Doug Smith Player Profile


  • Full Name: Douglas Baigrie Smith
  • Born: March 9th, 1937 (Aberdeen)
  • Died: December 5th, 2012
  • Height: 5' 9
  • Position: Centre Half
  • Signed: June 17th, 1959
  • First Manager: Jerry Kerr
  • Career Totals: 628 appearances, 27 goals
Signing for United in 1959, Doug was originally understudy to his former Aberdeen Lads Club teammate Ron Yeats, but from 1961 he made the centre-half position his own. Over the next fifteen years, he was a mainstay in the side and incredibly, missed only four competitive games in a ten-year spell as he went on to break every appearance record at the Club. Throughout the 1960s, he played at the heart of an ever-improving United side that qualified for Europe for the first time in 1966, where they famously defeated Barcelona in both legs. He became Club Captain in the late 1960s, and in May 1974 he led United out at Hampden Park for the Club's first ever Scottish Cup Final.


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1975-76 11 (1) 12 0 0 0 7 0 4 (1) 0
1974-75 32 (1) 33 1 0 0 20 (1) 1 12 0
1973-74 43 43 6 0 0 26 3 17 3
1972-73 42 42 9 0 0 31 5 11 4
1971-72 33 33 2 0 0 25 2 8 0
1970-71 48 48 6 0 0 34 5 14 1
1969-70 44 44 1 0 0 34 1 10 0
1968-69 42 42 0 0 0 34 0 8 0
1967-68 42 42 1 0 0 34 0 8 1
1966-67 48 48 0 0 0 34 0 14 0
1965-66 43 43 0 0 0 34 0 9 0
1964-65 55 55 0 0 0 34 0 21 0
1963-64 47 47 0 0 0 33 0 14 0
1962-63 47 47 1 0 0 34 1 13 0
1961-62 40 40 0 0 0 33 0 7 0
1960-61 6 6 0 0 0 6 0 - -
1959-60 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1958-59 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 - -
Totals: 626 (2) 27 455 (1) 18 171 (1) 9

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
Jan 31st, 1976 31/01/76 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
Jan 17th, 1976 17/01/76 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 4
Jan 10th, 1976 10/01/76 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 5
Jan 1st, 1976 01/01/76 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Dec 27th, 1975 27/12/75 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
Aug 31st, 1974 31/08/74 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 0
Apr 17th, 1974 17/04/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1
Apr 9th, 1974 09/04/74 Semi Final Replay vs. Hearts (N) 4 - 2
Mar 30th, 1974 30/03/74 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1
Mar 16th, 1974 16/03/74 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 3

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Aug 31st, 1974 31/08/74 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 0 (31') p
Apr 17th, 1974 17/04/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (H) 3 - 1 (62') p
Apr 9th, 1974 09/04/74 Semi Final Replay vs. Hearts (N) 4 - 2 (55') p
Mar 30th, 1974 30/03/74 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1 (42') p
Mar 16th, 1974 16/03/74 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 3 (35') p
Jan 26th, 1974 26/01/74 3rd Round vs. Airdrie (H) 4 - 1 (53') p
Aug 29th, 1973 29/08/73 Sectional Tie vs. East Fife (H) 5 - 2 (53') p
Dec 23rd, 1972 23/12/72 Division One vs. Dumbarton (H) 3 - 2 (85') p
Oct 28th, 1972 28/10/72 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1 (65') p
Oct 14th, 1972 14/10/72 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 2 (71') p
Sep 30th, 1972 30/09/72 Division One vs. Morton (H) 1 - 0 (54') p
Sep 27th, 1972 27/09/72 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Leicester City (H) 2 - 2 (117') p
Sep 9th, 1972 09/09/72 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 3 - 1 (75') p
Aug 19th, 1972 19/08/72 Sectional Tie vs. Stenhousemuir (H) 5 - 0 (2') p
Aug 16th, 1972 16/08/72 Sectional Tie vs. Kilmarnock (A) 3 - 2 (75') p
Aug 12th, 1972 12/08/72 Sectional Tie vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 0 (89') p
Apr 22nd, 1972 22/04/72 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 0 (31') p
Sep 11th, 1971 11/09/71 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 6 (73') p
Apr 17th, 1971 17/04/71 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 1 (44') p
Apr 14th, 1971 14/04/71 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 1 - 0 (55') p
Apr 3rd, 1971 03/04/71 Division One vs. Cowdenbeath (H) 4 - 2 (57') p
Feb 13th, 1971 13/02/71 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1 (40') p
Nov 7th, 1970 07/11/70 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 4 - 2 (60') p
Aug 29th, 1970 29/08/70 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1 (28') p
Jan 31st, 1970 31/01/70 Division One vs. Morton (H) 5 - 4 (57')
Aug 30th, 1967 30/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 2 (78')
May 1st, 1963 01/05/63 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 2 (-)

