David White (Scottish footballer)

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David White
David White (1969).jpg
Personal information
Full name David White
Date of birth 23 August 1933[1]
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Date of death 17 July 2013(2013-07-17) (aged 79)
Place of death Wishaw, Scotland
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1966 Clyde[2] 223 (42)
Teams managed
1966–1967 Clyde
1967–1969 Rangers
1972–1977 Dundee

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

David White (23 August 1933 - 17 July 2013) was a Scottish football player and manager. He played as a wing half for Clyde for his whole career, before managing Clyde, Rangers and Dundee.


After a year managing the Bully Wee, he was appointed as assistant to Scot Symon at Rangers in 1967. Symon resigned just five weeks later and White was appointed manager on 1 November. His reign was generally unsuccessful and he was the only Rangers manager not to win any major honours until Paul Le Guen (July 2006-Jan 2007). With Rangers' high expectations and the success at Celtic under Jock Stein, the pressure built on White and after a Cup Winners Cup exit to Polish team Górnik Zabrze in 1969 he was sacked as manager. He was the first Rangers manager never to win a trophy.[3]

He later went on to manage Dundee and guided them to a Scottish League Cup triumph in 1973-74.[4] Somewhat ironically the victory in the cup final came against Celtic, the team who had caused him so many problems at Rangers.[4] His success didn't last however, and Dundee were relegated at the end of the inaugural Scottish Premier Division season in 1976.[4] White lasted one more year before retiring after failing to get the side promoted.[4]

White died in July 2013, aged 79.[5]


  1. ^ Dunlop, Andy (18 July 2013). "Obituary: David White, footballer and manager". The Scotsman. 
  2. ^ David White career at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  3. ^ Bagchi, Rob; Smyth, Rob (14 March 2012). "Which team has played the most times in a month?". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Caught in Time: Dundee win the League Cup, December 1973". The Sunday Times (News International). 23 January 2005. 
  5. ^ "Former Rangers manager Davie White dies aged 80". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 

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