Hat-Trick Heroes

Below is a list of hat-tricks (or better) scored by Dundee United players over the years.


Cammy Smith (3 goals) vs Partick Thistle on Aug 9th, 2016 (League Cup)
After what was ultimately a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Queen of the South in the opening match of the Scottish Championship season, United’s attention turned towards the visit of Premiership side Partick Thistle to Tannadice in the League Cup ...
Simon Murray (3 goals) vs Cowdenbeath on Jul 19th, 2016 (League Cup)
Dundee United faced League Two side, Cowdenbeath in the second of their Betfred Cup Group C matches and the first competitive home game of the new season. Manager Ray McKinnon made four changes to the starting line-up that drew 1-1 with Arbroath the ...
David Goodwillie (3 goals) vs Partick Thistle on Sep 25th, 2013 (League Cup)
United started the game slowly with the Partick dominating the early possession and they won a couple of early corners. Just before the half hour United made their first chance of the night. Armstrong pounced on a loose pass from the visitors defence...
Johnny Russell (3 goals) vs Kilmarnock on Jan 19th, 2013 (League)
Johnny Russell was the hat-trick hero as United returned to winning ways to boost top six aspirations. The single goal victory in no way adequately reflected United's superiority and only the two conceded goals, and in particular the manner of them, ...
Johnny Russell (3 goals) vs Stranraer on Dec 1st, 2012 (Scottish Cup)
Johnny Russell was the star of the show as United turned in as professional a performance as you could wish to completely eclipse the SFL Two side Stranraer to advance to the Fourth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. The striker scored a hat-tri...
Johnny Russell (3 goals) vs Airdrie Utd on Jan 7th, 2012 (Scottish Cup)
United matched their hosts by lining up in 4-4-2 formation, with Johnny Russell partnering Jon Daly up front. The starting eleven showed two changes from the side that faced Aberdeen with Willo Flood replacing Robbie Neilson at right back, and Garry ...
Jon Daly (3 goals) vs Motherwell on May 7th, 2011 (League)
Peter Houston made three changes to the side that lost to Celtic last Sunday, with Sean Dillon and Prince Buaben dropping to the bench and there being no place in the squad for Danny Swanson. In for them came Keith Waston, Johnny Russell and captain ...
Jon Daly (3 goals) vs Falkirk on Jan 24th, 2010 (League)
Dundee United were looking to reclaim third spot in the SPL in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Falkirk Stadium in Sunday afternoon’s early kick-off, after Hibernian leap-frogged them less than 24 hours earlier with a comprehensive 5-1 win over...
Jon Daly (3 goals) vs Cowdenbeath on Aug 26th, 2008 (League Cup)
A Jon Daly hat-trick and two goals from David Goodwillie gave United a comfortable victory at Central Park in this CIS Cup second round tie. John Dempster did grab a consolation goal for Cowdenbeath as United’s quest for their first clean sheet of th...
Barry Robson (3 goals) vs Hearts on Jan 2nd, 2008 (League)
Craig Levein made two changes to the starting eleven that leaked five goals at Motherwell at the weekend, with David Robertson and new signing Danny Grainger stepping in for Prince Buaben and Jordan Robertson. Stephen Frail took charge of Hearts for ...
Noel Hunt (3 goals) vs Hamilton on Oct 31st, 2007 (League Cup)
Craig Levein made just one change to the side that deservedly defeated Rangers on Sunday with Grzegorz Szamotulski returning between the sticks in place of Euan McLean. With many sides in the past opting to rest players for the CIS Cup, the manager’s...
Barry Robson (3 goals) vs Hearts on Mar 17th, 2007 (League)
Hearts went into this game knowing three points were essential to keep alive hopes of UEFA cup qualification. United supposedly had nothing to play for - but you certainly wouldn't have thought so after a blistering second half displayIn blus...
Jim McIntyre (3 goals) vs Kilmarnock on Mar 20th, 2004 (League)
Ian McCall is able to field an unchanged eleven for this SPL match against Kilmarnock who have not lost at Tannadice in their previous twelve visits.As early as the first minute United post notice of intent when a move down the right end with...
Stephen O'Donnell (3 goals) vs Queen's Park on Sep 24th, 2002 (League Cup)
In view of the team's recent form, Alex Smith rang the changes for the visit of amateur Third Division side Queen's Park in the second round of the CIS Insurance Cup. Missing from the starting line-up were midfielder Charlie Miller through suspension...
