Dennis Gillespie - Player Profile


Full Name:Dennis Gillespie
Born:January 8th, 1936 (Duntochter)
Died:June 5th, 2001
Height:5' 9
Position:Inside Forward
Signed:August 27th, 1959 (£3,000)
First Manager:Jerry Kerr
Career Stats: 455 appearances, 115 goals
Full Debut: September 5th, 1959 - Dundee United 0 - 1 St Johnstone (League - Division Two)
First Goal: September 9th, 1959 - Dumbarton 3 - 2 Dundee United (League - Division Two)
Also Played For:Alloa Athletic, Brechin City
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 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1970/71  Division One 5 (5) 1 0.10 - - 40.0% 30.0% 30.0%
 1969/70  Division One 44 2 0.05 - - 43.2% 13.6% 43.2%
 1968/69  Division One 35 1 0.03 - - 51.4% 20.0% 28.6%
 1967/68  Division One 38 4 0.11 - - 28.9% 31.6% 39.5%
 1966/67  Division One 38 6 0.16 - - 50.0% 21.1% 28.9%
 1965/66  Division One 36 8 0.22 - - 50.0% 19.4% 30.6%
 1964/65  Division One 53 12 0.23 - - 58.5% 11.3% 30.2%
 1963/64  Division One 46 13 0.28 - - 39.1% 26.1% 34.8%
 1962/63  Division One 43 18 0.42 - - 44.2% 32.6% 23.3%
 1961/62  Division One 38 16 0.42 - - 34.2% 21.1% 44.7%
 1960/61  Division One 38 15 0.39 - - 36.8% 23.7% 39.5%
 1959/60  Division Two 36 19 0.53 - - 58.3% 19.4% 22.2%
450 (5) 115 0.25

 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:
 Feb 27th, 1971 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 3
 Feb 20th, 1971 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 2
 Nov 4th, 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup  (H)  vs. Sparta Prague 1 - 0
 Sep 19th, 1970 League  (A)  vs. Greenock Morton 0 - 3
 Aug 22nd, 1970 League Cup  (H)  vs. Clyde 1 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Sep 12th, 1970 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 3 - 2
 Sep 20th, 1969 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1
 Sep 13th, 1969 League  (H)  vs. Airdrieonians 5 - 2
 Aug 10th, 1968 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 2 - 3
 Apr 27th, 1968 League  (A)  vs. Stirling Albion 2 - 2

After completing his national service Dennis was spotted by then Alloa Athletic manager Jerry Kerr whilst playing for Clydebank Juveniles, but spent a year with Duntocher Hibs before joining the Recreation Park club. A regular in his two seasons at Alloa, Dennis was already known to the Tannadice faithful, after he had terrorised United in a humiliating 7-1 home defeat to the Wasps in April 1958, scoring twice that day. He had also scored a brace for Alloa in a 3-1 loss for United at Recreation Park the following season. When Kerr left Alloa to become United manager in June 1959, he quickly returned to his old club to secure the services of the inside-forward, who signed for United prior to the second league game of the 1959-60 season for 3,000.

Making his debut the following week against St Johnstone, he turned out to be one of Jerry Kerr's most inspired acquisitions. A forceful attacking player, Dennis was a vital part of the side that won promotion to Division One that season, finishing as second top scorer, including a hat-trick against Queens Park. He was a regular in the side for the next four seasons and kept up his scoring rate, finishing as the club's top scorer in their first year back in the top flight, and notched further hat-tricks against Dunfermline Athletic and Raith Rovers. A big favourite with the fans, Dennis was the first United player to turn out at senior international level for Scotland when he played for the Scottish League against the League of Ireland at Dalymont Park in Dublin in 1961.

During this time, Dennis was a crucial part of the United side that reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 1963, their first League Cup semi-final in 1964, and he collected a runners-up medal after reaching the final of the short-lived Summer Cup competition in 1965. They gained the club's highest ever league position at the time when they finished in 5th place in Division One at the end of the 1965/66 season, a position that meant that the club qualified for European football for the first time.

