Pat Liney Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: Patrick Liney
  • Born: July 14th, 1936 (Paisley)

Career

  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Dundee Career Totals:
    126 first team competitive appearances
  • Also Played For: Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue, St Mirren


Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1957-58 1- - - - -
1958-59 2- - - - -
1959-60 36- - - - -
1960-61 39-1- - -
1961-62 46- - - - -
1962-63 2- - - - -
TOTAL 126-1- - -

NOTES:
Other Cups may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Biography


Pat Liney is not only Dundee FC goalkeeping great but also a bona fide Dark Blue legend, a Scottish League championship winner, Club President, a great singer and an absolute gentleman.

Pat signed for Dundee in 1957 from Junior side Dalry Thistle after catching the Dark Blues' attention by saving five penalties in a cup tie and altogether made 121 appearances for The Dee before leaving for his hometown team St Mirren early in 1964.

Pat made his debut for Dundee on the last day of the 1957/58 season against Rangers at Ibrox and was thrust into the fray after regular keeper Bill Brown had been sent home with a virus. It was a memorable debut for Liney as not only did he perform admirably and keep a clean sheet, The Dee won 1-0 thanks to an Alan Cousin winner to record their first win in Govan since 1951.

Pat became Dundee's regular number one after Brown's departure to Tottenham and it is his contribution as an ever present in Dundee's championship side that he will always be fondly remembered at Dens. Indeed Dundee record goal scorer Alan Gilzean stated that “Pat Liney's contribution to Dundee's championship season should never be underestimated and the fact that he was an ever present that year speaks for itself. He was rock solid and never let us down.”

Pat will most likely be remembered by Dundee's supporters of a certain age for a crucial penalty save in the penultimate game of the season at home to St Mirren. Going into the match Dundee were still a point behind leaders Rangers but by half time Dundee were one up thanks to an Alan Cousin strike and Rangers were losing 1-0 at Pittodrie.
With twelve minutes left however disaster struck when the referee awarded St. Mirren a penalty after an alleged handball from Gordon Smith and it looked like Dundee's chances of winning the League Flag were about to evaporate.

Dundee had earlier in the season been knocked out the Scottish Cup by eventual runners-up St Mirren and in the build up to the game Pat's father, himself a Buddies supporter, gave him some advice that would prove crucial a few months later. He told Pat that if St Mirren got a penalty, Clunie takes them and always hammers it towards the top right hand corner. Although St Mirren never got a penalty in that game Pat always remembered that advice from his father.

When a nervous looking Clunie stepped up to take the kick, he did exactly what Pat's father had predicted and hit it towards the top right corner, only to see Liney Jnr. twist in mid air and parry the ball to safety before collecting it.

Pat then threw the ball out to Gordon Smith on the wing and Smith then went down the wing beating two players, before looking up to see there was no one there, as the forwards were still patting Liney on the back. Smith then brought the ball back to the halfway line still beating men until the forwards could get back up field, which Pat describes as, “an amazing sight and something only Gordon Smith could have done like that.”

Dundee scored a crucial second minutes later and when news filtered through that The Dons had held on to beat Rangers at Pittodrie, Dundee were now in pole position, needing a victory in their final game at Muirton to win the League.

At the time Pat didn't realise the significance of the penalty save until Gordon Smith spoke to him after the game. Gordon told Pat, “You realise that if we win the League on Saturday you will be famous in Dundee forever.” He was correct as no matter what Pat did before or after he was always remembered for that penalty save in Dundee, without which the League trophy might not have come to Dens.

Pat was unlucky to only make two more appearances for Dundee after winning the League and missed out on the run to the European Cup semi-final and so just two years later left Dens to join his boyhood team St. Mirren where he made forty-eight appearances before moving to Yorkshire in 1966.

Pat first played for Bradford Park Avenue for a season before moving to Bradford City where he made 147 appearances between 1967 and 1972. Pat's popularity at Valley Parade was in evidence years after he finished playing where he worked as a host in the pre match hospitality, a role he later fulfilled at Dens.

Pat stayed in Yorkshire until 1978 when he moved back to Blairgowrie but in the move back north he unfortunately lost his championship medal. Thankfully in 2005 the medal appeared in an auction house in Yorkshire and after contacting the police, Pat was reunited with his prize possession.

Fellow championship team member Bobby Wishart remembers Pat as a great character and great to have around the dressing room and that he fancied himself as a bit of a crooner. This was backed up after he moved to Yorkshire and led a double life as a nightclub singer!

“My singing career came after I moved down south to play football in Bradford”, recalls Pat. “I used to sing in working men’s clubs around the Burnley area and I enjoyed it. One night, I was cheered on stage by a large group of lads from Dundee, who were down for a union conference and recognised me from my time at Dens Park.”

Local Dundee fans got to hear this for themselves at the Dundee FC Fortieth Anniversary Championship Dinner in 2002 at the Hilton Hotel, when Pat grabbed the microphone and led the assembled Dees in a chorus of, ‘Hail, Hail, The Dees are Here.’ Legends are made of such stuff!

For over fifteen years now, Pat has been popular figure on a matchday at Dens and could always be seen chatting to fans outside the Club shop or in the hospitality lounges, often with a cup of tea or a cigar in hand. He has a supporters club named in his honour and in April 2011 was inducted in the Dundee FC Hall of Fame with a Legends Award; the first Dark Blue goalkeeper to be inducted and just four months later, was appointed as Honorary Club President, a role he fulfils with distinction.

