Ian Ure Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: John Francombe Ure
  • Born: December 7th, 1939 (Ayr)

Career

  • Position: Centre Half
  • Dundee Career Totals:
    146 first team competitive appearances
  • Also Played For: Arsenal, Manchester United, St Mirren


Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1958-59 2- - - - -
1959-60 7- - - - -
1960-61 41- - - - -
1961-62 46- - - - -
1962-63 50- - - - -
TOTAL 146- - - - -

NOTES:
Other Cups: ?.


Biography


A sportsman from the off, the young John Francombe Ian Ure was an adept cricketer and boxer at his school in Ayr, but it was actually rugby at which he excelled. Representing the Ayr Academy XV aged only 16, Ure would also turn his hand to football on Saturday afternoons, playing for Ayr Albion.

Jimmy Ross, Dundee’s scout in the Ayrshire area, spotted that it was the round ball with which Ure would truly excel and after initially being turned away by Dundee manager Willie Thornton after a week’s trial with the club, the gaffer’s number two Sammy Kean persuaded his boss to give the defender another chance.

Thornton still wasn’t impressed but Kean persisted and Ure was signed in 1958 to the club where he would eventually make his name and win the Scottish League. Spending his first four months at Dundee in the reserves, Ure would make his first team debut in a 3-2 victory against Falkirk at Dens Park.

Moving from left half to centre back, Ure suddenly fulfilled the promise that Sammy Kean had seen in him but it was only once Bob Shanklly took over the hot seat from Thornton that the dominant defender would become a regular in the first team. Ure would be an ever present in the league winning ’61/62 side and in 1962 he would be crowned Scottish Footballer Of The Year.

A genuine stand out in Dundee’s semi-final reaching European Cup campaign of the next season, Ure began to gain admiring glances from teams in England and keen to test his mettle against a higher standard of player, and improve his wages along the way, the by then Scotland internationalist put in a transfer request to the Dundee board.

Back in the days when football clubs retained a player’s registration even after their contract had expired, a dispute broke out between Ure and Dundee FC. Taking a risk, Ure told the board in no uncertain terms that he was prepared to become unemployed rather than continue on with the club and eventually Dundee agreed a £62,500 fee with London club Arsenal for his services.

During his six years in London Ure would suffer from a knee injury and break his jaw twice but would also win consecutive League Cup runners up medals in 1968 and 1969. However, in the first of those two defeats Ure would be seen as being at fault for two of Third Division club Swindon Town’s goals as they shocked Arsenal to lift the trophy, and along with a few other high profile mistakes, they would make the player something of a ‘Marmite’ figure at Highbury.

Falling out of favour Ure would be lured to Manchester United in 1969 by their new manager Wilf McGuiness, who had not long before been given the unenviable task of replacing European Cup winning manager Sir Matt Busby at Old Trafford. Ure would begin to hit top form once more during this time but with United seriously struggling to find an identity post Sir Matt, their form nose dived and McGuiness was removed with Ure being his one and only big name signing.

When Busby was brought back in as interim replacement Ure already sensed that his time in Manchester was coming to an end and when Frank O’Farrell took up the club’s reigns full time so it proved. Ure was offered a free transfer at the start of the 1971/72 season that would see him arrive at Love Street in the colours of Second Division St Mirren, where he would end his playing career in 1974 after making only a handful of appearances. Quite a contrast to the 11 full caps for Scotland Ure had gained in his pomp, with one under 23 cap and 4 appearances in the Scottish League XI also coming his way.

Following Alex Ferguson’s appointment as manager of St Mirren, Ure would replace him in that role at East Stirlingshire for the 1974/75 season but it would be his only appointment in football management as he retired from the game completely to become a social worker in his home town of Kilmarnock.

Winning the Scottish Championship title with Dundee, Ure would be awarded for his 146 appearances and European exploits with the club by quite rightly being inducted into the Dundee Football Club Hall of Fame in 2011.

Debut

December 27th, 1958
Dundee 3 - 2 Falkirk

League (Division One)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 107-- --
European Cup 8-- --
Scottish Cup 6-- --
League Cup 20-- --
International Soccer League 5-- --
Totals: 146-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 25/05/63 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
 18/05/63 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 0
 16/05/63 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 0
 13/05/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H) 5 - 2
 11/05/63 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 0 - 1

