Annathill, Lanarkshire born left back Davie Shaw made his Scottish League debut for Hibernian against Motherwell in April 1939 and played for Hibernian both before (5 further appearances before its outbreak in September 1939) and after the Second World War, including an appearance in the 1947 Scottish Cup Final, where he captained Hibs as they lost the Final to Aberdeen by two goals to one. He was part of their Scottish League Championship winning side of 1947-48, and won 9 caps for Scotland while at Hibs, winning his first of nine caps in a 3-1 win against Switzerland at Hampden Park in May 1946, his final cap coming against Ireland in November 1948. He also played 3 times for The Scottish League while with Hibs between April and November 1948, playing twice against The League of Ireland and once against The Irish League.
After 120 appearances for Hibernian and 325 matches including wartime league and cup football, in which he scored twice, Shaw signed for Aberdeen in 1950 and played in the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers in 1953. Having scored once in 82 appearances for The Dons, Shaw was appointed coach by manager Dave Halliday, and was described by Bobby Wishart, the inside forward in the League Championship winning side of 1954-55 as “the secret ingredient” in the club’s success. At the end of that Championship season, Halliday left to take over as manager of Leicester, and Shaw was appointed Aberdeen’s manager in his place. His team won the Scottish League Cup at the first time of asking in 1955-56, but he was unable to repeat this early success, and despite one more Scottish Cup Final in 1959, he stepped aside at the end of that season, returning to his previous role as coach under Tommy Pearson.
Shaw’s older brother Jock played for Airdrieonians and Rangers, and the brothers played together for the Scotland team in a match against Switzerland in 1946. This didn’t happen again until Gary and Steven Caldwell played together for the first time in a Scotland side in 2005.