David Herd

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David Herd was a Scottish international footballer who played for Arsenal, Manchester United, Stockport County, and Stoke City. David Herd’s primary position was as a forward, where he was a consistent goal scorer.

Early Life and Childhood

David Herd was born on 15 April 1934, in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland and he died on October 1, 2016, in Manchester, United Kingdom. David Herd was a naturalized Scottish citizen and Christian by religion. Similarly, his birth name was David George Herd and his birth sign was Aries.

Herd received a lot of family support to succeed in his career. Moreover, Herd’s family was there for him at every step. The herd was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, but grew up in Manchester because his father, Alec Herd, played for Manchester City and then Stockport County, where Herd Jr. started his career.

He made his debut with his father on the final day of the 1950-51 season, scoring as County defeated Hartlepools United 2-0.


David Herd died on October 1, 2016. After his death, the former Manchester United and Stoke City players wore black armbands the next day when they met. His small family funeral was held on 14 October in Middlebie, Dumfriesshire, in the same cemetery as his parents, who spent their final years in Ecclefechan.


Talking about his educational background, there is no information available regarding Herd’s schools, colleges, and academics. Herd might have done his schooling at a community school in Hamilton. Later, Herd might have skipped college as he started to play football at an early age to pursue his professional career.

Career and Professional Life

Regarding his career, Herd performed well enough to catch the eye of Arsenal, who signed him for £10,000 in 1954. Herd made his Arsenal debut against Leicester City on February 19, 1955.

Herd remained a bit part player, appearing in just eight games in his first two seasons at the club before breaking through in 1956-57, scoring 18 goals in 28 games. He was an established goalscorer from then on, being the club’s top goalscorer for four seasons in a row, from 1956-57 to 1960-61.

However, Arsenal’s poor form meant that they were never going to win a trophy; the closest they came was third place in the league in 1958-59. Despite being Arsenal’s top scorer in 1960-61, Herd was dissatisfied with the club’s lack of success and moved to Manchester United in July 1961 for £35,000.

In total, he scored 107 goals in 180 appearances for Arsenal, making him the club’s 15th-highest goalscorer. On August 19, 1961, he made his United debut against West Ham United. Herd helped the club win the FA Cup in 1962-63, scoring two goals in the final against Leicester City.

He also contributed to their English league championships in 1965 and 1967. On a free transfer, he left Manchester United for Stoke City in July 1968. He appeared in 39 games for Stoke in 1968-69, scoring nine goals as the club narrowly avoided relegation.

In 1969-70, Herd appeared in nine games, scoring twice, before being released at the end of the season. Herd signed with Shay Brennan at Waterford in December 1970. On December 14, he made his League of Ireland debut at Kilcohan Park.

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Caption: David Herd playing football. Source: Arsenal

Brand Endorsements

David Herd has not endorsed any brand, nor has he promoted anything, nor has he been seen in any brand collaborations.

Awards and Nomination

David Herd received his first cap for Scotland on October 18, 1958, against Wales at Ninian Park, which Scotland won 3-0. Herd earned five caps for Scotland between 1958 and 1961, scoring three goals. His final cap came in a 4-0 loss to Czechoslovakia on May 14, 1961.

David Herd – Net Worth

David Herd was a Scottish international footballer who earned a considerable income from his work. Herd’s estimated net worth was around $400k. Herd used to receive an annual salary of $50k per year and his source of income is mainly his football profession.

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Caption: David Herd in a football ground. Source: Getty Images

Relationship Status

David Herd was married to Joan. But later they both got divorced. They both have one son Alex Herd and grandsons, David and Peter. Moreover, there is no information regarding Herd’s past affairs or girlfriends.


David Herd hasn’t been associated with any rumors or controversies. Also, Herd avoided the media and engaging in situations that could have damaged his professional football career.

David Herd – Body Measurements

Talking about his height Herd was 6 Feet tall and weighed 82kg. Similarly, Herd’s eyes and hair color are black. Also, Herd’s shoe size was 11(US).

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Caption: David Herd giving a pose. Source: World Football

Social Media

David Herd is not active on social media. Herd liked to be present and keep his personal life private, hence he did not use social networking sites.