After turning 30 in 1966, he took more of a supporting role, playing in a deeper wing-half position but was still a regular in the side. He was in the line-up as United faced and defeated Barcelona in the Club's first venture into European football, as well as both legs against Juventus in the next round. In the summer of 1967, Dennis was part of a sixteen man squad that travelled to the United States to represent Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association competition. By season 1968-69 Dennis was the regular right half and he revelled in his new role for two seasons, playing in more Fairs Cup ties against Newcastle United, Grasshoppers of Zurich and Sparta Prague, and returned with the team to the USA for another close season tour in the summer of 1969.

He spent his last two years at the Club playing mainly in the reserves, passing on the benefit of his experience to the younger players. Offered a coaching role in April 1972, he elected not to accept as he wanted to continue playing and he went to Brechin City. Having only been booked once during his career at Tannadice, Dennis, now playing as a sweeper, was booked three times in his first season at Glebe Park. He remained there for four years before retiring in 1976.

In May 1973, Dennis was awarded a testimonial in which several well known guest players joined his United colleagues and a Dundee XI in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 to pay tribute to a Club legend. Dennis passed away aged 65 in June 2001 after a long illness. In January 2008, Dennis was one of the first players inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

 Goals Scored
Sep 9th, 1959 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 2 - 3 (-)
Sep 12th, 1959 League  (A)  vs. Queen's Park 8 - 1 (82')
Sep 12th, 1959 League  (A)  vs. Queen's Park 8 - 1 (59')
Sep 12th, 1959 League  (A)  vs. Queen's Park 8 - 1 (51')
Sep 26th, 1959 League  (A)  vs. Stenhousemuir 3 - 0 (-)
Oct 3rd, 1959 League  (H)  vs. Brechin City 3 - 1 (-)
Nov 21st, 1959 League  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 2 - 1 (-)
Nov 28th, 1959 League  (A)  vs. Forfar Athletic 3 - 1 (-)
Dec 12th, 1959 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 1 - 0 (-)
Dec 26th, 1959 League  (H)  vs. East Fife 6 - 0 (-)
Dec 26th, 1959 League  (H)  vs. East Fife 6 - 0 (-)
Jan 16th, 1960 League  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 1 - 2 (-)
Jan 30th, 1960 League  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 2 - 3 (-) p
Feb 6th, 1960 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 6 - 1 (-)
Feb 6th, 1960 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 6 - 1 (-)
Feb 13th, 1960 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 2 (86')
Feb 27th, 1960 League  (A)  vs. Albion Rovers 4 - 1 (-)
Apr 2nd, 1960 League  (H)  vs. Forfar Athletic 4 - 0 (-)
Apr 16th, 1960 League  (A)  vs. QOS 4 - 4 (-)
Aug 17th, 1960 League Cup  (H)  vs. Brechin City 2 - 1 (17')
Aug 24th, 1960 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 1 (43')
Oct 1st, 1960 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 1 - 1 (50')
Oct 8th, 1960 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 1 - 2 (27')
Nov 26th, 1960 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 1 (69')
Dec 3rd, 1960 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (24')
Dec 17th, 1960 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 2 - 1 (24')
Dec 24th, 1960 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 2 - 3 (-)
Jan 14th, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 0 (57')
Feb 4th, 1961 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 4 (18')
Apr 1st, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 3 (26')
Apr 8th, 1961 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 0 (77')
Apr 29th, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 5 - 0 (7')
Apr 29th, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 5 - 0 (70')
Apr 29th, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 5 - 0 (58')
Aug 12th, 1961 League Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 5 (75')
Aug 19th, 1961 League Cup  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 5 - 3 (22')
Aug 23rd, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 3 - 2 (70')
Sep 2nd, 1961 League Cup  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 2 (84')
Sep 9th, 1961 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 1 - 4 (33')
Sep 23rd, 1961 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 3 (38')
Oct 7th, 1961 League  (A)  vs. Third Lanark 2 - 7 (23')
Oct 14th, 1961 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 1 (-)
Oct 21st, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 1 - 2 (37')
Nov 4th, 1961 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 3 - 3 (32')
Nov 18th, 1961 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 2 (45')
Feb 24th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 4 - 2 (25')
Mar 31st, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 1 (44')
Mar 31st, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 1 (60')
Apr 7th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 2 (6')
Apr 23rd, 1962 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 4 (81')
