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Willie Thornton

Personal information
Full nameWillam Thornton
Date of birthMarch 3, 1920
Place of birthWinchburgh, Scotland
Date of deathAugust 26, 1991(age 71)
Playing positionStriker

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William Thornton (3 March 1920 26 August 1991) was a Scottish footballer and manager. His entire senior playing career was spent with Rangers, and he is considered to be one of the greatest players in the club's history. He served in World War II in the Scottish Horse winning the Military Medal for his bravery.

Thornton played for Rangers from 1936 to 1954, then became a manager with first Dundee and then Partick Thistle. He later returned to Rangers as assistant to Davie White in the summer of 1968 and was briefly caretaker manager in 1969 after White's dismissal. Thornton then worked as assistant to William Waddell until 1972. The side won the two matches that he took charge. Thornton is one of Scotland's all time top scorers, with 139 League goals.

He died in August 1991 at the age of 71.




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