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 455 (1) 18 0 0
SC 42 3 0 0
LC 91 5 0 0
UEFA 1 (1) 0 0 0
FAIRS 10 0 0 0
CWC 4 0 0 0
TEX 7 1 0 0
SUM 16 0 0 0
Totals: 626 (2) 27

 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


Doug made his first appearance as a trialist against Alloa Athletic in April 1959, playing alongside his former Aberdeen Lads Club team mate, Ron Yeats. Two months later he became Jerry Kerr's third signing, and for two years was understudy to Yeats, becoming his natural successor when Ron left to join Liverpool in July 1961, Over the next fifteen years, he was a mainstay in the side and incredibly, missed only four competitive games in a ten year spell as he went on to break every appearance record at the Club.

Throughout the 1960s, he played at the heart of an ever-improving United side, who reached the Club's first ever Scottish Cup semi-final in 1963, League Cup semi-final in 1964, the Summer Cup final in 1965, and finished in the Club's highest ever league position in 1965, seeing them qualify for European football for the first time in the Club's history. In 1966, Doug was in the United line up that humbled Barcelona, becoming the first British club to win in Spain, and followed that up with a home win for a famous double victory. Also playing in both legs against Juventus in the next round, he was a member of the squad that travelled to the United States to represent Dallas Tornado in the emerging United Soccer Association.

In the late 1960s he became Club captain as the teams colours changed from white and black to the iconic tangerine, and returned to the European scene, playing against Newcastle United, Grasshoppers of Zurich and Sparta Prague over the next two seasons.

Into his second decade with United, he was still a regular in the side under new manager Jim McLean, and was by then the regular penalty taker, rarely missing from the spot. Recognised as one of the country’s best uncapped players, one of his proudest moments was when he led United out for the Club’s first Scottish Cup final in May 1974.

Having declined a move to Raith Rovers in October 1975, he was eventually released in May 1976, having spent fully seventeen years at United. Although he left without winning a major honour, Doug had one major distinction - he was never booked in a career spanning over 600 games in major competition. In August 1977 he was granted a testimonial, in which several former players and current stars from other Scottish Premier League sides took part. Doug's younger brother Dave, who played for Aberdeen and Rangers during the 1960s and 1970s, also turned out for Doug's Select side.

In 1983, he returned to United as a Director and remained on the Board until 2002, spending the last two years as Chairman. Well respected in Scottish football, after serving on various national committees, he became President of the Scottish League in 1997.

He ranks fifth in United's all time appearances chart, and was included in the first group of players inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in January 2008.

Last updated on Thursday, March 28th, 2024 by B Orr.





Debut

April 22nd, 1959
Dundee United 1 - 1 Alloa Athletic

League (Division Two)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Doug was born on this date in Aberdeen.


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Alloa Athletic
    League (Division Two)


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 2 Dundee
    League Cup (Sectional Tie)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee United 8 - 1 Raith Rovers
    League (Division One)

    United recorded only their second win of the league campaign against a Raith Rovers side who looked all at sea for most of the game. The game was approaching the half hour mark when United con


  • First Goal

    Kilmarnock 2 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 100th Appearance

    St Mirren 2 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 1 Motherwell
    League (Division One)


  • 200th Appearance

    Dundee 0 - 0 Dundee United
    League Cup (Sectional Tie)


  • 200th League Appearance

    Dunfermline 3 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 300th Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 2 Morton
    League (Division One)


  • 400th Appearance

    St Johnstone 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Despite the overall disappointment to the Tayside following, the final scoreline was a fair reflection of this Ne'er Day clash. Certainly the nine thousand onlookers enjoyed the fare.During th


  • 300th League Appearance

    Airdrie 6 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    It isn't often that someone hits a hat-trick, but finishes on the losing side, but that was the fate of United forward lan Mitchell at Broomfield. Airdrie went ahead thanks to a Drew Jarvie


  • 500th Appearance

    Kilmarnock 2 - 3 Dundee United
    League Cup (Sectional Tie)


  • 400th League Appearance

    Rangers 2 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    Our six match unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Rangers who were in hot pursuit of Celtic at the top of the league. All the action came in the second half with John Greig the home her


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 5 - 0 Motherwell
    League (Division One)

    Four goals by Andy Gray, Pat Gardner, Dave Narey and a


  • 600th Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 0 Bursaspor
    Cup Winners' Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

    Dundee United made things difficult for themselves in this first leg tie at Tannadice. Bursaspor made it clear from the outset that they had arrived in Scotland content to hold out for a draw.


  • Last Appearance

    Celtic 2 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)


  • Date of Death


    Doug died on this date