Derek Johnstone Player Profile


  • Full Name: Derek Joseph Johnstone
  • Born: November 4th, 1953 (Dundee)
  • Height: 6'
  • Position: Striker
  • Signed: October 24th, 1983
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 6 appearances, 2 goals
  • Also Played For: Chelsea, Partick Thistle, Rangers


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1983-84 3 (3) 6 2 0 0 2 (2) 0 1 (1) 2
Totals: 3 (3) 2 2 (2) 0 1 (1) 2

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

 Recent First Team Starts
Nov 5th, 1983 05/11/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 1
Oct 29th, 1983 29/10/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 2
Oct 26th, 1983 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
Oct 26th, 1983 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Oct 26th, 1983 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0 (48')
Oct 26th, 1983 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0 (25')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Nov 19th, 1983 19/11/83 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 0 (sub)
Nov 12th, 1983 12/11/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 7 - 0 (sub)
Nov 9th, 1983 09/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (A) 4 - 2 (sub)
Nov 5th, 1983 05/11/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 1
Oct 29th, 1983 29/10/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 2
Oct 26th, 1983 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0


Competition History


Comp
LGE 2 (2) 0 0 0
LC 1 (1) 2 0 0
Totals: 3 (3) 2

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


Biography


Dundee born and purported to be a United supporter as a boy, Derek began his senior career at Rangers in 1970, going on to win three League championships, five Scottish Cup medals, five League Cup medals and a European Cup Winners Cup medal during his 13 years with the Glasgow side, scoring over 100 goals. A full international at the time, having been capped 14 times for Scotland, he moved to Chelsea for £30,000 at the start of the 1983-84 season, but weight problems and a dip in form saw him restricted to the Chelsea reserves.

With Paul Sturrock out injured, United manager Jim McLean brought Johnstone to Tannadice on a month long loan deal at the end of October 1983, with a view to making it a permanent move if things went well. He made his debut two days later, in a League Cup sectional tie against Morton at Tannadice, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory. Having made three starts and three substitute appearances, the last being against Rangers at Ibrox, he returned to Chelsea at the end of November.

Chelsea won the Second Division title in 1984, and Johnstone was temped back to Rangers by Jock Wallace in January 1985. However, having made just over 20 appearances over the next year, he was handed a free transfer when Graeme Souness took over in the summer of 1986. A short spell as player/manager at Partick Thistle followed, before retiring from the game and taking up a role in the media.

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





Debut

October 26th, 1983
Dundee United 3 - 0 Greenock Morton

League Cup (Group Section 1)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Derek was born on this date in Dundee.


  • Signed For Dundee United (On Loan)


  • First Team Debut

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

    Derek Johnstone, on loan from Chelsea, was the hero of United's first ever League Cup win over the Greenock club. After dominating the early play, United opened the scoring in the 25th minute. John Ho


  • First Goal

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

    Derek Johnstone, on loan from Chelsea, was the hero of United's first ever League Cup win over the Greenock club. After dominating the early play, United opened the scoring in the 25th minute. John Ho


  • League Debut

    Motherwell 2 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    October has been another productive month for United, with four wins across the league and league cup whilst securing a creditable draw away to Standard Liege in the European Cup, but there is the lin


  • Last Appearance

    Rangers 0 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    It would have been fascinating to be privy to the thoughts of Jim McLean at about 2:55pm at Ibrox. As the United manager shuffled his substitutes and coaching staff along the dug out so he could take


  • Left the Club