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In war-time football, however, Scot was a mainstay of the Rangers side which enjoyed huge success in the war-time competitions, playing in League and Cup matches scoring 12 goals. In April of , Scot demonstrated his all-round sporting skill and versatility when Rangers found themselves without a goalkeeper in the absence of Jerry Dawson. Symon played in goal for the full 90 minutes of a Southern League match at Shawfield against Clyde Rangers winning On the domestic front, Scot and Doreen became parents with the birth of daughter Carolyn Margaret in , followed by son Kenneth James in Yet, game after game, he plays away with the same steady consistency, a fine man for his team.

He has had English experience, too, and if he were still playing for Portsmouth, he would probably get a recommendation from the South that would put him bang into the running. It's a significant achievement that Scot Symon was a member of a Championship-winning side in each of his ten consecutive seasons as a player at Ibrox.

As a cricketer, Symon was a hard-hitting right-handed batsman, a right-arm fast medium bowler, who bowled off-cutters, and an athletic fielder. Scot was one of three professional footballers who were the backbone of the Errol village cricket side, with Willie Logie and George Watson — both of Dundee United — being cricketing team-mates.

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He was particularly strong on the off and, while he probably did not show all the strokes at his command, he must have done enough to impress the selectors. His defence was excellent. Cricket was a serious, competitive and demanding pursuit for Symon in the s. He opened both the batting and bowling in tandem with pro Bert Marshall of Notts. When Andy Goram became a cricket and football double international some 50 years later, his league cricket with Penicuik and Kelso was akin to a diversionary pastime in the brief respite between football seasons, played out in front of a handful of spectators.

In the return match at the North Inch on 17 August , Symon took three wicket for only 8 runs in 9 overs, helping to skittle West Lothian for just 68 to give Perthshire a run victory. Symon finished the season with 30 Championship wickets at With the bat, he scored runs in 10 Championship innings once not out for an average of The Perthshire Advertiser described him, prior to the big mid-summer derby with Forfarshire at Forthill, as:. Swings the new ball dangerously. Cahn was a multi-millionaire and a patron of both Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire cricket.

In the s, he employed many first-class cricketers in his furniture business, who played in his side at home and on overseas tours. He possessed two fine grounds: at West Bridgford, Nottingham, and at his country house — Stanford Hall, Loughborough, where champagne was the staple interval refreshment! Symon opened the bowling for Scotland, and he was wicket-less in his 22 overs, conceding 73 runs, with 4 maidens. Scotland held out for the draw on for seven, with Bruce Jones of Stirling County not out on The Scots then moved on to Stanford Hall the following morning, for a one-day match — also drawn.

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Symon failed to take a wicket in his short bowling stint, his four overs providing 23 runs to the opposition total, with no maidens. Scott sic Symon, who has been invited to play during August when he returns from Scotland preparatory to the soccer season. At home Scott sic Symon plays for Perthshire, and is more than a useful fast bowler. Symon took three wickets for 13 runs, but did not bat. Going in at no. It was to be the highest score of his international career. Scotland settled for the draw at for six Symon not out 17, batting no. The high point of his cricketing career, however, would take place the following month.

On Thursday 4 August , Scotland took the field at a sun-drenched Forthill, in front of a Dundee crowd in excess of 8,, to engage the Australian tourists in a two-day match. The visitors were already one-up in the Test series with England and had retained the Ashes. Contemporary press reports are generous in their praise of his caught and bowled to dismiss O'Reilly — holding onto a straight drive high above his head. The Daily Record of 5 August reported how:. Scotland, in turn, was rolled over for 88 Symon not out 11, batting 9. The Australians did not enforce the follow-on, and ran up all out in their second innings — Symon bowling two maidens in his 15 overs for the loss of 93 runs, taking one wicket: Frank Ward, stumped Gibb, bowled Symon for The Scots held out for the draw at for eight Symon scoring 3 runs before being stumped by Barnes off the bowling of Ward to the satisfaction of the 4, in attendance.

He had every batsman subdued, McCabe included. Unlike Baxter, he attacked all the time, and varied his deliveries cleverly. Paul Gibb won the toss and asked the Aussies to bat. The Scots produced a tremendous bowling performance, dismissing their powerful opponents albeit minus Bradman for with Symon again spearheading the Scottish attack, taking three for 44 from 15 overs, five of which were maidens: Lindsay Hassett, c Nichol b Symon 6; S G Barnes, lbw b Symon 49; W J O'Reilly, c Davidson b Symon 0.

In the words of the Sunday Mail correspondent:. The admission charge of two shillings to see the Australians as opposed to one shilling for the Rangers Sports may also have kept the crowd down. Thomson had played cricket with Scot against Australia in at that same Hamilton Crescent ground, but was an opponent of his on the football field, as he recalled for the writer before his death in Bowling bumpers for his native village team in a mere friendly game. Batting just as painstakingly at 50 as he did at five.

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Playing his way towards county and Scotland caps. Playing, always, to win. It was Scot Symon who blunted the inspired thrusts of the Russian forwards. Scot who urged his mates on to a face-saving draw. Dour, industrious, never beaten till the last whistle…. He was to enjoy even greater sporting success when his playing career ended, taking up football management, at the age of 36, in the unpromising setting of Methil in the summer of More significantly, the unfashionable Methil club also won the Scottish League Cup that year defeating Falkirk in a Hampden replay — a remarkable achievement for the first season manager of a lower division side.

Symon also took the Methil club to the Scottish Cup Final, but the Fifers lost out to Rangers before a Hampden crowd of , His dedication to the task at Bayview was almost obsessive. He then spent a week shadowing SFA Secretary George Graham to ensure that he had a detailed understanding of the administrative machinations of the game.

He was already proving to be a shrewd judge of a player, and two of his East Fife signings — Charlie Fleming and Ian Gardiner — went on to play for Scotland. This unprecedented run of success with a small, unfashionable club did not go unnoticed, and Scot was lured south in March to manage then First Division Preston North End. Bill Struth had retired as Rangers manager and the ex-Ranger Scot Symon was seen as his natural successor. Scot returned to Ibrox, as manager, in June Scot Symon's task at Ibrox was by no means an easy one.

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Scott Symon was the great Glasgow Rangers manager of the 50's and 60's Having read my biography on Champ, Ernie was aware of how he had been revered at home in Bermuda, Scotland and the West Indies stellar cricket performances. But he was pleasantly surprised seeing the mention he got in the Symon biography. But at the time, I had to confess ignorance.