Hamish McAlpine

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Hamish McAlpine
Personal information
Full name Hamish Robert McAlpine
Date of birth (1948-01-21) 21 January 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Kilspindie, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Butterburn Youth Club
Dundee North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1986 Dundee United 477 (3)
1967–1968 Montrose (loan) 25 (0)
1986 Dunfermline (loan) 1 (0)
1986–1988 Raith Rovers 72 (1)
1988–1989 Arbroath 10 (0)
National team
1982–1984 Scotland under-21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hamish Robert McAlpine (born 21 January 1948) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He spent the majority of his career playing for Dundee United, who he served for twenty years. He represented Scotland at under-21 international level and was named SFWA Footballer of the Year in 1985.

Playing career[edit]

McAlpine was born in the village of Kilspindie, Perthshire (now part of Perth and Kinross). He joined Dundee United from local junior side Dundee North End in 1966, and after spending a season on loan to Montrose made his first team debut for the Tannadice club in March 1969.[1][2] By 1974 he had established himself as the club's undisputed first choice goalkeeper, a position he would retain for the next decade.[1] This coincided with Dundee United's most successful era, and McAlpine assisted the club to the Scottish League title in 1982–83 as well as two Scottish League Cup triumphs.[1] During this period he gained belated international recognition when, in his mid-thirties, he featured as a permitted overage player for the Scotland Under-21 team.[1][2] McAlpine was injured in October 1985 and lost his place in the side to Billy Thomson.[3] In 1986 he played one match on loan to Dunfermline Athletic before leaving United later that year to join Raith Rovers. He spent two years at Raith, helping them win promotion to the Scottish First Division in his first season,[4] before going to Arbroath for a short spell prior to retiring in 1989.[1][2] McAlpine played several games for Celtic during a pre-season tour of Switzerland in July 1987 as cover for the injured Pat Bonner and Andy Murdoch.[4]

McAlpine's eccentricities made him very much a cult favourite at Tannadice. A frustrated outfield player, he was often to be found abandoning his penalty area to take on opponents. At one time he was Dundee United's regular penalty taker, netting three times from the spot in League matches.[1][2] He later took his goal tally to four when he scored directly from a kick out while playing for Raith.[1]

Since retiring as a player, McAlpine has worked intermittently for Dundee United in various capacities: as a goalkeeping coach, in the commercial department and as a matchday host. He also ran a pub in Dundee for a while.[1] An all-round talented sportsman, McAlpine was reputedly a good enough golfer to have turned professional, and he also played cricket for Perthshire club Rossie Priory. McAlpine also had a song written about him: "Hamish the Goalie", by Dundonian musician Michael Marra.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 1966–67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967–68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Montrose (loan) 25 0 N/A N/A 0 0 25 0
Dundee United 1968–69 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1969–70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970–71 24 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 30 0
1971–72 29 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 36 0
1972–73 24 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 33 0
1973–74 19 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 27 0
1974–75 34 0 3 0 6 0 4 0 47 0
1975–76 36 1 3 0 6 0 4 0 49 1
1976–77 36 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 43 2
1977–78 35 0 4 0 8 0 2 0 49 0
1978–79 36 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 41 0
1979–80 29 0 2 0 7 0 4 0 42 0
1980–81 36 0 7 0 11 0 4 0 58 0
1981–82 34 0 5 0 10 0 8 0 58 0
1982–83 36 0 1 0 9 0 8 0 54 0
1983–84 34 0 4 0 10 0 8 0 56 0
1984–85 25 0 6 0 3 0 5 0 39 0
1985–86 8 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 14 0
Total 477 3 45 0 103 0 52 0 677 3
Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 1985–86 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Raith Rovers 1986–87 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1987–88 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 72 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 72 1
Arbroath 1988–89 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 505 4 45 0 103 0 52 0 705 4

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dundee United
1982–83
1979–80, 1980–81

Individual[edit]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tannadice Legends: Hamish McAlpine". Dundee United F.C. official website. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gracie, Steve (2009). The Rise of the Terrors. Dundee: Arabest Publishing. pp. 314–315. ISBN 978-0-9558341-1-0. 
  3. ^ "Billy Thomson Q&A". Save Hands Goalkeeping. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Pattullo, Alan (13 April 2013). "Hamish McAlpine on Celtic, United, and that song". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 August 2014.