Paul Hegarty Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1989-90 7 (1) 8 0 1 0 5 0 2 (1) 0
1988-89 39 (2) 41 1 4 0 27 (2) 1 12 0
1987-88 56 (1) 57 2 2 1 40 (1) 1 16 1
1986-87 34 (4) 38 5 1 0 21 (2) 4 13 (2) 1
1985-86 52 52 6 3 0 36 5 16 1
1984-85 50 50 5 6 0 33 2 17 3
1983-84 57 57 5 3 0 36 4 21 1
1982-83 55 55 5 3 0 36 3 19 2
1981-82 55 (1) 56 4 3 0 36 2 19 (1) 2
1980-81 55 55 10 2 0 33 3 22 7
1979-80 40 40 2 1 0 27 0 13 2
1978-79 41 41 4 0 0 36 4 5 0
1977-78 50 50 9 3 0 36 4 14 5
1976-77 45 45 9 0 0 36 6 9 3
1975-76 40 (3) 43 11 1 0 31 (2) 8 9 (1) 3
1974-75 11 (8) 19 4 0 0 10 (7) 4 1 (1) 0
Totals: 687 (20) 82 479 (14) 51 208 (6) 31

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Oct 17th, 1989 17/10/89 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Antwerp (A) 0 - 4
Sep 23rd, 1989 23/09/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1
Sep 16th, 1989 16/09/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 2
Sep 13th, 1989 13/09/89 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Glentoran (A) 3 - 1
Sep 9th, 1989 09/09/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
Apr 22nd, 1989 22/04/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Feb 20th, 1988 20/02/88 4th Round vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 0
Sep 12th, 1987 12/09/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 2
Apr 11th, 1987 11/04/87 Semi Final vs. Dundee (N) 3 - 2
Mar 7th, 1987 07/03/87 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 1 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Apr 22nd, 1989 22/04/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1 (84')
Feb 20th, 1988 20/02/88 4th Round vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 0 (75')
Sep 12th, 1987 12/09/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 2 (56')
Apr 11th, 1987 11/04/87 Semi Final vs. Dundee (N) 3 - 2 (66')
Mar 7th, 1987 07/03/87 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 1 - 1 (41')
Sep 20th, 1986 20/09/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A) 5 - 1 (58')
Sep 20th, 1986 20/09/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A) 5 - 1 (36')
Aug 23rd, 1986 23/08/86 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 0 (34')
Feb 1st, 1986 01/02/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 1 (52')
Jan 18th, 1986 18/01/86 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0 (50')
Nov 16th, 1985 16/11/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 0 (51')
Nov 16th, 1985 16/11/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 0 (42')
Nov 9th, 1985 09/11/85 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 0 (35')
Nov 6th, 1985 06/11/85 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vardar (A) 1 - 1 (13')
Dec 15th, 1984 15/12/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 2 (7')
Dec 12th, 1984 12/12/84 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Man Utd (H) 2 - 3 (58')
Nov 28th, 1984 28/11/84 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Man Utd (A) 2 - 2 (47')
Nov 7th, 1984 07/11/84 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Linzer (H) 5 - 1 (15')
Sep 15th, 1984 15/09/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 3 - 0 (28')
Feb 11th, 1984 11/02/84 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 0 (42')
Dec 31st, 1983 31/12/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 1 (82')
Nov 12th, 1983 12/11/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 7 - 0 (5')
Nov 2nd, 1983 02/11/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Standard (H) 4 - 0 (51')
Aug 20th, 1983 20/08/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0 (49')
Apr 20th, 1983 20/04/83 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 2 (14')
Mar 12th, 1983 12/03/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 3 (85')
Dec 27th, 1982 27/12/82 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 0 (63')
Dec 8th, 1982 08/12/82 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Werder Bremen (A) 1 - 1 (3')
Sep 29th, 1982 29/09/82 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. PSV (A) 2 - 0 (29')
May 8th, 1982 08/05/82 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 0 (18')
May 5th, 1982 05/05/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 2 (43')
Dec 9th, 1981 09/12/81 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Winterslag (H) 5 - 0 (36')
Nov 3rd, 1981 03/11/81 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. M'gladbach (H) 5 - 0 (75')
