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Benny Rooney
Personal information
Date of birth circa 1943
Place of birth Scotland
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
–1963 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1966 Dundee United 22 (4)
1966–1974 St. Johnstone 222 (12)
1974–1976 Partick Thistle 62 (3)
Teams managed
1976–1983 Greenock Morton
1983–1986 Partick Thistle
1984 Albion Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Benny Rooney (born circa 1943) is a Scottish former association football player and manager.

Playing career

Rooney played for Celtic as a youth, but was allowed to sign for Dundee United on a free transfer in 1963.[1] He was frequently relegated to United's reserve team, however, and he was eventually sold to St. Johnstone in 1966 for £3,500.[1] Rooney served the Perth club for nearly a decade during a very successful period for the club under the management of Willie Ormond. Rooney was the club's captain during their UEFA Cup run of 1971, when they defeated Hamburg and Vasas Budapest.[2]

Managerial career

Rooney was appointed manager of Morton in 1976. Morton were part-time and competing in the First Division at the time. In his second season in charge he led the club to promotion to the Premier Division. In the 1979-80 season Morton famously topped the Premier Division in the middle of the season, and ultimately finished in 6th place, quite an achievement for a part-time club.[3]

Rooney is also revered by Morton fans for assembling a memorable squad, including fan favourite Andy Ritchie, who was brought to Cappielow from Celtic in 1976.[4]

Rooney left Morton in 1983, and went on to manage Partick Thistle and Albion Rovers, before returning to his first club Celtic briefly as a coach.[5]

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