Bert Dainty

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Bert Dainty
Personal information
Full name Herbert Charles Dainty
Date of birth (1879-02-06)6 February 1879
Place of birth Geddington, England
Date of death 1961 (aged 81–82)
Place of death Dundee, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1899–1900 Leicester Fosse 30 (3)
1900–1901 New Brighton Tower 33 (3)
1901–1902 Leicester Fosse 23 (0)
1902–1903 Northampton Town
1903–1904 Notts County 20 (0)
1904–1905 Southampton 31 (1)
1905–1911 Dundee 187 (24)
1911–1913 Bradford Park Avenue 63 (1)
1913–1915 Ayr United
1915–1918 Dundee Hibernian
National team
1910 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1914–1915 Ayr United
1915–1917 Dundee Hibernian
1931–1932 Kettering Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Herbert Charles Dainty (6 February 1879 – 1961) was an English footballer and manager. He was a restless player, who rarely stayed with one club for more than a year, but "served all his clubs with distinction".[2]

Playing career[edit]

Dainty was born in Geddington, Northamptonshire and started his playing career with local club Kettering.

A different club each year[edit]

He joined Football League Second Division team, Leicester Fosse in August 1899 and in the summer of 1900, he moved to fellow Second Division team, New Brighton Tower.[2] At the end of the 1900–01, despite finishing in a creditable fourth place, New Brighton Tower folded and Dainty returned to Leicester Fosse. In his second spell at Leicester, one of his teammates was Charles Webb who was later to play with him at Southampton (1904–1905) and Dundee (1905–1908).

He moved on again at the end of the season joining Southern League Northampton Town. His transient lifestyle continued when he joined Notts County at the end of the 1902–03 season to play for the first time in the First Division of the Football League.[2]


In May 1904, Dainty decided to move South to join Southern League champions Southampton.

According to Holley & Chalk's The Alphabet of the Saints, Dainty was "a worthy successor to previous Saints' centre-halves, Bowman and Chadwick. Bert was coolness personified and was at his best during desperate pressure around the goal area."[3] He played alongside Saints' stalwarts, Samuel Meston and Bert Lee as Saints failed to repeat their previous season's performance, finishing in third place. At the end of the season Dainty decided to move on again, which "provoked an outcry in the town".[3]


He moved this time to Scotland where he joined Dundee in May 1905.[3] He stayed at the club for six seasons, and was one of four Englishmen who helped Dundee to win the Scottish Cup in 1910.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

A two-year spell at Bradford Park Avenue followed before moving back to Scotland in October 1913 to join Ayr United, where he served as player/manager.[4] In April 1915, Dainty moved to Dundee Hibernian (later to become Dundee United) and similarly became player/manager shortly afterwards, becoming the club's second ever manager. Dainty relinquished managerial duties in 1917 and retired from playing the following year, staying at the club as secretary and then briefly in 1922 as chairman.[4]

During World War I, Dainty stayed on Tayside, where he formed his own side known as "Dainty's XI" which played regular matches for charity against other Tayside teams.[3][4]

Later career[edit]

After leaving Dundee United, Dainty travelled to South America as a coach, before returning to England as a coach with Ipswich Town from 1932 to 1934.[3] He subsequently settled in the north west of England.

Herbert Dainty died in 1961.


His grandson was Albert Dainty (1923–1979), who played for Preston North End, Stockport County, Southport and Morecambe, and went on to become Morecambe's manager for the 1955–56 season. He also made guest appearances during the war for Manchester United, Leeds United and Millwall.[5]




  1. ^ "Herbert Dainty". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. p. 238. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. pp. 91–92. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Dundee United A–Z (D)". Dundee United FC. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dainty: Albert". Leeds United War-time Guest Player Details. Leeds United F.C. History. Retrieved 30 November 2012.