Sam Irving
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Samuel Johnstone Irving
  • Born:
  • First Appointed: July 6th, 1938


Managerial History


Jul 6th, 1938 to Jun 30th, 1939

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Bob Temple - 36
2. Andrew Meikleham - 35
3. Rab Smith - 32
4. William Benzie - 31
5. Willie Black - 31
6. George D Sutherland - 30
7. Duncan Hutchison - 30
8. Dave Skelligan - 30
9. James Christie - 27
10. Robert Beattie - 23
1. Willie Black - 24
2. William Benzie - 15
3. Bob Temple - 9
4. George S Ross - 7
5. Robert Beattie - 6
6. Duncan Hutchison - 6
7. Joe Black - 2
8. Bob Howe - 2
9. Johnny Hutton - 2
10. Horace Woolley - 2

First Match In Charge
Aug 13th, 1938 5 - 4 vs. Montrose, League (Division Two)

Last Match In Charge
Apr 29th, 1939 0 - 3 vs. Stenhousemuir, League

Total Players Used:
32

Biggest Win(s)
Mar 25th, 1939 10 - 0 vs. East Stirlingshire, League (Division Two)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Feb 4th, 1939 1 - 5 vs. Motherwell, Scottish Cup (2nd Round)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
36 16 3 17 81 74
(44.4%) (8.3%) (47.2%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
19 13 0 6 53 31
(68.4%) (0.0%) (31.6%)

Biography

A former Northern Ireland internationalist, Irving had been a former Dundee player who had also had a successful spell in England, which included winning the FA Cup with Cardiff City in 1927. After moving back to Dundee to set up a business when his playing days were over, Irving was one of a group of businessmen who rescued the Club in 1938 and thereafter became a director at Tannadice.

Along with the help of former manager Jimmy Brownlie, Irving took over the manager's duties for the 1938/39 season, guiding the team to a 9th place finish in Division Two.

Both Irving and Brownlie returned to their director's roles when Bobby McKay was appointed manager in July 1939, and Irving left the boardroom in 1942.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Bob Temple Aug 4th, 1938
2. James Malloy Aug 6th, 1938
3. Pat McCamon Aug 6th, 1938
4. Bob Howe Aug 6th, 1938
5. William Benzie Aug 6th, 1938
6. Robert Beattie Aug 6th, 1938
7. Rab Smith Aug 6th, 1938
8. Andrew Meikleham Aug 9th, 1938
9. George D Sutherland Aug 9th, 1938
10. James Christie Sep 2nd, 1938
11. Willie Black Sep 2nd, 1938
12. Horace Woolley Sep 16th, 1938
13. Joe Black Nov 3rd, 1938
14. Raymond Wallace Jan 12th, 1939
15. George S Ross Jan 12th, 1939
16. John Ross Jun 3rd, 1939
17. Jimmy Robertson Jun 19th, 1939
18. Norman Fraser Jun 30th, 1939

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
First Signing

Bob Temple
on Aug 4th, 1938