How Did Pat Liney Die? Dundee’s legendary league-winning goalkeeper Cause of death explained

Pat Liney, a league championship-winning goalie for DUNDEE, passed away at the age of 86.

How Did Pat Liney Die?

Pat Liney, a great goalie for Dundee and a league champion, has died at the age of 86.

Following the passing of one of the club’s greatest greats, Dundee supporters are in mourning.

The well-liked former goalkeeper, who was a frequent visitor at Dens Park until recently, was in goal for the Dark Blues’ crowning achievement—the 1962 championship team.

Who was Pat Liney?

Before joining his hometown club St Mirren in 1964, Liney, who would eventually become the president of Dundee FC, signed in 1957.

After he retired, he continued to support Dundee and frequently travelled to games with the official party.

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A 1-0 lead at St Mirren in the penultimate game of the 1961–1962 season was in jeopardy when Jim Clunie went up to take the penalty kick.

Rivals Rangers were ahead of the Dark Blues on goal average prior to the game but were trailing at Aberdeen. The teams were even on points in the league table.

Liney grabbed the ball out of the top corner to keep Dundee ahead thanks to a tip from his St Mirren-supporting father.

Later, a second goal put Bob Shankly’s team just one victory away from the championship, and Liney was led off the field by police when euphoric away fans invaded the field.

In 2011, Liney, a player for St Mirren, Bradford Park Avenue, and Bradford City, reflected on the occasion.

He said to the Daily Record, “I played every game in our championship season at Dens Park and I’ll never forget our penultimate game since it was against St Mirren.

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

Dundee’s record goalscorer Alan Gilzean said of his former team-mate

“We had played them a few weeks prior, and my dad had informed me that big Jim Clunie would fire a penalty for the Saints into the top right corner.

“Going into the league match against St. Mirren, we were tied with Rangers, and anything less than two points would have been disastrous.

“I recall we had a 1-0 lead and needed to win. When St. Mirren was awarded a penalty, the tension was unbelievably high and nerves were jangling.

Considering how crowded the field was, I was definitely the coolest man there. I knew precisely where Jim’s penalty was going. Fortunately, my hunch was accurate, and we won the game.

“Dad felt conflicted. He was obviously happy that I had saved the penalty, but at the moment, St. Mirren was in serious danger of being demoted.

“Thank God, they made it.”

Tribute to Pat Liney

He passed away today, the club reported, at the age of 86.

How Did Pat Liney Die? Dundee’s legendary league-winning goalkeeper Cause of death explained
How Did Pat Liney Die? Dundee’s legendary league-winning goalkeeper Cause of death explained

Fans and former players from Dundee have been quick to share tributes to this great club legend on social media.

Everyone at Dundee Football Club was devastated to learn of the passing of Honorary Club President and 1962 Scottish League championship winning goalkeeper Pat Liney at the age of 86

Pat is not only a Dundee FC goalkeeping great but also a bona fide Dark Blue legend, a Scottish League title winner, Club President, a DFC Hall of Fame inductee, a great singer and an absolute gentleman


RIP Mr Liney

Former Celtic and Dundee keeper Douglas

What a gentleman to greet the Deefiant team first in the locker room. “Sad times. Rest easy Pat.”

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We are absolutely devastated to learn of the passing of Pat Liney,We are forever grateful for him letting us name our supporters club after him. An absolute Dundee legend and we will never forget him. Thoughts go out all Pats family and friends at this difficult time. RIP Pat

The Pat Liney Dark Blues supporters club

Sad to hear the passing of the great Pat Liney. RIP Champ

Former club captain Charlie Adam, a boyhood Dee

1/2 Sad to hear the news of

@dundeefc legend and Honorary President, Pat Liney, has sadly passed away. He was an absolute gentleman & always had time for fans young & old

Dundonian B Fifer wrote

RIP to Dundee legend Pat Liney Pat Liney was in the league winning squad at Muirton in 1962. We send his family all our condolences Let’s get a minute of applause in the 62nd minute to remember our league winning goalkeeper

Fan group ‘The South East Section

RIP Uncle Pat Liney. An

@DundeeFC legend. I’ll miss those stories from back in the day.x Go easy


Absolutely legend and, having spoken to him on occasion, a truly wonderful bloke RIP Pat – never to be forgotten

Les Barr Shuffle

Desperately sad news about Pat Liney, I think every Dee will have a story about him. Seeing him outside the Main Stand or the Coxy was always a comfort, a visible sign the heart of the club was always there. A gentleman, a fine ambassador, and a champion goalkeeper

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