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Dave Smith (footballer born 1943)


Dave Smith (footballer born 1943)

For other people of the same name, see Dave Smith (disambiguation).
Dave Smith
Personal information
Full nameDavid Bruce Smith
Date of birth (1943-11-14) 14 November 1943 (age 70)
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
Playing positionMidfielder
Senior career*
1975–1976Arcadia Shepherds F.C.
1976Seattle Sounders5(0)
1976Los Angeles Aztecs15(0)
1976–1980Berwick Rangers157(11)
1980–1981Meadowbank Thistle11(0)
1981Hamilton Academical6(0)
National team
1966–1970Scottish League XI4(0)
Teams managed
1976–1980Berwick Rangers
Gala Fairydean
Whitehill Welfare
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David "Dave" Bruce Smith (born 14 November 1943 in Aberdeen) is a former professional football player and manager.

Primarily a left sided midfielder, Smith started his playing career for Aberdeen and moved to Rangers in August 1966 for a fee of £50,000. During his time at Ibrox, he made 303 appearances winning the Scottish League Cup in 1971, the Scottish Cup in 1973 and, most notably, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1972. That year, he was voted the Scottish Football Writers' Association's Player of the year. During his time at Rangers he collected two Scottish caps.

Smith left Ibrox in November 1974 for Arbroath, where he took up a player-coach role. He went on to become a player-manager at Berwick Rangers in 1976 and, while there, he transformed the club's fortunes, guiding them to the Scottish Second Division championship in 1979. He left Berwick in 1980 and subsequently managed Huntly, Gala Fairydean and Whitehill Welfare.

Smith spent one close season during his career playing for the Seattle Sounders and the Los Angeles Aztecs in the NASL and is also known to have played in South Africa. His brother Doug was also a professional footballer, who spent his entire career with Dundee United.

External links

  • Rangers hall of fame
  • NASL stats

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