Jerry Kerr - Manager Profile

Full Name: John Kerr
Jun 1st, 1959 to Dec 5th, 1971

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Doug Smith - 481
2. Dennis Gillespie - 455
3. Jimmy Briggs - 342
4. Tommy Neilson - 316
5. Tommy Millar - 282
6. Ian Mitchell - 275
7. Don Mackay - 239
8. Stewart Fraser - 212
9. Andy Rolland - 180
10. Jim Cameron - 173
1. Ian Mitchell - 125
2. Dennis Gillespie - 115
3. Finn DÝssing - 76
4. Jim Irvine - 76
5. Kenny Cameron - 59
6. Wattie Carlyle - 45
7. Alan Gordon - 40
8. Neil Mochan - 35
9. Jimmy Briggs - 33
10. Davie Wilson - 27

First Match In Charge: Saturday, August 8th, 1959 vs. East Stirlingshire (2-0)

Last Match In Charge: Saturday, December 4th, 1971 vs. Heart of Midlothian (2-3)

Total Players Used: 118

Biggest Win(s)
Dec 30th, 1967 9 - 0 vs. Stirling Albion, League (Division One)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Sep 6th, 1969 0 - 6 vs. Greenock Morton, League (Division One)
Oct 14th, 1967 0 - 6 vs. Aberdeen, League (Division One)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
567 247 123 197 1058 948 +110
(43.6%) (21.7%) (34.7%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
284 157 56 71 636 422 +214
(55.3%) (19.7%) (25.0%)

Jerry was a former Armadale, Motherwell, Alloa Athletic and St Bernardís player who joined United in season 1939-40. Following the outbreak of WW2 he remained with United throughout the season missing just a handful of games.

Jerry is of course, much better known for making his mark at United as Manager. He took the job in July 1959 and within a year he had led the Club from the depths of the Second Division to promotion into the top flight.

He remained in charge for twelve years, during which time he transformed United into not only an established First Division side, but also a team who could take on the likes of Barcelona and Juventus as the Club qualified for Europe for the first time in its history.

In 1971, at the age of 59, Kerr took the decision to retire, taking on the less involved role of general manager. In 1973 he quietly left the Club, and would later take on the managers position at Forfar Athletic for a short spell.

More than thirty years after retiring as United manager, the Club recognised the huge contribution Jerry had made when they renamed the south stand the Jerry Kerr Stand.