John Reilly - Player Profile


Full Name:John Paul Reilly
Born:March 21st, 1962 (Dundee)
Height:5' 7
Position:Midfielder / Forward
Signed:March 31st, 1979
First Manager:Jim McLean
Career Stats: 76 appearances, 26 goals
Debut (as sub): August 20th, 1980 - Dundee United 4 - 0 East Fife (League Cup - 1st Round 2nd Leg)
Full Debut: August 8th, 1981 - Ayr United 3 - 4 Dundee United (League Cup - Section 4)
First Goal: September 23rd, 1981 - Dundee United 5 - 0 Hamilton Academical (League Cup - Quarter Final 2nd Leg)
Also Played For:Albion Rovers, Arbroath, Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife, Forfar Athletic, Motherwell

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1985-86  Premier Division 0 0 - 0 0 - - -
 1984-85  Premier Division 4 (8) 4 0.33 0 0 75.0% 8.3% 16.7%
 1983-84  Premier Division 21 (7) 13 0.46 - - 67.9% 21.4% 10.7%
 1982-83  Premier Division 9 (12) 7 0.33 - - 52.4% 23.8% 23.8%
 1981-82  Premier Division 5 (8) 2 0.15 - - 61.5% 15.4% 23.1%
 1980-81  Premier Division 0 (2) 0 - - - 50.0% 50.0% 0.0%
 1979-80  Premier Division 0 0 - - - - - -
39 (37) 26 0.34

 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 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 5 - 0
 Mar 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 1
 Feb 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0
 Aug 21st, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0
 May 5th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 5 - 0
 Mar 30th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 4
 Feb 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0
 Aug 21st, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0
 Apr 30th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0

John joined United from Strathtay on an 'S' form in January 1977. A Scotland schoolboy international, he was called up for United reserves in the latter half of season 1978-79. His performances in the second eleven earned him a place in the Scotland youth squad and a United first team debut in February 1980, as a substitute against Hearts in a friendly. Exactly six months later he made his first appearance in major competition from the bench, replacing Derek Stark against East Fife in a League Cup tie.

Over the next three seasons he played mostly in the reserves, but made 36 first team appearances, mostly from the bench as he struggled to break the successful Davie Dodds/Paul Sturrock partnership. Nonetheless, he was an important squad member throughout the 1982-83 season, making a significant contribution with seven League goals as United went on to finish the season as Scottish Premier League champions for the first time.

With Paul Sturrock missing most of the first half of the 1983-84 season through injury, 'Boney' was given a run in the starting eleven, scoring four goals in a week at the end of August. He then etched his name into the history books by scoring the Club's first ever European Cup goal, two minutes into the first round tie against Hamrun Spartans in Malta. He was an unused substitute in the semi-finals of that competition as United lost out to Roma towards the end of the campaign, but on a personal level he finished that term with an impressive 13 goals in 28 appearances.

Manager Jim McLean began to slowly rebuild the squad over the next couple of years, and after finding himself further down the pecking order following the arrival of Tommy Coyne, John was eventually signed by Jim's brother Tommy McLean at Motherwell for a reported fee of 50,000. In his first season there, John made his old pals suffer, scoring both goals in a 2-0 defeat at Fir Park in March 1986. He played in over 50 matches for Motherwell, but in 1987 an Achilles tendon injury picked up not long after his move to Fir Park forced him to retire at the age of just 25.

However, advances in surgical techniques gave John the chance to get back into the game four years later and he signed for Dunfermline Athletic in 1991. He moved to East Fife two years later and then had a spell at Cowdenbeath as player/manager. He was then briefly at Arbroath, Forfar Athletic and Albion Rovers before retiring in 1996.

 Goals Scored
Sep 23rd, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Hamilton 5 - 0 (82')
May 15th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1 (74')
Nov 20th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 0 (77')
Dec 11th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (38')
Dec 11th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (68')
Dec 18th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Morton 2 - 1 (31')
Dec 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 5 - 0 (59')
Jan 8th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 2 (12')
Mar 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 3 (82')
Aug 30th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 5 - 0 (59')
Aug 30th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 5 - 0 (36')
Sep 3rd, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 4 - 1 (70')
Sep 3rd, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 4 - 1 (17')
Sep 14th, 1983 European Cup  (A)  vs. Hamrun 3 - 0 (2')
Oct 5th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2 (10')
Nov 9th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 4 - 2 (17')
Nov 30th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 0 (71')
Apr 2nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (32')
Apr 14th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 0 (80')
Apr 18th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 5 (34')
Apr 28th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 1 (71')
Apr 30th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (84')
Aug 21st, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0 (63')
Feb 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (25')
Mar 30th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 4 (77')
Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (28')

 Hat-Tricks

Shoot
Aug 1983