Herd Sandy Image 1 Heart of Midlothian 1936

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Torryburn, Fife born Andrew “Sandy” Herd started his senior career with Dundee in 1923, who he joined from junior side Hearts of Beath. He joined Dunfermline Athletic a year later, helping them to win the Division Two title in 1925-26. He was then signed by Hearts in 1927 in a £250 transfer deal, with Colin Dand moving to Dunfermline as part of the agreement.

Herd spent ten seasons with the Tynecastle club, making 229 first team appearances in the process. Initially selected as a full back, he switched to the left half position when Andy Anderson joined the club in 1929, and established himself in the latter role. His half-back combination with Alex Massie and John Johnstone proved both durable and successful for Hearts, the trio proving a constant part of the side between 1930 and 1935, and eventually all three would gain selection for the Scottish national team. Herd’s one Scotland cap was earned against Ireland in October 1934 in a 2-1 defeat to Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast, while he also made one appearance for The Scottish League against The Football League, also in October 1934 at Stamford Bridge in a 2-1 defeat.

In 1936, Herd was awarded a joint testimonial match, alongside Northern Irish centre half Willie Reid. Chelsea provided the opposition and Andy Black scored Hearts’ goal in a 1-1 draw in front of 8,500 spectators. By now 34 years old, Herd’s career was considered to be drawing to a close and he was allowed to leave for Second Division East Fife at the end of the 1936-37 season after 10 goals in 291 appearances.

Herd was to an enjoy an Indian summer with the Methil side though, and in his first season with East Fife they remarkably reached the Scottish Cup Final. Kilmarnock were their opponents at Hampden Park and the match was drawn 1-1 but Herd suffered an injury which would force him to miss the replay. His replacement John Harvey, loaned from Hearts for the occasion, helped the Fifers to a 4-2 victory, making them the first club from the Second Division to win the trophy. Although he missed the decisive match, Herd had played in every game of East Fife’s cup run up to that point, notably scoring twice in their quarter-final defeat of Raith Rovers, and the club successfully petitioned the Scottish FA to allow him to receive a winners medal.

Herd retired in 1939 and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia later that year. His younger brother Alec maintained the family’s representation in the professional footballing ranks, playing for Manchester City and representing Scotland in unofficial wartime internationals during World War Two. Herd’s nephew, Alec’s son David, played for Arsenal and would also later represent Scotland.

 

 

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