HERD, David George :

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Forward 1961-68

6ft      13st 0lbs      born Hamilton,Lanarks
15th April 1934
Debut West Ham (a) 19.8.61 D 1-1

Career: Career Princess Roasd School am Sept 49
pro April 1951 ArsenalAug 54
UNITED July 61
Stoke July 68
Waterford Dec 70
Lincoln City manager Mar71-Dec72

David Herd was born in Hamilton but brought up in Moss, Sale, Manchester, signed amateur forms with Stockport County when only 15 years of age. When he made his Football League debut in May 1951 it was in the same Stckport County line up as his 39 year old father Alec, the former Manchester City playing colleague of United's manager Sir Matt Busby. It was only the second time father and son had apperaed in the same league team, yet David was destined to emulate his father's success and also became an FA Cup and Championship winner.

Arsenal paid £10.000 for him in Aug 1954 and he scored an impressive 97 league goals in 166 apps or them winning five Scottish caps. He cost UNITED £35.000 in July 1961 and in his 3rd league game for the REDS histwo goals in 6-1 win at Blackburn Rovers took his tally to 100 emulating his fathers achievement of a century with Manchester City.

Strong, equipped with a clean, accurate shot, difficult to knock off the ball and a skilfull leader of the line. Herd took a little time to settle in at OT but soon repaid Sir matt's confidence in his abilities, particularly after he struck up an exciting rapport with new arrival Denis Law and the goals gegan to flow regularly. He scored twice in the 1963 FA cup final victory against Leicester and won the League Championship medals in 1965 & 1967. He scored on his UNITED debut in the FA Cup, FL Cup, and all three European competitions, but not in the league. Indeed, David herd scoring record for UNITED was superb yet he is rarely mentioned in the same breath as other stars of that vintage era at Old Trafford, and it seems incredible to recall now that such an honest soul was even barracked in the days before the 1965 championship run.

A broken leg suffered whilst scoring against leicester in th 1967 championship seson, saw an end of his best days and heralded a move to Stoke. When he left the game in Dec 72 his post as Lincoln City's manager was taken by a very promising recruit, 28 year old Graham Taylor! David then became a garage owner in Urmston.

FL 201 - 114 g
FAC 35 - 13 g
FLC 1 - 1 g
EUR 25 - 14 g

Total: 262 apps 144 goals

*NOTE* in 1967 boffins calculated the velocity of David Herd's shot. Every shot had to be hit through an 18 inch electrical beam, so that it could be registered on the recording equipment. The result was 72,5 mph!!


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