Tayside and Central Scotland

Ex-Dundee United captain and Chairman Doug Smith, dies aged 75

Smith in action for Dundee United
Image caption Former Dundee United captain and Chairman Doug Smith has died at the age of 75

Former Dundee United captain and club Chairman, Doug Smith, has died following a short illness.

Born in Aberdeen in 1937, he signed for Dundee United at the age of 21 and spent all of his playing days at Tannadice, appearing in 628 competitive matches.

He was captain of the team that won the club's first-ever Scottish Cup final in 1974.

The club described as him as "a true gentleman, on and off the park."

He retired from playing in 1976, although he returned in 1983 to the club board, eventually spending over 40 years with United as a player, Director, Vice Chairman and Chairman.

Never booked

Mr Smith also served as an official with the Scottish Football Association and Scottish League, working on various committees, eventually becoming Scottish League President.

Although he finished his playing career without winning a major honour, he had one major distinction: he was never booked.

In a statement, the club said: "As well as being a Club legend, Doug Smith was a true gentleman, on and off the park, and highly respected and admired by all those who made his acquaintance.

"Our sympathies and thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time, particularly David and Louise.

"The Club flag is flying at half mast and Dundee United has approached the footballing authorities to request an appropriate mark of respect prior to kick-off on Sunday."

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