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Alex Smith
Personal information
Full name Alexander Smith
Date of birth 25 December 1939 (1939-12-25) (age 70)
Place of birth    Cowie, Scotland
Playing position Inside forward (Retired)
Club information
Current club Falkirk (Assistant to head coach)
Youth career
Gowanhill United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1958–1959
1959–62
1962–65
1965–1966
1966–1968
1968–1970
Kilmarnock
Stenhousemuir
Stirling Albion
East Stirlingshire
Albion Rovers
Stenhousemuir
00 0(0)
39 0(9)
51 (11)
12 0(4)
23 0(0)
23 0(0)   
Teams managed
1969–1974
1974–1986

1986–1988
1988–1992
1992–1994
0000–2002
2000–2002
2002–2005
Stenhousemuir
Stirling Albion
Scotland under-18
St Mirren
Aberdeen
Clyde
Scotland under-21
Dundee United
Ross County

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alexander "Alex" Smith, MBE (born 25 December 1939), is a Scottish former football player and manager. In June 2009 he was appointed assistant to the new head coach of Scottish Premier League club Falkirk, Eddie May.[1][2]

His major achievements as manager include the Scottish Cup in 1987 (with St Mirren) and 1990 (with Aberdeen), and the Scottish League Cup (again with Aberdeen) in 1989.

In the 2005 book on Scottish football, The Final Whistle? he was described as "the nearest thing the Scottish game has to a father figure".

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Biography

Smith was born in Cowie, a mining village close to Stirling, and played in the same youth team as Billy Bremner. He was best man at Bremner's wedding. His playing career was journeymanlike, and he played for Kilmarnock, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion and Albion Rovers.

During his management career, which began in 1969, he has been the manager of Stenhousemuir, Stirling Albion, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Clyde, Dundee United and Ross County.

Smith has been involved with Scotland at a number of levels, managing the Scotland under-18 and under-21 sides. He also took charge of the Scotland B squad in January 2007, alongside Bobby Williamson.[3]

He is also co-proprietor of locally-renowned pub 'Smiths' located just outside Stirling.

Managerial statistics

Team From To Record
G W L D Win %
Stenhousemuir 1 August 1968 1 September 1974
Stirling 1 September 1974 16 December 1986
St Mirren 17 December 1986 31 May 1988
Aberdeen 1 August 1988 10 February 1992
Clyde 1 August 1992 1 June 1994
Scotland under-21 14 March 2002
Dundee United 8 August 2000 7 October 2002 99 31 45 23 31.31
Ross County 27 November 2002 11 June 2005 112 39 45 28 34.82

Source: Soccerbase

Managerial honours

St Mirren
1986-87
Aberdeen
1989-90
1989-90
Dundee United
March 2001, May 2001, January 2002

References

  • Reid, Harry (2005), The Final Whistle?, Birlinn, ISBN 1-84158-362-6
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