David Herd (footballer)
|Full name||David George Herd|
|Date of birth||15 April 1934|
|Place of birth||Hamilton, Scotland|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
David George Herd (born 15 April 1934) is a Scottish former international association footballer who played for Arsenal, Manchester United, Stockport County and Stoke City. His regular position was as a forward where he was a consistent goal scorer.
Herd was born in Hamilton but grew up in Manchester as his father Alex was playing for Manchester City and later Stockport County where Herd Jr. began his career. He made his debut on the final day of the 1950–51 season with and he scored as County beat Hartlepools United 2–0. His appearances for Stockport were limited by his national service duties. He scored five goals in 12 games in 1953–54 and he attracted the attentions of First Division clubs.
Herd did well enough to attract the attention of Arsenal, who signed him for £10,000 in 1954. Herd made his Arsenal debut on 19 February 1955 against Leicester City. Herd continued to be a bit part player, playing just eight games in his first two seasons at the club, before making his breakthrough in 1956–57, scoring 18 goals in 28 games that season. From then on he was an established goalscorer, being the club's top goalscorer for four seasons straight, from 1956–57 through to 1960–61 – when he hit 29 goals, the most by an Arsenal player since Ronnie Rooke.
However, Arsenal's poor form meant they were nowhere near winning a trophy, the closest coming a third place in the league in 1958–59. Despite being top scorer in 1960–61, Herd was unsettled at Arsenal due to their lack of success, and he moved to Manchester United in July 1961 for £35,000. In all he scored 107 goals for Arsenal in 180 appearances, making him the club's 15th highest goalscorer.
His first game for United came against West Ham United on 19 August 1961. Herd helped the club to the 1962–63 FA Cup, scoring two goals in the final itself against Leicester City. He also helped them to the 1965 and 1967 league championships and the 1967–68 European Cup. However, after he broke his leg in March 1967, his first-team appearances were limited, and he was not selected for the 1968 European Cup Final on 29 May 1968. In all, he scored 145 career goals in 265 appearances (including one substitute appearance), an average of 0.54 goals per game and is currently 13th on the all-time club goalscorers list. He also once scored past three different goalkeepers in one match on 26 November 1966 against Sunderland, as United won the game 5–0.
He left Manchester United in July 1968 for Stoke City on a free transfer. He played 39 games for Stoke in 1968–69 scoring nine goals as Stoke had a poor season narrowly avoiding relegation. In 1969–70 Herd made nine appearances scoring twice and was released at the end of the season.
He won his first cap for Scotland, on 18 October 1958 against Wales at Ninian Park; Scotland won 3–0. Herd won five caps in total for Scotland between 1958 and 1961, scoring three goals, his last cap coming in a 4–0 defeat by Czechoslovakia on 14 May 1961.
After retiring from playing, he had a stint managing Lincoln City between 1971 and 1972.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[A]||Total|
|Stockport County||1950–51||Third Division North||1||1||0||0||–||–||–||1||1|
|1951–52||Third Division North||2||0||0||0||–||–||–||2||0|
|1952–53||Third Division North||0||0||0||0||–||–||–||0||0|
|1953–54||Third Division North||12||5||0||0||–||–||–||12||5|
|Manchester United||1961–62||First Division||27||14||5||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||32||17|
|Stoke City||1968–69||First Division||35||9||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||39||9|
|Waterford United||1970–71||League of Ireland||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Lincoln City||1 March 1971||6 December 1972||82||30||30||22||36.59|
- Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
- Harris, Jeff & Hogg, Tony (ed.) (1995). Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.
- David Herd stats at Neil Brown stat site