David Provan (footballer born 1956)
Provan as a Celtic player (1984)
|Full name||David Alexander Provan|
|Date of birth||8 May 1956|
|Place of birth||Gourock, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1978||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
David "Davie" Alexander Provan (born 8 May 1956) is a Scottish former footballer. During his career he played for Kilmarnock and Celtic. While playing for Celtic Provan won four Scottish Premier League medals, two Scottish Cup and one League Cup. Provan retired in 1987 after he began to suffer from ME.
Since his retirement he has worked in the Scottish sporting media as a pundit for Sky Sports' football coverage, usually teamed with Ian Crocker. He was also a columnist for several years for the Scottish edition of the now defunct News of the World and now currently writes for its sister paper, The Sun. He is also a regular on the Glasgow based radio station Radio Clyde and its weekend football programme Super Scoreboard.
During the 2012-13 Premier League season, Provan become a regular commentator for Sky Sports providing analysis including a number of live games. He also covered Scottish Premier Leagueand Champions League games. For the 2013-14 Premier League season, he commentates alongside Martin Tyler in Sky Sports live game on Monday Night Football. He also commentates on a Premier League fixture from Saturday 3pm and continues commentary for Scottish Football, Champions League games and Capital One Cup games.
Provan is married to Fiona and the couple have two daughters, Kelly and Anna.
Provan began his senior career at Kilmarnock in 1974, having signed from junior club Port Glasgow. In his four years at Rugby Park, Provan established himself as one of the most exciting prospects in Scottish football. A 'traditional' winger, Provan's skill and prowess in crossing at pace saw him make 139 appearances at Kilmarnock, scoring 10 goals in total. Provan played an integral part in two of Kilmarnock's three promotion achieving seasons in the 1970s (1973/74, 1975/76), and played at the start of their third, 1978/79. His form for Kilmarnock in the mid 1970s saw him capped at Under 21 level by Scotland in an away match against Czechoslovakia in October 1976.
1978 was a landmark year for Provan with him making an appearance for the Scottish League Select in a match against their Italian counterparts in Verona. The same year, he also shone for Killie in their shock Scottish Cup 4th round replay win over Celtic. This was the first time that a club from a lower division had knocked out the holder's of the Scottish Cup.
New Celtic manager, Billy McNeill, swooped for Provan in September 1978. The transfer fee of £120,000 was at the time a record in Scottish football. Provan quickly established himself in McNeill's revamped Celtic side, scoring his first goal against Hibernian at Easter Road on November 18, 1978. In May 1979 Provan clinched his first major winner's medal as Celtic defeated Rangers 4-2 in the famous '10 men win the league' game. That win saw Celtic crowned Scottish Premier Division champions. The following year Provan was voted SPFA Player of the Year by his fellow professionals. Provan was proving to be a huge success at Celtic and his distinctive long curly hair, jersey hanging over his shorts and socks down at his ankles made him - visually alone - a standout figure on the field of play in Scotland.
Provan went on to win a further three League championships with Celtic (1980–81, 1981–82 and 1985–86), along with one Scottish League Cup (1982) and two Scottish Cups (1980 and 1985). The latter Scottish Cup saw Provan write himself into football history, becoming only the third player at that time to score direct from a free kick in a Scottish Cup final. Celtic had been 1-0 down to Dundee United at the time, and following Provan's equaliser went on to win 2-1.
Provan's success at Celtic saw him capped for Scotland 10 times. He made his debut against Belgium in November 1979, scored against Israel in a 3-1 win at Hampden in a World Cup qualifier, and was part of Jock Stein's 22-man squad for the 1982 World Cup in Spain although he did not actually play. Scotland were particularly well-off for tricky wingers in the early 80s, with the likes of John Robertson (Notts Forest), Davie Cooper (Rangers) and Peter Weir (Aberdeen) all providing Provan with stiff opposition for a place in the international side.
The start of season 1985-86 saw Provan in exceptional form for Celtic, resulting in intense media speculation that a recall to the Scotland international side was on the cards. However, Provan had to be substituted during a 3-0 defeat at Ibrox in November due to illness. This turned out to be M.E. - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - a long-term condition that leaves the sufferer extremely lethargic and unable to perform much in the way of physical activity. Provan made several attempts at rehabilitation but eventually made the decision in the summer of 1987 to retire from playing football. His last game was coming on as a substitute against Motherwell in January 1986. A testimonial was arranged for Provan, and in November 1987 Celtic played Nottingham Forest in front of 42,000 fans, losing 3-1. Kenny Dalglish made a guest appearance for Celtic, with Provan playing for the first eight minutes.
- Scottish Premier Division (4): 1978-79, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1985-86
- Scottish Cup (2): 1980, 1985
- Scottish League Cup (1): 1982
- Bolouri, Yvonne (13 September 2010). "ME ruins lives... I’m glad it’s finally being recognised". The Scottish Sun (News International). Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "Davie Provan - Scotland Football League Record from 26 Apr 1978 to 26 Apr 1978 clubs - Kilmarnock". Londonhearts.com. 1978-04-26. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- McLeod, Keith (12 October 2007). "Rangers Book Sparks Bias Debate". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 24 September 2011. "In his chapter, Davie Provan says he was labelled as a "currant bun"- an obvious reference to "hun" - by some Celtic players but says it was good-natured and he never had "the slightest inkling of any undercurrent". Provan states he does not have "an ounce of regret" about playing for Celtic rather than Rangers."
- http://www.killiefc.com/DoYouRemember/DavieProvan.htm David Provan - Kilmarnock career info
- "Scotland U21 Player David Provan Details". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- The Glasgow Herald, 7 March 1978
- Glasgow Herald, Tuesday, September 19, 1978
- The Celtic Wiki (Celtic 4 Rangers 2)
- 1979–80 in Scottish football#Individual honours
- The Bhoy in the Picture: Davie Provan
- The Glasgow Herald, 20 May 1985, p17 Roy of Celtic marches forward for Cup glory
- "Scotland Player David Alexander Provan, Games Played". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- The Glasgow Herald, 29 April 1981, p24 Scots hopes soar with victory over Israelis
- Planet World Cup - Scotland's World Cup squad 1982
- Scottish FA - John Robertson
- Sporting Heroes - Davie Cooper
- RedWeb, Legends - Peter Weir
- "Celtic go down but Provan is the real winner". The Herald (Glasgow). 1 December 1987. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Davie Provan, Neil Brown
- Davie Provan at scottishfa.co.uk
- YouTube: footage and commentary of Celtic's goals in 1985 Scottish Cup Final