William Muir Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: William Muir
  • Born: September 22nd, 1872 (Ayr)

Career

  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Signed: June 5th, 1902
  • Date Left Club: May 1st, 1907
  • First Manager: William Wallace
  • Dundee Career Totals:
    147 first team competitive appearances


Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1902-03 28- - - - -
1903-04 28- - - - -
1904-05 25- - - - -
1905-06 31- - - - -
1906-07 35- - - - -
TOTAL 147- - - - -

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


William Muir continued the fine tradition of Dundee having good goalkeepers in the first decade of the 20th century by playing in two sides that finished runners-up in the Scottish League championship and winning one Scotland full cap and two Scottish League caps during his five years at Dens.

William ‘Billy’ Muir was born in Ayr on September 22nd 1872 and started his football career with Ayshire side Glenbuck Cherrypickers where he was capped for Scotland at Junior level.

Glenbuck is a mining village in Ayshire and the birthplace of Dundee Scottish championship winning manager Bob Shankly and the Glenbuck Cherrypickers were notable for the high number of professional footballers that they produced, despite only existing for around fifty years. Between their creation in the early 1870s, and their demise in 1931, the team produced some fifty professional footballers including four of the Shankly brothers.

Bob Shankly and Billy Muir are two of seven Glenbuck players to have played for Scotland in their careers and this is despite the village having a population of around 1,000.

In February 1896 Billy made the step up to senior football with Third Lanark but less than a year later moved back to Ayrshire to Kilmarnock. However he was only at Rugby Park for three months when he was transferred to Everton for £45 and he made his debut for The Toffees on November 6th 1897 away at West Bromwich Albion.

After five years at Goodison, Muir joined Dundee in the closed season of 1902 and made his debut in the first game of the campaign at home to Queens Park in a 2-0 win. Muir played in every match in the 1902/03 season, keeping twenty clean sheets in all competitions as The Dee finished as Scottish League championship runners up to Hibernian, reached the Scottish Cup semi-final and won the Forfarshire Cup and Dewar Shield.

Dundee were desperate for Scottish Cup success and the run to the semi-final caught the imagination of the Dundee footballing public.

Home wins over Barholm Rovers (walkover) and Nithsdale Wanderers (7-0) set up a third round clash with league leaders Hibernian and five special trains took over 4,000 Dundonians to Edinburgh for the game. A stirring contest finished 0-0 and the tie was replayed in Dundee the following Saturday where local enthusiasm reached fever pitch.

There were unprecedented scenes at Dens when the gates were closed before kick off with thousands of disappointed fans still clamouring for entry. Inside there was congestion behind both goals with youngsters hoisted over the heads of their elders and deposited on the track for safety.

Outside the enclosure, desperate fans finally wrenched over open a gate and hundreds more rushed in. Despite a baton charge by several constables, the mob continued to pour through the breach and many fans were knocked over by the falling gate and trampled by the oncoming crowd.

The game itself was another no scoring thriller and although the official attendance of 24,000 was a new Dens Park record, it was believed that at least 2,000 more had gained admission by illegal means.

Ibrox was the venue for the second replay and once again there was little between the sides but it was Dundee who sneaked through 1-0, thanks to a wind assisted effort from Alan Bell 25 minutes from time.

In the semi-final Dundee were paired with Heart of Midlothian at Dens (when semis weren’t played on neutral grounds) and Dundee provided extra accommodation for another anticipated large crowd. In front of 22,000 the sides fought out a dour 0-0 draw and a week later 32,000 (including 5,000 Dees) turned up at Tynecastle to watch Hearts sneak through to the final with a late Porteous goal.

Muir had kept five clean sheets in six Scottish Cup ties but The Dee had to wait another seven years until they finally brought the Scottish Cup back to Dens.

Remarkably only twelve goals were conceded in the twenty-two game League campaign and Muir was rewarded for his performances by being called up for the Scottish League to play against the English League on March 14th 1903.

Muir was on the short side for a goalie at just 5ft 10’ but was a brilliant keeper, reputed to be a good handler and an excellent distributor of the ball.

