Billy Kirkwood - Manager Profile

Full Name: William Kirkwood
Mar 28th, 1995 to Sep 10th, 1996

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Robbie Winters - 55
2. Steven Pressley - 51
3. Andy McLaren - 50
4. Ally Maxwell - 49
5. Christian Dailly - 46
6. Maurice Malpas - 42
7. Rab Shannon - 42
8. Mark Perry - 42
9. Grant Johnson - 41
10. Owen Coyle - 40
1. Craig Brewster - 19
2. Gary McSwegan - 19
3. Robbie Winters - 12
4. Owen Coyle - 11
5. Grant Johnson - 6
6. Billy McKinlay - 6
7. Paddy Connolly - 5
8. Brian Welsh - 4
9. Christian Dailly - 3
10. Andy McLaren - 3

First Match In Charge: Saturday, April 1st, 1995 vs. Rangers (0-2)

Last Match In Charge: Saturday, September 7th, 1996 vs. Heart of Midlothian (0-1)

Total Players Used: 36 (39 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Dec 2nd, 1995 8 - 0 vs. Dumbarton, League (First Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Aug 26th, 1995 0 - 3 vs. Dunfermline Athletic, League (First Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
61 29 14 18 106 63 +43
(47.5%) (23.0%) (29.5%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
29 14 5 10 58 31 +27
(48.3%) (17.2%) (34.5%)

After an eleven year spell as a player at Tannadice - with the exception of a few months in 1986 - Kirkwood continued his playing career with Dunfermline and Dundee, and it was at Dens Park that he went into coaching when he retired.

A spell as coach at Rangers was followed by a return to Tannadice, this time as manager after the sacking of Ivan Golac in March 1995, as United were involved in a relegation battle.

Unfortunately, Kirkwood was unable to prevent the Club from dropping out of the top flight for the first time in 35 years, but after rebuilding the squad from top to bottom, he guided the team to a Play-Off victory and a return to the Premier Division at the first time of asking.

However, after only one win in the first six games of the 1996/97 season, Kirkwood was replaced with Tommy McLean.