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Jimmy Bonthrone

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Full nameJames Bonthrone
Date of birth16 June 1929
Place of birthKinglassie, Fife, Scotland
Date of death7 June 2008(age 78)
Playing positionInside forward

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James "Jimmy" Bonthrone (16 June 1929 7 June 2008) was a Scottish professional footballer, coach and manager.

Born in Kinglassie, Fife, Bonthrone's playing career centred around his time with a successful East Fife team, although he also played for Dundee, Stirling Albion and for George Farm atQueen of the South. He won the Scottish League Cup as a player with East Fife in 1953.

After retiring as a player, Bonthrone managed East Fife from 1963 until 1969 before assisting Eddie Turnbull at Aberdeen. Bonthrone was assistant manager when Aberdeen won the Scottish Cup in 1970. He was promoted to become the Aberdeen manager in 1971 after Turnbull moved to Hibernian.

Bonthrone managed the Dons from 1971 until his resignation in 1975. The club won the Drybrough Cup in 1971 just after he was appointed. He gave Willie Miller his debut, but had to contend with the high profile departures of Martin Buchan and Joe Harper, which effectively broke up the team that had been successful under Turnbull.

After leaving Aberdeen, he became commercial manager with East Fife before retiring.

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