Davie Dodds - Player Profile


Full Name:David Dodds
Born:September 23rd, 1958 (Dundee)
Height:5' 11
Position:Striker
Signed:May 28th, 1975
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:July 2nd, 1986
Career Stats: 369 appearances, 150 goals
Full Debut: August 18th, 1976 - Arbroath 1 - 3 Dundee United (League Cup - Sectional Tie)
First Goal: August 18th, 1976 - Arbroath 1 - 3 Dundee United (League Cup - Sectional Tie)
Also Played For:Aberdeen, Arbroath, Neuchatel Xamax, Rangers
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 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1985/86  Premier Division 44 (1) 13 0.29 3 0 55.6% 26.7% 17.8%
 1984/85  Premier Division 38 (2) 16 0.40 5 1 57.5% 12.5% 30.0%
 1983/84  Premier Division 52 (2) 26 0.48 - - 55.6% 24.1% 20.4%
 1982/83  Premier Division 53 (2) 28 0.51 - - 65.5% 21.8% 12.7%
 1981/82  Premier Division 56 (1) 22 0.39 - - 49.1% 21.1% 29.8%
 1980/81  Premier Division 37 (3) 23 0.58 - - 60.0% 20.0% 20.0%
 1979/80  Premier Division 16 (16) 8 0.25 - - 37.5% 31.3% 31.3%
 1978/79  Premier Division 20 (10) 10 0.33 - - 53.3% 13.3% 33.3%
 1977/78  Premier Division 3 (9) 2 0.17 - - 50.0% 25.0% 25.0%
 1976/77  Premier Division 2 (2) 2 0.50 - - 75.0% 25.0% 0.0%
 1975/76  Premier Division 0 0 - - - - - -
321 (48) 150 0.41

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals 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:
 Apr 12th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 0 - 3
 Apr 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 5 - 0
 Apr 5th, 1986 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 0 - 1
 Mar 29th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 1 - 0
 Mar 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 5 - 0
 Mar 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0
 Mar 15th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1
 Feb 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1
 Jan 18th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 4 - 0

Dundee born Davie Dodds was 14 when he signed for Dundee United on an S form from Hillside Boys Club in December 1972, and within two years he was appearing in the reserves and signed a professional contract at the end of the 1974/75 season. He made his first team debut in August 1976, scoring twice in a League Cup tie against Arbroath at Gayfield, and after a handful more appearances in a United shirt it was Arbroath that he loaned out to during the 1977/78 season. Having already represented Scotland at schoolboy and youth levels, he was capped at under-21 level in 1978 and by the start of the 1978/79 season he was beginning to breakthrough into the first team at Tannadice.

The 1980/81 season was an eventful one for Davie. In December 1980, Davie was in the starting line-up for the League Cup Final against city-rivals Dundee at Dens Park. United had lifted the trophy the previous season and were hoping to retain it with a victory over their near neighbours. Dodds broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, heading past Bobby Geddes, and United secured a famous 3-0 victory and lifted the trophy for the second time. Davie also scored in the Scottish Cup Final that season, however that was a less memorable occasion as United lost 4-1 to Rangers at Hampden.

By this time Dodds had formed a deadly goal-scoring partnership with Paul Sturrock and the pair delivered the goods again the following season: Davie scoring 22 and Sturrock hitting 24. Season 1982/83 saw the tables turned as Dodds took the crown of top goal-scorer for himself with 28 goals in all competitions as United won the Scottish Premier League title for the first time in their history.

His contribution to Unitedís successes had not gone unnoticed and in September 1983 he was handed his first full Scotland cap by then national manager, Jock Stein. Coming on as a substitute, he scored on his debut in a 2-0 win over Uruguay at Hampden. A second cap followed soon after in a 2-0 defeat to Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, but that turned out to be his final appearance.

Dodds was a vital part of the United team that competed in the European Cup during the 1983/84 season. Scoring against Standard Liege and Rapid Vienna in the earlier rounds, he became part of a select group of Scottish players to have scored in a European Cup semi-final when United were narrowly beaten by Italian champions Roma, as United infamously crashed out at the penultimate stage. Davie again finished as United's leading scorer that season.

