Doug Smith (footballer, born 1937)

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Doug Smith
Personal information
Full name Douglas Bryan Smith
Date of birth (1937-11-18)18 November 1937
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Date of death 5 December 2012(2012-12-05) (aged 75)
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
0000?–1958 Aberdeen Lads Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–76 Dundee United 456 (17)
1967 Dallas Tornado (loan)

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

Douglas Bryan Smith (18 November 1937 – 5 December 2012)[1] was a Scottish footballer who played as a centre half. Smith spent his entire senior career with Dundee United, making over 600 appearances for the club between 1959 and 1976. He later joined the club's board of directors and was chairman from 2000 until 2002.


Smith was born in Aberdeen[1] and played for local junior team Aberdeen Lads Club. He signed for Dundee United in 1958 and spent all of his playing days at Tannadice, appearing in 628 competitive matches. Remarkably – and unusually for a defender – Smith never received a booking throughout his entire playing career. With just a 1974 Scottish Cup runners-up medal to show from his time, Smith retired in 1976, although he returned in 1983 to the club board. In 1992, Smith was elected as vice-chairman and became chairman in October 2000 following Jim McLean's resignation, with an appointment as president of the Scottish Football League in-between (1997). In January 2002, following an acrimonious EGM, Smith left the club.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Smith's brother Dave was a professional footballer with Aberdeen and Rangers in the 1960s and 70s.



  1. ^ a b "Doug Smith". Dundee United Hall of Fame. Dundee United F.C. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dundee United A - Z ( S )". Dundee United FC website. 

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