Apr 15th, 1981 15/04/81 Semi Final Replay vs. Celtic (N) 3 - 2 (76')
Apr 15th, 1981 15/04/81 Semi Final Replay vs. Celtic (N) 3 - 2 (9')
Feb 21st, 1981 21/02/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 1 - 0 (18')
Nov 8th, 1980 08/11/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 3 - 0 (34')
Oct 29th, 1980 29/10/80 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 1 (69')
Oct 1st, 1980 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H) 7 - 2 (56')
Aug 30th, 1980 30/08/80 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Cowdenbeath (A) 4 - 1 (8')
Aug 27th, 1980 27/08/80 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Cowdenbeath (H) 4 - 0 (67')
Aug 20th, 1980 20/08/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. East Fife (H) 4 - 0 (50')
Aug 16th, 1980 16/08/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1 (23')
Nov 24th, 1979 24/11/79 Semi Final vs. Hamilton (N) 6 - 2 (73')
Nov 14th, 1979 14/11/79 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Raith Rovers (A) 1 - 0 (70')
Apr 7th, 1979 07/04/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0 (58')
Mar 14th, 1979 14/03/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1 (76')
Sep 9th, 1978 09/09/78 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 1 - 2 (74')
Aug 26th, 1978 26/08/78 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1 (78')
Apr 12th, 1978 12/04/78 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 1 - 0 (80')
Feb 27th, 1978 27/02/78 4th Round vs. QOS (H) 3 - 0 (60') p
Jan 28th, 1978 28/01/78 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 1 (22')
Dec 31st, 1977 31/12/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1 (89')
Nov 19th, 1977 19/11/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0 (56')
Nov 9th, 1977 09/11/77 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 1 (27')
Oct 1st, 1977 01/10/77 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 2 - 0 (48')
Aug 23rd, 1977 23/08/77 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Albion Rovers (A) 5 - 1 (81')
Aug 17th, 1977 17/08/77 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Albion Rovers (H) 5 - 0 (72')
Mar 19th, 1977 19/03/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0 (29')
Mar 16th, 1977 16/03/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 2 (6')
Feb 7th, 1977 07/02/77 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 4 - 1 (70')
Nov 3rd, 1976 03/11/76 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 0 (35')
Oct 2nd, 1976 02/10/76 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 0 (52')
Sep 18th, 1976 18/09/76 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 4 - 1 (9')
Sep 1st, 1976 01/09/76 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1 (75')
Aug 25th, 1976 25/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Arbroath (H) 2 - 0 (5')
Aug 21st, 1976 21/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 1 (85')
Apr 17th, 1976 17/04/76 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0 (22')
Mar 31st, 1976 31/03/76 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 1 (84')
Mar 3rd, 1976 03/03/76 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 5 - 0 (49')
Jan 24th, 1976 24/01/76 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (H) 4 - 0 (88')
Jan 10th, 1976 10/01/76 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 5 (66')
Nov 29th, 1975 29/11/75 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 3 (83')
Nov 15th, 1975 15/11/75 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 2 (57')
Nov 5th, 1975 05/11/75 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Porto (A) 1 - 1 (65')
Nov 1st, 1975 01/11/75 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 1 (61') p
Sep 30th, 1975 30/09/75 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Keflavík (H) 4 - 0 (58') p
Sep 13th, 1975 13/09/75 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 1 (44')
Mar 19th, 1975 19/03/75 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1 (16')
Dec 14th, 1974 14/12/74 Division One vs. Morton (A) 6 - 0 (66')
Dec 14th, 1974 14/12/74 Division One vs. Morton (A) 6 - 0 (23')
Dec 7th, 1974 07/12/74 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 3 - 3 (86')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 479 (14) 51 20 0
SC 56 (2) 7 4 1
LC 83 (3) 12 5 0
EC 8 1 1 0
UEFA 55 (1) 11 3 0
CWC 4 0 0 0
ASC 2 0 0 0
Totals: 687 (20) 82

