|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.
William 'Billy' Dodds (born 5 February 1969) is a Scottish professional football player and coach.
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 and scoring a hat-trick in the 1990 Scottish Challenge Cup Final.
Dodds was Aberdeen's record signing at £800,000. During his time at Pittodrie, he scored important goals to prevent relegation in 1994–95 and 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. Dodds remained at Aberdeen until September 1998, when manager Alex Miller used him – along with £700,000 – in a swap deal to bring Robbie Winters to Pittodrie Stadium from Dundee United.
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.
In December 1999, less than fifteen months after joining United, 30-year-old Dodds was signed for Rangers (the club he supported in childhood) by manager Dick Advocaat for £1.3m following injuries to forwards Michael Mols and Jonatan Johansson Dodds proved an instant success at Ibrox, scoring goals domestically and in European competition, and although first team opportunities dried up later in his stay, Dodds proved a key member of the squad that won a League and Scottish Cup double in 2000 and a cup double in 2002. He has described his time with Rangers as "the pinnacle of my career".
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 during the qualfying, one of which was a long-range winning goal away to Bosnia.
He continued to be selected whilst at Rangers, with his 26th and final cap coming in September 2001 against Belgium, a match which Scotland lost 2-0 meaning they would not qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored three times in the group taking his goals total to seven, all in competitive matches.
Gordon Chisholm appointed Dodds as strikers' coach at Queen of the South. Queens made it to the 2008 Scottish Cup Final, 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|
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
|1.||10 October 1998||Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh||Estonia||1–1||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|
|7.||28 March 2001||Hampden Park, Glasgow||San Marino||3–0||4–0||WCQG6|
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- 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.
- "Billy Dodds: I jumped at chance to join boyhood heroes Rangers but I can understand why it's different for guys like Scott Allan". Daily Record. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
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- 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.
- "Dodds fires Scots' Euro dream". BBC Sport. 4 September 1999. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Defeat spells the end of Scots' world". The Guardian. 6 September 2001. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- 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.
- National Football Teams profile