David Provan (footballer, born 1941)

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David Provan
Personal information
Full name David Provan
Date of birth (1941-03-11)11 March 1941
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Date of death 26 November 2016(2016-11-26) (aged 75)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1970 Rangers 171 (9)
1970–1971 Crystal Palace 1 (0)
1971–1974 Plymouth Argyle 129 (10)
1974–1975 St Mirren 13 (0)
National team
1963–1965 Scotland 5 (0)
1967 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1991 Albion Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Provan (11 March 1941 – 26 November 2016) was a Scottish professional footballer, who played for Rangers, Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle and St Mirren. Provan also played for Scotland and the Scottish League XI.


Provan was a product of the Rangers youth team and played as a full back. He made his debut on 27 December 1958, in a league match away to Third Lanark which Rangers won 3-2. He helped the club win a domestic treble in 1963–4 and played in the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, which Rangers lost 1–0 to Bayern Munich.[2] Provan is one of the players elected to Rangers' Hall of Fame.[3]

He left the club in June 1970[4] and joined English club Crystal Palace, although he was not there for long, making only two senior appearances in total,[4] before moving on in March 1971, to Plymouth Argyle.[4] He stayed at Plymouth for five seasons and made over 100 appearances.[5]

Provan subsequently played for St Mirren where he finished his senior career in 1975,[5] and began his coaching career under then-manager Alex Ferguson.[6] He later went on to manage Albion Rovers from 1987 to 1991, leading the club to the Scottish Football League Second Division title in 1988–9.[6]

Rangers FC announced on 26 November 2016 that Provan had died, following a long illness.[2][7]


  1. ^ "David Provan - Scotland Football League Record from 06 Sep 1967 to 06 Sep 1967 clubs - Rangers". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Former Rangers defender Davie Provan dies, aged 75". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Profile on Rangers Hall of Fame". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 338. ISBN 0907969542.
  5. ^ a b "Dave Provan". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Dave Provan". greensonscreen.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Davie Provan". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club. 26 November 2016.

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