Sep 29th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 5 - 0 (29')
Oct 27th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 8 - 1 (29')
Oct 27th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 8 - 1 (80')
Oct 27th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 8 - 1 (70')
Nov 24th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 3 (6')
Nov 24th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 3 (58')
Dec 15th, 1962 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 2 - 2 (80')
Jan 1st, 1963 League  (H)  vs. QOS 2 - 1 (24')
Jan 26th, 1963 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Albion Rovers 3 - 0 (77')
Mar 2nd, 1963 League  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 7 - 2 (30')
Mar 2nd, 1963 League  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 7 - 2 (89')
Mar 20th, 1963 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Queen's Park 3 - 1 (72')
Apr 8th, 1963 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. QOS 4 - 0 (-)
Apr 13th, 1963 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Rangers 2 - 5 (29')
Apr 27th, 1963 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 2 - 4 (-)
May 7th, 1963 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (-)
May 11th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (34')
May 18th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 2 (41')
Aug 31st, 1963 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 2 (65')
Sep 7th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 1 (60')
Sep 21st, 1963 League  (H)  vs. East Stirling 2 - 0 (39')
Oct 5th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 9 - 1 (21')
Oct 5th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 9 - 1 (43')
Oct 26th, 1963 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 0 (47')
Nov 23rd, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Third Lanark 4 - 1 (-)
Dec 28th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 6 - 2 (25')
Jan 4th, 1964 League  (A)  vs. East Stirling 1 - 1 (44')
Feb 22nd, 1964 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 1 (47')
Mar 21st, 1964 League  (A)  vs. Third Lanark 2 - 2 (90')
May 9th, 1964 Summer Cup  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 4 - 1 (50')
May 9th, 1964 Summer Cup  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 4 - 1 (37')
Aug 8th, 1964 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 2 (14')
Aug 12th, 1964 League Cup  (H)  vs. Falkirk 3 - 0 (59')
Aug 15th, 1964 League Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 0 (15')
Aug 26th, 1964 League Cup  (A)  vs. Falkirk 2 - 5 (43')
Aug 26th, 1964 League Cup  (A)  vs. Falkirk 2 - 5 (52')
Oct 3rd, 1964 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 1 - 2 (60')
Oct 24th, 1964 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 3 - 3 (44')
Mar 13th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Clyde 6 - 0 (6')
Mar 13th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Clyde 6 - 0 (74')
Mar 24th, 1965 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 4 - 2 (46')
Mar 27th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Morton 3 - 2 (42')
Apr 24th, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 1 (30')
Aug 14th, 1965 League Cup  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (67')
Aug 21st, 1965 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 1 (76')
Sep 11th, 1965 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 5 - 0 (64')
Oct 2nd, 1965 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 2 (5')
Apr 9th, 1966 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 5 - 4 (12')
Apr 9th, 1966 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 5 - 4 (22')
Apr 20th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 3 (78')
Apr 20th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 3 (69')
Nov 19th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 1 (40')
Dec 3rd, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Falkirk 3 - 0 (45')
Dec 31st, 1966 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (73')
Jan 14th, 1967 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 3 (83')
Apr 5th, 1967 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 4 (60')
May 3rd, 1967 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (68')
Aug 16th, 1967 League Cup  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 5 - 0 (-)
Nov 18th, 1967 League  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 1 - 0 (28')
Mar 16th, 1968 League  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 3 - 3 (85') p
Apr 27th, 1968 League  (A)  vs. Stirling Albion 2 - 2 (77')
Aug 10th, 1968 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 2 - 3 (21')
Sep 13th, 1969 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 5 - 2 (7') p
Sep 20th, 1969 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1 (83')
Sep 12th, 1970 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 3 - 2 (74')

 Hat-Tricks
Sep 12th, 1959 League  (A)  vs. Queen's Park 8 - 1 (3 goals)
Apr 29th, 1961 League  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 5 - 0 (3 goals)
Oct 27th, 1962 League  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 8 - 1 (3 goals)

90 Minutes
Mar 1966

Goal!
Jan 1970

Shoot
Apr 1971