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


Biography


Born in Edinburgh in 1954, Paul Hegarty played youth football with Tynecastle Boys Club and began his senior career as a striker with Hamilton Accies in 1972. In November 1974, Dundee United manager Jim McLean paid a fee of around £40,000 to bring Hegarty to Tannadice at the age of twenty. In his early days with United he played in his original favoured position as a striker however in November 1976, Hegarty was played in centre defence in a friendly against Everton as an experiment. It became clear that Paul would make a dominant central defender and he soon formed a formidable defensive partnership with Dave Narey that would become the backbone of Jim McLean's great Dundee United side for over a decade. Paul was rarely out of the side for the next thirteen years.

In 1978, "Heggy" as he had become known to the United Faithful, was made club captain by Jim McLean, a position he would hold for eight years. At international level, Paul was awarded his first cap in 1979, and would later become the first Dundee United player to ever captain the national side - see 'International' tab

During his years as club captain, Hegarty led his teammates to three major honours. In 1979, Heggy lifted the Scottish League Cup at Dens Park following a comprehensive 3-0 cup final replay win over New Firm rivals Aberdeen, the club's first ever major trophy. The following year, United retained the trophy, again at Dens Park but this time beating city-rivals Dundee by three goals to nil. Hegarty chose to step aside and allow long-serving goalkeeper and fellow Dundee United Legend, Hamish McAlpine to lift the trophy.

More success soon followed, in 1983 Paul had the unique honour of leading United to their first and only League Championship win to date following a dramatic 2-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park on the final day of the season. Along with his central-defensive partner Dave Narey and goalkeeper Hamish McAlpine, Paul was an ever-present in the side throughout the 36 League games of that remarkable season.

Although he only played as a forward during his formative years, Paul never lost the scoring touch and returned an incredible number of goals from the centre half position, hitting double figures with ten goals during the 1980/81 season. He also netted twelve European goals for United, a tally second only to Ralph Milne's count of fifteen.

The influence Paul had on United's reputation throughout Europe during the 1970s and 1980s cannot be understated. He appeared in 50 consecutive European ties from 1977 through to 1986, including famous victories over Monaco and Borussia Monchengladbach in 1981, and United’s run to the semi-finals of the European Cup during the 1983/84 season. He missed five matches of the famous 1986/87 UEFA Cup run, but returned in time for United’s amazing quarter final victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and remained in the side throughout the rest of the competition, where he collected a runners-up medal after the heart-breaking final at Tannadice.

In recognition of his contribution to Dundee United, the club awarded him a testimonial and allowed Hegarty to leave Tannadice on a free transfer in January 1990, when he joined local Tayside rivals St Johnstone. His spell with the Perth club was brief and he joined Forfar Athletic as player-manager later that year. Paul brought his playing career to an end in his second season at Station Park, to concentrate on his role as manager , but his tenure at Forfar ended in relegation in 1992 and he left shortly afterwards. Paul would go on to return to Tannadice in a coaching position on three separate occasions, as well as two spells as Caretaker Manager.

Hegarty is the most successful captain in Dundee United's history leading the club to three major honours, and only Dave Narey and Maurice Malpas have appeared more times in a tangerine jersey. In January 2008, he was one of the first players inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

Last updated on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 by B Orr.





