THEY PLAYED FOR THE VIOLET
Years Team Apps(Gls)
1930–1935 Dundee 150(2)
1935–1938 Portsmouth 66(6)
1938–1947 Rangers 32(3)
1938 Scotland 1 (0)
James Scotland (Scot) Symon
Played for Dundee Violet during the 1929/30 season earning a SJFA cap against Wales (3-3) before transferring to Dundee in 1930.
He then had a three-year spell at English team Portsmouth before signing for boyhood heroes Rangers in 1938. Where he won a Scotland cap in 1938 against Hungary. He only played 37 Scottish League games for Rangers but helped the club win the league title in 1939.
His career was then interrupted by the onset of World War II; during the conflict he continued to play for Rangers and made over 250 appearances in unofficial competitions (almost all of which the club won). Symon retired from playing in 1947, making his final appearance a few weeks before his 36th birthday and securing the official league championship again in his final season.
Symon also played cricket for Scotland in 1938, taking five Australian wickets for just 33 runs.
Scot Symons move into management was nothing short of remarkable twice leading East Fife to League Cup glory and also to the final of the Scottish Cup. His move back down south saw his star rise more when taking Preston North End to the FA Cup Final before losing 3-2 to WBA. Rangers called again taking over from legendary manager Bill Struth. Scot would lead Rangers to six League Championships, five Scottish Cups, and four Scottish League Cups. Under Symon, Rangers entered European competition for the first time, reaching the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1961 and 1967 a defeat against the Wee Rangers of Berwick would see Scot Symon's time at Rangers come to a sad end. He was given the news of his dismissal by an accountant, Rangers were top of the league at the time.
Scot Symon finished his managerial career with two season at Partick Thistle.
The man who once graced the Glenesk Park turf certainly left his mark on Scottish football history.
Years Team Apps(Gls)
1939–1946 Dundee Violet
1946–1952 East Fife121(100)
1953–1954 Dundee United 0(0)
1949 Scotland 1(3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Played for East Fife, Dundee United and the Scotland national team as a centre forward.
Morris joined former Violet player Scot Symon's East Fife from the Pansies in 1946. He scored 60 goals during the 1947–48 League campaign as East Fife won the Second Division title. That same season he also helped his side claim the League Cup, the first time it had been won by a side out with the top flight. He won a further League cup with East Fife in 1950 before moving to Dundee United in 1953, where he retired. Henry Morris is to this day is number three in East Fife's top goalscorers list with a total of 176 goals scored in all competitions .
Morris scored a hat-trick in his only Scotland cap, an 8–2 win over Ireland in October 1949, he is the only player to have scored a hat trick and NEVER be capped again.