In his next four years Muir would miss just seven games for the Dark Blues and in his last season with the Club in 1906/07, he would again be part of a side that would finish as Scottish League runners-up, this time behind Celtic.

Billy’s championship challenging form was again rewarded with international honours when he kept a clean sheet for the Scottish League in a 0-0 draw with the English League on March 2nd 1907 and made his full Scotland debut against Ireland at Celtic Park two weeks later.

Playing alongside future Dundee manager Alec McNair, Scotland won 3-0 in front of 26,000 but it was described as a poor performance in the press and Billy was amongst a number of the team who were never capped again.

Shortly afterwards, at the end of the season Muir moved south of the border again to Bradford City where he won a Football League Division Two championship medal. He never got a chance to play in the First Division however as in May 1908 he moved to Tynecastle where he spent two seasons, playing eighty-five times and keeping twenty-three clean sheets for the Jambos.

At the surprisingly young age for a goalkeeper of 33, Billy retired but he came out of retirement in 1911 and joined Dumbarton who had to pay his last club Hearts for his services.

For Dundee, Muir had made 147 appearances, keeping 57 clean sheets and as the second Dundee goalkeeper to be capped for Scotland, helped start the tradition of Dundee goalkeeping greats that continues to this day.

Debut

August 16th, 1902
Dundee 2 - 0 Queen's Park

League (Division One)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 131-- --
Scottish Cup 16-- --
Totals: 147-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 20/04/07 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 0
 13/04/07 Division One vs. Queen's Park (H) 0 - 0
 08/04/07 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0
 06/04/07 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 4
 01/04/07 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 2 - 2

