Alex Rennie Player Profile


  • Full Name: Alexander Rennie
  • Born: September 27th, 1948 (Falkirk)
  • Died: March 4th, 2018 (Denny)
  • Position: Defender/Midfielder
  • Signed: June 29th, 1975
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 88 appearances, 1 goals
  • Also Played For: St Johnstone, Stirling Albion


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1978-79 - - - - - - - - -
1977-78 22 (4) 26 0 0 0 17 (1) 0 5 (3) 0
1976-77 27 27 0 1 0 18 0 9 0
1975-76 33 (2) 35 1 0 0 25 (2) 0 8 1
Totals: 82 (6) 1 60 (3) 0 22 (3) 1

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Apr 15th, 1978 15/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 1 - 0
Apr 12th, 1978 12/04/78 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 1 - 0
Apr 8th, 1978 08/04/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0
Apr 5th, 1978 05/04/78 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N) 0 - 2
Mar 29th, 1978 29/03/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Oct 22nd, 1975 22/10/75 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Porto (H) 1 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Oct 22nd, 1975 22/10/75 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Porto (H) 1 - 2 (68')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Apr 15th, 1978 15/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 1 - 0
Apr 12th, 1978 12/04/78 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 1 - 0
Apr 8th, 1978 08/04/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0
Apr 5th, 1978 05/04/78 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N) 0 - 2
Mar 29th, 1978 29/03/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Mar 25th, 1978 25/03/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 3
Mar 18th, 1978 18/03/78 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Mar 15th, 1978 15/03/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 1
Mar 11th, 1978 11/03/78 5th Round vs. Queen's Park (H) 2 - 0
Mar 4th, 1978 04/03/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 1
Feb 27th, 1978 27/02/78 4th Round vs. QOS (H) 3 - 0
Feb 25th, 1978 25/02/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 0
Jan 28th, 1978 28/01/78 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 1 (sub)
Jan 7th, 1978 07/01/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1
Jan 2nd, 1978 02/01/78 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 1
Dec 31st, 1977 31/12/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1
Dec 24th, 1977 24/12/77 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1
Dec 17th, 1977 17/12/77 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2
Dec 10th, 1977 10/12/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
Nov 26th, 1977 26/11/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 0
Nov 19th, 1977 19/11/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0
Nov 16th, 1977 16/11/77 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Nov 9th, 1977 09/11/77 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 1
Oct 26th, 1977 26/10/77 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Arbroath (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Oct 22nd, 1977 22/10/77 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2 (sub)
Sep 14th, 1977 14/09/77 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Copenhagen (H) 1 - 0
Apr 17th, 1977 17/04/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 4
Apr 13th, 1977 13/04/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 3
Mar 1st, 1977 01/03/77 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 0
Feb 19th, 1977 19/02/77 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 4 - 0
Feb 16th, 1977 16/02/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Feb 12th, 1977 12/02/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 3 - 2
Feb 7th, 1977 07/02/77 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 4 - 1
Jan 29th, 1977 29/01/77 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 4
Jan 8th, 1977 08/01/77 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
Jan 5th, 1977 05/01/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 0
Dec 27th, 1976 27/12/76 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1
Dec 18th, 1976 18/12/76 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 1
Nov 27th, 1976 27/11/76 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 5 - 1
Oct 20th, 1976 20/10/76 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 5
Oct 2nd, 1976 02/10/76 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 0
Sep 25th, 1976 25/09/76 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1
Sep 18th, 1976 18/09/76 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 4 - 1
Sep 11th, 1976 11/09/76 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 0
Sep 4th, 1976 04/09/76 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 1
Sep 1st, 1976 01/09/76 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
Aug 28th, 1976 28/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Dumbarton (H) 1 - 1
Aug 25th, 1976 25/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Arbroath (H) 2 - 0
Aug 21st, 1976 21/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 1
Aug 18th, 1976 18/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Arbroath (A) 3 - 1
Aug 14th, 1976 14/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 1
Aug 11th, 1976 11/08/76 Prelim Round 2nd Leg vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 3
Aug 7th, 1976 07/08/76 Prelim Round 1st Leg vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 0
May 4th, 1976 04/05/76 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 0 (sub)
Apr 21st, 1976 21/04/76 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 2
Apr 14th, 1976 14/04/76 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 0 - 1
Apr 10th, 1976 10/04/76 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 2
Apr 3rd, 1976 03/04/76 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 3
Mar 31st, 1976 31/03/76 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Feb 14th, 1976 14/02/76 4th Round vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 1
Jan 31st, 1976 31/01/76 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
Jan 24th, 1976 24/01/76 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (H) 4 - 0
Jan 10th, 1976 10/01/76 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 5
Jan 1st, 1976 01/01/76 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Dec 27th, 1975 27/12/75 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Dec 20th, 1975 20/12/75 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 0
Dec 13th, 1975 13/12/75 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 1
Dec 6th, 1975 06/12/75 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 2 - 2
Nov 29th, 1975 29/11/75 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 3
Nov 22nd, 1975 22/11/75 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 2
Nov 15th, 1975 15/11/75 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 2
Nov 12th, 1975 12/11/75 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 4
Nov 8th, 1975 08/11/75 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 1
Nov 5th, 1975 05/11/75 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Porto (A) 1 - 1
Nov 1st, 1975 01/11/75 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 1
Oct 22nd, 1975 22/10/75 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Porto (H) 1 - 2
Oct 18th, 1975 18/10/75 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 2
Oct 11th, 1975 11/10/75 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
Oct 4th, 1975 04/10/75 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 3 - 2
Sep 30th, 1975 30/09/75 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Keflavík (H) 4 - 0
Sep 27th, 1975 27/09/75 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
Sep 23rd, 1975 23/09/75 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Keflavík (A) 2 - 0
Sep 20th, 1975 20/09/75 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Sep 13th, 1975 13/09/75 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 1
Sep 6th, 1975 06/09/75 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Aug 30th, 1975 30/08/75 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 1
Aug 27th, 1975 27/08/75 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (A) 2 - 1
Aug 23rd, 1975 23/08/75 Sectional Tie vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 1


