David Herd (footballer)

David Herd

David Herd scoring (1963)
Personal information
Full name David George Herd[1]
Date of birth (1934-04-15)15 April 1934[1]
Place of birth Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland[1]
Date of death 1 October 2016(2016-10-01) (aged 82)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1954 Stockport County 15 (6)
1954–1961 Arsenal 166 (97)
1961–1968 Manchester United 202 (114)
1968–1970 Stoke City 44 (11)
1970–1971 Waterford 3 (0)
Total 430 (228)
National team
1958–1961 Scotland 5 (3)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Lincoln City

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David George Herd (15 April 1934 – 1 October 2016) was a Scottish international footballer who played for Arsenal, Manchester United, Stockport County, and Stoke City. His regular position was as a forward where he was a consistent goal scorer.[1]

Playing career

Stockport County

Herd was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire but grew up in Manchester as his father Alex was playing for Manchester City and later Stockport County where Herd Jr. began his career. He made his debut on the final day of the 1950–51 season with and he scored as County beat Hartlepools United 2–0.[1] His appearances for Stockport were limited by his national service duties. He scored five goals in 12 games in 1953–54 and he attracted the attentions of First Division clubs.


Herd did well enough to attract the attention of Arsenal, who signed him for £10,000 in 1954. Herd made his Arsenal debut on 19 February 1955 against Leicester City. Herd continued to be a bit part player, playing just eight games in his first two seasons at the club, before making his breakthrough in 1956–57, scoring 18 goals in 28 games that season. From then on he was an established goalscorer, being the club's top goalscorer for four seasons straight, from 1956–57 through to 1960–61 – when he hit 29 goals, the most by an Arsenal player since Ronnie Rooke.

However, Arsenal's poor form meant they were nowhere near winning a trophy, the closest coming was a third place in the league in 1958–59. Despite being top scorer in 1960–61, Herd was unsettled at Arsenal due to their lack of success, and he moved to Manchester United in July 1961 for £35,000. In all he scored 107 goals for Arsenal in 180 appearances, making him the club's 15th highest goalscorer.

Manchester United

His first game for United came against West Ham United on 19 August 1961. Herd helped the club to the 1962–63 FA Cup, scoring two goals in the final itself against Leicester City.[2] He also helped them to win the English league championship in 1965 and 1967,[2] but his first team appearances were limited after he suffered a broken leg in March 1967. Herd was part of the squad that won the 1967–68 European Cup, but he was not selected for the final on 29 May 1968.[2] In all, he scored 145 career goals in 265 appearances (including one substitute appearance), an average of 0.54 goals per game and is currently 13th on the all-time club goalscorers list. He also once scored past three different goalkeepers in one match on 26 November 1966 against Sunderland, as United won the game 5–0.

Stoke City

He left Manchester United in July 1968 for Stoke City on a free transfer.[1] He played 39 games for Stoke in 1968–69 scoring nine goals as Stoke had a poor season narrowly avoiding relegation.[1] In 1969–70 Herd made nine appearances scoring twice and was released at the end of the season.[1]

Waterford United

In December 1970 Herd signed for Shay Brennan at Waterford.[3] He made his league of Ireland debut at Kilcohan Park on 14 December.

International career

He won his first cap for Scotland, on 18 October 1958 against Wales at Ninian Park; Scotland won 3–0. Herd won five caps in total for Scotland between 1958 and 1961, scoring three goals, his last cap coming in a 4–0 defeat by Czechoslovakia on 14 May 1961.

Managerial career

After retiring from playing, he had a stint managing Lincoln City between 1971 and 1972.

Personal life

Born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Herd was the son of former Manchester City player Alec Herd and the nephew of Scottish international Sandy Herd.

He died on 1 October 2016.[4][5] Players of former clubs Manchester United and Stoke City wore black arm bands when they played each other the next day. His small, family funeral on 14 October at Middlebie in Dumfriesshire was in the same cemetery as his parents who their latter years living in Ecclefechan.

Career statistics

Playing career

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[A] Total
Stockport County 1950–51 Third Division North 110011
1951–52 Third Division North 200020
1952–53 Third Division North 000000
1953–54 Third Division North 12500125
Total 15600156
Arsenal 1954–55 First Division 3100000031
1955–56 First Division 5200000052
1956–57 First Division 22126600002818
1957–58 First Division 39241000004024
1958–59 First Division 26155300003118
1959–60 First Division 31141000003214
1960–61 First Division 4029110000004130
Total 166971410000000180107
Manchester United 1961–62 First Division 2714530000003217
1962–63 First Division 3719620000004321
1963–64 First Division 3020740063104427
1964–65 First Division 37207200116005528
1965–66 First Division 3724730075115233
1966–67 First Division 2816211100003118
1967–68 First Division 611000100081
Total 202114351511251421265145
Stoke City 1968–69 First Division 35940000000399
1969–70 First Division 920000000092
Total 4411400000004811
Waterford United 1970–71 League of Ireland 300000000030
Career Total 430228532511251421511269
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield.




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "David Herd: Ex-Manchester United and Arsenal striker dies, aged 82". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  3. Scott (2016-07-29). "David Herd – United legend passes away". Therepublikofmancunia.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  4. Goalscorer and garage owner: Remembering Manchester United and Arsenal forward David Herd
  5. http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/david-herd_prs192894/person.shtml
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