Debut (as sub)

November 16th, 1974
Partick Thistle 0 - 5 Dundee United

League (Division One)

Full Debut

December 14th, 1974
Greenock Morton 0 - 6 Dundee United

League (Division One)


International Career (Scotland)


Caps: 8

Goals: 0

International Debut: May 19th, 1979 v. Wales

Paul Hegarty became the second United player to play for Scotland, making his debut at Ninian Park in a British Championship match against Wales in May 1979. Hegarty played regularly for the International side that year, including a friendly against Argentina that saw him face an 18 year-old Diego Maradona, but on his fifth appearance he was forced off through injury after just twenty minutes, an injury that ruled him out of United's opening matches of the 1979-80 season. After two further international appearances in 1980, he had to wait three years for his next cap, but became the first United player to captain his country, in a match against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park. This turned out to be his last appearance for Scotland, although he later appeared as an over-age player in the Under-21 side.

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Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Paul was born on this date in Edinburgh.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Partick Th 0 - 5 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Until then Firhill had scarcely been United's happiest hunting ground for league points. But all that changed in a devastating Tannadice display, to which Thistle had no answer at all. A Dave Narey ro


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 3 Clyde
    League (Division One)


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Rangers 0 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 1 Ayr Utd
    League (Premier Division)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 0 Clydebank
    League (Premier Division)


  • International Debut


    Paul earned his first International cap for Scotland, playing against Wales.


  • 200th Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 1 Partick Th
    League (Premier Division)

    Peter Bonetti returned to the team for match with Patrick Thistle. Otherwise the United team was unchanged from that which was held to a no-scoring draw by Anderlecht on Wednesday. Kirkwood and Sturro


  • 200th League Appearance

    Partick Th 2 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    United went into this encounter without Dave Narey after their midweek triumph at Parkhead. The wind was swirling around Firhill as the teams came out to the applause of the 3000 in attendance.


  • 300th Appearance

    Monaco 2 - 5 Dundee United
    UEFA Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)

    United put in a royal performance to record one of the greatest European victories to date. Prince Rainier was in attendance to witness a polished and mature United performance which, barring a ridicu


  • 50th Goal

    Dundee United 5 - 0 M'gladbach
    UEFA Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

    United welcomed regular European Finalists Borussia Monchengladbach to Tannadice for the second leg of their UEFA Cup second round tie at Tannadice. The manager made two changes from the game at Pitto


  • 400th Appearance

    Celtic 2 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    There was an overhanging sense of disappointment following United's failure to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in March. This and the fact that, after United defeat at Parkhead two weeks before


  • 300th League Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 1 Dundee
    League (Premier Division)

    Recording the first win over your city rivals in over four years would normally be the only story in town, but as has so often been the case for Dundee in this period of tangerine dominance, it was Un


  • 500th Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 0 Dumbarton
    League (Premier Division)

    United surmounted this hurdle with a fair degree of ease and two early goals really killed the match as a contest. Dave Beaumont was the instigator of both these with two long throws. His first found


  • 400th League Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 0 St Mirren
    League (Premier Division)

    A three goal salvo in the last twenty minutes shot us to the top of the League, but it took a long time for the United forwards to pierce a strong Saints defence, in truth, although we had dominated p


  • 600th Appearance

    St Mirren 1 - 0 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (Final)

    Our fourth Cup Final appearance in 13 years ended as all the previous ones - in defeat, but this was perhaps the bitterest pill of all to swallow. In truth we never really played well enough to deserv


  • 50th League Goal

    Dundee United 1 - 2 Hibernian
    League (Premier Division)

    Not an afternoon to savour as we slumped to our first home defeat of the season. There was an early warning for us after only three minutes when George McCluskey prodded past from a good position and


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell
    League (Premier Division)

    Only a late Paul Hegarty header salvaged a point against a lively Motherwell side and our poor home record continued. Our early pressure failed to pay dividends and there was a warning of things to co


  • Last Appearance

    Antwerp 4 - 0 Dundee United
    UEFA Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)

    For once Europe, for which we have reserved so many of our best performances in the past decade, saw us flounder. Three goals in a nine minute spell in the first half plus another immediately after th


  • Left the Club