Debut

May 10th, 1958
Rangers 0 - 1 Dundee

League (Division One)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 102-- --
Scottish Cup 3-- --
League Cup 16-- --
International Soccer League 5-- --
Totals: 126-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 06/05/63 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 2
 29/09/62 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 1
 16/06/62 Section 1 vs. America (H) 2 - 3
 10/06/62 Section 1 vs. Palermo (H) 1 - 1
 03/06/62 Section 1 vs. Guadalajara (H) 3 - 2

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 06/05/63 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 2
 29/09/62 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 16/06/62 Section 1 vs. America (H)  2 - 3
 10/06/62 Section 1 vs. Palermo (H)  1 - 1
 03/06/62 Section 1 vs. Guadalajara (H)  3 - 2
 30/05/62 Section 1 vs. Hajduk Split (H)  3 - 3
 20/05/62 Section 1 vs. Reutlingen (H)  0 - 2
 28/04/62 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 0
 25/04/62 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 09/04/62 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  2 - 1
 07/04/62 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 31/03/62 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A)  3 - 2
 24/03/62 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 17/03/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  3 - 2
 14/03/62 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 06/03/62 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 2
 03/03/62 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 24/02/62 Division One vs. Partick (A)  0 - 3
 10/02/62 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 3
 03/02/62 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 27/01/62 2nd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 1
 24/01/62 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 20/01/62 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 1
 17/01/62 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 1
 13/01/62 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 0
 06/01/62 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 23/12/61 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 16/12/61 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  5 - 1
 02/12/61 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 2
 25/11/61 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 18/11/61 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  5 - 4
 11/11/61 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  5 - 1
 04/11/61 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 1
 28/10/61 Division One vs. Partick (H)  3 - 2
 21/10/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 1
 14/10/61 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  4 - 2
 07/10/61 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  5 - 3
 30/09/61 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  3 - 1
 23/09/61 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 16/09/61 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 3
 09/09/61 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (H)  4 - 1
 02/09/61 Section 3 vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 2
 30/08/61 Section 3 vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 26/08/61 Section 3 vs. Airdrie (A)  5 - 0
 23/08/61 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 1
 19/08/61 Section 3 vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 3
 16/08/61 Section 3 vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 4
 12/08/61 Section 3 vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 0
 29/04/61 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 22/04/61 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 12/04/61 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  4 - 2
 08/04/61 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 1
 01/04/61 Division One vs. Partick (A)  2 - 2
 25/03/61 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H)  6 - 1
 20/03/61 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 18/03/61 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  1 - 2
 08/03/61 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 04/03/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  4 - 1
 11/02/61 2nd Round vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 5
 08/02/61 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  4 - 2
 21/01/61 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 14/01/61 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 0
 07/01/61 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (H)  3 - 0
 02/01/61 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 2
 31/12/60 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 3
 17/12/60 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 2
 10/12/60 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 26/11/60 Division One vs. Partick (H)  1 - 2
 19/11/60 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A)  4 - 2
 05/11/60 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 1
 29/10/60 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 4
 22/10/60 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 1
 15/10/60 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 0
 08/10/60 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 01/10/60 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 24/09/60 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 1
 21/09/60 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 4
 17/09/60 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  1 - 3
 14/09/60 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 10/09/60 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 3
 03/09/60 Group 4 vs. Aberdeen (H)  6 - 0
 31/08/60 Group 4 vs. Ayr Utd (H)  3 - 0
 27/08/60 Group 4 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  3 - 0
 24/08/60 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 2
 20/08/60 Group 4 vs. Aberdeen (A)  4 - 1
 17/08/60 Group 4 vs. Ayr Utd (A)  2 - 1
 13/08/60 Group 4 vs. Raith Rovers (H)  5 - 0
 30/04/60 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 2
 23/04/60 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H)  4 - 1
 16/04/60 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 02/04/60 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 3
 26/03/60 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  6 - 3
 19/03/60 Division One vs. Partick (H)  3 - 0
 12/03/60 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 2
 10/03/60 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 1
 05/03/60 Division One vs. Arbroath (A)  1 - 1
 29/02/60 2nd Round vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 3
 27/02/60 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 1
 09/02/60 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 0
 23/01/60 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  0 - 4
 16/01/60 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 0
 09/01/60 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  2 - 0
 02/01/60 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 1
 01/01/60 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 1
 26/12/59 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 3
 19/12/59 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 1
 12/12/59 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A)  1 - 0
 05/12/59 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  3 - 2
 28/11/59 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 2
 21/11/59 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 4
 14/11/59 Division One vs. Partick (A)  5 - 0
 07/11/59 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 2
 31/10/59 Division One vs. Arbroath (H)  5 - 0
 24/10/59 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 2
 17/10/59 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H)  3 - 1
 10/10/59 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 3
 03/10/59 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 2
 26/09/59 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 19/09/59 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  1 - 1
 12/09/59 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  0 - 2
 05/09/59 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 0
 29/08/59 Group 4 vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 3
 26/08/59 Group 4 vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 25/10/58 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 2
 18/10/58 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  2 - 3
 10/05/58 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored
None

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


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