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 20/04/07 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 13/04/07 Division One vs. Queen's Park (H)  0 - 0
 08/04/07 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 06/04/07 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 4
 01/04/07 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 30/03/07 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 1
 23/03/07 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 09/03/07 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  3 - 1
 23/02/07 2nd Round vs. Renton (A)  0 - 1
 16/02/07 1st Round Replay vs. Partick (H)  5 - 1
 09/02/07 1st Round vs. Partick (A)  2 - 2
 19/01/07 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 12/01/07 Division One vs. Queen's Park (A)  2 - 1
 01/01/07 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  0 - 2
 29/12/06 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 1
 25/12/06 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  0 - 2
 22/12/06 Division One vs. Morton (A)  2 - 1
 15/12/06 Division One vs. Partick (H)  5 - 0
 08/12/06 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 0
 01/12/06 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (A)  1 - 1
 24/11/06 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 17/11/06 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 10/11/06 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 03/11/06 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  4 - 2
 27/10/06 Division One vs. Partick (A)  0 - 0
 20/10/06 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 0
 13/10/06 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 0
 06/10/06 Division One vs. Morton (H)  1 - 0
 29/09/06 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  4 - 0
 24/09/06 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  1 - 1
 22/09/06 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 0
 08/09/06 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 01/09/06 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 2
 25/08/06 Division One vs. Hamilton (A)  3 - 1
 18/08/06 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (H)  0 - 1
 31/03/06 Division One vs. Queen's Park (A)  0 - 0
 10/03/06 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  0 - 0
 03/03/06 Division One vs. Partick (A)  0 - 1
 24/02/06 Division One vs. Morton (A)  0 - 0
 17/02/06 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 03/02/06 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 27/01/06 1st Round vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 20/01/06 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 0
 13/01/06 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 4
 06/01/06 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 1
 30/12/05 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (H)  1 - 1
 25/12/05 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 1
 23/12/05 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 16/12/05 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  2 - 2
 09/12/05 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 1
 02/12/05 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 25/11/05 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 18/11/05 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  6 - 0
 11/11/05 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  0 - 2
 04/11/05 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 0
 28/10/05 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 21/10/05 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 14/10/05 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 07/10/05 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  2 - 1
 30/09/05 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (A)  1 - 1
 23/09/05 Division One vs. Queen's Park (H)  1 - 0
 16/09/05 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 4
 09/09/05 Division One vs. Partick (H)  1 - 1
 02/09/05 Division One vs. Morton (H)  3 - 1
 26/08/05 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 19/08/05 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 2
 01/04/05 Division One vs. Queen's Park (H)  3 - 0
 25/03/05 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (A)  0 - 1
 11/02/05 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 2
 28/01/05 1st Round vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 3
 21/01/05 Division One vs. Partick (A)  1 - 2
 14/01/05 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 1
 07/01/05 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 0
 31/12/04 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (H)  4 - 0
 17/12/04 Division One vs. Morton (A)  1 - 5
 10/12/04 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  0 - 0
 03/12/04 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  4 - 1
 19/11/04 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 3
 12/11/04 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 05/11/04 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 2
 29/10/04 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 22/10/04 Division One vs. Partick (H)  0 - 1
 15/10/04 Division One vs. Morton (H)  6 - 1
 08/10/04 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 01/10/04 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 0
 24/09/04 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  3 - 0
 17/09/04 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 10/09/04 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 3
 03/09/04 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  0 - 1
 27/08/04 Division One vs. Queen's Park (A)  1 - 0
 20/08/04 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 23/04/04 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  1 - 4
 26/03/04 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (A)  0 - 1
 05/03/04 3rd Round Second Replay vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 5
 27/02/04 3rd Round Replay vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 0
 20/02/04 3rd Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 13/02/04 2nd Round vs. Abercorn (H)  4 - 0
 30/01/04 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 1
 23/01/04 1st Round vs. Queen's Park (H)  3 - 0
 09/01/04 Division One vs. Queen's Park (A)  1 - 2
 02/01/04 Division One vs. Morton (A)  1 - 1
 19/12/03 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 2
 12/12/03 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 2
 05/12/03 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  7 - 1
 21/11/03 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 1
 14/11/03 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  4 - 3
 07/11/03 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 0
 31/10/03 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 6
 24/10/03 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 1
 17/10/03 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 10/10/03 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 4
 03/10/03 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  0 - 1
 26/09/03 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 2
 19/09/03 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 1
 12/09/03 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (A)  3 - 1
 05/09/03 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  4 - 0
 29/08/03 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 4
 22/08/03 Division One vs. Queen's Park (H)  3 - 0
 15/08/03 Division One vs. Morton (H)  6 - 0
 04/04/03 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  1 - 0
 21/03/03 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 07/03/03 Semi Final Replay vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 28/02/03 Semi Final vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 21/02/03 3rd Round Second Replay vs. Hibernian (N)  1 - 0
 14/02/03 3rd Round Replay vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 07/02/03 3rd Round vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 31/01/03 2nd Round vs. Nithsdale Wands (H)  7 - 0
 17/01/03 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 27/12/02 Division One vs. Partick (H)  3 - 0
 20/12/02 Division One vs. Queen's Park (A)  0 - 0
 13/12/02 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 0
 06/12/02 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 1
 29/11/02 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 2
 22/11/02 Division One vs. Morton (A)  2 - 0
 15/11/02 Division One vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0
 01/11/02 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (A)  0 - 0
 25/10/02 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 3
 18/10/02 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 1
 11/10/02 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 1
 04/10/02 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  0 - 0
 27/09/02 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 20/09/02 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 1
 13/09/02 Division One vs. Port Glasgow Ath (H)  2 - 1
 06/09/02 Division One vs. Partick (A)  2 - 0
 30/08/02 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  2 - 0
 23/08/02 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 0
 16/08/02 Division One vs. Queen's Park (H)  2 - 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


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


  • Signed For Dundee


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee 2 - 0 Queen's Park
    League (Division One)


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee 2 - 1 Celtic
    League (Division One)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Hibernian 1 - 1 Dundee
    League (Division One)


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee 1 - 1 Hibernian
    League (Division One)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee 0 - 1 Port Glasgow Ath
    League (Division One)


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee 0 - 0 Hibernian
    League (Division One)


  • Left the Club