Walter Ferguson Smith OBE (24 Feb 1948 – 26 Oct 2021), was a Scottish association soccer player, manager, and director. He is most associated with his two spells in Glasgow as manager of Rangers.

Smith was a defender and his playing career included two spells at Dundee United. The time was then split by a brief stint at Dumbarton. Smith retired from playing after sustaining a pelvic injury. He then became a coach at Dundee United for Jim McLean. Smith was also in charge of Scotland’s under-18 and under-21 soccer teams. He assisted Alex Ferguson, the manager of Scotland, at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Mexico. This was after it was announced that Smith would be moving to Rangers to assist Graeme Souness.

Smith succeeded Souness as Rangers manager in 1991. In seven years, Smith won 13 major trophies, including seven league titles. He was named manager of Everton, an English Premier League club, after he left Rangers at end of 1997-98 season. Before he was fired in 2002, he had been in charge of Goodison Park for four years.

Walter Smith

Walter Smith

Smith was appointed Scotland manager in December 2004, after a brief stint working as an assistant manager for Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Smith led a turnaround in Scotland’s fortunes and took the national team up to the FIFA World Rankings at 70. He resigned in January 2007 as Scotland manager to make a comeback to Rangers after a successful start to UEFA Euro 2008 qualification. During his second stint as Rangers manager, he won eight trophies and led the team to the 2008 UEFA Cup final before retiring in 2011. Smith is second in Rangers history behind Bill Struth.

Walter Smith, also known as Walter Ferguson Smith OBE, was a Scottish football player and manager. He is most well-known for his two stints as manager at Glasgow club Rangers.

Smith was a defender and his playing career included two spells at Dundee United. The time was then split by a brief stint at Dumbarton. Smith was forced to retire from playing after sustaining a pelvic injury. He then became a coach at Dundee United and worked for Jim McLean as manager.

Walter Smith’s Death Cause

Walter Smith, the man who managed Scotland Rangers, Everton and Scotland, has passed away at the age 73.
Smith was Rangers manager for two terms and led the club to 10 top flight titles, six League Cups, five Scottish Cups, and six League Cups. He also won the UEFA Cup final in 2008 while he was Rangers manager.

After Bill Struth, he is still the club’s most successful manager.

Smith was in charge of Everton for four years and Scotland for two before being lured back to Glasgow.

His death occurs in the same year Rangers win their first Scottish Premiership title, Smith’s last season as manager in 2011.

The club stated, “It is with deep sadness that we announce our former manager and chairman, Walter Smith.”

Walter Smith Biography/Wiki

Smith was born in Lanark but grew up in Carmyle in the East End. He was a long-time Rangers fan as a boy. Before launching his football career, Smith was employed by South of Scotland Electricity Board.

Smith was also in charge of Scotland’s under-18 and under-21 soccer teams. He also assisted Alex Ferguson, the manager of Scotland, at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Mexico.

Smith succeeded Souness as Rangers manager in 1991. In seven years, Smith won 13 major trophies, including seven league titles. He was named manager of Everton, an English Premier League club, after he left Rangers at end of 1997-98 season. Before he was fired in 2002, he had been in charge of Goodison Park for four years.

Smith was appointed Scotland manager in December 2004, after a brief stint working as an assistant manager for Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Smith led a turnaround in Scotland’s fortunes and took the national team up to the FIFA World Rankings at 70. He resigned in January 2007 as Scotland manager to make a comeback to Rangers after a successful start to UEFA Euro 2008 qualification. During his second stint as Rangers manager, he won eight trophies and led the team to the 2008 UEFA Cup final before retiring in 2011. Smith is second in Rangers history behind Bill Struth.

Full name: Walter Ferguson Smith

Date of birth: 24 February 1948

Place of Birth: Lanark, Scotland

Date of Death: 26 October 2021 (aged 73)

Position(s): Defender

Teams managed By Walter Smith

1978–1982 Scotland U18

1982–1986 Scotland U21

1991–1998 Rangers

1998–2002 Everton

2004–2007 Scotland

2007–2011 Rangers

Walter Smith Personal life

Walter Smith was married to Ethel, with whom he had two sons, Neil and Steven.

He underwent an unspecified medical operation in March 2021 that required him to stay in hospital. His death was announced on 26 October 2021. He was 73.

Walter Smith Physical Stats

Age: 73 years old

Height: Feet 6’3″ inches

In centimetres – 191cm

In metres – 1.91m

Weight: 98 KG

Eye Colour: NA

Hair Colour: NA

Walter Smith Life After Management

Rangers went into administration in February 2012. HM Revenue & Customs rejected a proposal to put the club in administration through a creditors voluntary arrangement. The largest creditor refused and the club was placed into liquidation on June 2012. Duff & Phelps was the administrator and sold Rangers’ assets to a group led by Charles Green. Smith claimed that he was leading the consortium offering to purchase Green’s assets, but this offer was withdrawn a few days later. Smith was re-elected as a director of the Rangers on 11 November 2012. Smith was elected non-executive chairman of the board in May 2013. However, he resigned in August.

Smith was considered for a return to management in Scotland as manager in February 2018. However, he pulled his name out of consideration after discussing with the Scottish FA.

Walter Smith FAQ

Who was Walter Smith?

Walter Ferguson Smith OBE (24 February 1948 – 26 October 2021) was a Scottish football player, manager and director, primarily associated with his two spells as manager of Glasgow club Rangers.

When did Walter Smith die?

Walter Smith death was announced on 26 October 2021. He was 73.

What was Walter Smith Cause Of Death?

Walter Smith underwent an unspecified medical operation in March 2021 that required him to stay in hospital. His death was announced on 26 October 2021. He was 73.

What is Walter Smith Wife’s Name?

Walter Smith was married to Ethel, with whom he had two sons, Neil and Steven.

Walter Smith Early life

Smith was born in Lanark, but grew up in the Carmyle district in the East End of Glasgow, and was a boyhood fan of Rangers. He was employed by the South of Scotland Electricity Board before launching his football career in the 1960s with Junior League team Ashfield.