Johnny Coyle - Player Profile


Full Name:John Cohen Coyle
Born:September 28th, 1932 (Dundee)
Position:Centre Forward
Signed:September 9th, 1950
First Manager:Willie MacFadyen
Career Stats: 132 appearances, 112 goals
Debut: August 11th, 1951 - Dundee United 1 - 1 Cowdenbeath (League Cup - Sectional Tie)
First Goal: August 29th, 1951 - Dundee United 4 - 2 Stenhousemuir (League Cup - Sectional Tie)
Also Played For:Brechin City, Cambridge City, Clyde, St Joseph's

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1957-58  Division Two 23 20 0.87 - - 34.8% 13.0% 52.2%
 1956-57  Division Two 49 38 0.78 - - 42.9% 16.3% 40.8%
 1955-56  B Division 43 43 1.00 - - 32.6% 37.2% 30.2%
 1954-55  B Division 4 3 0.75 - - 25.0% 0.0% 75.0%
 1953-54  B Division 3 3 1.00 - - 0.0% 33.3% 66.7%
 1952-53  B Division 4 0 - - - 25.0% 0.0% 75.0%
 1951-52  B Division 6 5 0.83 - - 50.0% 16.7% 33.3%
 1950-51  B Division 0 0 - - - - - -
132 (0) 112 0.85

 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:
 Dec 14th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Albion Rovers 1 - 3
 Dec 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 4 - 1
 Nov 30th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 2 - 1
 Nov 23rd, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Stirling Albion 1 - 2
 Nov 16th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Berwick Rangers 2 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Dec 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 4 - 1
 Nov 23rd, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Stirling Albion 1 - 2
 Nov 16th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Berwick Rangers 2 - 1
 Nov 9th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 2
 Nov 2nd, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 6

Recognised as the successor to all-time record goalscorer Peter McKay, Johnny was with St Joseph’s when he signed for United on a provisional form. He made an early impression scoring all four goals in a 4-2 win against Stenhousemuir, spending the latter part of 1952-53 at Brechin City on loan. His United appearances were infrequent in his first four seasons, due largely to the in-form Peter McKay and Johnny’s two years of national service. After he was demobbed in June 1955, he became a Tannadice legend. During the 1955-56 season, he finished as the Club's top goalscorer with a tally of 43 goals - a record that still stands. He was top of the scoring charts at Tannadice again in the next season. His form continued unabated in 1957-58 until he put in a transfer request, leaving to join Clyde in December for a fee of £5,000. At Clyde he showed the same goalscoring form he had at United and the following year he scored the only goal of the Scottish Cup Final to secure the trophy for the Shawfield side.

He may have played during what were lean times for United in the second tier of Scottish football, but Johnny was unmerciful in his attack on opposing defenders and his consistency and form in front of goal was nothing short of sensational. In January 2009, he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

