Alex Taylor - Player Profile


Full Name:Alexander Taylor
Born:June 13th, 1962 (Baillieston)
Height:5' 7
Position:Midfielder
Signed:June 1st, 1979
First Manager:Jim McLean
Career Stats: 47 appearances, 7 goals
Debut (as sub): August 26th, 1981 - Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell (League Cup - Section 4)
Full Debut: October 30th, 1982 - Dundee United 1 - 0 Dundee (League - Premier Division)
First Goal: August 20th, 1983 - Dundee United 4 - 0 Motherwell (League - Premier Division)
Also Played For:Falkirk, Forfar Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers, Ross County, Walsall

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1984-85  Premier Division 21 (6) 5 0.19 1 0 70.4% 14.8% 14.8%
 1983-84  Premier Division 8 (7) 2 0.13 - - 60.0% 20.0% 20.0%
 1982-83  Premier Division 1 (3) 0 - - - 75.0% 25.0% 0.0%
 1981-82  Premier Division 0 (1) 0 - - - 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
 1980-81  Premier Division 0 0 - - - - - -
 1979-80  Premier Division 0 0 - - - - - -
30 (17) 7 0.15

 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 11th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 0 - 1
 May 4th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 1
 Apr 27th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 2 - 0
 Apr 13th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Aberdeen 0 - 0
 Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 5 - 0
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 5 - 0
 Apr 3rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 4 - 0
 Dec 15th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 5 - 2
 Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 7 - 0
 Aug 24th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 6 - 1

Alex joined United on an 'S' form from Blantyre St Joseph’s in 1978. Appearing in the reserves during the 1979-80 season, he made a good early impression which lead to his first appearance at first team level in a friendly against Hearts in February 1980. It was another eighteen months later that he made his competitive debut, in a League Cup tie against Motherwell in August 1981.

A regular in the reserves, Alex again impressed during a pre-season tour of Scandinavia in July 1982, and was in the starting eleven in friendlies against West Ham and Southampton. Seen regularly on the bench throughout the 1982/83 season, he made only 4 appearances as United became Premier Division Champions.

The young attacking midfielder continued to be a member of the first team squad, scoring his first United goal on the opening day of the 1983/84 season against Motherwell, as the club unfurled the Championship flag at Tannadice. He gained valuable experience on the bench for many of United's European matches in the early 1980s, making his Euro debut in United's first ever European Cup match, against Ħamrun Spartans in Malta.

The 1984/85 season was arguably Alex's best in tangerine, with 21 starting eleven appearances and five goals. However, a difficult relationship with manager Jim McLean eventually lead to Alex's departure when his contract expired in the summer of 1985, and he quit football and began an accountancy course at Hamilton. However a year later he signed for Hamilton Academical, gaining United a fee of £40,000, and went on to collect a First Division winners medal and the First Division Players Player of the Year award. In August 1988 he joined Walsall, before returning to Scotland to sign for Falkirk, who won promotion to the Premier League in his first season there. Over the next few years he played for Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers, Ross County and Forfar Athletic before retiring in 2001.

 Goals Scored
Aug 20th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (63')
Aug 24th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 6 - 1 (52')
Nov 17th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Morton 7 - 0 (18')
Dec 15th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 5 - 2 (49')
Apr 3rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 4 - 0 (80')
Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (87')
Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (9')

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