Jim Bett Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1995-96 24 24 2 4 0 23 2 1 0
Totals: 24 (0) 2 23 (0) 2 1 (0) 0

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Feb 3rd, 1996 03/02/96 First Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 3
Jan 20th, 1996 20/01/96 First Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 3 - 1
Jan 13th, 1996 13/01/96 First Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1
Jan 9th, 1996 09/01/96 First Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0
Jan 6th, 1996 06/01/96 First Division vs. Clydebank (A) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Oct 14th, 1995 14/10/95 First Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
Sep 16th, 1995 16/09/95 First Division vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Oct 14th, 1995 14/10/95 First Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1 (35')
Sep 16th, 1995 16/09/95 First Division vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 1 (26')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Feb 3rd, 1996 03/02/96 First Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 3
Jan 20th, 1996 20/01/96 First Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 3 - 1
Jan 13th, 1996 13/01/96 First Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1
Jan 9th, 1996 09/01/96 First Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0
Jan 6th, 1996 06/01/96 First Division vs. Clydebank (A) 1 - 1
Dec 30th, 1995 30/12/95 First Division vs. Airdrie (H) 2 - 2
Dec 26th, 1995 26/12/95 First Division vs. Hamilton (H) 1 - 1
Dec 16th, 1995 16/12/95 First Division vs. Morton (A) 2 - 1
Dec 9th, 1995 09/12/95 First Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 0
Dec 2nd, 1995 02/12/95 First Division vs. Dumbarton (H) 8 - 0
Nov 25th, 1995 25/11/95 First Division vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 1
Nov 18th, 1995 18/11/95 First Division vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 3
Nov 11th, 1995 11/11/95 First Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 1
Oct 31st, 1995 31/10/95 First Division vs. Clydebank (H) 3 - 0
Oct 28th, 1995 28/10/95 First Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 1
Oct 21st, 1995 21/10/95 First Division vs. Hamilton (A) 1 - 0
Oct 14th, 1995 14/10/95 First Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
Oct 7th, 1995 07/10/95 First Division vs. Dumbarton (A) 0 - 1
Sep 30th, 1995 30/09/95 First Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 2
Sep 23rd, 1995 23/09/95 First Division vs. Airdrie (H) 1 - 2
Sep 16th, 1995 16/09/95 First Division vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 1
Sep 9th, 1995 09/09/95 First Division vs. St Mirren (H) 1 - 0
Sep 2nd, 1995 02/09/95 First Division vs. Hamilton (H) 2 - 1
Aug 30th, 1995 30/08/95 3rd Round vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 2


Competition History


Comp
LGE 23 2 4 0
LC 1 0 0 0
Totals: 24 (0) 2

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Jim was a Scottish schoolboy international who had been an S-form with Dundee before starting his senior career with Airdrieonians in 1976. He then surprisingly moved to Iceland to play for Valur in 1978, and a year later signed for Belgian side KSC Lokeren. He returned to Scotland in 1980, with John Greig paying £150,000 for the midfielder and in three seasons at Ibrox he won a Scottish Cup winners medal and a League Cup winners medal, both against United in 1981. Having played at U-21 level for the past two years, he also made the first of his 26 full Scotland international appearances in a win over the Netherlands in 1982 before leaving Rangers to return to Lokeren in 1983.

Alex Ferguson, then assistant manager with the international team, brought the international midfielder back to Scotland in 1985 when he signed him for Aberdeen for £300,000. During his nine seasons at Pittodrie, he won a second Scottish Cup winners medal in his first season, and a League Cup winners medal and a further Scottish Cup medal during the 1989-90 season. Whilst in the North East, he was included in two World Cup squads, for 1986 in Mexico and 1990 in Italy, but only made one appearance in those two competitions.

After leaving Aberdeen in 1994, he had spells with KR Reykjavik and Hearts before signing for United early in season 1995-96 on a free transfer. The experienced 35-year old went on to make a significant contribution during the first half of the campaign in the First Division, with his class showing through to help replace the departed Billy McKinlay as United went on to regain their Premier League status via the play-off. Playing his last game for the Club in the February, he retired at the end of the season after a very successful career.

Last updated on Monday, February 1st, 2021 by B Orr.





Debut

August 30th, 1995
Dundee United 1 - 2 Motherwell

League Cup (3rd Round)


International Career (Scotland)


Caps: 26

Goals: 1

International Debut: March 23rd, 1982 v. Netherlands


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Jim was born on this date in Hamilton.


  • International Debut


    Jim earned his first International cap for Scotland, playing against Netherlands.


  • Signed For Dundee United


    At the end of a long career with Rangers, Aberdeen and other clubs abroad, Jim signed for United on a free transfer.


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Motherwell
    League Cup (3rd Round)

    United were dumped out of the Coca-Cola Cup despite taking an early lead against their Premier Division opponents. There were surprises in the United formation. Jim Bett signed just before the match m


  • League Debut

    Dundee United 2 - 1 Hamilton
    League (First Division)

    Injuries to Brian Welsh and Sandy Robertson, plus the enforced absence of Billy McKinlay on international duty, meant it was all change yet again for the visit of Hamilton. Territorially, United domin


  • First Goal

    Clydebank 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (First Division)

    Deep into injury time Billy McKinlay was flattened in the box and got up to slot home our first penalty award of the season which earned us our fourth consecutive victory. It was no more than we deser


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 1 St Johnstone
    League (First Division)

    The home debut of Gary McSwegan and Owen Coyle's first appearance after his transfer the day before attracted the highest crowd of the season to Tannadice, but this was a match in which events off the


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 3 St Johnstone
    League (First Division)

    Former United favourite, Paul Sturrock, plotted his first victory over United as Saints manager and at the same time as preserving his own side's promotion aspirations, dealt a severe blow to those of


  • Left the Club


    Upon the expiry of his contract, Jim retired at the end of the season bringing to an end a very successful career.