Ian Ure Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: John Francombe Ure
  • Born: December 7th, 1939 (Ayr)
  • Height: 6' 1

Career

  • Position: Centre-Half
  • Signed: August 0th, 1958
  • First Manager: Willie Thornton
  • 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 may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Biography


While Ian Ure was rightly entered into the Dundee F.C. Hall of Fame in 2011, it could have been so different for the bedrock of Dundee title winning defence had he followed his first love of rugby and gave in to the early doubts he harboured about his footballing ability.

John Francombe Ian Ure was born in Ayr on December 7th 1939 and at school, he had excelled at most sports representing them at rugby, cricket and boxing. Ian attended the staunch rugby playing school of Ayr Academy who tried to rear him as a stand-off and he played for the First XV aged just sixteen. Most of his opponents were bigger than him, which helped Ian build his mighty frame but he didn’t ignore football, playing for Ayr Albion on a Saturday afternoon after playing with the oval ball in the morning.

It was at Albion that Ure was spotted by Dundee’s Ayrshire scout Jimmy Ross who invited Ian to go to Dens Park for a week’s trial in 1958 after he had represented Scotland Schoolboys against England and Wales. After failing to impress boss Willie Thornton, the youngster was told to return home to Ayr but Dundee coach Sammy Kean persuaded Thornton to give the blond 6ft 1in defender another two weeks trial. Still Thornton was unimpressed, but Kean persisted in his judgement and persuaded his manager to sign the youngster and with a £100 signing on fee in his pocket, Ure went on to become one of the greatest players to play for the Dark Blues.

After just four months in the reserves, Ian made his debut in the first team in a 3-2 home win over Falkirk. Having signed for The Dee as a left-half, Ian found himself at centre-half almost by accident when he came in to replace regular pivot Billy Smith and soon his performances made the Dundee support forget about the departure of Jimmy Gabriel to Everton.

After spending a few years as understudy to Doug Cowie, Ure had to wait until Bob Shankly took over the Dens Park hot seat before he became a regular in the side and in season 1960/61 made forty-one appearances, establishing the formidable half-back line alongside Bobby Seith and Bobby Wishart.

Season 1961/62 saw Dundee become Scottish League Champions and Ian was an ever present making the number five jersey his own for both club and country. He made the first of eleven international appearances for Scotland, eight of which he won at Dens, in November 1961 against Wales and just three days later was part of the Dundee side which recorded the Club’s greatest ever league result, with a 5-1 victory at Ibrox over Rangers.

The next season saw Dundee explode onto the European scene with an 8-1 hammering of West German champions Cologne. The shockwaves that Ure and his teammates were sending throughout the continent continued as Sporting Lisbon and Anderlecht were put to the sword before Dundee crashed out to Italian giants A.C. Milan 5-2 on aggregate at the semi final stage.

Ure’s performances in the Champion Clubs’ Cup were immense, particularly in the away leg in Cologne when Dundee were under pressure both on and off the park and were put under the most intense intimidation. Down to ten men with keeper Bert Slater stretchered off and 3-0 down at half-time, Dundee were in severe danger of going out in what would have been one of the most extraordinary turnarounds in two legged football, but Ure was one of the few to keep his head and put in a heroic performance to see Dundee through.

In December 1962, his performances at both home and abroad saw Ure presented with the Scottish Footballer of the Year Award which was chosen by Rex Kingsley of the Sunday Mail and became the first and to date only Dundee player to win a national player of the year accolade. Pre-dating, the Players’ Player or Football Writers’ Awards, the Kingsley award was presented at the end of a calendar year and Ure became the twelfth man to win the title with team mate Gordon Smith being the first with Hibernian in 1951.

A presentation ceremony was held in the Dundee’s Caird Hall on February 24th 1963 and in the souvenir programme, Ure’s manager Bob Shankly said. ‘Ian is not only a highly skilled player- he is a morale builder in any side. His virtues as a team mate are never more noticeable when the battle is at its toughest. His very presence, as he races to cover ever possible leak or nails it forward to stab it to a mate, means much to his colleagues on the field.’

Six weeks later, Ian was part of the Scotland side which defeated England at Wembley for the first time since 1949 with a 2-1 win and B.B.C. commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme described Ure as ‘the greatest centre half in the world today’ in his coverage of the game.

With early sixties seeing a steady flow of Scottish talent heading south where the big bucks was, it was always going to be difficult to keep a hold of Ure after he had performed so well in such high profile games. Ian wanted to test himself at a higher level and put in a transfer request in the summer of 1963 and after threatening to ‘sign on the dole’ if he didn’t get a move, he eventually moved to Arsenal having impressed against them in two friendlies in 1962.

Ure moved to Highbury for £62, 500, a world record fee for a centre half and after six years in London moved for another world record fee for a centre-half when Matt Busby paid £80, 000 to take him to Old Trafford.

After a short spell with St. Mirren, Ure succeeded Alex Ferguson as manager of East Strilingshire but his time at Dens remained the highlight of his career.

Ure made 146 appearances for The Dee but curiously never scored, considering his height might have posed a threat at set pieces. He was however the heartbeat of Dundee’s title winning defence and was a fearsome battler who dominated aerial duels and passed the ball better than most centre halves of his day.

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-- 11
European Cup 8-- --
Scottish Cup 6-- --
League Cup 20-- --
International Soccer League 5-- --
Totals: 146-- 11

 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 (H)  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


  • Signed For Dundee


  • 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)


  • International Debut


  • 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)


Caps: 11

International Debut: November 8th, 1961 v. Wales

Out of the eleven caps Ian Ure collected during his football career, he accumulated eight of them while at Dens Park.

His first outing for the national side came in a 2-0 win over Wales in the British Home Championships. Ian St John scored the.goals.either side of half time.

Here's last cap as a Dundee came came against Spain when Scotland humbled the Spanish by beating them 6-2 in the Santiago Bernabeu.

The big defender would be called up a further three times after making his move down to London to play for Arsenal.

His last cap and was in 1967 on a 1-0 defeat to Northern Ireland. This was just shy of four years since he was last called up.

In his eight appearances for Scotland as a Dundee player, Ure was on the winning side for six of them, only tasting defeat once.