Davie Dodds Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: David Dodds
  • Born: September 23rd, 1958 (Dundee)
  • Height: 5' 11
  • Position: Striker
  • Signed: May 28th, 1975
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 369 appearances, 150 goals
  • Also Played For: Aberdeen, Arbroath, Neuchatel Xamax, Rangers


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1985-86 44 (1) 13 3 0 55.6% 26.7% 17.8%
1984-85 38 (2) 16 5 1 57.5% 12.5% 30.0%
1983-84 52 (2) 26 8 0 55.6% 24.1% 20.4%
1982-83 53 (2) 28 1 0 65.5% 21.8% 12.7%
1981-82 56 (1) 22 3 0 49.1% 21.1% 29.8%
1980-81 37 (3) 23 0 0 60.0% 20.0% 20.0%
1979-80 16 (16) 8 0 0 37.5% 31.3% 31.3%
1978-79 20 (10) 10 0 0 53.3% 13.3% 33.3%
1977-78 3 (9) 2 0 0 50.0% 25.0% 25.0%
1976-77 2 (2) 2 0 0 75.0% 25.0% 0.0%
1975-76 - - - - - - -
Totals: 321 (48) 150


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 12/04/86 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 3
 08/04/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 5 - 0
 05/04/86 Semi Final vs. Hearts (N) 0 - 1
 29/03/86 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 0
 22/03/86 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 08/04/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 5 - 0
 22/03/86 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0
 15/03/86 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
 22/02/86 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 1
 18/01/86 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 08/04/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 0
 08/04/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 0
 22/03/86 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 0
 15/03/86 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 22/02/86 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 18/01/86 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H)  4 - 0
 04/01/86 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  4 - 2
 04/01/86 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  4 - 2
 14/12/85 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 27/11/85 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Neuchatel Xamax (H)  2 - 1
 23/11/85 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A)  2 - 1
 09/11/85 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 0
 26/10/85 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  3 - 0
 03/04/85 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  4 - 0
 23/03/85 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 1
 13/03/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  3 - 0
 13/03/85 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  3 - 0
 09/03/85 Quarter Final vs. St Mirren (A)  4 - 1
 09/03/85 Quarter Final vs. St Mirren (A)  4 - 1
 16/02/85 4th Round vs. QOS (A)  3 - 0
 16/02/85 4th Round vs. QOS (A)  3 - 0
 02/01/85 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 1
 12/12/84 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Man Utd (H)  2 - 3
 08/12/84 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  2 - 2
 10/10/84 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Hearts (H)  3 - 1
 15/09/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  3 - 0
 15/09/84 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  3 - 0
 29/08/84 3rd Round vs. Dumbarton (A)  4 - 0
 29/08/84 3rd Round vs. Dumbarton (A)  4 - 0
 14/05/84 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 02/05/84 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 28/04/84 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  3 - 1
 11/04/84 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Roma (H)  2 - 0
 02/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  5 - 2
 21/03/84 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. SK Rapid (H)  1 - 0
 03/03/84 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 18/02/84 4th Round vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 14/02/84 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 07/01/84 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 1
 07/01/84 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 1
 12/11/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  7 - 0
 12/11/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  7 - 0
 09/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  4 - 2
 02/11/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Standard (H)  4 - 0
 29/10/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 2
 29/10/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 2
 22/10/83 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 0
 17/09/83 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 1
 10/09/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  5 - 0
 10/09/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  5 - 0
 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  5 - 0
 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  5 - 0
 30/08/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  5 - 0
 27/08/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 0
 24/08/83 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (H)  6 - 1
 07/05/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 0
 07/05/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 0
 30/04/83 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 30/04/83 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 26/03/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 3
 12/03/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  5 - 3
 05/03/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  4 - 1
 12/02/83 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  5 - 0
 05/02/83 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 22/01/83 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 22/01/83 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 11/12/82 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  7 - 0
 11/12/82 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  7 - 0
 27/11/82 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 0
 20/11/82 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 0
 13/11/82 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  4 - 2
 30/10/82 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 16/10/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  6 - 0
 16/10/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  6 - 0
 16/10/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  6 - 0
 02/10/82 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 2
 15/09/82 1st Round 1st Leg vs. PSV (H)  1 - 1
 04/09/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 0
 01/09/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  3 - 1
 28/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 0
 25/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 0
 25/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 0
 14/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. St Johnstone (H)  3 - 0
 01/05/82 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 2
 21/04/82 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 14/04/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  3 - 2
 14/04/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  3 - 2
 14/04/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  3 - 2
 10/04/82 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  4 - 0
 20/03/82 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 2
 13/03/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  5 - 1
 13/03/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  5 - 1
 13/03/82 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  5 - 1
 03/03/82 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Radnicki (H)  2 - 0
 22/02/82 4th Round Replay (2nd) vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 0
 30/01/82 3rd Round vs. Brechin City (A)  4 - 2
 21/11/81 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  4 - 0
 07/11/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0
 07/11/81 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  3 - 0
 03/10/81 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 23/09/81 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Hamilton (H)  5 - 0
 16/09/81 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Monaco (A)  5 - 2
 16/09/81 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Monaco (A)  5 - 2
 02/09/81 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 02/09/81 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 12/05/81 Final Replay vs. Rangers (N)  1 - 4
 02/05/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  3 - 2
 02/05/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  3 - 2
 07/03/81 5th Round vs. Motherwell (H)  6 - 1
 07/03/81 5th Round vs. Motherwell (H)  6 - 1
 07/03/81 5th Round vs. Motherwell (H)  6 - 1
 28/02/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 0
 07/02/81 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 31/01/81 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  5 - 0
 31/01/81 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  5 - 0
 31/01/81 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  5 - 0
 24/01/81 3rd Round vs. Brechin City (A)  2 - 1
 03/01/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  7 - 0
 30/12/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 20/12/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 3
 13/12/80 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 0
 06/12/80 Final vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 19/11/80 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Celtic (A)  3 - 0
 15/11/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H)  7 - 2
 01/10/80 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Slask Wroclaw (H)  7 - 2
 27/09/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 06/09/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 4
 23/04/80 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 08/04/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 0
 08/04/80 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 0
 05/04/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (A)  2 - 2
 02/04/80 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 0
 15/12/79 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 10/10/79 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Queen's Park (H)  2 - 1
 26/09/79 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Queen's Park (A)  3 - 0
 28/04/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 25/04/79 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 14/04/79 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  3 - 0
 14/04/79 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  3 - 0
 11/04/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 1
 24/03/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  1 - 3
 09/12/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 0
 28/10/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Thistle (H)  2 - 0
 23/09/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 1
 16/09/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 31/12/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 1
 03/09/77 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Partick Thistle (H)  1 - 0
 18/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Arbroath (A)  3 - 1
 18/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Arbroath (A)  3 - 1

