Paul Hegarty - Player Profile


Full Name:Paul Anthony Hegarty
Born:July 25th, 1954 (Edinburgh)
Height:5' 10
Position:Centre Half
Signed:November 12th, 1974 (£27,500)
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:January 22nd, 1990
Career Stats: 707 appearances, 82 goals
Debut (as sub): November 16th, 1974 - Partick Thistle 0 - 5 Dundee United (League - Division One)
Full Debut: December 14th, 1974 - Greenock Morton 0 - 6 Dundee United (League - Division One)
First Goal: December 7th, 1974 - Dundee United 3 - 3 Clyde (League - Division One)
Also Played For:Forfar Athletic, Hamilton Academical, St Johnstone
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 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 1989/90  Premier Division 7 (1) 0 1 0.13 1 0 25.0% 37.5% 37.5%
 1988/89  Premier Division 39 (2) 1 16 0.39 4 0 39.0% 36.6% 24.4%
 1987/88  Premier Division 56 (1) 2 26 0.46 2 1 40.4% 35.1% 24.6%
 1986/87  Premier Division 34 (4) 5 15 0.39 1 0 50.0% 28.9% 21.1%
 1985/86  Premier Division 52 6 20 0.38 3 0 51.9% 26.9% 21.2%
 1984/85  Premier Division 50 5 21 0.42 6 0 58.0% 16.0% 26.0%
 1983/84  Premier Division 57 5 23 0.40 - - 56.1% 24.6% 19.3%
 1982/83  Premier Division 55 5 25 0.45 - - 65.5% 21.8% 12.7%
 1981/82  Premier Division 55 (1) 4 18 0.32 - - 44.6% 25.0% 30.4%
 1980/81  Premier Division 55 10 23 0.42 - - 50.9% 27.3% 21.8%
 1979/80  Premier Division 40 2 21 0.53 - - 40.0% 35.0% 25.0%
 1978/79  Premier Division 41 4 10 0.24 - - 43.9% 22.0% 34.1%
 1977/78  Premier Division 50 9 22 0.44 - - 52.0% 18.0% 30.0%
 1976/77  Premier Division 45 9 12 0.27 - - 44.4% 24.4% 31.1%
 1975/76  Premier Division 40 (3) 11 14 0.33 - - 34.9% 23.3% 41.9%
 1974/75  Division One 11 (8) 4 4 0.21 - - 47.4% 15.8% 36.8%
687 (20) 82 271 0.38

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets 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 17th, 1989 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Royal Antwerp 0 - 4
 Sep 23rd, 1989 League  (A)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 1 - 1
 Sep 16th, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 2
 Sep 13th, 1989 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Glentoran 3 - 1
 Sep 9th, 1989 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 0 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 22nd, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1
 Feb 20th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrieonians 2 - 0
 Sep 12th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 2
 Apr 11th, 1987 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Dundee 3 - 2
 Mar 7th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 1 - 1

Born in Edinburgh in 1954, Paul Hegarty played youth football with Tynecastle Boys Club and began his senior career as a striker with Hamilton Accies in 1972. In November 1974, Dundee United manager Jim McLean paid a fee of around £40,000 to bring Hegarty to Tannadice at the age of twenty. In his early days with United he played in his original favoured position as a striker however in November 1976, Hegarty was played in centre defence in a friendly against Everton as an experiment. It became clear that Paul would make a dominant central defender and he soon formed a formidable defensive partnership with Dave Narey that would become the backbone of Jim McLean's great Dundee United side for over a decade. Paul was rarely out of the side for the next thirteen years.

In 1978, "Heggy" as he had become known to the United Faithful, was made club captain by Jim McLean, a position he would hold for eight years. At international level, Paul was awarded his first cap in 1979, and would later become the first Dundee United player to ever captain the national side - see 'International' tab

During his years as club captain, Hegarty led his teammates to three major honours. In 1979, Heggy lifted the Scottish League Cup at Dens Park following a comprehensive 3-0 cup final replay win over New Firm rivals Aberdeen, the club's first ever major trophy. The following year, United retained the trophy, again at Dens Park but this time beating city-rivals Dundee by three goals to nil. Hegarty chose to step aside and allow long-serving goalkeeper and fellow Dundee United Legend, Hamish McAlpine to lift the trophy.

More success soon followed, in 1983 Paul had the unique honour of leading United to their first and only League Championship win to date following a dramatic 2-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park on the final day of the season. Along with his central-defensive partner Dave Narey and goalkeeper Hamish McAlpine, Paul was an ever-present in the side throughout the 36 League games of that remarkable season.

Although he only played as a forward during his formative years, Paul never lost the scoring touch and returned an incredible number of goals from the centre half position, hitting double figures with ten goals during the 1980/81 season. He also netted twelve European goals for United, a tally second only to Ralph Milne's count of fifteen.

The influence Paul had on United's reputation throughout Europe during the 1970s and 1980s cannot be understated. He appeared in 50 consecutive European ties from 1977 through to 1986, including famous victories over Monaco and Borussia Monchengladbach in 1981, and Unitedís run to the semi-finals of the European Cup during the 1983/84 season. He missed five matches of the famous 1986/87 UEFA Cup run, but returned in time for Unitedís amazing quarter final victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and remained in the side throughout the rest of the competition, where he collected a runners-up medal after the heart-breaking final at Tannadice.

