Herbert Dainty was an English football player and manager who was the first manager of Ayr United, having been appointed on 6th May 1914.
Already a centre half at the club since October 1913 he became player-manager at age 35. He continued playing after his appointment as manager which also made him the club’s first player manager.
Before joining Ayr Herbert had played for many clubs including Leicester Fosse, Southampton and Dundee, with whom he received a Scottish Cup winner’s medal in 1910. On quitting Ayr United he joined Dundee Hibernian because he had a business in Dundee. He later coached in South America.
Before joining Ayr United, Herbert had played for many clubs including Dundee, with whom he received a Scottish Cup winner’s medal in 1910 and had had a two-year spell as a player-manager for Bradford Park Avenue.
On quitting Ayr United he joined Dundee Hibernian because he had a business in Dundee. He later coached in South America before returning to England as a coach with Ipswich Town from 1932 to 1934. He subsequently settled in the north west of England.
Herbert Dainty was born in Geddington in Northamptonshire in England in 1879. His career saw him move around and he had spells living in Scotland England and South America. During World War I,
Dainty founded a charity team called “Dainty’s XI” in Tayside (after leaving Ayr) that played against other local sides for charity.
He died in Dundee in 1961.
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