Dave Ewing

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Dave Ewing
Personal information
Date of birth (1929-05-10)10 May 1929
Place of birth Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland
Date of death July 1999 (aged 70)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Luncarty Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1962 Manchester City 279 (1)
1962–1964 Crewe Alexandra 48 (0)
1964–1965 Ashton United
Total 327 (1)
Teams managed
1970–1971 Hibernian
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dave Ewing (10 May 1929 – July 1999) was a Scottish footballer who played in the centre half position for Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, and briefly managed Hibernian.


Ewing was born in Logierait, Perthshire in May 1929. He was spotted playing for Luncarty Juniors by Manchester City, and signed for the Mancunians on 10 June 1949.[1] However, it was another four years before he made his first team debut, against Manchester United on 3 January 1953. Overall, he went on to make 279 appearances for City, scoring 1 goal.

Ewing played in the 1955 FA Cup Final and 1956 FA Cup Final. Newcastle United beat City 3–1 in 1955, but the following year Ewing was on the winning side against Birmingham City. City were 3–1 winners in a game made famous by the heroics of Bert Trautmann who played on with a broken neck to help City lift the trophy. Last-ditch clearances were an important part of his game, but on occasion worked to his detriment; his tally of 10 own goals is a Manchester City record.[2]

His playing days at City ended when he joined Crewe Alexandra at the end of the 1961–62 season and he played two seasons for the Cheshire side, adding another 48 appearances to his career total before leaving for Ashton United in the summer of 1964. He played one season with Ashton in the Midlands League before retiring from playing altogether.

Ewing took up a coaching role back at Manchester City before moving on in 1970, subsequently coaching at Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City and Crystal Palace,[3] as well as becoming manager at Scottish side Hibernian during the 1970–71 season. But it was at City, to where Ewing returned in 1973, that he had the most effect in his role of coach as he led the club's reserve team to their first ever Central League title and oversaw the promotion of several talented youngsters into the City first team.

An uncompromising player with a huge frame and vocal encouragement to match, Ewing died at the age of 70 in 1999.

In the 1960s, he owned a small hardware shop in Reddish, Stockport.


As a player[edit]

Manchester City
  • FA Cup winner 1956


  1. ^ Penney, Ian (1995). The Maine Road Encyclopedia. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 65. ISBN 1-85158-710-1. 
  2. ^ Wallace, Dave (2007). Century City – Manchester City Football Club 1957/58. Leigh: King of the Kippax. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-9557056-0-1. 
  3. ^ Brandon, Derek (1978). A–Z of Manchester Football: 100 Years of Rivalry. London: Boondoggle. p. 75. 

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