Walter Smith Player Profile


  • Full Name: Walter Smith
  • Born: February 24th, 1948 (Lanark)
  • Died: October 26th, 2021
  • Height: 5' 11
  • Position: Defender
  • Signed: November 8th, 1966
  • First Manager: Jerry Kerr
  • Career Totals: 183 appearances, 3 goals
  • Also Played For: Ashfield, Dumbarton


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1983-84 - - - - - - - - -
1981-82 - - - - - - - - -
1980-81 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
1979-80 3 (1) 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 (1) 0
1978-79 7 7 0 1 0 5 0 2 0
1977-78 1 (4) 5 0 0 0 - (1) 0 1 (3) 0
1976-77 17 (1) 18 0 0 0 17 (1) 0 - -
1975-76 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 - -
1974-75 19 (3) 22 0 2 0 16 (2) 0 3 (1) 0
1973-74 48 (3) 51 2 2 0 30 (2) 1 18 (1) 1
1972-73 15 15 1 1 0 14 1 1 0
1971-72 20 (4) 24 0 0 0 14 (3) 0 6 (1) 0
1970-71 21 21 0 0 0 17 0 4 0
1969-70 5 (1) 6 0 0 0 4 (1) 0 1 0
1968-69 2 2 0 0 0 - - 2 0
1967-68 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 - -
1966-67 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 - -
Totals: 166 (17) 3 124 (10) 2 42 (7) 1

