Billy Kirkwood

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Billy Kirkwood
Personal information
Full name William Kirkwood
Date of birth (1958-09-01) 1 September 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position(s) Forward, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rangers (Youth Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1986 Dundee United 249 (44)
1986 Hibernian 26 (1)
1986–1987 Dundee United 12 (1)
1987–1988 Dunfermline Athletic 24 (0)
1988 Dundee 21 (0)
Total 332 (46)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Dundee United
1997 Instant-Dict
2001 St Johnstone (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Kirkwood (born 1 September 1958) is a Scottish coach and former footballer. He began as a forward before moving to midfield. He began his career with Dundee United, where he made 399 appearances in two spells between 1975 and 1987. He won three major domestic trophies with the club, the Scottish League Cup in 1979 and 1980 and the Premier Division title in 1983. He also featured for United in many European runs including to the 1983–84 European Cup semi final and the 1987 UEFA Cup Final.

He also played for Hibernian, Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee. Since retiring as a player he has coach and managed at numerous clubs. He is currently a Rangers youth coach and a Senior manager at Rangers Academy.

Early life[edit]

Kirkwood was educated at Penicuik High School.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Kirkwood made his name with Dundee United making 399 first team appearances. He was initially signed provisionally in May 1975 from Cornbank Boys Club and he started his career at United as an attacker. In 1977-78, he made the breakthrough into the first team and for the next eight years he was a regular in the line up. In his first two seasons, he was club top scorer. He won three domestic trophies with United in two Scottish League Cups (1979-80 and 1980-81) although in the latter match, he remained on the bench. He and United were Scottish league champions in 1982-83. The club reached the European Cup semi-final in 1983-84 and the final of the UEFA Cup in 1986-87. He also collected four domestic cup runners-up medals. He did not play for United in the 1987 Scottish Cup Final defeat to St Mirren.[2][3]

His time at Dundee United was punctuated by spending the early part of the 1986-87 season with Hibernian returning to United in January 1987. In 1987, after appearing in the Uefa Cup Final, he left United for Dunfermline before finishing his playing days with Dundee.


After Ivan Golac was sacked in 1995, Kirkwood was appointed manager of Dundee United. Kirkwood could not prevent the Terrors from being relegated to the First Division. In the following season, Kirkwood guided United to a play-off victory and promotion back to the Premier Division. He was then sacked six games into the 1996-97 season and replaced by Tommy McLean, who would lead United to third place.

In January 1997, Kirkwood was appointed by Instant-Dict FC, a Hong Kong First Division football team as a manager. Seven months later, he resigned and joined Hull City as Mark Hateley's assistant.

Kirkwood had a short caretaker manager role with St Johnstone in 2001, after Sandy Clark was sacked. He has also held the assistant manager position at Dundee, Dunfermline and St Johnstone, and coaching roles with Livingston and Rangers.


All at Dundee United:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome". Penicuik High School. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ Hall of Fame, Dundee United FC
  3. ^ "The forgotten story of ... Dundee United's glory years under Jim McLean " The Guardian

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