Walter Smith (soccer player)

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Walter Smith
birthday February 24, 1948
place of birth LanarkScotland
position defender
Years station
Ashfield FC
Years station Games (goals) 1
1966-1975 Dundee United 108 (2)
1975-1977 Dumbarton FC 44 (0)
1977-1980 Dundee United 26 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1982-1986 Scotland U-21
1991-1998 Glasgow Rangers
1998-2002 Everton FC
2004-2007 Scotland
2007-2011 Glasgow Rangers
1 Only league games are given.

Walter Smith OBE (born February 24, 1948 in Lanark , Scotland ) is a former Scottish football player and current coach . In his playing days he played in the position of defender.

Active career


Walter Smith was born in Lanark, Scotland. He grew up in Carmyle , a small town east of Glasgow . He started playing soccer in the 1960s. His first club was the youth team of Ashfield FC.

Professional teams

In 1966 he signed a contract with Dundee United . He was on call and mainly worked as an electrician. In September 1975 he moved to Dumbarton FC for two years , but returned to Dundee in 1977. At the age of 29, Smith sustained a serious pelvic injury that put a damper on his career. In 1980 he ended his career. He had previously been a member of the Dundee United coaching staff because of his accident.

Career as a coach

Smith got his first experience as a coach after his injury. At the time he was added to the then coaching staff of Dundee United around Jim McLean . In 1978 he became Scotland's U-18 coach. In this position he won the U-18 European Championship in 1982. Between 1982 and 1986 he coached the Scots' U-21 team until he was Alex Ferguson's assistant coach at the '86 World Cup in Mexico - Scotland was eliminated in the preliminary round . He then became an assistant coach with the Glasgow Rangers. In 1991, Smith took over his first club team as head coach after Graeme Souness resigned as coach with the Rangers. Here he won the championship seven times in a row. In 1998 he left the Rangers again. In the same year he began to coach Everton . Smith's predecessor was Howard Kendall , and was succeeded by David Moyes in 2002 . In the 2003/2004 season he was briefly assistant coach at Manchester United . On December 2, 2004, the Scot took over as the successor to the German Berti Vogts as the national coach of Scotland. In 2007 Smith returned to the Glasgow Rangers. There he moved into the final of the UEFA Cup , but failed 2-0 to Zenit St. Petersburg .


as coach :
with the Glasgow Rangers:

with the Scottish national team:


  • Scottish Premier League Coach of the Year 2007/08, 2009/10
  • PFA Scotland Coach of the Year 2009/10
  • SFWA Trainer of the Year 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 2007/08, 2009/10

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