Sam Irving - Manager Profile

Full Name: Samuel Johnstone Irving
Jul 6th, 1938 to Jun 30th, 1939

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Bob Temple - 36
2. Andrew Meikleham - 35
3. Rab Smith - 32
4. William Benzie - 31
5. Willie Black - 31
6. Duncan Hutchison - 30
7. Dave Skelligan - 30
8. George D Sutherland - 30
9. James Christie - 27
10. Robert Beattie - 23
1. Willie Black - 24
2. William Benzie - 15
3. Bob Temple - 9
4. George S Ross - 7
5. Robert Beattie - 6
6. Duncan Hutchison - 6
7. Joe Black - 2
8. Bob Howe - 2
9. Johnny Hutton - 2
10. Horace Woolley - 2

First Match In Charge: Saturday, August 13th, 1938 vs. Montrose (5-4)

Last Match In Charge: Saturday, April 29th, 1939 vs. Stenhousemuir (0-3)

Total Players Used: 32

Biggest Win(s)
Mar 25th, 1939 10 - 0 vs. East Stirlingshire, League (Division Two)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Feb 4th, 1939 1 - 5 vs. Motherwell, Scottish Cup (2nd Round)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
36 16 3 17 81 74 +7
(44.4%) (8.3%) (47.2%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
19 13 0 6 53 31 +22
(68.4%) (0.0%) (31.6%)

A former Northern Ireland internationalist, Irving had been a former Dundee player who had also had a successful spell in England, which included winning the FA Cup with Cardiff City in 1927. After moving back to Dundee to set up a business when his playing days were over, Irving was one of a group of businessmen who rescued the Club in 1938 and thereafter became a director at Tannadice.

Along with the help of former manager Jimmy Brownlie, Irving took over the manager's duties for the 1938/39 season, guiding the team to a 9th place finish in Division Two.

Both Irving and Brownlie returned to their director's roles when Bobby McKay was appointed manager in July 1939, and Irving left the boardroom in 1942.