Davie Shaw

David Shaw (5 May 1917 – 20 January 1977) was a Scottish professional football player, coach and manager.

Davie Shaw
Personal information
Full name David Shaw
Date of birth 5 May 1917
Place of birth Annathill, Scotland
Date of death 20 January 1977(1977-01-20) (aged 59)
Place of death Scotland
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (171 cm)[1]
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
Banknock Juveniles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–1950 Hibernian 89 (0)
1938–1939 → Grange Rovers (loan)  
1950–1953 Aberdeen   50 (1)
National team
1946 Scotland (wartime) 2 (0)
1946–1948[2] Scotland 9 (0)
1948[3] Scottish League XI 3 (0)
Teams managed
1955–1959 Aberdeen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Shaw was a left back who played for Hibernian before and after World War II,[4] including an appearance in the 1946–47 Scottish Cup final, and was captain of the league championship winning side of 1947–48;[5] he later signed for Aberdeen, with one of his final appearances being the Scottish Cup Final of 1953 against Rangers.

Shaw's brother Jock was a Rangers player, and the brothers turned out together for the Scotland team in a match against Switzerland in 1946. This did not happen again until Gary and Steven Caldwell played together for the first time in a Scotland side in 2005.[6] In all, Shaw made nine appearances for Scotland between 1946 and 1948.

Coaching and managerial career

When his playing career was over, he stayed with Aberdeen and took up a coaching role.

Shaw was appointed coach by manager Dave Halliday, and was described by Bobby Wishart, the inside-forward in the league championship-winning side of 1954–55, as 'the secret ingredient' in the club's success.[7] At the end of that championship season, Halliday left to take over as manager of Leicester, and Shaw was appointed manager in his place. His team won the Scottish League Cup at the first time of asking in 1955–56, but he was unable to repeat this early success, and despite one more Scottish Cup final in 1959, he stepped aside at the end of that season, returning to his previous role as coach under Tommy Pearson.

After retirement, he worked for some years as a P.E. teacher [citation needed] in the North-east of Scotland. His death was reported in the match programme for Hibs' UEFA Cup game against Östers IF.[8]

See also


  • Webster, Jack (2003). The First 100 years of The Dons: The official history of Aberdeen Football Club 1903 - 2003. Hodder & Stoughton, London. ISBN 0-340-82344-5.
  1. Davie Shaw, AFC Heritage Trust
  2. "Scotland player David Shaw". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  3. "SFL player David Shaw". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  4. Hibernian player Shaw, Davie, FitbaStats
  5. Davie Shaw, Hibernian Historical Trust
  6. Jock And Davie Shaw: How Two Brothers Became Scottish Football Icons, World Football Index, 29 April 2020
  7. Vallance, Matt (17 July 2005). "Caught in Time Aberdeens first championship side April 1955". The Times. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  8. Hibernian Football Club Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine