Willie Pettigrew - Player Profile


Full Name:William Haddow Pettigrew
Born:September 29th, 1953 (Motherwell)
Height:5' 11
Position:Striker
Signed:August 7th, 1979 (£100,000)
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:September 18th, 1981
Career Stats: 91 appearances, 36 goals
Full Debut: August 11th, 1979 - Dundee United 3 - 0 Dundee (League - Premier Division)
First Goal: September 8th, 1979 - Celtic 2 - 2 Dundee United (League - Premier Division)
Also Played For:Greenock Morton, Hamilton Academical, Heart of Midlothian, Motherwell
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 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1981/82  Premier Division 7 (2) 4 0.44 - - 77.8% 11.1% 11.1%
 1980/81  Premier Division 21 (11) 10 0.31 - - 50.0% 25.0% 25.0%
 1979/80  Premier Division 49 (1) 22 0.44 - - 38.0% 34.0% 28.0%
77 (14) 36 0.40

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Sep 5th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Greenock Morton 0 - 1
 Sep 2nd, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 4 - 0
 Aug 29th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 4 - 1
 Aug 26th, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1
 Aug 19th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Aug 29th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 4 - 1
 Aug 26th, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1
 Aug 15th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 1
 Aug 12th, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 0
 Apr 22nd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 3

Willie began his footballing career with Hibernian in 1970 but soon left to join junior side East Kilbride Thistle after failing to make the first team breakthrough at Easter Road. In 1972 he signed for his hometown club Motherwell where he earned himself a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest goal-scorers. Whilst at Fir Park, Willie finished as the top flight’s top scorer twice: in season 1975/76 and 77/78. Overall he hit 80 goals in 146 league appearances for the Steelmen – a record which saw him cement his place as ‘Well legend.

His blistering form for Motherwell saw Willie recognised at full international level for Scotland. In 1976 he was given his first cap and he went onto earn a total of five over the next two years, scoring twice. Motherwell began to receive transfer bids not just domestically, but from Europe as well, with Celtic, St Pauli and Bayern Munich all being rejected by either the club or the player. However, at the start of the 1979-80 season Jim McLean signed Willie for £100,000 – a club record fee at the time - to bring the much sought after striker to Tannadice. It didn't take long for Willie to make an impact in tangerine and by the end of November 1979 he had already scored 10 goals for the club, however his most important goals were yet to come.

Willie scored the opening goal in the 6-2 rout of Hamilton Academical at East End Park in the League Cup Semi Final, and had played in every round as United progressed to the final of the competition for the first time in their history. Aberdeen were the opponents at Hampden Park in December 1979, where the match finished goalless and a midweek replay at Dens Park was required. Fifteen minutes into the first half, Willie wrote his name into the history books by becoming the first Dundee United player ever to score a goal in a major cup final, as he fired United into the lead. He scored again in the second half as United went on to win 3-0 to claim their first ever major honour, and to this day he is still one of only three players to score two goals in a major cup final for United.

A few weeks later, Willie knocked four goals past Dundee in a 5-1 Scottish Cup demolition at Tannadice, and he continued his fine form to finish his first season as the club’s top scorer with 22 goals. A fractured collar bone picked up in pre-season kept Willie out of the opening six weeks of the 1980-81 campaign, but he was back in the starting line-up as United again made it through to the League Cup final, and he collected another winners medal when the club retained the trophy with a superb 3-0 win over city rivals Dundee – again at Dens Park. Later that season, Willie came off the bench in the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden. The match finished 0-0 and went to a replay where Willie collected a runners-up medal as an unused substitute after United lost 4-1.

By this time his difficult relationship with manager Jim McLean had reached boiling point and in September 1981 he left to join Hearts in a joint deal with Derek Addison reported to be worth £180,000. He spent three seasons at Tynecastle before leaving to join Greenock Morton in 1984. His stay at Cappielow only lasted one season before he left to join Hamilton Accies. He retired from professional football in 1986.

In recognition of his contribution to Dundee United – in particular his two goals in the 1979 League Cup Final which helped the club win silverware for the first time he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in 2014.

 Goals Scored
Sep 8th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 2 - 2 (45') p
Sep 15th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 3 (82')
Sep 15th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 3 (63')
Sep 22nd, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1 (33')
Sep 26th, 1979 League Cup  (A)  vs. Queen's Park 3 - 0 (37')
Sep 29th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Morton 1 - 4 (52')
Oct 13th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (27')
Oct 27th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 4 - 0 (15')
Nov 3rd, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (12')
Nov 24th, 1979 League Cup  (N)  vs. Hamilton 6 - 2 (5')
Dec 12th, 1979 League Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (15')
Dec 12th, 1979 League Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (65')
Dec 22nd, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (41')
Jan 30th, 1980 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 1 (59')
Jan 30th, 1980 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 1 (68')
Jan 30th, 1980 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 1 (28')
Jan 30th, 1980 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 1 (84') p
Feb 23rd, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 0 (40')
Apr 2nd, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (72')
Apr 12th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Morton 2 - 0 (18')
Apr 19th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (75')
Apr 26th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 2 (64')
Oct 1st, 1980 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Slask Wroclaw 7 - 2 (66')
Oct 1st, 1980 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Slask Wroclaw 7 - 2 (70')
Oct 18th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 1 - 0 (60')
Oct 22nd, 1980 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Lokeren 1 - 1 (66')
Nov 19th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (4')
Nov 22nd, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (44')
Dec 20th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 3 (74')
Mar 14th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 0 (43')
Mar 21st, 1981 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 2 (74')
Apr 22nd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 3 (29')
Aug 12th, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 0 (64')
Aug 15th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 1 (23')
Aug 26th, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1 (55')
Aug 29th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 4 - 1 (33')

 Hat-Tricks
Jan 30th, 1980 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 1 (4 goals)

Shoot
Sep 1979

Shoot
Jun 1980