David Narey

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David Narey
Personal information
Full name David Narey
Date of birth (1956-06-12) 12 June 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
St Columba's BC
1972–1973 Dundee United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1994 Dundee United 612 (22)
1994–1995 Raith Rovers 21 (1)
National team
1977–1988 Scotland[1] 35 (1)
1978 Scottish League XI[2] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Narey, MBE (born 12 June 1956) is a former Scottish international footballer, who spent 21 years with Dundee United, coinciding with United's most successful era, under the management of Jim McLean. Many considered Narey to be the most naturally talented member of the side during these years. Although best remembered as a central defender, he was equally comfortable in a midfield position.[3] Narey is probably best remembered for opening the scoring for Scotland against Brazil in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Narey was born and brought up in Dundee and attended St John's RC High School. He played football for St Columba's Boys Club and signed schoolboy forms with Dundee United in January 1972.[4]

Playing Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Narey signed professionally with Dundee United in 1973 and made his senior debut in a Scottish Football League match against Falkirk on 21 November that year, playing as an attacking midfielder.[5]

Narey won three trophies in his career with Dundee United, the Scottish League Cup in 1979 and again in 1980 and the Scottish Football League Premier Division title in 1983. He also captained United when they played in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final against IFK Gothenburg, which they lost 1-0 in the first leg in Sweden and drew the return leg at Tannadice 1-1, for a 2-1 defeat on aggregate. United's fans did however win the first FIFA Fair Play award for their behaviour in the second leg of that UEFA Cup Final.

Upon leaving United, Narey joined Raith Rovers, who were playing in the Scottish Football League First Division. He was part of the Raith team that won promotion to the Premier Division as First Division champions. He also played in the Raith team that defeated Celtic in the 1994 Scottish League Cup Final, winning the Man-of-the-Match award for his performance in the game.

International[edit]

Narey was the first Dundee United player to represent Scotland. He ultimately won thirty-five caps, scoring one goal (the afore-mentioned strike against Brazil). He represented Scotland at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups and last played for his country shortly before the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

David Narey was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame on 15 November 2010.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 1973–74 12 0 - - - 12 0
1974–75 31 6 3 0 6 0 4 1 44 7
1975–76 33 0 1 0 6 1 3 2 43 3
1976–77 32 2 1 0 6 0 - 39 2
1977–78 35 0 4 0 8 1 2 0 49 1
1978–79 36 5 1 0 2 0 2 0 41 5
1979–80 35 1 1 0 9 0 4 0 49 1
1980–81 32 0 7 1 11 1 4 0 54 2
1981–82 34 1 5 0 11 0 8 2 58 3
1982–83 36 5 1 0 10 3 8 1 55 9
1983–84 34 1 4 0 9 0 7 0 54 1
1984–85 29 1 6 0 5 0 6 0 46 1
1985–86 35 0 5 0 5 0 6 0 51 0
1986–87 33 0 7 0 4 0 10 0 54 0
1987–88 39 0 9 0 3 0 3 0 54 0
1988–89 34 0 6 0 4 0 3 0 47 0
1989–90 31 0 5 0 2 0 3 0 41 0
1990–91 4 0 - - 2 0 6 0
1991–92 25 0 - 2 0 - 27 0
1992–93 28 0 1 0 2 0 - 31 0
1993–94 6 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 12 0
Total 612 22 69 1 108 6 76 6 865 35
Raith Rovers 1994–95 21 1 N/A N/A - 21 1
Total 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 1
Career total 633 23 69 1 108 6 76 6 886 36

Honours[edit]

Dundee United
Raith Rovers

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