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Sep 24th, 1980 24/09/80 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 2
Sep 20th, 1980 20/09/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 0 - 2
Sep 17th, 1980 17/09/80 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (A) 0 - 0
Sep 15th, 1979 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 3
Aug 29th, 1979 29/08/79 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
Sep 15th, 1973 15/09/73 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 0
Aug 29th, 1973 29/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. East Fife (H) 5 - 2
Apr 21st, 1973 21/04/73 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Sep 15th, 1973 15/09/73 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 0 (66')
Aug 29th, 1973 29/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. East Fife (H) 5 - 2 (37')
Apr 21st, 1973 21/04/73 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 1 (55')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Sep 24th, 1980 24/09/80 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 2
Sep 20th, 1980 20/09/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 0 - 2
Sep 17th, 1980 17/09/80 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (A) 0 - 0
Sep 15th, 1979 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 3
Sep 1st, 1979 01/09/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Airdrie (H) 2 - 0 (sub)
Aug 29th, 1979 29/08/79 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 2
Aug 1st, 1979 01/08/79 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N) 2 - 3
Oct 14th, 1978 14/10/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 0
Oct 7th, 1978 07/10/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 1
Sep 30th, 1978 30/09/78 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 1
Sep 27th, 1978 27/09/78 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Standard (H) 0 - 0
Sep 23rd, 1978 23/09/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 3 - 1
Sep 16th, 1978 16/09/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0
Sep 12th, 1978 12/09/78 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Standard (A) 0 - 1
Oct 26th, 1977 26/10/77 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Arbroath (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Oct 5th, 1977 05/10/77 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Arbroath (A) 4 - 0 (sub)
Sep 27th, 1977 27/09/77 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Copenhagen (A) 0 - 3
Sep 3rd, 1977 03/09/77 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Aug 20th, 1977 20/08/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
May 4th, 1977 04/05/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 1
Apr 30th, 1977 30/04/77 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 1
Apr 23rd, 1977 23/04/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 1
Apr 20th, 1977 20/04/77 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 2
Apr 17th, 1977 17/04/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 4
Apr 13th, 1977 13/04/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 3
Apr 9th, 1977 09/04/77 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 0 - 0
Apr 2nd, 1977 02/04/77 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 0 - 1 (sub)
Mar 26th, 1977 26/03/77 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 2
Mar 19th, 1977 19/03/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Mar 16th, 1977 16/03/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 2
Mar 12th, 1977 12/03/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 0
Mar 8th, 1977 08/03/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Mar 5th, 1977 05/03/77 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1
Mar 1st, 1977 01/03/77 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 0
Feb 19th, 1977 19/02/77 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 4 - 0
Feb 16th, 1977 16/02/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Feb 12th, 1977 12/02/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 3 - 2
Sep 13th, 1975 13/09/75 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 1
Sep 6th, 1975 06/09/75 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Mar 29th, 1975 29/03/75 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 2
Mar 22nd, 1975 22/03/75 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1
Mar 15th, 1975 15/03/75 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 0
Mar 5th, 1975 05/03/75 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 3 - 1 (sub)
Mar 1st, 1975 01/03/75 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 1
Feb 19th, 1975 19/02/75 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 1
Feb 11th, 1975 11/02/75 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 1
Feb 8th, 1975 08/02/75 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 3
Feb 5th, 1975 05/02/75 3rd Round Replay vs. Berwick (A) 1 - 0
Feb 4th, 1975 04/02/75 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Feb 1st, 1975 01/02/75 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Jan 11th, 1975 11/01/75 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 3
Jan 2nd, 1975 02/01/75 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 1
Dec 28th, 1974 28/12/74 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0
Dec 21st, 1974 21/12/74 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 4
Dec 14th, 1974 14/12/74 Division One vs. Morton (A) 6 - 0
Dec 7th, 1974 07/12/74 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 3 - 3
Nov 30th, 1974 30/11/74 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 2 - 4
Nov 27th, 1974 27/11/74 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0
Nov 16th, 1974 16/11/74 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 5 - 0
Nov 6th, 1974 06/11/74 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Bursaspor (A) 0 - 1
Nov 2nd, 1974 02/11/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (A) 3 - 1
May 10th, 1974 10/05/74 Division One vs. Morton (H) 4 - 2
May 8th, 1974 08/05/74 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 4
May 4th, 1974 04/05/74 Final vs. Celtic (N) 0 - 3
Apr 27th, 1974 27/04/74 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 0 - 1
Apr 24th, 1974 24/04/74 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 1
Apr 20th, 1974 20/04/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (A) 2 - 1
Apr 17th, 1974 17/04/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1
Apr 13th, 1974 13/04/74 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 2
Apr 9th, 1974 09/04/74 Semi Final Replay vs. Hearts (N) 4 - 2
Apr 6th, 1974 06/04/74 Semi Final vs. Hearts (N) 1 - 1
Apr 2nd, 1974 02/04/74 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 1 - 0
Mar 30th, 1974 30/03/74 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Mar 23rd, 1974 23/03/74 Division One vs. East Fife (A) 2 - 0 (sub)
Mar 16th, 1974 16/03/74 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 3
Mar 12th, 1974 12/03/74 5th Round Replay vs. Dunfermline (H) 4 - 0
Mar 10th, 1974 10/03/74 5th Round vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 1
Mar 3rd, 1974 03/03/74 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 3
Feb 24th, 1974 24/02/74 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 3
Feb 17th, 1974 17/02/74 4th Round vs. Morton (H) 1 - 0
Feb 2nd, 1974 02/02/74 Division One vs. Clyde (A) 2 - 1
Jan 26th, 1974 26/01/74 3rd Round vs. Airdrie (H) 4 - 1
Jan 19th, 1974 19/01/74 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 1
Jan 12th, 1974 12/01/74 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 3
Jan 5th, 1974 05/01/74 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 2
Jan 2nd, 1974 02/01/74 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Dec 29th, 1973 29/12/73 Division One vs. Dumbarton (H) 6 - 0
