Dave Narey - Player Profile
|Full Name:||David Alan Narey|
|Born:||June 12th, 1956 (Dundee)|
|Signed:||January 6th, 1972|
|First Manager:||Jim McLean|
|Left Club:||May 23rd, 1994|
|Career Stats:||872 appearances, 36 goals|
|Full Debut:||November 21st, 1973 - Dundee United 2 - 1 Falkirk (League - Division One)|
|First Goal:||May 10th, 1974 - Dundee United 4 - 2 Greenock Morton (League - Division One)|
|Also Played For:||Raith Rovers|
Narey was a local lad, born and raised in Dundee and was educated at St John's RC High School. He was signed by United on an Schoolboys form in 1972 at the age of 15 whilst with St Columba’s Boys Club, and signed professionally the following year. He made his full debut for the club at Tannadice in a league match against Falkirk on November 21st 1973, playing as an attacking midfielder, although he would go on to become a full-international centre-half.
Dave soon became a regular in the Dundee United side of the mid to late 70s under the management of Jim McLean and formed a successful defensive partnership with club captain Paul Hegarty. In 1977 he became the first ever United player to receive a full international cap for Scotland, and would go on to make 35 appearances for his country, becoming the most capped player at the Club for many years - see ‘International’ tab.
In 1979, Narey received his first winner's medal after helping the club win their first ever trophy, the League Cup after defeating New Firm rivals Aberdeen 3-0 in the replay at Dens Park. In 1980, United retained the trophy on the same ground, this time defeating city rivals Dundee 3-0 on their own turf, again Narey was at the heart of the United defence. In the 1982/83 season Narey played a key role as United defied all the odds to claim the Scottish Premier Division Title on the last day of the season with a famous 2-1 win over Dundee at Dens. Narey won the decisive spot-kick from which Eamonn Bannon eventually converted following the initial save made by Kelly in the Dundee goal. It would prove to be the goal that clinched the 1982/83 Premier Division Championship.
Following the League Championship success, United found themselves in the European Cup and Narey was part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the competition, eventually being knocked out 3-2 on aggregate by AS Roma. In the 1986/87 season United went on a now legendary UEFA Cup run which saw them reaching the final of the competition. Paul Hegarty missed a large spell of the season due to injury and in his absence Narey took over the role of team captain. On the way to the final United recorded 2 famous victories over Catalonian giants Barcelona. Captained by Dave Narey, United incredibly won 2-1 at Camp Nou in the 2nd leg. Unfortunately United could not go all the way, running out of steam at the end of a long season and lost both the two legged UEFA Cup Final and the Scottish Cup Final sandwiched inbetween.
Narey remained part of the side for the remainder of the decade and into the early 90s. As age caught up with him he began to play less often but memorably started against Motherwell at Fir Park in the Scottish Cup 4th round replay in 1994 and played superbly at the age of 37. Although United went onto lift the Scottish Cup at the end of the season, Narey did not play in the final and it was announced that he would be released at the end of the season. Although offered a coaching role at Tannadice, Dave wished to carry on playing.
After leaving United, Narey joined First Division Raith Rovers and was part of the team that won promotion to the Premier Division as champions. He also played in the Raith team that defeated Celtic in the 1994 League Cup Final, winning the man of the match award for his performance. Narey retired from professional football at the end of the 1994/95 season.
With a Dundee United career spanning 22 years, there is no doubt that Dave Narey is one of the all-time Tannadice greats. As part of one of the greatest Dundee United sides ever, Narey collected 3 winner's medals in his time at the club and that could easily have been so many more had it not been for United's dreadful luck in cup finals. In 1992, Dave Narey received an MBE for his services to football, an honour few Scottish footballers have received, and in January 2008, he was one of the first players inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.
|May 10th, 1974||League||(H)||vs. Morton||4 - 2||(10')|
|Aug 31st, 1974||League||(H)||vs. Motherwell||5 - 0||(18')|
|Sep 18th, 1974||Cup Winners' Cup||(H)||vs. Jiul||3 - 0||(34')|
|Nov 16th, 1974||League||(A)||vs. Partick Thistle||5 - 0||(85')|
|Nov 27th, 1974||League||(H)||vs. Aberdeen||4 - 0||(65')|
|Dec 14th, 1974||League||(A)||vs. Morton||6 - 0||(3')|
|Jan 2nd, 1975||League||(H)||vs. St Johnstone||1 - 1||(11')|
|Jan 11th, 1975||League||(H)||vs. Hibernian||1 - 3||(76')|
|Aug 27th, 1975||League Cup||(A)||vs. St Johnstone||2 - 1||(64')|
|Sep 23rd, 1975||UEFA Cup||(A)||vs. Keflavík||2 - 0||(4')|
|Sep 23rd, 1975||UEFA Cup||(A)||vs. Keflavík||2 - 0||(43')|
|Feb 7th, 1977||League||(A)||vs. Ayr Utd||4 - 1||(46')|
|Mar 16th, 1977||League||(H)||vs. Aberdeen||3 - 2||(2')|
|Aug 23rd, 1977||League Cup||(A)||vs. Albion Rovers||5 - 1||(24')|
|Sep 23rd, 1978||League||(A)||vs. St Mirren||3 - 1||(33')|
|Oct 28th, 1978||League||(H)||vs. Partick Thistle||2 - 0||(64')|
|Dec 9th, 1978||League||(H)||vs. Rangers||3 - 0||(84') p|
|Dec 16th, 1978||League||(A)||vs. Celtic||1 - 1||(74')|
|Mar 7th, 1979||League||(A)||vs. Motherwell||4 - 0||(9')|
|Jan 12th, 1980||League||(A)||vs. St Mirren||1 - 2||(35')|
|Aug 13th, 1980||League Cup||(A)||vs. East Fife||5 - 2||(67')|
|Mar 7th, 1981||Scottish Cup||(H)||vs. Motherwell||6 - 1||(62')|
|Dec 9th, 1981||UEFA Cup||(H)||vs. Winterslag||5 - 0||(33')|
|Mar 3rd, 1982||UEFA Cup||(H)||vs. Radnički||2 - 0||(41')|
|Apr 10th, 1982||League||(H)||vs. Airdrie||4 - 0||(87')|
|Aug 18th, 1982||League Cup||(A)||vs. Falkirk||4 - 0||(21')|
|Aug 21st, 1982||League Cup||(H)||vs. Raith Rovers||5 - 1||(9')|
|Aug 21st, 1982||League Cup||(H)||vs. Raith Rovers||5 - 1||(77')|
|Oct 16th, 1982||League||(H)||vs. Morton||6 - 0||(15')|
|Oct 16th, 1982||League||(H)||vs. Morton||6 - 0||(19')|
|Oct 23rd, 1982||League||(A)||vs. Motherwell||2 - 0||(88')|
|Nov 24th, 1982||UEFA Cup||(H)||vs. Werder Bremen||2 - 1||(82')|
|Dec 11th, 1982||League||(H)||vs. Kilmarnock||7 - 0||(73')|
|Apr 30th, 1983||League||(A)||vs. Morton||4 - 0||(52')|
|May 5th, 1984||League||(H)||vs. St Mirren||2 - 2||(41')|
|Apr 6th, 1985||League||(H)||vs. Morton||5 - 0||(24')|