Derek Johnstone Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Derek Joseph Johnstone
  • Born: November 4th, 1953 (Dundee)
  • Height: 6'
  • Position: Striker
  • Signed: October 24th, 1983
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 6 appearances, 2 goals
  • Also Played For: Chelsea, Partick Thistle, Rangers


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1983-84 3 (3) 2 0 0 50.0% 33.3% 16.7%
Totals: 3 (3) 2


 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

 Recent First Team Starts
 05/11/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 1
 29/10/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 2
 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0
 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 19/11/83 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 0
 12/11/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  7 - 0
 09/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  4 - 2
 05/11/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 1
 29/10/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 2
 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0


Biography

Dundee born and purported to be a United supporter as a boy, Derek began his senior career at Rangers in 1970, going on to win three League championships, five Scottish Cup medals, five League Cup medals and a European Cup Winners Cup medal during his 13 years with the Glasgow side, scoring over 100 goals. A full international at the time, having been capped 14 times for Scotland, he moved to Chelsea for £30,000 at the start of the 1983-84 season, but weight problems and a dip in form saw him restricted to the Chelsea reserves.

With Paul Sturrock out injured, United manager Jim McLean brought Johnstone to Tannadice on a month long loan deal at the end of October 1983, with a view to making it a permanent move if things went well. He made his debut two days later, in a League Cup sectional tie against Morton at Tannadice, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory. Having made three starts and three substitute appearances, the last being against Rangers at Ibrox, he returned to Chelsea at the end of November.

Chelsea won the Second Division title in 1984, and Johnstone was temped back to Rangers by Jock Wallace in January 1985. However, having made just over 20 appearances over the next year, he was handed a free transfer when Graeme Souness took over in the summer of 1986. A short spell as player/manager at Partick Thistle followed, before retiring from the game and taking up a role in the media.

Debut

October 26th, 1983
Dundee United 3 - 0 Greenock Morton

League Cup (Group Section 1)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Derek was born on this date in Dundee.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Dundee born and purported to be a United supporter as a boy, Derek began his senior career at Rangers in 1970, going on to win three League championships, five Scottish Cup medals, five League Cup medals and a European Cup Winners Cup medal during his 13 years with the Glasgow side, scoring over 100 goals. A full international at the time, having been capped 14 times for Scotland, he moved to Chelsea for £30,000 at the start of the 1983-84 season, but weight problems and a dip in form saw him restricted to the Chelsea reserves.

  • Derek Johnstone, on loan from Chelsea, was the hero of United's first ever League Cup win over the Greenock club. After dominating the early play, United opened the scoring in the 25th minute. John Holt started the move and Davie Dodds pushed the ball into Derek Johnstone's path and the debutant crashed a tremendous shot past McDermott. United's second goal was equally as decisive with Ralph Milne cracking home a Kirkwood lay-off.

  • Derek Johnstone, on loan from Chelsea, was the hero of United's first ever League Cup win over the Greenock club. After dominating the early play, United opened the scoring in the 25th minute. John Holt started the move and Davie Dodds pushed the ball into Derek Johnstone's path and the debutant crashed a tremendous shot past McDermott. United's second goal was equally as decisive with Ralph Milne cracking home a Kirkwood lay-off.

  • Last Appearance - Rangers 0 - 0 Dundee United

    Facing a Rangers side suffering from five successive League defeats and under the new management of Jock Wallace, United failed to reproduce the dazzling football that had led to the comprehensive defeat of St Johnstone the previous week.