George Ryden Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: George Ryden
  • Born: July 14th, 1938 (Dumbarton)

Career

  • Position: Centre-Half
  • Signed:
  • First Manager: Bob Shankly
  • Dundee Career Totals:
    87 first team competitive appearances
    2 first team competitive goals
  • Also Played For: St Johnstone, Stirling Albion


Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1962-63 10 2 - - - -
1963-64 51- - - - -
1964-65 20- - - - -
1965-66 6- - - - -
TOTAL 87 2 - - - -

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


One of three brothers to make a mark on the senior game, George Ryden made his debut for Dundee in a 1-0 win against Kilmarnock at Dens Park on October 20th, 1962. It would be just over a month before the tall blonde player would feature again but when he did on December 1st the same year, he took his place in a Dundee side that romped to a 10-2 home victory against Queen of the South.

Those were the first of 10 appearances the defender would make for Dundee in the 62/63 season and while he wouldn’t manage to force his way into the club’s legendary European Cup campaign after they had won the league the previous season, he did make a strong enough impression to cement his place in the team for the following term. This allowed Ryden to become a key component in the Dundee side that would go all the way to the Scottish Cup Final in 1964 where they would lose out to two late goals from Rangers in a 3-1 defeat. Although arguably, it is the photo of Ryden and guitar-totting teammate Hugh Robertson with The Beatles in the Caird Hall, Dundee that has proved to be the most enduring moment of the popular player’s career.

Ryden would begin to slip out of favour the next season, although he did represent the club in the European Cup Winner’s Cup in the second leg of the second round match in Spain against Real Zaragoza. However, after just six appearances in the 65/66 season the defender would be on his way to Perth. There he would spend three seasons with St Johnstone before a brief spell with Stirling Albion in the 1969/70 season would bring down the curtain on his playing career.

One of five brothers - two of which would play at a high level in Junior Football - George’s elder sibling John would play for Alloa, Accrington Stanley, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford, while his younger brother Hugh would represent Bristol Rovers, Stockport County, Chester City and Halifax Town. Between them they would leave a legacy that few other football families could ever hope to match.

Debut

October 20th, 1962
Dundee 1 - 0 Kilmarnock

League (Division One)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 522- --
Cup Winners' Cup 1-- --
Scottish Cup 9-- --
League Cup 15-- --
Summer Cup 10-- --
Totals: 872- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 28/02/66 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 5
 26/02/66 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 2
 23/02/66 2nd Round vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 2
 27/10/65 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
 02/10/65 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 0

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 13/05/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H) 5 - 2
 01/12/62 Division One vs. Queen of South (H) 10 - 2

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 28/02/66 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 5
 26/02/66 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 23/02/66 2nd Round vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 2
 27/10/65 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 02/10/65 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 14/08/65 Group 1 vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 1
 19/05/65 Group 2 vs. St Johnstone (H)  3 - 2
 15/05/65 Group 2 vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 12/05/65 Group 2 vs. Dundee Utd (A)  2 - 3
 08/05/65 Group 2 vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 05/05/65 Group 2 vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 3
 12/12/64 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  1 - 0
 08/12/64 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Real Zaragoza (A)  1 - 2
 17/10/64 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 3
 03/10/64 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  1 - 2
 26/09/64 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 2
 19/09/64 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  4 - 1
 12/09/64 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  4 - 1
 05/09/64 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 1
 29/08/64 Group 4 vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 1
 26/08/64 Group 4 vs. Motherwell (H)  6 - 0
 22/08/64 Group 4 vs. Dundee Utd (A)  1 - 2
 19/08/64 Division One vs. Morton (A)  2 - 3
 15/08/64 Group 4 vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 1
 12/08/64 Group 4 vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 3
 08/08/64 Group 4 vs. Dundee Utd (H)  2 - 3
 16/05/64 Group 2 vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 3
 13/05/64 Group 2 vs. Dundee Utd (H)  3 - 3
 09/05/64 Group 2 vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 2
 06/05/64 Group 2 vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 0
 01/05/64 Group 2 vs. Dundee Utd (A)  0 - 0
 29/04/64 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 0
 25/04/64 Final vs. Rangers (N)  1 - 3
 18/04/64 Division One vs. Partick (H)  5 - 2
 13/04/64 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 04/04/64 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  2 - 1
 01/04/64 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 28/03/64 Semi Final vs. Kilmarnock (N)  4 - 0
 21/03/64 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 4
 18/03/64 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  1 - 3
 11/03/64 Quarter Final Replay vs. Motherwell (A)  4 - 2
 07/03/64 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 29/02/64 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  9 - 2
 22/02/64 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 19/02/64 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 0
 15/02/64 3rd Round vs. Forfar (H)  6 - 1
 08/02/64 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 2
 01/02/64 Division One vs. Queen of South (H)  6 - 2
 25/01/64 2nd Round vs. Brechin City (A)  9 - 2
 18/01/64 Division One vs. East Stirling (A)  5 - 1
 11/01/64 1st Round vs. Forres Mech (A)  6 - 3
 04/01/64 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  6 - 0
 02/01/64 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  1 - 2
 14/12/63 Division One vs. Partick (A)  0 - 2
 07/12/63 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 30/11/63 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 23/11/63 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  3 - 1
 16/11/63 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  6 - 1
 09/11/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  4 - 0
 02/11/63 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 2
 26/10/63 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 19/10/63 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  4 - 0
 12/10/63 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 3
 05/10/63 Division One vs. Queen of South (A)  5 - 0
 28/09/63 Division One vs. East Stirling (H)  3 - 1
 21/09/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 1
 18/09/63 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 14/09/63 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (H)  1 - 1
 11/09/63 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 3
 07/09/63 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  4 - 2
 31/08/63 Group 3 vs. Dunfermline (A)  4 - 3
 28/08/63 Group 3 vs. Airdrie (A)  1 - 4
 24/08/63 Group 3 vs. Third Lanark (H)  3 - 2
 21/08/63 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 17/08/63 Group 3 vs. Dunfermline (H)  4 - 1
 14/08/63 Group 3 vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 10/08/63 Group 3 vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 1
 13/05/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  5 - 2
 11/05/63 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 1
 05/04/63 Division One vs. Queen of South (A)  0 - 1
 12/01/63 1st Round vs. Caledonian (A)  5 - 1
 01/01/63 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 22/12/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  4 - 2
 15/12/62 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 08/12/62 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 0
 01/12/62 Division One vs. Queen of South (H)  10 - 2
 20/10/62 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 0

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored (click to expand)
 13/05/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  5 - 2
 01/12/62 Division One vs. Queen of South (H)  10 - 2

  = 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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