) 3 - 0 (sub)
Sep 10th, 1983 10/09/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 0 (sub)
Aug 30th, 1983 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H) 5 - 0
Aug 27th, 1983 27/08/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 0
Aug 24th, 1983 24/08/83 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (H) 6 - 1
Aug 20th, 1983 20/08/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0
Mar 26th, 1983 26/03/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 3 - 3 (sub)
Nov 20th, 1982 20/11/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Oct 30th, 1982 30/10/82 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0
Aug 14th, 1982 14/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 0 (sub)
Aug 26th, 1981 26/08/81 Section 4 vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1 (sub)


Competition History


Comp
LGE 23 (10) 6 1 0
SC 3 (1) 0 0 0
LC 3 (3) 1 0 0
EC - (1) 0 0 0
UEFA 1 (2) 0 0 0
Totals: 30 (17) 7

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


Biography


Alex joined United on an 'S' form from Blantyre St Joseph’s in 1978. Appearing in the reserves during the 1979-80 season, he made a good early impression which lead to his first appearance at first team level in a friendly against Hearts in February 1980. It was another eighteen months later that he made his competitive debut, in a League Cup tie against Motherwell in August 1981.

A regular in the reserves, Alex again impressed during a pre-season tour of Scandinavia in July 1982, and was in the starting eleven in friendlies against West Ham and Southampton. Seen regularly on the bench throughout the 1982/83 season, he made only 4 appearances as United became Premier Division Champions.

The young attacking midfielder continued to be a member of the first team squad, scoring his first United goal on the opening day of the 1983/84 season against Motherwell, as the club unfurled the Championship flag at Tannadice. He gained valuable experience on the bench for many of United's European matches in the early 1980s, making his Euro debut in United's first ever European Cup match, against ?amrun Spartans in Malta.

The 1984/85 season was arguably Alex's best in tangerine, with 21 starting eleven appearances and five goals. However, a difficult relationship with manager Jim McLean eventually lead to Alex's departure when his contract expired in the summer of 1985, and he quit football and began an accountancy course at Hamilton. However a year later he signed for Hamilton Academical, gaining United a fee of £40,000, and went on to collect a First Division winners medal and the First Division Players Player of the Year award. In August 1988 he joined Walsall, before returning to Scotland to sign for Falkirk, who won promotion to the Premier League in his first season there. Over the next few years he played for Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers, Ross County and Forfar Athletic before retiring in 2001.

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





Debut (as sub)

August 26th, 1981
Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell

League Cup (Section 4)

Full Debut

October 30th, 1982
Dundee United 1 - 0 Dundee

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Alex was born on this date in Baillieston.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell
    League Cup (Section 4)

    Going into the final group stage match having already clinched the top spot, manager Jim McLean changed things up a bit. After making his return to first team action as a substitute against Partick, P


  • League Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)

    United, sitting just a point behind Celtic at the top of the Premier Division, hoped to gain a vital win in the first Dundee derby of the season. Still without injured duo Paul Sturrock and Eamonn Ban


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 4 - 0 Motherwell
    League (Premier Division)

    What a sight. On a perfect summer afternoon, four ball boys emerged from the players' tunnel, each with a corner of Dundee United's first ever championship flag. The tangerine and black saltire, parad


  • 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 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Our City neighbours gained their first victory over us at Dens Park since October, 1979, and even that might not have come about had Eamonn Bannon not missed a penalty kick. Back to almost ful


  • Left the Club