George Herd (born 6 May 1936) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Inverness Thistle, Queen's Park, Clyde, Sunderland, Vancouver Royal Canadians, Hartlepool United and Scotland.

George Herd
Personal information
Full name George Herd[1]
Date of birth (1936-05-06) 6 May 1936 (age 85)
Place of birth Lanark, Scotland
Position(s) Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
195?–1956 Inverness Thistle
1956–1957 Queen's Park 25 (6)
1957–1961 Clyde 111 (20)
1961–1970 Sunderland 278 (47)
1967Vancouver Royal Canadians (loan)[2] 6 (3)
1970–1971 Hartlepool United 15 (0)
National team
1957[3] Scotland Amateurs 1 (0)
1957–1958[4] Scotland U23 2 (1)
1958–1960 Scotland 5 (1)
1960[5] SFL trial v SFA 1 (0)
1960[6] Scottish League XI 3 (3)
Teams managed
1980–1981 Queen of the South
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Herd began his professional football career in the Highland League with Inverness Thistle whilst undertaking his National Service at Fort George Barracks, just outside Inverness. Herd transferred from Inverness Thistle to Scottish Football League amateur club Queen's Park in 1956.[7] He turned professional in May 1957 after moving to Clyde. In his first season at Clyde, he won the 1957–58 Scottish Cup and won his first Scotland cap, a 4–0 defeat to England in April 1958.[8] He won a further four Scotland caps during his time at Clyde before departing for Sunderland in 1961 where he also took up a coaching role in 1969.

He later had a spell at Hartlepool United in 1970–71 before retiring from playing.

Coach and managerEdit

After his playing career, he had coaching spells at Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Herd was appointed manager of Dumfries club Queen of the South in May 1980 where he worked with players such Allan Ball, Iain McChesney, George Cloy, Nobby Clark and Jimmy Robertson. He left this position midway through the following season from which the club went on a promotion winning run.

Herd joined Darlington in a coaching capacity.

At Northern League outfit Seaham Red Star in 2005, Herd began working with Neil Hixon and Stuart Gooden on the coaching staff.[9] With Hixon as manager, Herd acted as head coach.[9] They earned promotion to Division One of the Northern League, as Division Two runners up in 2006–07 [10]

Along with Nixon, Herd moved to Sunderland RCA the following season.[10] They again got promotion from Northern League Division Two in their second season (2009–10).[9]


Inverness Thistle





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  3. ^ McColl, Brian; Gorman, Douglas; Campbell, George. "FORGOTTEN GLORIES – British Amateur Internationals 1901–1974" (PDF). pp. 9–15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ Scotland U23 player Herd, George, FitbaStats
  5. ^ Ronnie McDevitt (2016). Scotland in the 60s: The Definitive Account of the Scottish National Football Side During the 1960s. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 9781785312458.
  6. ^ SFL player George Herd, London Hearts Supporters Club
  7. ^ Herd, George,
  8. ^ Hall of Fame - George Herd, Clyde FC
  9. ^ a b c "George Herd unlikely to slow down". Chronicle Live. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  10. ^ a b "BRIEF HISTORY". Seaham Red Star FC. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  11. ^ a b c d "Past Master #5 - George Herd". Clyde FC. 13 October 2003. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  12. ^ a b "HERD RECALLS 1957 CLASSIC WITH RANGERS BEFORE BECOMING A BULLY WEE STAR". SPFL. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  13. ^ "1958–59: Rangers 0 v 1 Clyde". Clyde FC. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  14. ^ "1957–58: Rangers 0 v 4 Clyde". Clyde FC. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  15. ^ "1958–59: Celtic 5 v 0 Clyde". Clyde FC. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  16. ^ "THE ROKER ROAR: George Herd". SAFC. Retrieved 23 July 2020.

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