 Goals Scored
Aug 29th, 1951 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 4 - 2 (-)
Aug 29th, 1951 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 4 - 2 (-)
Aug 29th, 1951 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 4 - 2 (-)
Aug 29th, 1951 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 4 - 2 (-)
Apr 14th, 1952 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 2 - 3 (-)
Jan 30th, 1954 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Morton 2 - 3 (-)
Jan 30th, 1954 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Morton 2 - 3 (-)
Feb 6th, 1954 League  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 3 - 3 (15')
Aug 28th, 1954 League Cup  (A)  vs. Ayr Utd 1 - 3 (-)
Sep 1st, 1954 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 3 - 1 (-)
Sep 1st, 1954 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 3 - 1 (-)
Aug 24th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Brechin City 2 - 2 (39')
Aug 24th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Brechin City 2 - 2 (18')
Aug 27th, 1955 League Cup  (A)  vs. Albion Rovers 3 - 3 (13')
Aug 27th, 1955 League Cup  (A)  vs. Albion Rovers 3 - 3 (20')
Sep 10th, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Queen's Park 2 - 2 (-)
Sep 17th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. East Stirling 5 - 5 (-)
Sep 17th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. East Stirling 5 - 5 (-)
Sep 21st, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 6 - 2 (-)
Sep 21st, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 6 - 2 (14')
Oct 1st, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Arbroath 4 - 2 (12')
Oct 1st, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Arbroath 4 - 2 (-)
Oct 22nd, 1955 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 1 (-)
Oct 29th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Stenhousemuir 1 - 4 (-)
Nov 5th, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 4 (-)
Nov 5th, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 4 (-)
Nov 12th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Montrose 2 - 2 (12')
Nov 12th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Montrose 2 - 2 (17')
Nov 19th, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 3 - 3 (-)
Nov 19th, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 3 - 3 (-)
Dec 3rd, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Albion Rovers 1 - 1 (-)
Dec 10th, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 2 (-)
Dec 17th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Berwick 2 - 3 (-)
Dec 17th, 1955 League  (A)  vs. Berwick 2 - 3 (21')
Dec 26th, 1955 League  (H)  vs. Brechin City 3 - 1 (53')
Jan 7th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 4 - 0 (-)
Jan 7th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 4 - 0 (-)
Jan 7th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 4 - 0 (-)
Jan 7th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 4 - 0 (-)
Jan 21st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Arbroath 2 - 1 (-)
Jan 21st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Arbroath 2 - 1 (30')
Jan 28th, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Third Lanark 1 - 0 (66')
Feb 11th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton 3 - 3 (-)
Mar 17th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Montrose 6 - 3 (-)
Mar 17th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Montrose 6 - 3 (-)
Mar 31st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Stranraer 2 - 2 (21')
Apr 7th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 2 - 0 (-)
Apr 18th, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Morton 2 - 3 (-) p
Apr 18th, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Morton 2 - 3 (-)
Apr 21st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Berwick 8 - 1 (-)
Apr 21st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Berwick 8 - 1 (-)
Apr 21st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Berwick 8 - 1 (-)
Apr 21st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Berwick 8 - 1 (-)
Apr 25th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 1 - 1 (-) p
Aug 11th, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 6 - 1 (12')
Aug 11th, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 6 - 1 (7')
Aug 11th, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 6 - 1 (58')
Aug 15th, 1956 League Cup  (A)  vs. Stenhousemuir 2 - 3 (27')
Aug 18th, 1956 League Cup  (A)  vs. Third Lanark 2 - 1 (85')
Aug 18th, 1956 League Cup  (A)  vs. Third Lanark 2 - 1 (7')
Aug 22nd, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 2 - 2 (87')
Aug 22nd, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 2 - 2 (35')
Aug 29th, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 3 - 4 (85') p
Aug 29th, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 3 - 4 (61')
Sep 1st, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Third Lanark 2 - 1 (-)
Sep 5th, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Arbroath 5 - 0 (-)
Sep 22nd, 1956 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 2 - 3 (-)
Oct 2nd, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Berwick 6 - 1 (-)
Oct 2nd, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Berwick 6 - 1 (-)
Oct 20th, 1956 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Third Lanark 5 - 2 (34')
Oct 20th, 1956 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Third Lanark 5 - 2 (4')
Oct 20th, 1956 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Third Lanark 5 - 2 (58')
Nov 3rd, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Morton 1 - 4 (-)
Nov 24th, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Montrose 2 - 2 (53')
Nov 24th, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Montrose 2 - 2 (29')
Dec 1st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 7 - 0 (2')
Dec 1st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 7 - 0 (-)
Dec 1st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 7 - 0 (-) p
Dec 1st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 7 - 0 (24')
Dec 25th, 1956 League  (A)  vs. Berwick 6 - 0 (-)
Jan 19th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 2 - 0 (65')
Feb 2nd, 1957 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 1 - 1 (-)
Feb 6th, 1957 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 4 - 0 (-)
Feb 6th, 1957 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 4 - 0 (-)
Mar 9th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Clyde 1 - 7 (-)
Apr 8th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Arbroath 2 - 2 (-)
Apr 8th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Arbroath 2 - 2 (-)
Apr 17th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 3 - 1 (-)
Apr 17th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 3 - 1 (-)
Apr 22nd, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Brechin City 2 - 1 (-)
Apr 22nd, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Brechin City 2 - 1 (-)
Apr 24th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Stirling Albion 1 - 2 (-)
Aug 14th, 1957 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 2 (-)
Aug 17th, 1957 League Cup  (A)  vs. Stranraer 4 - 2 (17')
Aug 17th, 1957 League Cup  (A)  vs. Stranraer 4 - 2 (35')
Aug 17th, 1957 League Cup  (A)  vs. Stranraer 4 - 2 (-)
Aug 24th, 1957 League Cup  (A)  vs. Clyde 1 - 8 (-)
Aug 31st, 1957 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stranraer 3 - 0 (48')
Sep 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 3 - 4 (8')
Sep 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 3 - 4 (3')
Sep 11th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Cowdenbeath 1 - 1 (-)
Sep 18th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Arbroath 5 - 5 (-)
Sep 18th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Arbroath 5 - 5 (-)
Oct 19th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 2 - 2 (11')
Nov 2nd, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 1 - 6 (73')
Nov 9th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 2 (-)
Nov 9th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 5 - 2 (14')
Nov 16th, 1957 League  (A)  vs. Berwick 2 - 1 (32')
Nov 23rd, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Stirling Albion 1 - 2 (-)
Dec 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 1 (46')
Dec 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 1 (13')
Dec 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 1 (74')

 Hat-Tricks
Aug 29th, 1951 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 4 - 2 (4 goals)
Jan 7th, 1956 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 4 - 0 (4 goals)
Apr 21st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Berwick 8 - 1 (4 goals)
Aug 11th, 1956 League Cup  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 6 - 1 (3 goals)
Oct 20th, 1956 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Third Lanark 5 - 2 (3 goals)
Dec 1st, 1956 League  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 7 - 0 (4 goals)
Aug 17th, 1957 League Cup  (A)  vs. Stranraer 4 - 2 (3 goals)
Dec 7th, 1957 League  (H)  vs. Morton 4 - 1 (3 goals)