Walter Smith - Player Profile


Full Name:Walter Smith
Born:February 24th, 1948 (Lanark)
Height:5' 11
Position:Defender
Signed:November 8th, 1966
First Manager:Jerry Kerr
Career Stats: 183 appearances, 3 goals
Full Debut: March 20th, 1967 - Kilmarnock 4 - 0 Dundee United (League - Division One)
First Goal: April 21st, 1973 - Dundee United 2 - 1 Kilmarnock (League - Division One)
Also Played For:Ashfield, Dumbarton
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 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 1983/84  Premier Division 0 0 0 - - - - - -
 1981/82  Premier Division 0 0 0 - - - - - -
 1980/81  Premier Division 3 0 1 0.33 - - 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
 1979/80  Premier Division 3 (1) 0 1 0.25 - - 25.0% 0.0% 75.0%
 1978/79  Premier Division 7 0 3 0.43 - - 57.1% 28.6% 14.3%
 1977/78  Premier Division 1 (4) 0 2 0.40 - - 80.0% 0.0% 20.0%
 1976/77  Premier Division 17 (1) 0 6 0.33 - - 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
 1975/76  Premier Division 2 0 1 0.50 - - 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
 1974/75  Division One 19 (3) 0 7 0.32 - - 54.5% 13.6% 31.8%
 1973/74  Division One 48 (3) 2 15 0.29 - - 47.1% 23.5% 29.4%
 1972/73  Division One 15 1 4 0.27 - - 33.3% 26.7% 40.0%
 1971/72  Division One 20 (4) 0 2 0.08 - - 25.0% 16.7% 58.3%
 1970/71  Division One 21 0 3 0.14 - - 47.6% 19.0% 33.3%
 1969/70  Division One 5 (1) 0 1 0.17 - - 33.3% 16.7% 50.0%
 1968/69  Division One 2 0 0 - - - 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
 1967/68  Division One 2 0 0 - - - 0.0% 50.0% 50.0%
 1966/67  Division One 1 0 0 - - - 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
166 (17) 3 46 0.25

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Sep 24th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2
 Sep 20th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 0 - 2
 Sep 17th, 1980 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Śląsk Wrocław 0 - 0
 Sep 15th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 3
 Aug 29th, 1979 League Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrieonians 1 - 2
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Sep 15th, 1973 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 1 - 0
 Aug 29th, 1973 League Cup  (H)  vs. East Fife 5 - 2
 Apr 21st, 1973 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 1

Signed from junior side Ashfield along with Jim Cameron and Gerry Hernon in November 1966, Walter made his first team debut four months later against Kilmarnock at the age of 19. At the end of that season he was part of the 16 man squad that travelled to the USA after United were invited to play as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association.

His first four years at United were spent mainly in the reserves until he broke into the side in 1970-71, when he became a regular in the line-up. He played in the first Scottish Cup final in 1974 but fell out of contention soon after, and in September 1975, he left to join Dumbarton for a fee of 8,000.

Eighteen months later, he returned to Tannadice for half of that fee and played regularly over the rest of that season. In 1977 Walter suffered a pelvic injury which threatened his career at the age of 29, limiting his first team appearances over the next few years. He was given a player/coach position by manager Jim McLean, and by 1979 he was assisting with coaching the Scotland youth squad. Still appearing occasionally as a player, his last first team match was in September 1980.

Smith was first team coach as United entered the most successful period of their history, winning two League Cups and the Premier Division title in the early 1980s. He went on to become the national Under-21 coach and then assistant manager to both McLean at United and to Alex Ferguson in the Scotland set-up, and was elevated to the Tannadice Board in February 1986.

However in April 1986 Graeme Souness appointed him as his assistant manager at Rangers, eventually replacing Souness as manager in 1991. After a successful seven years at Ibrox, he was manager at Everton for four seasons, and after a short spell as assistant manager at Manchester United, he was appointed manager of the Scottish national team in 2004. Two years later he returned to Ibrox where he spent another four seasons as manager before retiring in 2011.

 Goals Scored
Apr 21st, 1973 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 1 (55')
Aug 29th, 1973 League Cup  (H)  vs. East Fife 5 - 2 (37')
Sep 15th, 1973 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 1 - 0 (66')

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