Manager Donald Turner

Donald Turner
For the timeline overview see our Partickle: The Managerial Comings And Goings →; see also: Donald Turner (opposition manager) →
Donald Turner
● Donald Turner, 1930 (AN/PTS)

born in Scotland

Donald McDougall Turner was born on Monday, 31st January, 1881, in Govan, Glasgow. He had one spell as manager at Firhill.


(Thu-02-May-1929 ↔ Thu-05-Jun 1947; 18y,1m,3d)

Donald Turner, who had been serving as Easton's assistant since 1909, had left to become St Mirren manager for the start of season 1928-1929. However, he did not hesitate when he got the call to return to Firhill as the new chief executive, and took up the role in May, 1929. In a dream start, he reached the Scottish Cup final in his first full season, playing in front of 211,000+ spectators (our two biggest-ever crowds) in two tough matches against Rangers. That was followed by a genuine challenge for the flag in 1930-31, finishing with a record top-flight goal difference of +33 (albeit that wasn't a thing until 40 years later). He never quite hit those dizzy heights again, but was a real steady Eddie.

(48y,6m,10d) Sat-10-Aug-1929 [h] L0-2 Dundee (SFL First Division - game 1)
first – last of 825
(66y,3m,26d) Tue-27-May-1947 [a] W3-1 Norway XI (Friendly)

By May, 1947, 18 years in the hot-seat was enough for the 66-year-old, and the gentleman politely requested that he be relieved of the managerial duties, and could he continue as secretary? This he did with aplomb, and Donald was appointed to the board of directors shortly thereafter, where he served until November, 1955, finally retiring at 74.

He was in charge of Thistle for 825 games in total, and also managed at St Mirren (1928-1929).

Donald died on Sunday, 24th October, 1965, in Forres, Moray, aged 84.

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