Derek Lilley (3 goals) vs St Johnstone on Jan 22nd, 2002 (League)
Injuries sustained in Saturday's victory over Dundee rule out Mark Wilson and Jim Hamilton for tonight’s encounter with St Johnstone; replacing those two in the starting XI are David Hannah and Steven Thompson. United impose themselves on Sai...
Stephen McConalogue (3 goals) vs Alloa Athletic on Aug 22nd, 2000 (League Cup)
United looked to find solace in the League Cup after struggling to find a win so far in the League campaign. A changed team faced a difficult trip to Recreation Park Alloa as they set about securing their first win of the season. The hosts fr...
Billy Dodds (3 goals) vs St Johnstone on Sep 26th, 1998 (League)
A dream hat-trick by Billy Dodds registered our first win of the season as Paul Sturrock made a swift return to McDiarmid Park. Playing purposefully from the very start, The former Dons striker's looping header from the edge of the box defeat...
Gary McSwegan (3 goals) vs QOS on Aug 9th, 1997 (League Cup)
Slightly a more comfortable victory At Palmerston than the scoreline inay suggest due to the loss of those two late goals. Gary McSwegan was the Hat-trick Hero at Palmerston. To add to his two hat-tricks against CE Principat, taking his tally for the...
Gary McSwegan (3 goals) vs Principat on Jul 30th, 1997 (UEFA Cup)
Uniteds 100th tie in Europe was undoubtedly the easiest. They just failed to equal the all time Scottish record victory in Europe by a single goal, but created a club record 17-0 aggregate win which in all probability, will never be equalled. Gary Mc...
Robbie Winters (4 goals) vs Principat on Jul 23rd, 1997 (UEFA Cup)
The Andorran Champions were no match for United who recorded their biggest ever win in Europe. Gary McSwegan and Robbie Winters shared seven goals between them on the night...
Gary McSwegan (3 goals) vs Principat on Jul 23rd, 1997 (UEFA Cup)
The Andorran Champions were no match for United who recorded their biggest ever win in Europe. Gary McSwegan and Robbie Winters shared seven goals between them on the night...
Ray McKinnon (3 goals) vs Kilmarnock on Feb 22nd, 1997 (League)
It isn't often that both managers agree that the wrong side won, but both Tommy Mclean and Bobby Williamson were in agreement. The home side struggling to avoid the drop had a better start when Maurice Malpas sent a glancing header past his own keepe...
Gary McSwegan (4 goals) vs Dumbarton on Apr 6th, 1996 (League)
Sons have paid heavily for that shock victory over United in October as United banged in six for the second successive home game to take their tally to 17 in the last three games against the men from Boghead. Despite the 3-1 victory at Paisley, Billy...
Craig Brewster (3 goals) vs Clydebank on Mar 23rd, 1996 (League)
United's record over the Bankies gave our promotion hopes a terrific boost, especially with Dunfermline dropping two points at home to St Mirren and at the same time did nothing to ease the Bankies relegation worries. Ally Maxwell for Kelham O'Hanlon...
Craig Brewster (4 goals) vs Dumbarton on Dec 2nd, 1995 (League)
After the embarrassing defeat at Boghead earlier in the season, a full measure of revenge was extracted by this emphatic defeat of Dumbarton - United's biggest league win, would you believe, for almost 28 years! Dumbarton were in this game fo...
Billy McKinlay (3 goals) vs Dundee on Sep 30th, 1995 (League)
The first derby match of the season attracted the biggest gate in the First Division this season. Grant Johnson came in for the injured Paddy Connolly and that was the only change in the United line-up which lost to Airdrie the previous Saturday. ...
Kevin Gallacher (3 goals) vs Hamilton on Jan 14th, 1989 (League)
It is almost thirty years since we lost a competitive match to Hamilton and after seventeen minutes there was little danger of Hamilton ending that record. By then we were three goals ahead and coasting. The rout started in the fifth minute. Dave Bo...
Mixu Paatelainen (4 goals) vs Morton on Apr 30th, 1988 (League)
An impressive performance was marred by injuries to Iain Ferguson, Eamonn Bannon and four goal hero Mixu Paatelainen which meant we ended the match with only 10 men. We attacked right from the start and reward for that pressure came in the 15th minut...
Kevin Gallacher (3 goals) vs Dunfermline on Feb 13th, 1988 (League)
Our unbeaten run in the New Year extended to 7 matches with this convincing win over Dunfermline. Hero of this victory was Kevin Gallacher, who bagged all three goals. Only three minutes were on the clock when Kevin struck for the first time the ball...
