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Full name James Scotland Symon
Date of birth 9 May 1911(1911-05-09)
Place of birth    Errol, Scotland
Date of death    30 April 1985 (aged 73)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
150 (2)
066 (6)
032 (3)   
National team
1938 Scotland 001 (0)
Teams managed
East Fife
Preston North End
Partick Thistle

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

James Scotland Symon (9 May 1911 - 30 April 1985) was a Scottish football player and manager.

He 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 did, however, only play 37 Scottish League games for Rangers but did win in the League title in 1939. He also won a Scotland cap in 1938 against Hungary, thus becoming the first of a select group of players to have represented their country at cricket and football.

After retiring from Rangers in 1947, he landed his first managerial job at East Fife where he guided them to one of their best ever seasons in 1949 winning the Scottish League Cup and reaching the Scottish Cup final. He took charge of Preston NE in 1953 where he took them to the FA Cup final. He returned to Rangers just one year later where he would steer them to six league championships. He also took Rangers into European football for the first time reaching two Cup Winners Cup finals which was a fine achievement by losing in both finals.

He was sacked as Rangers manager in 1967 after he rejected an offer to move to a General Manager's position. After briefly serving on Dumbarton's board of directors he was appointed manager of Partick Thistle in September 1968. Two years later he assumed the role of Partick's general manager.

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