Scot Symon

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.

Scot Symon
Personal information
Full name James Scotland Symon
Date of birth (1911-05-09)9 May 1911
Place of birth Errol, Perthshire, Scotland
Date of death 30 April 1985(1985-04-30) (aged 73)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position(s) Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1930–1935 Dundee 150 (2)
1935–1938 Portsmouth 66 (6)
1938–1947 Rangers 32 (3)
National team
1938 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1947–1953 East Fife
1953–1954 Preston North End
1954–1967 Rangers
1968–1970 Partick Thistle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Symon 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 also won a Scotland cap in 1938 against Hungary.[1] He only played 37 Scottish League games for Rangers but helped the club win the league title in 1939.[2]

His career was then interrupted by the onset of World War II; during the conflict he continued to play for Rangers and made over 250 appearances in unofficial competitions[2] (almost all of which the club won). Symon retired from playing in 1947, making his final appearance a few weeks before his 36th birthday and securing the official league championship again in his final season.[2]


Symon played cricket for Scotland in 1938, taking five Australian wickets for just 33 runs.[1]


He returned to Rangers in 1954 where he would steer them to six League championships, five Scottish Cups, and four League Cups.[3] He also took the club into European football for the first time, guiding them to two Cup Winners Cup finals in 1961 and 1967, both ending in defeat.[4][5]

Symon was Rangers manager when they lost to Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup on 28 January 1967. When Symon was sensationally sacked by Rangers in November 1967 (despite Rangers then leading the league table), he was told of the decision by an accountant.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Andy (23 June 2012). "Cricket and football double internationals". Scottish Sport History. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Rangers player Scot Symon profile". Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Davie White: Rangers boss who struggled to match Jock Stein's Celtic". The Independent. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ Murray, Keir (22 April 2008). "When Rangers met Fiorentina in '61". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ "When Euro glory evaded Rangers". BBC Sport. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2017.

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