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Tributes paid as former Dundee goalkeeper Pat Liney dies aged 86

Liney was in goals for Dundee when the clinched their only top league title in 1962.

Former Dundee goalkeeper and league winning hero Pat Liney dies aged 86 SNS Group

Former Dundee and St Mirren goalkeeper Pat Liney has died at the age of 86.

Liney was between the sticks for Dundee when they became Scottish champions in 1962 and he saved a decisive penalty in the second last day of the season to help secure the title.

The league victory is the only time Dundee have won the country’s top division in their history, and the Paisley born goalkeeper will always hold a special place in the history of Dens Park.

He was signed by the Tayside club in 1957 after saving five penalties in one match for Dalry Thistle.

After nearly seven years, and over 100 appearances at Dens Park, he left to join his boyhood heroes St Mirren and later described his debut for the Buddies as “the best feeling in the world”.

But it is his performances in the dark blue of Dundee that he will be most remembered for and as a club legend he was also honorary club president and a member of the DFC hall of fame.

After three years in Paisley he moved to Yorkshire where he made 147 appearances for Bradford City.

Dundee said in a statement: “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.”

St Mirren added: “St Mirren Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of its ex-goalkeeper Pat Liney who passed away at the age of 86.

“Rest in Peace, Buddie.”

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