Seán Dillon - Player Profile


Full Name:Seán Dillon
Born:July 30th, 1983 (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Height:6'
Position:Full Back / Centre Half
Signed:January 10th, 2007
First Manager:Craig Levein
Left Club:June 1st, 2017
Career Stats: 346 appearances, 7 goals
Full Debut: January 13th, 2007 - Rangers 5 - 0 Dundee United (League - SPL)
First Goal: August 25th, 2007 - Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 - 3 Dundee United (League - SPL)
Also Played For:Longford Town, Montrose, Shelbourne

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2016-17  Championship 13 (8) 0 5 0.24 1 0 47.6% 28.6% 23.8%
 2015-16  Premiership 27 (4) 2 6 0.19 4 0 22.6% 19.4% 58.1%
 2014-15  Premiership 32 (1) 1 6 0.18 1 1 45.5% 18.2% 36.4%
 2013-14  Premiership 26 (1) 1 5 0.19 1 0 33.3% 25.9% 40.7%
 2012-13  SPL 37 0 12 0.32 1 0 32.4% 37.8% 29.7%
 2011-12  SPL 30 (3) 0 12 0.36 3 0 48.5% 27.3% 24.2%
 2010-11  SPL 43 1 11 0.26 4 1 37.2% 32.6% 30.2%
 2009-10  SPL 31 (10) 0 19 0.46 2 0 51.2% 24.4% 24.4%
 2008-09  SPL 23 (1) 0 9 0.38 1 0 50.0% 20.8% 29.2%
 2007-08  SPL 38 (2) 2 14 0.35 1 1 45.0% 25.0% 30.0%
 2006-07  SPL 16 0 5 0.31 1 0 18.8% 37.5% 43.8%
316 (30) 7 104 0.30

 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:
 May 29th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 0 - 1
 May 25th, 2017 League  (H)  vs. Hamilton Academical 0 - 0
 May 19th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. Falkirk 2 - 1
 Mar 15th, 2017 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 3
 Feb 18th, 2017 Challenge Cup  (A)  vs. Queen of the South 3 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Jan 23rd, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 5 - 1
 Aug 29th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Ross County 1 - 2
 Jan 12th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 3 - 2
 May 6th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 3
 Nov 20th, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1

Seán started his football career as a youth with Cherry Orchard in Ireland and then Aston Villa before he played his first professional game with Longford Town. At youth level he also represented Ireland at Under-16 and Under-21 level, playing in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships. During three successful seasons at Longford, he won the FAI Cup (twice) and the League of Ireland Cup before joining Shelbourne in 2006, where he won the League of Ireland for the first time and also played his first game in European competition, in the Intertoto Cup. A year later, he was signed during the January transfer window by recently appointed United manager Craig Levein for an undisclosed fee. At the time of his signing, Levein was quoted as saying;

He is a natural right-back and that is the position I wish him to play. This is another good signing for the club. He's at the right age to develop, with his best years ahead of him and I'm sure that SPL football will allow him to keep on improving.
As a right-back, Seán became a regular in the starting line up and collected a Scottish League Cup runners-up medal as an unused substitute against Rangers in March 2008. That same season, Seán represented his country as a 'B' internationalist in a game against Scotland. He retained his place in the side over the next three seasons and in May 2010 he won a Scottish Cup winners' medal against Ross County. Latterly, he moved to the left of defence and eventually into a centre half role, forming pairings with Garry Kenneth and later Gavin Gunning under manager Peter Houston. On October 24, 2012, Seán signed a contract extension that would keep him at the club until May 2015.

By early 2013, Seán had become the most featured non-Scot in the Club's history - an appearance tally he continued to add to thereafter. Following the departure of his fellow countryman Jon Daly, he was named as the new Club Captain for the 2013-14 season under manager Jackie McNamara, however, with more competition for the centre half position, he moved in and out of the first team during the first half of the new campaign. By March 2014, he had re-affirmed his position in the team and in May, he collected a Scottish Cup runners-up medal against St Johnstone.

A League Cup runners-up medal followed during the 2014-15 season when United lost out to Celtic, and on May 19, 2015, Seán signed a further contract extension that would keep him at the Club until May 2017 - making him the Club's longest serving player since David Bowman. On February 5th, 2016, entering his testimonial year, Seán became the first current player to be inducted in to the Dundee United Hall of Fame. His testimonial season ended in disaster though, as United finished bottom of the table and dropped to the SPFL Championship.

Relegated, Seán was one of the few players kept on by new manager Ray McKinnon for the battle ahead, however, despite winning the Challenge Cup, Seán and teammates couldn't manage to earn promotion, and in May 2017, he learned that his contract would not be renewed.

 Goals Scored
Aug 25th, 2007 League  (A)  vs. Inverness CT 3 - 0 (47')
Feb 27th, 2008 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 1 (69')
Nov 20th, 2010 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (90')
May 6th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 3 (34')
Jan 12th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton 3 - 2 (78')
Aug 29th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Ross County 1 - 2 (61')
Jan 23rd, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 5 - 1 (78')

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