Paul Sturrock - Player Profile


Full Name:Paul Whitehead Sturrock
Born:October 10th, 1956 (Ellon, Aberdeenshire)
Height:5' 8
Position:Forward
Signed:July 1st, 1974
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:July 20th, 1989
Career Stats: 575 appearances, 171 goals
Debut (as sub): September 18th, 1974 - Dundee United 3 - 0 CS Jiul Petroșani (Cup Winners' Cup - 1st Round 1st Leg)
Full Debut: February 1st, 1975 - Dundee United 1 - 0 Airdrieonians (League - Division One)
First Goal: April 5th, 1975 - Dundee United 2 - 2 Rangers (League - Division One)

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1988-89  Premier Division 8 (7) 1 0.07 0 0 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
 1987-88  Premier Division 13 (2) 7 0.47 1 0 53.3% 20.0% 26.7%
 1986-87  Premier Division 49 (1) 6 0.12 2 0 54.0% 26.0% 20.0%
 1985-86  Premier Division 45 (1) 13 0.28 1 0 56.5% 23.9% 19.6%
 1984-85  Premier Division 46 (2) 20 0.42 4 1 58.3% 14.6% 27.1%
 1983-84  Premier Division 25 (2) 6 0.22 - - 48.1% 25.9% 25.9%
 1982-83  Premier Division 45 16 0.36 - - 68.9% 22.2% 8.9%
 1981-82  Premier Division 53 24 0.45 - - 52.8% 20.8% 26.4%
 1980-81  Premier Division 57 23 0.40 - - 50.9% 26.3% 22.8%
 1979-80  Premier Division 47 (3) 12 0.24 - - 40.0% 30.0% 30.0%
 1978-79  Premier Division 36 (2) 7 0.18 - - 42.1% 21.1% 36.8%
 1977-78  Premier Division 45 (2) 8 0.17 - - 55.3% 17.0% 27.7%
 1976-77  Premier Division 41 (2) 17 0.40 - - 46.5% 25.6% 27.9%
 1975-76  Premier Division 18 (10) 5 0.18 - - 28.6% 14.3% 57.1%
 1974-75  Division One 9 (4) 6 0.46 - - 69.2% 7.7% 23.1%
537 (38) 171 0.30

 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:
 May 13th, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton Academical 0 - 1
 Apr 22nd, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1
 Apr 8th, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1
 Apr 1st, 1989 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 0 - 1
 Mar 27th, 1989 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Rangers 0 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 8th, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1
 Sep 30th, 1987 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Coleraine 3 - 1
 Sep 26th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 3 - 0
 Sep 17th, 1987 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Coleraine 1 - 0
 Aug 25th, 1987 League Cup  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 2 - 1

Although born in Ellon, Paul grew up in Perthshire and as a youth starred for Grandtully Vale, Vale of Atholl and Bankfoot Athletic before his performances and impressive goal-scoring record started attracting the attention of numerous clubs around the country. After trials with Greenock Morton and St Johnstone he signed for Dundee United in the summer of 1974.

Paul was handed his first team debut a few months after signing for the club - aged just 17 – against Romanian side CS Jiul Petroșani in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. However it was towards the end of season 74/75 that he began to make a real impact for United – scoring his first two senior goals in a 2-2 draw against Rangers at Tannadice in April. By the start of the following season Paul was a frequent name on Jim McLean’s team-sheet and as early as season 1976/77 he was the club’s top goal-scorer. It was during this season that he received international recognition for the first time, appearing for the Scotland under-21s and he would eventually be recognised at full international level for Scotland – see ‘International’ tab.

At club level he continued to score goals for United as manager Jim McLean sought to mould his side into a team that would challenge for Scotland’s major honours and in 1979 the club won their first ever trophy. The League Cup Final between United and Aberdeen went to a replay at Dens Park, where Willie Pettigrew scored in the first half before being set up by Sturrock to score the second. Paul himself netted the third which put the game beyond the Dons and brought silverware back to Tannadice for the first time in the clubs’ history. The following year United were in the final of the League Cup at Dens Park again, this time against city rivals Dundee. Paul set up Davie Dodds to open the scoring for McLean’s side just before half time and scored twice himself in the second half to ensure that the trophy was returning to Tannadice. Paul’s performances and goals which contributed to United’s first two trophy wins cemented his place in Arab folklore.

The 1981/82 season was arguably Paul’s greatest: hitting 24 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions as United finished fourth in the league, reached the League Cup Final and impressively reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup. Although not as prolific the following season, Paul’s contribution during the 1982/83 campaign played a key role in Dundee United winning the Scottish Premier League title for the first time in their history.

