Lennart Wing - Player Profile

Full Name:Lars Lennart Wing
Born:August 7th, 1935 (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Height:6' 1
Position:Left Half
Signed:January 19th, 1965
First Manager:Jerry Kerr
Career Stats: 86 appearances, 9 goals
Debut: January 23rd, 1965 - Dundee United 2 - 0 St Mirren (League - Division One)
First Goal: September 11th, 1965 - Dundee 0 - 5 Dundee United (League - Division One)
Also Played For:Orgryte

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1966-67  Division One 41 2 0.05 - - 48.8% 24.4% 26.8%
 1965-66  Division One 30 7 0.23 - - 53.3% 16.7% 30.0%
 1964-65  Division One 15 0 - - - 66.7% 13.3% 20.0%
86 (0) 9 0.10

 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:
 Apr 22nd, 1967 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 2
 Apr 12th, 1967 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 0
 Apr 8th, 1967 League  (H)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 2 - 0
 Apr 5th, 1967 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 4
 Apr 1st, 1967 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 0 - 1
 Most Recent Goals:
 Nov 26th, 1966 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 3
 Oct 15th, 1966 League  (H)  vs. Clyde 4 - 3
 Mar 30th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 2 - 1
 Feb 12th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 4 - 0
 Oct 30th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 4 - 2

Born and raised in Gothenburg, Lennart started off at local side BK René before signing for Örgryte as a youth player. Making his debut in 1956, he helped the club to promotion in 1959 and a third place finish in the Allsvenskan in 1960, whilst playing part-time and working as a fire-fighter. He gained international recognition in March 1961 when he made his Sweden debut in a friendly against Czechoslovakia, and went on to win 29 caps before the end of 1964.

The 29 year-old wing-half came to the attention of Jerry Kerr whilst playing for Örgryte against Dunfermline Athletic in a Fairs Cup tie at East End Park in October 1964. Although beaten 4-2, it was Lennart's team-mate Örjan Persson that caught the United manager's eye, and the left winger was at Tannadice by December. A few weeks later, regular left-half Stewart Fraser broke his ankle and Kerr moved to bring Wing to Tannadice as a replacement. Before the transfer could go ahead, Lennart had to ask for a leave of absence from the fire service, and was originally granted a year.

Making his debut against St Mirren on a snow covered Tannadice in January 1965, he went on to retain his position over the rest of the season as United embarked on a fantastic run that saw them defeated only twice in the league. At the end of their first season, Persson and Wing returned home and turned out for Örgryte, thereby missing United's run to the final of the Summer Cup that year. The pair also played for Sweden in a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus in May 1965, becoming the first Dundee United players to be capped at full international level whilst playing for the club.

The pair returned to Tannadice, and the excellent form continued on through the 1965-66 season. After receiving an extension to his absence from the fire service back home, the Swede scored his first goal for the club in memorable fashion, converting the 89th minute penalty to make it 5-0 to secure our record victory over Dundee in September 1965. Whilst with United he collected another seven international caps throughout the second half of 1965. Another excellent season culminated with United finishing fifth in Division One, the club's highest ever placing in the Scottish Football League at the time. That league position also meant that the club had qualified for Europe for the first time. Lennart's experience at European and international level was invaluable when the club made their first venture into Europe, defeating the Fairs Cup holders Barcelona at home and away, and competing well with Juventus before narrowly losing to the Italian giants.

When his contract expired at the end of the 1966-67 season, the popular Swede asked for a further extension to his already long leave of absence from the fire service. His request was denied and he returned home but continued to play part-time football, signing for Örgryte and then Kungsbacka.

In 2011, Lennart was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

 Goals Scored
Sep 11th, 1965 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 5 - 0 (88') p
Oct 9th, 1965 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 4 - 2 (36') p
Oct 16th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton 7 - 0 (56') p
Oct 16th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton 7 - 0 (41') p
Oct 30th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 2 (74')
Feb 12th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton 4 - 0 (35')
Mar 30th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 2 - 1 (-)
Oct 15th, 1966 League  (H)  vs. Clyde 4 - 3 (29') p
Nov 26th, 1966 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 3 (37') p