Neil Paterson - Player Profile


Full Name:James Edmund Neil Paterson
Born:December 31st, 1916 (Greenock)
Position:Inside Left
Signed:July 1st, 1936
Career Stats: 27 appearances, 10 goals
Debut: August 8th, 1936 - King's Park 2 - 4 Dundee United (League - Division Two)
First Goal: September 5th, 1936 - Greenock Morton 4 - 1 Dundee United (League - Division Two)
Also Played For:Leith Athletic

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1937-38  Division Two 1 0 - - - 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
 1936-37  Division Two 26 10 0.38 - - 26.9% 26.9% 46.2%
27 (0) 10 0.37

 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:
 Oct 16th, 1937 League  (A)  vs. St Bernard's 0 - 3
 Apr 16th, 1937 League  (A)  vs. Stenhousemuir 2 - 9
 Apr 10th, 1937 League  (H)  vs. St Bernard's 0 - 3
 Apr 3rd, 1937 League  (A)  vs. East Stirlingshire 1 - 2
 Mar 27th, 1937 League  (A)  vs. Edinburgh City 3 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Feb 6th, 1937 League  (A)  vs. East Fife 4 - 4
 Jan 30th, 1937 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrieonians 1 - 3
 Nov 28th, 1936 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 5 - 4
 Nov 14th, 1936 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0
 Oct 31st, 1936 League  (H)  vs. East Stirlingshire 4 - 6

Neil was a student at Edinburgh University and an amateur player with Leith Athletic. He came to Dundee to begin his career in journalism and remained with United for a season during which he proved his worth with a creditable haul of goals, and was also made team captain for a short spell.

As an amateur he was automatically released at the end of the season and did not re-sign when offered, although he did turn out for United once more in an emergency.

After World War II he became an author, writing several award winning stories, and in 1960 his screenplay for the movie Room At The Top won the Oscar for Best
Screenplay Base On Material From Another Medium, beating the likes of Some Like It Hot and Ben Hur.

 Goals Scored
Sep 5th, 1936 League  (A)  vs. Morton 1 - 4 (-)
Oct 31st, 1936 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 4 - 6 (-)
Nov 14th, 1936 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0 (-)
Nov 14th, 1936 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0 (-)
Nov 14th, 1936 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0 (-)
Nov 28th, 1936 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 5 - 4 (-)
Nov 28th, 1936 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 5 - 4 (-)
Jan 30th, 1937 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrie 1 - 3 (-)
Feb 6th, 1937 League  (A)  vs. East Fife 4 - 4 (-)
Feb 6th, 1937 League  (A)  vs. East Fife 4 - 4 (-)

 Hat-Tricks
Nov 14th, 1936 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0 (3 goals)