Dec 22nd, 1973 22/12/73 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 2
Dec 19th, 1973 19/12/73 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Newcastle Utd (A) 1 - 4
Dec 12th, 1973 12/12/73 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Newcastle Utd (H) 2 - 0
Dec 8th, 1973 08/12/73 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 3
Nov 24th, 1973 24/11/73 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 1 - 1
Nov 21st, 1973 21/11/73 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1
Nov 17th, 1973 17/11/73 Division One vs. East Fife (H) 0 - 0
Nov 10th, 1973 10/11/73 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1
Nov 7th, 1973 07/11/73 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Leicester City (H) 1 - 0
Oct 27th, 1973 27/10/73 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 3
Oct 24th, 1973 24/10/73 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Leicester City (A) 1 - 1
Oct 20th, 1973 20/10/73 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 3
Oct 13th, 1973 13/10/73 Division One vs. Morton (A) 2 - 0
Oct 3rd, 1973 03/10/73 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Sheff Utd (H) 2 - 0
Sep 29th, 1973 29/09/73 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 4
Sep 18th, 1973 18/09/73 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Sheff Utd (A) 0 - 0
Sep 15th, 1973 15/09/73 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 0
Sep 8th, 1973 08/09/73 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 0
Sep 1st, 1973 01/09/73 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 1
Aug 29th, 1973 29/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. East Fife (H) 5 - 2
Aug 25th, 1973 25/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 3 (sub)
Aug 22nd, 1973 22/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 0
Aug 18th, 1973 18/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 4
Aug 15th, 1973 15/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Aug 11th, 1973 11/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. East Fife (A) 2 - 1
Apr 28th, 1973 28/04/73 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A) 1 - 4
Apr 21st, 1973 21/04/73 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 1
Apr 14th, 1973 14/04/73 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2
Apr 7th, 1973 07/04/73 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 1 - 1
Mar 31st, 1973 31/03/73 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 0
Mar 24th, 1973 24/03/73 Division One vs. East Fife (H) 1 - 1
Mar 21st, 1973 21/03/73 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 3 - 0
Mar 10th, 1973 10/03/73 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 2
Feb 21st, 1973 21/02/73 Division One vs. Morton (A) 0 - 2
Feb 10th, 1973 10/02/73 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 2 - 0
Feb 3rd, 1973 03/02/73 3rd Round vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 1
Jan 27th, 1973 27/01/73 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 2
Jan 13th, 1973 13/01/73 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Oct 28th, 1972 28/10/72 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1
Oct 21st, 1972 21/10/72 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 0 - 1
Feb 5th, 1972 05/02/72 3rd Round vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 4
Jan 15th, 1972 15/01/72 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 1 - 2
Jan 8th, 1972 08/01/72 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 3
Jan 3rd, 1972 03/01/72 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 1
Jan 1st, 1972 01/01/72 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 0 - 2
Dec 25th, 1971 25/12/71 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 2
Dec 18th, 1971 18/12/71 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 3
Dec 11th, 1971 11/12/71 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 2
Dec 4th, 1971 04/12/71 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 2 - 3
Nov 27th, 1971 27/11/71 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 0
Nov 20th, 1971 20/11/71 Division One vs. East Fife (A) 1 - 0
Nov 13th, 1971 13/11/71 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 5
Oct 30th, 1971 30/10/71 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 5 (sub)
Oct 9th, 1971 09/10/71 Division One vs. Morton (A) 2 - 1 (sub)
Sep 29th, 1971 29/09/71 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Derby (H) 3 - 2 (sub)
Sep 25th, 1971 25/09/71 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 2 (sub)
Sep 18th, 1971 18/09/71 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 4
Sep 15th, 1971 15/09/71 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Derby (A) 2 - 6
Sep 11th, 1971 11/09/71 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 6
Sep 4th, 1971 04/09/71 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 3
Sep 1st, 1971 01/09/71 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1
Aug 28th, 1971 28/08/71 Sectional Tie vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 4
Aug 21st, 1971 21/08/71 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 2
Aug 18th, 1971 18/08/71 Sectional Tie vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 2
Apr 24th, 1971 24/04/71 Division One vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 2
Apr 17th, 1971 17/04/71 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 1
Apr 14th, 1971 14/04/71 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 1 - 0
Apr 10th, 1971 10/04/71 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
Apr 5th, 1971 05/04/71 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 2
Apr 3rd, 1971 03/04/71 Division One vs. Cowdenbeath (H) 4 - 2
Mar 27th, 1971 27/03/71 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 1
Mar 20th, 1971 20/03/71 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 4 - 1
Mar 13th, 1971 13/03/71 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 0 - 1
Mar 10th, 1971 10/03/71 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 2
Feb 27th, 1971 27/02/71 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 3
Feb 20th, 1971 20/02/71 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 2
Feb 17th, 1971 17/02/71 4th Round Replay vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 2
Feb 13th, 1971 13/02/71 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1
Feb 6th, 1971 06/02/71 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 1
Jan 27th, 1971 27/01/71 3rd Round Replay vs. Clydebank (H) 5 - 1
Jan 23rd, 1971 23/01/71 3rd Round vs. Clydebank (A) 0 - 0
Jan 16th, 1971 16/01/71 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 1
Jan 9th, 1971 09/01/71 Division One vs. Morton (H) 2 - 3
Jan 1st, 1971 01/01/71 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 0 - 2
Dec 26th, 1970 26/12/70 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 0
Feb 28th, 1970 28/02/70 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 3 - 2
Feb 25th, 1970 25/02/70 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 0
Feb 11th, 1970 11/02/70 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 3 (sub)
Feb 7th, 1970 07/02/70 2nd Round vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 4
Jan 31st, 1970 31/01/70 Division One vs. Morton (H) 5 - 4
Jan 17th, 1970 17/01/70 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 6
Aug 14th, 1968 14/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Clyde (H) 2 - 3
Aug 10th, 1968 10/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 3
Apr 27th, 1968 27/04/68 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 2 - 2
Apr 24th, 1968 24/04/68 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 2
Mar 20th, 1967 20/03/67 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 4