Unfortunately injury ruled him out for six months of the 1983/84 season but he battled back to fitness in time to feature in United’s European Cup ties against Rapid Vienna and AS Roma. The following season he picked up two runners-up medals as Jim McLean’s side lost the League Cup Final and Scottish Cup Final to Rangers and Celtic respectively. It was during the 1984/85 season that Paul set a remarkable Scottish Premier League record of scoring five goals in one game when United defeated Morton 7-0 at Tannadice.

Paul was key player for United during their famous UEFA Cup run in season 86/87 – in particular at the Nou Camp where he gained admirers all over Europe. In the end it was a case of so close yet so far for United and he picked up runners-up medals from the UEFA Cup and the Scottish Cup after a heart-breaking end to the season.

The 1988/89 was Paul’s final season as a player at Tannadice. His final goal came on April 8th 1989 and it was only right that it should be scored against Dundee – the team which ‘Luggy’ had terrorised throughout his career. Paul is still to this day the all-time top goal-scorer in the Dundee Derby fixture. He is also the club’s second all-time top goal-scorer behind Peter McKay.

After an injury plagued few seasons, Paul retired as a player at the age of 32 in 1989 to concentrate on his new coaching role at the club, and would go on to have a successful managerial career at various clubs around Britain, including a spell as Dundee United manager.

His’s achievements as a player at Tannadice were recognised when he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in January 2010.

