Former boss well known in Carnoustie

A former Rangers and Dundee manager who died on Tuesday at the age of 80 had strong Carnoustie connections.

After spending his entire playing career with Clyde becoming boss of the Bully Wee in 1966, Davie White managed Rangers from 1967 to 1969, before becoming Dundee gaffer three years later.

He enjoyed success at Dens Park, guiding the club to a League Cup victory over Celtic in 1973.

While he was the Dees’ boss, White lived in Carnoustie and was a well-known and liked face about town.

He enjoyed his golf and played in a regular foursome with Pat Birse, Jack Grant and John Duncan.

There was another golfing connection in his family with son, Davie, jnr., caddying for Scottish golfer David Huish in the 1975 Open which was held at Carnoustie.

Huish is best known for being the halfway leader at those championships eventually won by five-time Open champ Tom Watson.

Tommy Gemmell, who played under White at Dundee, last night paid tribute to his former manager.

Lisbon Lion Gemmell said: “I will be forever grateful to Davie White for signing me for Dundee. I left Celtic for Nottingham Forest in 1971, but things weren’t working out after a couple of seasons and it was known that I wanted to return to Scotland.

“Davie was gaffer of Dundee when he gave me that opportunity and then made me skipper. Possibly a lot of people believed it was odd that a former Rangers manager would buy an ex-Celtic player, but Davie was never bothered by the Great Divide. He was a very likeable guy and extremely knowledgeable about football. He will be missed.”

Gemmell, 69, added: “His best result as my boss at Dens Park was undoubtedly the League Cup Final 1-0 win over Celtic, of all clubs, at Hampden in 1973-74.

“I was captain that day and I’ve never been so embarrassed than when I went up those stairs to be presented with the trophy.

“But, at the same time, I was overjoyed for Davie because he worked hard at football and deserved silverware.”