David White (Scottish footballer)

David White (23 August 1933 – 17 July 2013)[2] was a Scottish football player and manager. He played as a wing half for Clyde for his whole career, before managing Clyde, Rangers and Dundee.

David White
David White (1969).jpg
Personal information
Full name David White
Date of birth 23 August 1933
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Date of death 17 July 2013(2013-07-17) (aged 79)
Place of death Wishaw, Scotland
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1957 Royal Albert
1957–1966 Clyde[1] 223 (42)
Teams managed
1966–1967 Clyde
1967–1969 Rangers
1972–1977 Dundee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

White was 23 years of age when he joined Clyde from the Junior side Royal Albert. While also working as an engineer,[3] he played more than 300 games for the Bully Wee and became club captain and acted as player-coach.[2]

Managerial careerEdit

He was promoted to Clyde manager after the Scottish Football Association appointed his predecessor John Prentice as the Scotland national team manager.[2] After a year managing the Bully Wee (which ended in their highest-ever finish of 3rd place in 1966–67), he was appointed as assistant to Scot Symon at Rangers in summer 1967. When Symon left the club just five months later, White was promoted to manager on 1 November.

His reign was generally unsuccessful and he became the first Rangers manager not to win any major honours whilst in charge at the club.[4] With the expectations of Rangers fans and boardroom high, coupled with the success of Celtic under Jock Stein, the pressure began to build on White.[5] Although he signed Colin Stein and Alex MacDonald who went on to success with the club, a defeat in the European Cup Winners' Cup to Polish team Górnik Zabrze in late 1969[5] which followed a poor start to the 1969-70 season saw White become the first manager to be sacked in the club's history.[5]

He later went on to manage Dundee and guided them to a Scottish League Cup triumph in 1973-74.[6] Somewhat ironically the victory in the cup final came against Celtic, the team who had caused him so many problems at Rangers.[6] His success didn't last however, and Dundee were relegated at the end of the inaugural Scottish Premier Division season in 1976.[6] White lasted one more year before retiring after failing to get the side promoted;[6] he gave a first-team debut to future Scotland player and manager Gordon Strachan.[3][2]

Later years and deathEdit

After leaving football, White spent some time working in a supermarket and was also employed by Lanarkshire car sales boss Ian Skelly.[3][2] He was also a keen golfer and his son Alan became a local club professional. He died in July 2013, aged 79, following a short illness.[3]


  1. ^ David White at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  2. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: David White, footballer and manager". Andy Dunlop. The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 18 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Former Rangers manager Davie White dies aged 80". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ Bagchi, Rob; Smyth, Rob (14 March 2012). "Which team has played the most times in a month?". The Guardian.
  5. ^ a b c Bob Ferrier; Robert McElroy (2005). Rangers: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-481-7.
  6. ^ a b c d "Caught in Time: Dundee win the League Cup, December 1973". The Sunday Times. News International. 23 January 2005.

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