Manager Scot Symon
Scot Symon
For the timeline overview see our Partickle: The Managerial Comings And Goings →; see also: Scot Symon (opposition manager) →
Scot Symon
● Scot Symon, 1960s (SFHF)

born in Scotland

James Scotland Symon was born on Tuesday, 9th May 1911, in Errol, Perthshire. He had one spell as manager at Firhill.


(Wed-25-Sep-1968 ↔ Mon-13-Apr-1970; 1y,6m,19d)

As they had done post-Meiklejohn, the club again invited applications for the post left vacant by Willie Thornton's surprise departure, and it was another ex-Ranger (can you see a pattern here?) who got the nod. Although he'd been highly succesful as gaffer at Ibrox, Symon was never really forgiven for the defeat at Berwick in January, 1967, although it was still a great surprise to many when he was so unceremoniously dismissed ten months later. For the first time, Thistle appointed a “tracksuit” assistant manager in Davie McParland, and there were high hopes that this pairing would be a big success.

(57y,4m,23d) Sat-28-Sep-1968 [h] W2-1 Hibernian (SFL First Division - game 4)
first – last of 80
(58y,11m,3d) Wed-08-Apr-1970 [h] L1-2 Morton (SFL First Division - game 32)

Instead, an unimaginable relegation, the first since 1901, brought the partnership to a halt after just 18 months. As soon as it was mathematically over, internal discussions took place which resulted in Symon moving upstairs, never to manage again.

He was in charge of Thistle for 80 games in total, as well as managing at East Fife (1947-1953), Preston North End (1953-1954) and Rangers (1954-1967).

Scot died on Monday, 29th April, 1985, in Dumbreck, Glasgow, aged 73.

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