Alex Totten

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Alex Totten
Personal information
Full name Alexander Totten
Date of birth c. 1946[1]
Place of birth Dennyloanhead, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
1960–1964 Liverpool[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Dundee[2] 9 (0)
1965–1969 Dunfermline Athletic[3] 30 (0)
1969–1971 Falkirk[4] 21 (1)
1971–1973 Queen of the South[5] 62 (6)
1973–1978 Alloa Athletic[6] 52 (2)
Total 174 (9)
Teams managed
1980–1982 Alloa Athletic
1982–1984 Falkirk[7]
1986–1987 Dumbarton
1987–1992 St. Johnstone
1992–1993 East Fife
1994–1996 Kilmarnock
1996–2002 Falkirk[7]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alex Totten (born c. 1946) is a former Scottish association football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Growing up in Dennyloanhead, Stirlingshire, he signed for Liverpool straight from school in 1960 before signing for top division Dundee back in Scotland in 1964. After a season, he moved onto Dunfermline Athletic where he made nearly 30 top division league appearances over four seasons. In 1969, he moved on to Falkirk, racking up another 20 starts over his two seasons at Brockville and also scoring his first Senior goal.

In July 1971 Totten transferred to Dumfries side Queen of the South and became a first team regular for the first time his career in the lower division. The last transfer of his playing days came in July 1973 with a move to Alloa Athletic where he wound down his on-field career and became manager in 1980.

Managerial career[edit]

Three years as Alloa Athletic manager were ended when he took over at previous club Falkirk after leading The Wasps to the Scottish First Division and a 6th place finish. He then moved to Rangers to become Jock Wallace's assistant. He left Ibrox when Graeme Souness was appointed in 1986 and went to manage Dumbarton. He then took St. Johnstone from the old Second Division to the Premier Division in the space of three seasons. He also led Saints to Scottish Cup semi-final appearances in 1989 and 1991. Totten's role in Saints' progress was rewarded when he was made SFWA Manager of the Year for 1991, but Geoff Brown sacked Totten in 1992 for demanding too much money for new players.[8]

Totten then managed East Fife and Kilmarnock, before returning to Falkirk as manager in 1996. He guided Falkirk to the 1997 Scottish Cup Final, having defeated Celtic in the semi-final. Falkirk lost 1–0 to Kilmarnock, who had sacked Totten earlier that season, in the Final. Totten was eventually moved into a director of football role by Falkirk in 2002.[9] Falkirk played Rangers in a testimonial match for Totten on 21 July 2007 at the Falkirk Stadium. The match ended 1–1 with Lee McCulloch scoring for Rangers and Pedro Moutinho scoring for Falkirk.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Totten new Alloa manager". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). 8 May 1980. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b DUNDEE : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
  3. ^ DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
  4. ^ FALKIRK : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
  5. ^ QUEEN OF THE SOUTH : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
  6. ^ ALLOA ATHLETIC : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
  7. ^ a b Falkirk FC Managers
  8. ^ Forsyth, Paul. Main leg break adds to woes, Scotland on Sunday, 30 September 2001.
  9. ^ Totten takes new role at Falkirk, BBC Sport, 25 April 2002.