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Scot Symon

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Full nameJames Scotland Symon
Date of birth9 May 1911
Place of birthErrol, Scotland
Date of death30 April 1985(age 73)
Playing positionWing half

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James Scotland Symon (9 May 1911 - 30 April 1985) was a Scottish football player and manager. He also played cricket for Scotland in an age when it was possible to play and excel in several sports.

He started his professional career at Dundee in 1930. He then had a three year spell at English team Portsmouth before signing for boyhood heroes Rangers in 1938. He did, however, only play 37 Scottish League games for Rangers but did win in the League title in 1939. He also won a Scotland cap in 1938 against Hungary, thus becoming the first of a select group of players to have represented their country at cricket and football.

After retiring from Rangers in 1947, he landed his first managerial job at East Fife where he guided them to one of their best ever seasons in 1949 winning the Scottish League Cup and reaching the Scottish Cup final. He took charge of Preston NE in 1953 where he took them to the FA Cup final. He returned to Rangers just one year later where he would steer them to six league championships. He also took Rangers into European football for the first time, guiding them to two Cup Winners Cup finals in 1961 and 1967.

He was sacked as Rangers manager in 1967 after he rejected an offer to move to a General Manager's position. After briefly serving on Dumbarton's board of directors he was appointed manager of Partick Thistle in September 1968. Two years later he assumed the role of Thistle's general manager.




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