 Goals Scored
Apr 5th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 2 (37')
Apr 5th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 2 (27')
Apr 12th, 1975 League  (A)  vs. Clyde 2 - 1 (32')
Apr 19th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Morton 1 - 0 (43')
Apr 26th, 1975 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 4 - 2 (16')
Apr 26th, 1975 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 4 - 2 (83')
Aug 9th, 1975 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 2 - 1 (20')
Sep 13th, 1975 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 1 (22')
Sep 20th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1 (57')
Sep 30th, 1975 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Keflavík 4 - 0 (66')
Nov 12th, 1975 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 4 (63')
Aug 18th, 1976 League Cup  (A)  vs. Arbroath 3 - 1 (87')
Sep 18th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 1 (20')
Oct 2nd, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 0 (56')
Oct 20th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 5 (86')
Oct 30th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 3 (11')
Nov 3rd, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 0 (3')
Nov 20th, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 2 - 2 (9')
Nov 27th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 1 (15')
Nov 27th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 1 (67')
Jan 29th, 1977 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 4 (20')
Feb 7th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 1 (49')
Feb 12th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 3 - 2 (39')
Feb 16th, 1977 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1 (72')
Mar 5th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 1 - 1 (25')
Mar 12th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0 (14')
Apr 13th, 1977 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 3 (6')
Apr 30th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 1 (82')
Aug 17th, 1977 League Cup  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 5 - 0 (38')
Aug 23rd, 1977 League Cup  (A)  vs. Albion Rovers 5 - 1 (79')
Sep 14th, 1977 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Copenhagen 1 - 0 (66')
Sep 17th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Clydebank 3 - 0 (30')
Sep 24th, 1977 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 2 (24')
Oct 15th, 1977 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 1 - 2 (89')
Oct 26th, 1977 League Cup  (H)  vs. Arbroath 2 - 1 (64')
Mar 11th, 1978 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Queen's Park 2 - 0 (69') p
Aug 30th, 1978 League Cup  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 3 (68')
Jan 20th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 2 (76')
Mar 7th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (1')
Mar 7th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (33')
Mar 10th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 1 (13')
Mar 10th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 1 (27')
Mar 17th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 0 (55')
Jul 28th, 1979 Dryburgh Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 3 - 0 (27')
Aug 11th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 3 - 0 (21')
Aug 25th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 3 (90')
Sep 1st, 1979 League Cup  (H)  vs. Airdrie 2 - 0 (35')
Sep 26th, 1979 League Cup  (A)  vs. Queen's Park 3 - 0 (85')
Oct 10th, 1979 League Cup  (H)  vs. Queen's Park 2 - 1 (46') p
Nov 24th, 1979 League Cup  (N)  vs. Hamilton 6 - 2 (74')
Nov 24th, 1979 League Cup  (N)  vs. Hamilton 6 - 2 (54')
Nov 28th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 1 - 1 (19')
Dec 12th, 1979 League Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (79')
Jan 30th, 1980 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 1 (49')
Mar 1st, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 1 - 1 (17')
Aug 9th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 2 (88')
Aug 13th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. East Fife 5 - 2 (56') p
Aug 27th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 0 (8')
Aug 30th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 1 (67')
Sep 24th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2 (111')
Sep 24th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2 (73')
Oct 25th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 3 (5')
Oct 29th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Clydebank 4 - 1 (23')
Nov 8th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 3 - 0 (77')
Nov 8th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 3 - 0 (2')
Nov 15th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (83')
Nov 19th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (54')
Nov 22nd, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (74')
Dec 6th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 0 (82')
Dec 6th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 0 (60')
Dec 27th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 4 - 1 (79')
Dec 27th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 4 - 1 (32')
Jan 31st, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 5 - 0 (73')
Mar 7th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 6 - 1 (14')
Mar 18th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 4 - 1 (58')
Mar 28th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 4 - 0 (46')
Mar 28th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 4 - 0 (1')
Apr 22nd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 3 (72')
Aug 8th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 3 (63')
Aug 12th, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 0 (71')
Aug 19th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1 (10')
Aug 29th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 4 - 1 (8')
Sep 12th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (40')
Sep 12th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (73')
Sep 23rd, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Hamilton 5 - 0 (56')
Oct 28th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (7')
Oct 28th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (83')
Nov 3rd, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. M'gladbach 5 - 0 (57')
Nov 11th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 0 (32')
Nov 14th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 1 (71')
Nov 14th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 1 (66')
Nov 21st, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 0 (43')
Nov 21st, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 0 (51')
Jan 30th, 1982 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Brechin City 4 - 2 (43')
Jan 30th, 1982 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Brechin City 4 - 2 (66')
Feb 20th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1 (9')
Mar 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (13')
Mar 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (54')
Mar 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (15')
Apr 3rd, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (51')
May 8th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (45')
May 15th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1 (7')
Aug 14th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 0 (36')
Aug 18th, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 0 (22')
Aug 25th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 0 (73')
Sep 1st, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 3 - 1 (74')
Sep 25th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 0 (88')
Sep 25th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 0 (76')
Oct 6th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0 (73') p
Oct 20th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Viking 3 - 1 (88')
Nov 10th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (65')
Nov 10th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (51')
Dec 18th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Morton 2 - 1 (67')
Dec 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 5 - 0 (82')
Apr 2nd, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 3 - 1 (77')
Apr 2nd, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 3 - 1 (89')
Apr 9th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 1 (35')
Apr 23rd, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 4 - 0 (40')
Feb 6th, 1984 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 1 - 0 (76')
Feb 18th, 1984 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 1 (28')
Apr 14th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 0 (27')
May 2nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 2 - 2 (4')
May 5th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 2 (19')
May 12th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (78')
Aug 21st, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 0 (43')
Sep 5th, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (61')
Sep 8th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 3 - 4 (51')
Sep 22nd, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 1 (63')
Oct 3rd, 1984 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. AIK 3 - 0 (46')
Nov 3rd, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 2 (75')
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (67')
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (82')
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (52')
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (69')
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (24')
Nov 28th, 1984 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Man Utd 2 - 2 (61')
Dec 1st, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1 (61')
Dec 29th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (64')
Feb 4th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 0 (9')
Feb 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (77')
Apr 3rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 4 - 0 (77')
Apr 17th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (5')
Apr 27th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 2 - 0 (84')
May 4th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 1 (7')
Aug 17th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 1 (41')
Aug 24th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (52')
Sep 7th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 1 (29')
Sep 18th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Bohemians 5 - 2 (53')
Sep 18th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Bohemians 5 - 2 (4')
Sep 18th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Bohemians 5 - 2 (61')
Oct 19th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 3 (2')
Dec 21st, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (40')
Feb 15th, 1986 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 1 - 1 (49')
Feb 19th, 1986 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 1 - 0 (59')
Mar 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (36')
Mar 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (13')
Apr 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 5 - 0 (5')
Sep 20th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton 5 - 1 (30')
Oct 25th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 2 - 2 (89')
Oct 25th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 2 - 2 (44')
Nov 19th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton 3 - 0 (51')
Dec 20th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 1 (81')
Jan 6th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (84')
Aug 15th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Morton 3 - 1 (38')
Aug 19th, 1987 League Cup  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 4 - 1 (74')
Aug 25th, 1987 League Cup  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 2 - 1 (35')
Sep 17th, 1987 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Coleraine 1 - 0 (39')
Sep 26th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 3 - 0 (61')
Sep 26th, 1987 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 3 - 0 (46')
Sep 30th, 1987 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Coleraine 3 - 1 (73')
Apr 8th, 1989 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1 (9')

 Hat-Tricks
Mar 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (3 goals)
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (5 goals)
Sep 18th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Bohemians 5 - 2 (3 goals)

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Representing Scotland

International Caps: 20
International Goals: 3

International Debut:
May 16th, 1981 vs. Wales

Sturrock finished the 1980-81 season as United's top scorer, with an impressive 23 goals, and won his first cap at the end of that season in a British Championship match against Wales in Swansea. He scored his first International goal in his third appearance, in a 2-1 defeat to Portugal. Usually a regular in the Scotland squad, he missed out on the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain, but scored his second goal for his country against East Germany at Hampden in October that year. He scored his third goal in his 15th appearance, in a 6-1 win over Yugoslavia in September 1984, and eventually made the World Cup Finals, playing in two games of Scotland's matches at Mexico '86.