The sad passing of Hamilton born footballer David Herd was announced recently. He died on 1st October at the age of 82.
A distinguished striker in his own right – 269 goals in 503 games – he is best known for his spells with Arsenal and Manchester United in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as being capped five times by Scotland between 1958 and 1961.
However, he was born in Hamilton the son of Accies player Alec Herd who would go on to have a distinguished career with Manchester City, and played for Scotland in unofficial wartime internationals. Alex would later return to Accies to play for us during the second world war, and those Accies fans old enough to have seen Alec play all state he was one of the club’s greatest ever players.
David’s Uncle Sandy Herd, brother of Alec, was also capped by Scotland in the 1930s.
Father Alec and Son David did play together, at Stockport County, in 1950-51 season, a rare feat in league football.
Hamilton born David began with Stockport County but went on to score 107 goals in 180 appearances for Arsenal, before a move to Manchester Utd for £37,000 in 1961, as United continued their rebuilding in the years after the Munich plane crash. He went on to score 145 goals in 265 matches for Manchester Utd, an incredible record at two top clubs. He is reported to have formed a great bond with Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles and Shay Brennan. He won league and FA Cup winners medals in England (as his father had also done). He scored en route to the 1968 European Cup Final but had broken his leg by the time of the Wembley Final against Benfica.
David went on to play for Stoke City then Irish side Waterford, and was Manager of Lincoln City in 1971-72.
He went on to become a successful Manchester businessman before retiring in 1999.
His funeral took place at Middlebie in Dumfriesshire last Friday (14th), buried alongside his parents.