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 25/05/63 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 18/05/63 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 0
 16/05/63 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 13/05/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  5 - 2
 11/05/63 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  0 - 1
 06/05/63 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 2
 01/05/63 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Milan (H)  1 - 0
 27/04/63 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 1
 24/04/63 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. Milan (A)  1 - 5
 20/04/63 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 2
 15/04/63 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (H)  1 - 2
 13/04/63 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 1
 08/04/63 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 3
 03/04/63 Quarter Final Replay vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 3
 30/03/63 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 23/03/63 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 4
 18/03/63 3rd Round vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 16/03/63 Division One vs. Partick (H)  2 - 1
 13/03/63 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Anderlecht (H)  2 - 1
 09/03/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 1
 06/03/63 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Anderlecht (A)  4 - 1
 05/02/63 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  8 - 0
 05/01/63 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  2 - 3
 01/01/63 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 22/12/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  4 - 2
 15/12/62 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 08/12/62 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 0
 01/12/62 Division One vs. Queen of South (H)  10 - 2
 24/11/62 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  3 - 4
 17/11/62 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 0
 10/11/62 Division One vs. Partick (A)  0 - 1
 03/11/62 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 31/10/62 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Sporting Lisbon (H)  4 - 1
 27/10/62 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 2
 24/10/62 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Sporting Lisbon (A)  0 - 1
 13/10/62 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 2
 06/10/62 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 29/09/62 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 26/09/62 Preliminary Round 2nd Leg vs. Cologne (A)  0 - 4
 22/09/62 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  2 - 0
 15/09/62 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  1 - 1
 08/09/62 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 05/09/62 Preliminary Round 1st Leg vs. Cologne (H)  8 - 1
 01/09/62 Group 2 vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 2
 29/08/62 Group 2 vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 3
 25/08/62 Group 2 vs. Dundee Utd (H)  2 - 1
 22/08/62 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 3
 18/08/62 Group 2 vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 2
 15/08/62 Group 2 vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 11/08/62 Group 2 vs. Dundee Utd (A)  2 - 3
 16/06/62 Section 1 vs. America (H)  2 - 3
 10/06/62 Section 1 vs. Palermo (H)  1 - 1
 03/06/62 Section 1 vs. Guadalajara (H)  3 - 2
 30/05/62 Section 1 vs. Hajduk Split (H)  3 - 3
 20/05/62 Section 1 vs. Reutlingen (H)  0 - 2
 28/04/62 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 0
 25/04/62 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 09/04/62 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  2 - 1
 07/04/62 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 31/03/62 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A)  3 - 2
 24/03/62 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 17/03/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  3 - 2
 14/03/62 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 06/03/62 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 2
 03/03/62 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 24/02/62 Division One vs. Partick (A)  0 - 3
 10/02/62 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 3
 03/02/62 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 27/01/62 2nd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 1
 24/01/62 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 20/01/62 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 1
 17/01/62 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 1
 13/01/62 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 0
 06/01/62 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 23/12/61 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 16/12/61 Division One vs. Airdrie (H)  5 - 1
 02/12/61 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 2
 25/11/61 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 18/11/61 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H)  5 - 4
 11/11/61 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  5 - 1
 04/11/61 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 1
 28/10/61 Division One vs. Partick (H)  3 - 2
 21/10/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 1
 14/10/61 Division One vs. Motherwell (A)  4 - 2
 07/10/61 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  5 - 3
 30/09/61 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  3 - 1
 23/09/61 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 16/09/61 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 3
 09/09/61 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (H)  4 - 1
 02/09/61 Section 3 vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 2
 30/08/61 Section 3 vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 26/08/61 Section 3 vs. Airdrie (A)  5 - 0
 23/08/61 Division One vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 1
 19/08/61 Section 3 vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 3
 16/08/61 Section 3 vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 4
 12/08/61 Section 3 vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 0
 29/04/61 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 22/04/61 Division One vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 12/04/61 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  4 - 2
 08/04/61 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 1
 01/04/61 Division One vs. Partick (A)  2 - 2
 25/03/61 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H)  6 - 1
 20/03/61 Division One vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 18/03/61 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  1 - 2
 08/03/61 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 04/03/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H)  4 - 1
 18/02/61 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 2
 11/02/61 2nd Round vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 5
 08/02/61 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  4 - 2
 21/01/61 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 14/01/61 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 0
 07/01/61 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (H)  3 - 0
 02/01/61 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 2
 31/12/60 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  2 - 3
 26/12/60 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 24/12/60 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 2
 26/11/60 Division One vs. Partick (H)  1 - 2
 19/11/60 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A)  4 - 2
 12/11/60 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  0 - 2
 05/11/60 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 1
 29/10/60 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 4
 22/10/60 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 1
 15/10/60 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 0
 08/10/60 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 01/10/60 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 24/09/60 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 1
 21/09/60 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 4
 17/09/60 Division One vs. Dundee Utd (A)  1 - 3
 14/09/60 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 10/09/60 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 3
 03/09/60 Group 4 vs. Aberdeen (H)  6 - 0
 31/08/60 Group 4 vs. Ayr Utd (H)  3 - 0
 27/08/60 Group 4 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  3 - 0
 24/08/60 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 2
 20/08/60 Group 4 vs. Aberdeen (A)  4 - 1
 17/08/60 Group 4 vs. Ayr Utd (A)  2 - 1
 13/08/60 Group 4 vs. Raith Rovers (H)  5 - 0
 30/04/60 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 2
 23/04/60 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H)  4 - 1
 16/04/60 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 02/04/60 Division One vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 3
 26/03/60 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  6 - 3
 19/03/60 Division One vs. Partick (H)  3 - 0
 10/03/60 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 1
 14/03/59 Division One vs. Queen of South (H)  2 - 1
 27/12/58 Division One vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 2

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored
None

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee 3 - 2 Falkirk
    League (Division One)


  • 50th Appearance

    Hearts 2 - 1 Dundee
    League (Division One)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee 3 - 2 Partick
    League (Division One)


  • 100th Appearance

    Hearts 3 - 1 Dundee
    League (Division One)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Motherwell 2 - 1 Dundee
    League (Division One)


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee 0 - 0 Rangers
    League (Division One)



International Career (Scotland)