Competition History


Comp
LGE 60 (3) 0 0 0
SC 6 (1) 0 1 0
LC 9 (2) 0 0 0
UEFA 5 1 0 0
ASC 2 0 0 0
Totals: 82 (6) 1

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


Biography


After impressing with youth side Gairdoch United, Alex started his senior career with Rangers in 1964, but was a regular in the reserves without breaking into the first team. After a brief spell with Stirling Albion, he joined Willie Ormond's St Johnstone in 1967, and quickly became a fans favourite, helping the Perth side qualify for European football for the first time in 1971.

Released from St Johnstone in April 1975, he was offered terms by Hong Kong Rangers but then accepted an offer to sign for United. A defensive midfielder, Alex made his first appearance in a testimonial for Brian McCann at Fraserburgh in July 1975, and then made his competitive debut in a League Cup tie against Kilmarnock. One of a number of more experienced players that manager Jim McLean brought in to help guide the younger players breaking into the team, he was a regular in the United side for three seasons, scoring his only goal for the Club against Porto in a UEFA Cup tie at Tannadice. Unfortunately his career ended prematurely following an accidental eye injury sustained against Ayr United in April 1978 - a year later, after three operations, he was advised to give up the game at the age of 30.

He went into coaching with Hearts under his former manager Willie Ormond, and had a short spell as caretaker manager at Tynecastle before becoming manager at St Johnstone in April 1980. He took the Saints to the First Division title and promotion back to the Premier Division in 1983, but then suffered back-to-back relegations. He later managed his local side Stenhousemuir in the late 1980s before stepping away from the game.

Last updated on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 by B Orr.





Debut

August 23rd, 1975
Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Dundee United

League Cup (Sectional Tie)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Alex was born on this date in Falkirk.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Fraserburgh 0 - 3 Dundee United
    Friendly (Brian McCann Benefit Match)

    An Andy Gray hat-trick settled this friendly match in the North of Scotland.


  • First Team Debut

    Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League Cup (Sectional Tie)

    The game was of academic interest as neither side had a chance to qualify from section 4. Despite just one goal being scored the ninety minutes were packed with incident to keep the meagre sprinkling


  • League Debut

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


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Porto
    UEFA Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)

    United lost their unbeaten record against continental sides in this first leg match against FC Porto. In what was a very poor performance by United, who conspired to support their own downfall.


  • 50th Appearance

    Partick Th 1 - 5 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)


  • 50th League Appearance

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


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Ayr Utd
    League (Premier Division)


  • Left the Club


  • Date of Death


    Alex died on this date in Denny.