|Full name||William Dodds|
|Date of birth||5 February 1969|
|Place of birth||New Cumnock, Scotland|
|1987||→ Partick Thistle (loan)||30||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
His playing career started with English club Chelsea and the rest of his career his Scotland with Partick Thistle (two spells), Dundee, St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Dundee United (two spells) and Rangers. Dodds made 26 appearances for Scotland, scoring 7 goals.
He is now assistant manager at Ross County.
Born in New Cumnock, Dodds first appeared on the books of English club Chelsea in 1986 but had his first taste of professional football in a successful loan period at Partick Thistle in 1987–88. After making only three appearances for the London club he was transferred to Dundee in 1989. It was during his time at Dens Park that Dodds became prolific, netting nearly 70 league goals in his 174 appearances, winning a Scottish First Division title in the 1991–92 season.
During his time at Pittodrie, he was part of the side that won the 1995–96 Scottish League Cup, scoring as The Dons beat his former club Dundee in the November 1995 final. Within a year, Dodds gained his first Scotland cap against Latvia, coming on as a 59th-minute substitute in the October 1996 World Cup Qualifier win in Riga.
Dodds enjoyed something of a rebirth when Aberdeen offered him and cash for Winters. Restored to playing as a striker, Dodds' full debut for United saw a hat-trick against former club St. Johnstone, earning him instant hero status. During his time at Tannadice, he scored 25 goals in 45 league appearances.
It was in December 1999, less than fifteen months after joining United, that Dodds was signed for £1.3m by the then-manager of Rangers, Dick Advocaat. Dodds proved an instant success at Ibrox, scoring goals domestically and in European competition, and although later in his stay at Ibrox his first team opportunities dried up, Dodds proved a key member of the team that won a league and cup double in 2000 and a cup double in 2002.
Final playing spell
In January 2003, frustrated by the lack of first team chances under new Rangers manager Alex McLeish, Dodds returned to Dundee United in another swap deal that saw Steven Thompson move in the opposite direction. On Dodds' second debut for United, wearing his familiar no.14 shirt, he scored the first equaliser in United's 2–2 draw at home to Kilmarnock.
During 2005, Billy Dodds signed a new contract at Dundee United that would see him work with manager Gordon Chisholm, as both player and first team coach. Dodds moved into midfield and later sweeper as his pace began to slow down, but as Chisholm steered Dundee United away from relegation, Dodds' vision and playmaking skills proved a valuable asset.
After only seven months in the job, Gordon Chisholm was sacked as manager of Dundee United on 10 January 2006. Billy Dodds took over as caretaker manager for one match, a 2–1 win against Falkirk in the Premier League. When Inverness CT player/manager Craig Brewster took over the side the following week, Dodds parted company with the club, signing for Second Division side Partick Thistle as a player on 20 January; however, he left after only three matches.
His form at Dundee United attracted the attentions of Scotland coach Craig Brown, who restored Dodds to the Scotland squad after a twelve-month absence. During his time with United, he featured in ten competitive international matches, including the UEFA Euro 2000 play-off matches against England, scoring four times.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
|1||10 October 1998||Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh||Estonia||1–1||3–2||ECQG9|
|2||10 October 1998||Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh||Estonia||3–2||3–2||ECQG9|
|3||14 October 1998||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen||Faroe Islands||2–0||2–1||ECQG9|
|4||4 September 1999||Olimpijski Stadion, Sarajevo||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–1||2–1||ECQG9|
|5||24 March 2001||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Belgium||1–0||2–2||WCQG6|
|6||24 March 2001||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Belgium||2–0||2–2||WCQG6|
|7||28 March 2001||Hampden Park, Glasgow||San Marino||3–0||4–0||WCQG6|
Gordon Chisholm appointed Dodds as strikers coach at Queen of the South. With Dodds, Queens made it to the 2007–08 Scottish Cup Final, in which they lost 3–2 to Rangers. This led to the club's first appearance in a UEFA organised competition, the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
Chisholm selected Dodds to be his assistant manager when he was appointed manager of Dundee in March 2010. In October 2010, as Dundee entered administration, Chisholm and Dodds were made redundant as the administrator Bryan Jackson set about the task of saving the club from liquidation.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1986–87||Chelsea||Football League First Division||1||0||-||-||-||1||0|
|1987–88||Partick Thistle||Scottish First Division||30||9||N/A||N/A||-||30||9|
|1988–89||Chelsea||Football League First Division||2||0||-||-||-||2||0|
|1989–90||Dundee||Scottish Premier Division||30||13||N/A||N/A||-||30||13|
|1990–91||Scottish First Division||37||15||N/A||N/A||-||37||15|
|1992–93||Scottish Premier Division||41||16||-||N/A||N/A||41||16|
|1998–99||Scottish Premier League||6||0||-||2||3||-||8||3|
|2005–06||Partick Thistle||Scottish Second Division||2||0||1||0||-||-||3||0|
- Scottish Cup: 1
- McKinney, David (27 November 1995). "Dodds and Shearer end Aberdeen's wait". The Independent (London). Retrieved 20 March 2015.
- "Dundee Utd's transfers in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
- http://qosfc.com/HeadlineNews/ViewFullStory/tabid/151/selectmoduleid/498/ArticleID/1124/reftab/36/Default.aspx "League Cup Doonhamers" on www.qosfc.com
- "Dodds' return lifts United". BBC Sport website. 2 January 2003.
- Barry Nicholson interview on qosfc.com
- Club History on qosfc.com
- "Dundee administrator removes manager and eight players". BBC Sport. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- "Ross County: Jim McIntyre joins from Queen of the South". BBC Sport. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.