Dave Narey - Player Profile


Full Name:David Alan Narey
Born:June 12th, 1956 (Dundee)
Height:6'
Position:Centre Half
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
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 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 1993/94  Premier Division 12 0 4 0.33 1 0 41.7% 33.3% 25.0%
 1992/93  Premier Division 30 (1) 0 9 0.29 3 0 41.9% 12.9% 45.2%
 1991/92  Premier Division 26 0 8 0.31 1 1 38.5% 30.8% 30.8%
 1990/91  Premier Division 6 0 2 0.33 0 0 16.7% 16.7% 66.7%
 1989/90  Premier Division 41 0 16 0.39 1 0 39.0% 24.4% 36.6%
 1988/89  Premier Division 46 0 17 0.37 2 0 41.3% 34.8% 23.9%
 1987/88  Premier Division 54 0 26 0.48 3 0 42.6% 35.2% 22.2%
 1986/87  Premier Division 54 0 25 0.46 1 0 55.6% 27.8% 16.7%
 1985/86  Premier Division 51 0 20 0.39 2 0 52.9% 25.5% 21.6%
 1984/85  Premier Division 46 1 20 0.43 5 1 60.9% 17.4% 21.7%
 1983/84  Premier Division 54 1 21 0.39 - - 53.7% 25.9% 20.4%
 1982/83  Premier Division 55 9 25 0.45 - - 65.5% 21.8% 12.7%
 1981/82  Premier Division 58 3 18 0.31 - - 50.0% 20.7% 29.3%
 1980/81  Premier Division 54 2 21 0.39 - - 53.7% 24.1% 22.2%
 1979/80  Premier Division 51 1 26 0.51 - - 35.3% 33.3% 31.4%
 1978/79  Premier Division 41 5 10 0.24 - - 43.9% 22.0% 34.1%
 1977/78  Premier Division 49 1 22 0.45 - - 51.0% 18.4% 30.6%
 1976/77  Premier Division 41 2 11 0.27 - - 43.9% 22.0% 34.1%
 1975/76  Premier Division 44 3 14 0.32 - - 38.6% 15.9% 45.5%
 1974/75  Division One 43 (1) 7 16 0.36 - - 47.7% 22.7% 29.5%
 1973/74  Division One 10 (4) 1 1 0.07 - - 35.7% 21.4% 42.9%
 1972/73  Division One 0 0 0 - - - - - -
866 (6) 36 332 0.38

 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:
 Apr 2nd, 1994 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 1 - 3
 Mar 26th, 1994 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 0 - 1
 Mar 12th, 1994 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Airdrieonians 0 - 0
 Mar 1st, 1994 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 0
 Sep 28th, 1993 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Brřndby IF 3 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Apr 6th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Greenock Morton 5 - 0
 May 5th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 2
 Apr 30th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Greenock Morton 4 - 0
 Dec 11th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0
 Nov 24th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Werder Bremen 2 - 1

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.

 Goals Scored
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 (43')
Sep 23rd, 1975 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Keflavík 2 - 0 (4')
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 (77')
Aug 21st, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 5 - 1 (9')
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')

 Hat-Tricks

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May 1976

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Jul 1977

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Jul 1977

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Nov 1977

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Oct 1978

Goal!
Aug 1979

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Dec 1979

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Apr 1980

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Feb 1983

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Jan 1984

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Feb 1986

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Apr 1987

Match
Apr 1988

Representing Scotland

International Caps: 35
International Goals: 1

International Debut:
April 27th, 1977 vs. Sweden

Although several ex-United players had gone on to play for Scotland after leaving Tannadice, Dave Narey became the first ever player to gain International recognition whilst playing for the club. Winning his first cap in 1977, he went on to play in the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain, where he scored a magnificent goal to give Scotland a shock lead over Brazil in their second match of the tournament. Four years later he also played in the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico, playing alongside four of his Dundee United teamates. Playing his last International match against Cyprus in 1989, Narey went on to win a total 35 Full Caps, a club record until Maurice Malpas overtook that total in 1990.