In recognition of his contribution to Dundee United, the club awarded him a testimonial and allowed Hegarty to leave Tannadice on a free transfer in January 1990, when he joined local Tayside rivals St Johnstone. His spell with the Perth club was brief and he joined Forfar Athletic as player-manager later that year. Paul brought his playing career to an end in his second season at Station Park, to concentrate on his role as manager , but his tenure at Forfar ended in relegation in 1992 and he left shortly afterwards. Paul would go on to return to Tannadice in a coaching position on three separate occasions, as well as two spells as Caretaker Manager.

Hegarty is the most successful captain in Dundee United's history leading the club to three major honours, and only Dave Narey and Maurice Malpas have appeared more times in a tangerine jersey. In January 2008, he was one of the first players inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

 Goals Scored
Dec 7th, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Clyde 3 - 3 (86')
Dec 14th, 1974 League  (A)  vs. Morton 6 - 0 (23')
Dec 14th, 1974 League  (A)  vs. Morton 6 - 0 (66')
Mar 19th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Arbroath 3 - 1 (16')
Sep 13th, 1975 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 1 (44')
Sep 30th, 1975 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. KeflavŪk 4 - 0 (58') p
Nov 1st, 1975 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 1 (61') p
Nov 5th, 1975 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Porto 1 - 1 (65')
Nov 15th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 2 (57')
Nov 29th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 1 - 3 (83')
Jan 10th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 5 (66')
Jan 24th, 1976 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Hamilton 4 - 0 (88')
Mar 3rd, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 5 - 0 (49')
Mar 31st, 1976 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 1 - 1 (84')
Apr 17th, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 0 (22')
Aug 21st, 1976 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 2 - 1 (85')
Aug 25th, 1976 League Cup  (H)  vs. Arbroath 2 - 0 (5')
Sep 1st, 1976 League Cup  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (75')
Sep 18th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 1 (9')
Oct 2nd, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 0 (52')
Nov 3rd, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 0 (35')
Feb 7th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 1 (70')
Mar 16th, 1977 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 2 (6')
Mar 19th, 1977 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 0 (29')
Aug 17th, 1977 League Cup  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 5 - 0 (72')
Aug 23rd, 1977 League Cup  (A)  vs. Albion Rovers 5 - 1 (81')
Oct 1st, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 2 - 0 (48')
Nov 9th, 1977 League Cup  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 1 (27')
Nov 19th, 1977 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 4 - 0 (56')
Dec 31st, 1977 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 1 (89')
Jan 28th, 1978 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Hamilton 4 - 1 (22')
Feb 27th, 1978 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. QOS 3 - 0 (60') p
Apr 12th, 1978 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 1 - 0 (80')
Aug 26th, 1978 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 1 (78')
Sep 9th, 1978 League  (H)  vs. Morton 1 - 2 (74')
Mar 14th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1 (76')
Apr 7th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (58')
Nov 14th, 1979 League Cup  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 1 - 0 (70')
Nov 24th, 1979 League Cup  (N)  vs. Hamilton 6 - 2 (73')
Aug 16th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 1 (23')
Aug 20th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. East Fife 4 - 0 (50')
Aug 27th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 0 (67')
Aug 30th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 1 (8')
Oct 1st, 1980 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Slask Wroclaw 7 - 2 (56')
Oct 29th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Clydebank 4 - 1 (69')
Nov 8th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 3 - 0 (34')
Feb 21st, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Morton 1 - 0 (18')
Apr 15th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (9')
Apr 15th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (76')
Nov 3rd, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. M'gladbach 5 - 0 (75')
Dec 9th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Winterslag 5 - 0 (36')
May 5th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 2 (43')
May 8th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (18')
Sep 29th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. PSV 2 - 0 (29')
Dec 8th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Werder Bremen 1 - 1 (3')
Dec 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 5 - 0 (63')
Mar 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 3 (85')
Apr 20th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (14')
Aug 20th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (49')
Nov 2nd, 1983 European Cup  (H)  vs. Standard 4 - 0 (51')
Nov 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 7 - 0 (5')
Dec 31st, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 1 (82')
Feb 11th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (42')
Sep 15th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (28')
Nov 7th, 1984 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Linzer 5 - 1 (15')
Nov 28th, 1984 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Man Utd 2 - 2 (47')
Dec 12th, 1984 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Man Utd 2 - 3 (58')
Dec 15th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 5 - 2 (7')
Nov 6th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Vardar 1 - 1 (13')
Nov 9th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 0 (35')
Nov 16th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 0 (51')
Nov 16th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 0 (42')
Jan 18th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 4 - 0 (50')
Feb 1st, 1986 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 1 (52')
Aug 23rd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 1 - 0 (34')
Sep 20th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton 5 - 1 (58')
Sep 20th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton 5 - 1 (36')
Mar 7th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 1 - 1 (41')
Apr 11th, 1987 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Dundee 3 - 2 (66')
Sep 12th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 2 (56')
Feb 20th, 1988 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrie 2 - 0 (75')
Apr 22nd, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1 (84')

 Hat-Tricks

Goal!
Oct 1977

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Nov 1977

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May 1978

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May 1978

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Jan 1979

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Apr 1979

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Jul 1979

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Aug 1979

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Jan 1980

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Sep 1981

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Apr 1982

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Jun 1983

Match
May 1987

Representing Scotland

International Caps: 8
International Goals: 0

International Debut:
May 19th, 1979 vs. Wales

Paul Hegarty became the second United player to play for his country, making his debut at Ninian Park in a British Championship match against Wales in May 1979. Hegarty played regularly for the International side that year, including a friendly against Argentina that saw him face an 18 year-old Diego Maradona. After two further International appearances in 1980, he had to wait 3 years for his next cap, but became the first United player to captain his country in a match against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park. This turned out to be his last appearance for his country, although he later appeared as an over-age player in the Under-21 side.