Doug Smith - Player Profile


Full Name:Douglas Bryan Smith
Born:March 9th, 1937 (Aberdeen)
Died:December 5th, 2012
Height:5' 9
Position:Centre Half
Signed:June 17th, 1959
First Manager:Jerry Kerr
Career Stats: 628 appearances, 27 goals
Full Debut: April 22nd, 1959 - Dundee United 1 - 1 Alloa Athletic (League - Division Two)
First Goal: May 1st, 1963 - Kilmarnock 2 - 2 Dundee United (League - Division One)

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 1975-76  Premier Division 11 (1) 0 4 0.33 - - 25.0% 41.7% 33.3%
 1974-75  Division One 32 (1) 1 14 0.42 - - 42.4% 30.3% 27.3%
 1973-74  Division One 43 6 14 0.33 - - 48.8% 23.3% 27.9%
 1972-73  Division One 42 9 11 0.26 - - 47.6% 19.0% 33.3%
 1971-72  Division One 33 2 8 0.24 - - 33.3% 21.2% 45.5%
 1970-71  Division One 48 6 7 0.15 - - 37.5% 33.3% 29.2%
 1969-70  Division One 44 1 10 0.23 - - 43.2% 13.6% 43.2%
 1968-69  Division One 42 0 6 0.14 - - 50.0% 21.4% 28.6%
 1967-68  Division One 42 1 6 0.14 - - 28.6% 28.6% 42.9%
 1966-67  Division One 48 0 14 0.29 - - 45.8% 22.9% 31.3%
 1965-66  Division One 43 0 12 0.28 - - 51.2% 16.3% 32.6%
 1964-65  Division One 55 0 15 0.27 - - 56.4% 12.7% 30.9%
 1963-64  Division One 47 0 9 0.19 - - 38.3% 25.5% 36.2%
 1962-63  Division One 47 1 10 0.21 - - 44.7% 31.9% 23.4%
 1961-62  Division One 40 0 7 0.18 - - 32.5% 20.0% 47.5%
 1960-61  Division One 6 0 2 0.33 - - 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%
 1959-60  Division Two 2 0 0 - - - 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
 1958-59  Division Two 1 0 0 - - - 0.0% 100.0% 0.0%
626 (2) 27 149 0.24

 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:
 Jan 31st, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 2
 Jan 17th, 1976 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 4
 Jan 10th, 1976 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 5
 Jan 1st, 1976 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 1 - 1
 Dec 27th, 1975 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 0 - 0
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Aug 31st, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 5 - 0
 Apr 17th, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Arbroath 3 - 1
 Apr 9th, 1974 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 4 - 2
 Mar 30th, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Ayr United 2 - 1
 Mar 16th, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 3 - 3

Doug made his first appearance as a trialist against Alloa Athletic in April 1959, playing alongside his former Aberdeen Lads Club team mate, Ron Yeats. Two months later he became Jerry Kerr's third signing, and for two years was understudy to Ron Yeats. When Ron left to join Liverpool in July 1961, Doug was his natural successor. Over the next fifteen years, he was a mainstay in the side and incredibly, missed only four competitive games as he broke every appearance record at the Club.

Throughout the 1960s, he played at the heart of an ever-improving United side, who reached the Club's first ever Scottish Cup semi-final in 1963, League Cup semi-final in 1964, the Summer Cup final in 1965, and finished in the Club's highest ever league position in 1965, seeing them qualify for European football for the first time in the Club's history. In 1966, Doug was in the United line up that humbled Barcelona, becoming the first British club to win in Spain, and followed that up with a home win for a famous double victory. Also playing in both legs against Juventus in the next round, he was a member of the squad that travelled to the United States to represent Dallas Tornado in the emerging United Soccer Association.

In the late 1960s he became Club captain as the teams colours changed from white and black to the iconic tangerine, and returned to the European scene, playing against Newcastle United, Grasshoppers of Zurich and Sparta Prague over the next two seasons.

Into his second decade with United, he was still a regular in the side under new manager Jim McLean, and was by then the regular penalty taker, rarely missing from the spot. Recognised as one of the country’s best uncapped players, one of his proudest moments was when he led United out for the Club’s first Scottish Cup final in May 1974.

Having declined a move to Raith Rovers in October 1975, he was eventually released in May 1976, having spent fully seventeen years at United. Although he left without winning a major honour, Doug had one major distinction - he was never booked in a career spanning over 600 games in major competition. In August 1977 he was granted a testimonial, in which several former players and current stars from other Scottish Premier League sides took part. Doug's younger brother Dave, who played for Aberdeen and Rangers during the 1960s and 1970s, also turned out for Doug's Select side.

In 1983, he returned to United as a Director and remained on the Board until 2002, spending the last two years as Chairman. Well respected in Scottish football, after serving on various national committees, he became President of the Scottish League in 1997.

He ranks fifth in United's all time appearances chart, and was included in the first group of players inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in January 2008.

 Goals Scored
May 1st, 1963 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 2 (-)
Aug 30th, 1967 League Cup  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 2 (78')
Jan 31st, 1970 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 4 (57')
Aug 29th, 1970 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 1 (28') p
Nov 7th, 1970 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 4 - 2 (60') p
Feb 13th, 1971 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 1 (40') p
Apr 3rd, 1971 League  (H)  vs. Cowdenbeath 4 - 2 (57') p
Apr 14th, 1971 League  (H)  vs. Clyde 1 - 0 (55') p
Apr 17th, 1971 League  (H)  vs. Falkirk 3 - 1 (44') p
Sep 11th, 1971 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 4 - 6 (73') p
Apr 22nd, 1972 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 0 (31') p
Aug 12th, 1972 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 2 - 0 (89') p
Aug 16th, 1972 League Cup  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 3 - 2 (75') p
Aug 19th, 1972 League Cup  (H)  vs. Stenhousemuir 5 - 0 (2') p
Sep 9th, 1972 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 1 (75') p
Sep 27th, 1972 Texaco Cup  (H)  vs. Leicester City 2 - 2 (117') p
Sep 30th, 1972 League  (H)  vs. Morton 1 - 0 (54') p
Oct 14th, 1972 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 2 (71') p
Oct 28th, 1972 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 2 - 1 (65') p
Dec 23rd, 1972 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 3 - 2 (85') p
Aug 29th, 1973 League Cup  (H)  vs. East Fife 5 - 2 (53') p
Jan 26th, 1974 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 1 (53') p
Mar 16th, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 3 (35') p
Mar 30th, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Ayr Utd 2 - 1 (42') p
Apr 9th, 1974 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Hearts 4 - 2 (55') p
Apr 17th, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Arbroath 3 - 1 (62') p
Aug 31st, 1974 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 5 - 0 (31') p

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