Paul Sturrock (3 goals) vs Bohemians on Sep 18th, 1985 (UEFA Cup)
If previous United performances this season had given manager Jim McLean cause for concern, then there is no doubt this comprehensive victory gave him equal pleasure. United once again demonstrated their European flair and hopefully the form shown in...
Paul Sturrock (5 goals) vs Morton on Nov 17th, 1984 (League)
Five-goal Paul Sturrock was undoubtedly the hero of this match which produced the biggest Tannadice victory for a little over a year. The rout began with a neat move on the left, Eamonn Bannon's cross being volleyed in by ...
Davie Dodds (3 goals) vs Alloa Athletic on Aug 30th, 1983 (League Cup)
Despite a good showing By Willie Garner's men, they had no answer to United's firepower.Davie Dodds opened the scoring when he hammered home the rebound from a blocked Richard Gough effort. Before half-time ...
John Holt (3 goals) vs Kilmarnock on Feb 12th, 1983 (League)
Again conditions were tricky but that failed to prevent a rampant Tannadice display. John Holt hit his first-ever hat-trick and Eamonn Bannon and ...
Davie Dodds (3 goals) vs Morton on Oct 16th, 1982 (League)
Four goals in 21 minutes ended this match as a contest. Dave Narey with two. Billy Kirkwood and Davie Dodds who completed his hat-trick ...
Davie Dodds (3 goals) vs Partick Thistle on Apr 14th, 1982 (League)
United maintained their European aspirations for next season with a 3-2 win over Thistle. A Davie Dodds hat-trick decides the issue in the Tannadice sides favour....
Paul Sturrock (3 goals) vs Morton on Mar 27th, 1982 (League)
Whilst lying in sixth place, 12 points behind leaders Celtic, United still weren't mathematically out of the title race, however a European spot was now a more realistic target. Jim McLean made only two changes from last weeks trip to Pittodrie, with...
Davie Dodds (3 goals) vs Partick Thistle on Mar 13th, 1982 (League)
Eamonn Bannon dropped out of the eleven that started against Dundee in midweek, with Ian Gibson coming in to face his former club and his first start of the season. Billy Kirkwood recovered from flu to come back into the side, with Iain Phillip joini...
Eamonn Bannon (3 goals) vs Ayr Utd on Aug 8th, 1981 (League Cup)
United opened the season at Somerset Park, defending their hold on the League Cup after last seasons final victory over Dundee at Dens Park. 19 year-old striker John Reilly, who had been a regular scorer during pre-season, was given a starting place ...
Davie Dodds (3 goals) vs Motherwell on Mar 7th, 1981 (Scottish Cup)
The Terrors secured a fine win over First Division Motherwell at Tannadice to secure a safe passage into the Scottish Cup Semi Finals.Motherwell threatened early on, with a Bruce Cleland shot blocked by Hamish McAlpine and Gordon Soutar fired...
Davie Dodds (3 goals) vs Airdrie on Jan 31st, 1981 (League)
Airdrie manager Bobby Watson is, if notliing else, a sound judge both of the weather and of the performances of his side (which might be well worth missing). Holidaying as he is in Tenerife, the Airdrie boss managed to miss out on a cold Broomfield a...
Andy Gray (3 goals) vs Dumbarton on Oct 26th, 1974 (League)
The Tannadice side got off to a tragic start when they were awarded a spotkick just twelve seconds from the opening whistle. However, Doug Smith sent the ball wide from the award. Tom McAdam, later to join United, made us pay for that early failure w...
Tommy Traynor (3 goals) vs Hearts on Oct 12th, 1974 (League)
Managerless Hearts, with John Hargart in charge prior to his appointment later on a permanent basis, found United in no mood to be charitable. The Tynecastle side struggled from the 55th second of the game when ...
Duncan MacLeod (3 goals) vs Morton on May 10th, 1974 (League)
Just one month short of his 18th birthday, Dave Narey scored his first goal for the club, notching the opening goal in the 10th minute against Greenock Morton at Tannadice.Hugh McIlmoyle equalised ...
Jackie Copland (3 goals) vs Airdrie on Oct 2nd, 1971 (League)
Coming off their win over Derby County, manager Jerry Kerr looked to hit the ground running with another win at Tannadice against Airdrieonians. The same United eleven was announced, while Alan Gordon replaced Walter Smith as the named substitute....
Ian Mitchell (3 goals) vs Raith Rovers on Apr 18th, 1970 (League)
Ian Mitchell fires home a hat-trick to help United to a 4-2 victory over the Fifers. Mitchell was playing the last game before his transfer to Newcastle United and it took him three minutes to get on the score sheet when Polland drove a clearance aga...
