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Billy Kirkwood
Midfielder

United Debut: v. Hearts (H) 1-2 20/4/77.

Signed From: Cornhill B.C. 12/7/76.

Transferred to: Hibs 1986, then Dunfermline 1987.

Kirkwood started off with United as a striker and scored on his debut against Hearts in 1977 but later dropped back into midfield, and his versatility and man-marking ability helped the club win it's first three major honours, the League Cup in 1979 and 1980, and the Premier League win in 1983. He never lost his scoring touch though, and popped up with some important goals, including goals in the defeats of Monaco and Borussia. Eventually left for Hibs in a deal with Stuart Beedie in 1986, but returned to Tannadice within 6 months and played in the latter stages of the UEFA Cup run, his final game for United being that emotional night against Gothenburg at Tannadice. Returned yet again in 1995, this time as manager. Kirkwood must be the only man to have signed for United 3 times!

       

League Cup Winner 1979

7 Appearances 2 Goals

Premier League Champion 1983

31 Appearances 3 Goals

League Cup Winner 1980

8 Appearances

U.E.F.A. Cup Finalist 1986/87

3 Appearances

United Career: 1977 - 1987
League Scot Cup League Cup Europe Total
  App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
1976-77 4 1 - - - - - - 4 1
1977-78 27 4 4 - 7 7 2 - 40 11
1978-79 34 10 1 - - - 1 - 36 10
1979-80 28 3 2 - 7 2 3 - 40 5
1980-81 29 10 7 2 8 - 2 - 46 12
1981-82 32 2 5 2 7 1 7 2 51 7
1982-83 31 3 1 - 9 3 8 1 49 7
1983-84 26 9 3 - 9 - 8 1 46 10
1984-85 22 1 6 1 5 1 4 1 37 4
1985-86 15 1 1 - 4 - 5 - 25 1
1986-87 11 1 4 - - - 3 - 18 1
1987-88 1 - - - 1 - - - 2 0
Total
260 45 34 5 57 14 43 5 394 69
   
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