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Biography

Dundee born Davie Dodds was 14 when he signed for Dundee United on an S form from Hillside Boys Club in December 1972, and within two years he was appearing in the reserves and signed a professional contract at the end of the 1974/75 season. He made his first team debut in August 1976, scoring twice in a League Cup tie against Arbroath at Gayfield, and after a handful more appearances in a United shirt it was Arbroath that he loaned out to during the 1977/78 season. Having already represented Scotland at schoolboy and youth levels, he was capped at under-21 level in 1978 and by the start of the 1978/79 season he was beginning to breakthrough into the first team at Tannadice.

The 1980/81 season was an eventful one for Davie. In December 1980, Davie was in the starting line-up for the League Cup Final against city-rivals Dundee at Dens Park. United had lifted the trophy the previous season and were hoping to retain it with a victory over their near neighbours. Dodds broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, heading past Bobby Geddes, and United secured a famous 3-0 victory and lifted the trophy for the second time. Davie also scored in the Scottish Cup Final that season, however that was a less memorable occasion as United lost 4-1 to Rangers at Hampden.

By this time Dodds had formed a deadly goal-scoring partnership with Paul Sturrock and the pair delivered the goods again the following season: Davie scoring 22 and Sturrock hitting 24. Season 1982/83 saw the tables turned as Dodds took the crown of top goal-scorer for himself with 28 goals in all competitions as United won the Scottish Premier League title for the first time in their history.

His contribution to United’s successes had not gone unnoticed and in September 1983 he was handed his first full Scotland cap by then national manager, Jock Stein. Coming on as a substitute, he scored on his debut in a 2-0 win over Uruguay at Hampden. A second cap followed soon after in a 2-0 defeat to Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, but that turned out to be his final appearance.

Dodds was a vital part of the United team that competed in the European Cup during the 1983/84 season. Scoring against Standard Liege and Rapid Vienna in the earlier rounds, he became part of a select group of Scottish players to have scored in a European Cup semi-final when United were narrowly beaten by Italian champions Roma, as United infamously crashed out at the penultimate stage. Davie again finished as United's leading scorer that season.

He collected two runners-up medals in season 1984/85 as United lost the League Cup Final 1-0 to Rangers and the Scottish Cup Final 2-1 to Celtic. The 1985/86 season was to become Davie’s last in tangerine. With interest from other clubs and a difficult relationship with manager McLean, his form dipped. However, he became the first player to score 100 Premier League goals for the one club when he notched against Motherwell in March 1986. His last ever European game for the club was against Neuchatel Xamax on a snowy night at Tannadice in November 1985. He must have impressed the opposition as a few months later the Swiss side negotiated with Davie to sign him for the start of the following season, with United eventually receiving £180,000 for their top striker via a tribunal.

Davie’s time in Switzerland was brief. After two months on the sidelines, Aberdeen paid £215,000 to take him to Pittodrie in September 1986. Davie went onto spend three full seasons with Aberdeen, and in the summer of 1989 he left Pittodrie to join Graeme Souness’ Rangers for a fee of £125,000. Mainly used as a squad player during his two seasons at Ibrox, Davie retired from playing to concentrate on a new coaching role with the Glasgow club, leaving the game altogether in 1998.

Dodds is United’s third top goal-scorer of all-time , and in 2010 he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the greatest period in the club’s history.

Debut

August 18th, 1976
Arbroath 1 - 3 Dundee United

League Cup (Sectional Tie)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Davie was born on this date in Dundee.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Dundee born Davie Dodds was 14 when he signed for Dundee United on an S form from Hillside Boys Club in December 1972, and within two years he was appearing in the reserves and signed a professional contract at the end of the 1974/75 season. He made his first team debut in August 1976, scoring twice in a League Cup tie against Arbroath at Gayfield, and after a handful more appearances in a United shirt it was Arbroath that he loaned out to during the 1977/78 season. Having already represented Scotland at schoolboy and youth levels, he was capped at under-21 level in 1978 and by the start of the 1978/79 season he was beginning to breakthrough into the first team at Tannadice.

  • The disappointment of Saturday's semi-final exit was quickly dispelled as we stepped up our League challenge, in which St Mirren collected as many bookings as goals In their goals against column.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 0 - 3 Hearts

    This match, that had so much bearing on the destination of the title, saw United dominate for the most part, yet end up well beaten!