Competition History


Comp
LGE 124 (10) 2 5 0
SC 16 (1) 0 1 0
LC 13 (5) 1 0 0
UEFA 4 0 0 0
CWC 1 0 0 0
TEX 7 (1) 0 0 0
DRY 1 0 0 0
Totals: 166 (17) 3

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Signed from junior side Ashfield along with Jim Cameron and Gerry Hernon in November 1966, Walter made his first team debut four months later against Kilmarnock at the age of 19. At the end of that season he was part of the 16 man squad that travelled to the USA after United were invited to play as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association.

His first four years at United were spent mainly in the reserves until he broke into the side in 1970-71, when he became a regular in the line-up. He played in the first Scottish Cup final in 1974 but fell out of contention soon after, and in September 1975, he left to join Dumbarton for a fee of £8,000.

Eighteen months later, he returned to Tannadice for half of that fee and played regularly over the rest of that season. In 1977 Walter suffered a pelvic injury which threatened his career at the age of 29, limiting his first team appearances over the next few years. He was given a player/coach position by manager Jim McLean, and by 1979 he was assisting with coaching the Scotland youth squad. Still appearing occasionally as a player, his last first team match was in September 1980.

Smith was first team coach as United entered the most successful period of their history, winning two League Cups and the Premier Division title in the early 1980s. He went on to become the national Under-21 coach and then assistant manager to both McLean at United and to Alex Ferguson in the Scotland set-up, and was elevated to the Tannadice Board in February 1986.

However in April 1986 Graeme Souness appointed him as his assistant manager at Rangers, eventually replacing Souness as manager in 1991. After a successful seven years at Ibrox, he was manager at Everton for four seasons, and after a short spell as assistant manager at Manchester United, he was appointed manager of the Scottish national team in 2004. Two years later he returned to Ibrox where he spent another four seasons as manager before retiring in 2011.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.





Debut

March 20th, 1967
Kilmarnock 4 - 0 Dundee United

League (Division One)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Walter was born on this date in Lanark.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Kilmarnock 4 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 50th Appearance

    Aberdeen 3 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Tannadice twins, Sandy and Joe White made history this afternoon when they played together in the same side for the first time. While Sandy had played 6 times already for United, this was to be Joe's


  • 50th League Appearance

    Partick Th 0 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 1 Kilmarnock
    League (Division One)


  • Last Goal

    Dundee 0 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Dundee's run of 29 competitive games without defeat came to an end thanks to a rare goal by Walter Smith. The Tangerines always looked the more likely side in a typical derby contest in which both def


  • 100th Appearance

    Hibernian 3 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Hearts 3 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • Left the Club


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 2 Motherwell
    League Cup (3rd Round 2nd Leg)

    Trailing 2-1 from the first leg at Fir Park there was pressure on the team ahead of this third round second Leg tie. There were three changes from the team that defeated St Mirren on Saturday, with Fr


  • Date of Death


    Walter died on this date