He collected two runners-up medals in season 1984/85 as United lost the League Cup Final 1-0 to Rangers and the Scottish Cup Final 2-1 to Celtic. The 1985/86 season was to become Davieís last in tangerine. With interest from other clubs and a difficult relationship with manager McLean, his form dipped. However, he became the first player to score 100 Premier League goals for the one club when he notched against Motherwell in March 1986. His last ever European game for the club was against Neuchatel Xamax on a snowy night at Tannadice in November 1985. He must have impressed the opposition as a few months later the Swiss side negotiated with Davie to sign him for the start of the following season, with United eventually receiving £180,000 for their top striker via a tribunal.

Davieís time in Switzerland was brief. After two months on the sidelines, Aberdeen paid £215,000 to take him to Pittodrie in September 1986. Davie went onto spend three full seasons with Aberdeen, and in the summer of 1989 he left Pittodrie to join Graeme Sounessí Rangers for a fee of £125,000. Mainly used as a squad player during his two seasons at Ibrox, Davie retired from playing to concentrate on a new coaching role with the Glasgow club, leaving the game altogether in 1998.

Dodds is Unitedís third top goal-scorer of all-time , and in 2010 he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the greatest period in the clubís history.

 Goals Scored
Aug 18th, 1976 League Cup  (A)  vs. Arbroath 3 - 1 (59')
Aug 18th, 1976 League Cup  (A)  vs. Arbroath 3 - 1 (68')
Sep 3rd, 1977 League Cup  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 1 - 0 (54')
Dec 31st, 1977 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 1 (64')
Sep 16th, 1978 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 0 (23')
Sep 23rd, 1978 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 1 (16')
Oct 28th, 1978 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 0 (56')
Dec 9th, 1978 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 3 - 0 (3')
Mar 24th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Morton 1 - 3 (6')
Apr 11th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (71')
Apr 14th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 3 - 0 (11')
Apr 14th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 3 - 0 (5')
Apr 25th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 1 (20')
Apr 28th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 2 (43')
Sep 26th, 1979 League Cup  (A)  vs. Queen's Park 3 - 0 (77')
Oct 10th, 1979 League Cup  (H)  vs. Queen's Park 2 - 1 (88')
Dec 15th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 2 (23')
Apr 2nd, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (54')
Apr 5th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 2 (23')
Apr 8th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (61')
Apr 8th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (49')
Apr 23rd, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Morton 2 - 0 (63')
Sep 6th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 4 (70')
Sep 27th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 1 - 1 (90')
Oct 1st, 1980 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Slask Wroclaw 7 - 2 (6')
Oct 1st, 1980 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Slask Wroclaw 7 - 2 (73')
Nov 15th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (37')
Nov 19th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (80')
Dec 6th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 0 (45')
Dec 13th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 1 - 0 (68')
Dec 20th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 3 (15')
Dec 30th, 1980 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 1 (38')
Jan 3rd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (49')
Jan 24th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Brechin City 2 - 1 (7')
Jan 31st, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 5 - 0 (81')
Jan 31st, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 5 - 0 (42')
Jan 31st, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 5 - 0 (80')
Feb 7th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 2 - 1 (57')
Feb 28th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 1 - 0 (60')
Mar 7th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 6 - 1 (17')
Mar 7th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 6 - 1 (10')
Mar 7th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 6 - 1 (11')
May 2nd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (84')
May 2nd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (53')
May 12th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. Rangers 1 - 4 (22')
Sep 2nd, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Hamilton 4 - 0 (10')
Sep 2nd, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Hamilton 4 - 0 (18')
Sep 16th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Monaco 5 - 2 (70')
Sep 16th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Monaco 5 - 2 (20')
Sep 23rd, 1981 League Cup  (H)  vs. Hamilton 5 - 0 (36')
Oct 3rd, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 1 (44')
Nov 7th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (53')
Nov 7th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (73')
Nov 21st, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 0 (1')
Jan 30th, 1982 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Brechin City 4 - 2 (70')
Feb 22nd, 1982 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 0 (77')
Mar 3rd, 1982 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Radnički 2 - 0 (43')
Mar 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 1 (74')
Mar 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 1 (20')
Mar 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 1 (10')
Mar 20th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 2 (47')
Apr 10th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 0 (38')
Apr 14th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (55')
Apr 14th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (18')
Apr 14th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (12')
Apr 21st, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 3 (87')
May 1st, 1982 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 2 (87')
Aug 14th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 0 (22')
Aug 25th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 0 (17')
Aug 25th, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 0 (5')
Aug 28th, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 3 - 0 (40')
Sep 1st, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Raith Rovers 3 - 1 (70')
Sep 4th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 0 (37')
Sep 15th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. PSV 1 - 1 (37')
