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Davie White

Everyone connected with Clyde FC was sad to hear of the death of Davie White at the age of 80 earlier today, following a short illness.

Davie can rightly be classed as a club legend, having played in over 300 matches for The Bully Wee between 1957 and 1966. Clyde was the only senior club that he played for, having signed from Royal Albert and going straight into management of the team after hanging up his boots in ’66.

At that time, Davie was the youngest manager in the UK and he steered the club to a fine third place in the old First Division, behind only Celtic and Rangers. He went on to manage The Gers and also Dundee, where he claimed a Scottish League Cup triumph in 1974.

Latterly, he entered a career as an engineer and was a keen golfer.

In an interview with The Clyde View for the ‘Past Masters’ series, Davie recalled an incident that perhaps summed him up in more ways than one:-

“I remember at Ibrox getting involved in a tough tackle, which I’m sure the older readers of this will appreciate about my game! Jim Baxter said, ‘Aye, that’s Davie; thumps you and then asks if you are OK and want a help up!’. I played it hard but always scrupulously fair!”

Davie was a guest of the club in February of this year when Rangers visited Broadwood on league duty.

Clyde FC’s thoughts are with Davie’s family and friends this evening.