Ian Mitchell (3 goals) vs Airdrie on Jan 17th, 1970 (League)
It isn't often that someone hits a hat-trick, but finishes on the losing side, but that was the fate of United forward lan Mitchell at Broomfield. Airdrie went ahead thanks to a Drew Jarvie goal after 14 minutes, but ...
Ian Mitchell (3 goals) vs Stirling Albion on Dec 30th, 1967 (League)
December 30th was the dateline for this dark chapter in what was all round a miserable season for Albion. They arrived at Tannadice with only one victory from 16 and Sammy Baird's side had relegation written all over it even before the turn of the ye...
Ian Scott (3 goals) vs Stirling Albion on Dec 30th, 1967 (League)
December 30th was the dateline for this dark chapter in what was all round a miserable season for Albion. They arrived at Tannadice with only one victory from 16 and Sammy Baird's side had relegation written all over it even before the turn of the ye...
Finn Døssing (3 goals) vs Dundee on Sep 11th, 1965 (League)
United went into the first league derby of the 1965/66 season only ten days after losing to their bitter rivals 3-1 in a League Cup tie at Tannadice. However having won their last three league games at Dens, the Terrors were quietly confident that th...
Finn Døssing (3 goals) vs Hibernian on Jan 16th, 1965 (League)
Hibs looked far from comfortable in the opening stages of this match. Dossing beat McNamee before crossing for Berg. The inside man's shot was deflected and Thom failed to capitalise by firing over. It didn't take long for United to open the scoring ...
Ian Mitchell (3 goals) vs St Mirren on Dec 28th, 1963 (League)
The opportunity of play this game on the Friday morning actually, seemed remote, with Tannadice icy and unplayable. However, a dramatic change in temperatures during the day and overnight rendered Tannadice wholly playable come kick-off time. ...
Dennis Gillespie (3 goals) vs Raith Rovers on Oct 27th, 1962 (League)
United recorded only their second win of the league campaign against a Raith Rovers side who looked all at sea for most of the game. The game was approaching the half hour mark when United confirmed their superiority with a goal, and it came ...
Jim Irvine (3 goals) vs Celtic on Jan 13th, 1962 (League)
Seven places separated the sides as Celtic visited Tannadice on league duty. Coming off the back of an ill-fated trip to East End Park, manager Jerry Kerr made just one change, bringing Dennis Gillespie back into the side in place of Gibby Ormond....
Tommy Campbell (3 goals) vs Forfar Athletic on Apr 2nd, 1960 (League)
United were promotion bound but found the Loons' defence a tough nut to crack on a muddy Tannadice pitch. It took 23 minutes for United to open the scoring when Gibby Ormond touched an indirect free-kick to Tommy Campbell...
Tommy Campbell (3 goals) vs Hamilton on Mar 5th, 1960 (League)
Fellow promotion contenders Hamilton were faced by a United side strengthened by new signings Tommy Campbell from Albion Rovers and Gibby Ormond from Falkirk for the vital clash. And Ormond took little time to settle by giving United a 5th minute lea...
Albert Juliussen (3 goals) vs Aberdeen on Dec 13th, 1941 (Supplementary Cup)
Twice the Dons have been soundly whipped at Tannadice this season, surely their bogy ground. Dundee United's 4-1 lead in Saturday's cup final carries the black-and-whites to the second game at Pittodrie this week with a gilt edged chance of landing t...
Arthur Milne (4 goals) vs Queen's Park on Feb 9th, 1935 (Scottish Cup)
United lay fifth in Division Two while Queen's Park were an established mid-table club in Division One. The Glasgow side took the lead after 20 minutes through John Dodds but United went ahead with 32 minutes three minutes later United equalised play...
Joe O'Kane (3 goals) vs Aberdeen Uni on Jan 24th, 1925 (Scottish Cup)
There was a counter attraction across the road at Dens Park as Dundee faced Johnstone at the same time as this match. This no doubt accounted for a poor turnout at Tannadice. Around 2,500 fans filtered in with around 9,000 over at Dens.The Un...
David Scrimgeour (3 goals) vs Johnstone on Jan 25th, 1913 (League)
Seven is the mystic number. A lot of people have no doubt been trying to solve the mystery of Dundee Hibs' 7 to 1 victory over Johnstone at Tannadice Park. Right away it must be pointed out that Johnstone were without the services of Kennedy, their g...