Oct 2nd, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 2 (76')
Oct 16th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 6 - 0 (17')
Oct 16th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 6 - 0 (86')
Oct 16th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 6 - 0 (42')
Oct 30th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 1 - 0 (86')
Nov 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 4 - 2 (71')
Nov 20th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 0 (79')
Nov 27th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 0 (83')
Dec 11th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (87')
Dec 11th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (90')
Jan 22nd, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 2 (17')
Jan 22nd, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 2 (19')
Feb 5th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (40')
Feb 12th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 5 - 0 (78')
Mar 5th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 1 (46')
Mar 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 3 (87')
Mar 26th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 3 (7')
Apr 30th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Morton 4 - 0 (68')
Apr 30th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Morton 4 - 0 (31')
May 7th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (82')
May 7th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (72')
Aug 24th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 6 - 1 (60')
Aug 27th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 2 - 0 (69')
Aug 30th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 5 - 0 (73')
Aug 30th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 5 - 0 (23')
Aug 30th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 5 - 0 (87')
Sep 10th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 5 - 0 (42')
Sep 10th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 5 - 0 (23')
Sep 17th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 2 - 1 (47')
Oct 22nd, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 1 - 0 (36')
Oct 29th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 2 (44')
Oct 29th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 2 (8')
Nov 2nd, 1983 European Cup  (H)  vs. Standard 4 - 0 (68')
Nov 9th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 4 - 2 (3')
Nov 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 7 - 0 (28')
Nov 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 7 - 0 (21')
Jan 7th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 2 - 1 (31')
Jan 7th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. St Johnstone 2 - 1 (41')
Feb 14th, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1 (69')
Feb 18th, 1984 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 1 (84')
Mar 3rd, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 1 (69')
Mar 21st, 1984 European Cup  (H)  vs. SK Rapid 1 - 0 (23')
Apr 2nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (36')
Apr 11th, 1984 European Cup  (H)  vs. Roma 2 - 0 (48')
Apr 28th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 1 (8')
May 2nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 2 - 2 (86')
May 14th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 1 - 2 (89')
Aug 29th, 1984 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (29')
Aug 29th, 1984 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (66')
Sep 15th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (22')
Sep 15th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (60')
Oct 10th, 1984 League Cup  (H)  vs. Hearts 3 - 1 (56')
Dec 8th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 2 - 2 (14')
Dec 12th, 1984 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Man Utd 2 - 3 (26')
Jan 2nd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (29')
Feb 16th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. QOS 3 - 0 (83')
Feb 16th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. QOS 3 - 0 (43')
Mar 9th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. St Mirren 4 - 1 (28')
Mar 9th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. St Mirren 4 - 1 (80')
Mar 13th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (68')
Mar 13th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (87')
Mar 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 1 (53')
Apr 3rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 4 - 0 (87')
Oct 26th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (6')
Nov 9th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 0 (86')
Nov 23rd, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 1 (79')
Nov 27th, 1985 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Neuchatel Xamax 2 - 1 (53')
Dec 14th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1 (1')
Jan 4th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 4 - 2 (17')
Jan 4th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 4 - 2 (14')
Jan 18th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 4 - 0 (43')
Feb 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 1 - 1 (11')
Mar 15th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (38')
Mar 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 0 (62')
Apr 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 5 - 0 (50')
Apr 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 5 - 0 (75')

 Hat-Tricks
Jan 31st, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Airdrie 5 - 0 (3 goals)
Mar 7th, 1981 Scottish Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 6 - 1 (3 goals)
Mar 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 1 (3 goals)
Apr 14th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 3 - 2 (3 goals)
Oct 16th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 6 - 0 (3 goals)
Aug 30th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Alloa Athletic 5 - 0 (3 goals)

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Representing Scotland

International Caps: 2
International Goals: 1

International Debut:
September 21st, 1983 vs. Uruguay

Dodds rattled in 28 goals during United's League winning season, form that gained him a late call-up to the Scotland squad for a friendly against Uruguay at Hampden in September 1983. He was called into action after an early injury to Frank McGarvey, and within minutes of his debut he had won a penalty that John Robertson hammered home. Dodds then prodded in the second goal in a 2-0 win for a very successful debut. He had to wait three months for his second cap, where he started in a 2-0 defeat to Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. Dodds was unlucky to be playing during an era of great Scottish strikers, and failed to build on his two caps.