Bert Paton

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Bert Paton
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-04-29) 29 April 1942 (age 81)
Place of birth High Valleyfield, Scotland
Position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Tulliallan Thistle
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1972 Dunfermline Athletic 144 (63)
1972–1973 Berwick Rangers 5 (0)
Managerial career
1974 Cowdenbeath
1974–1975 Raith Rovers
1993–1999 Dunfermline Athletic
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Bert Paton (born 29 April 1942) is a Scottish former football player and manager.[1] He is best remembered for a long association with Dunfermline Athletic.

An inside forward, Paton began his senior playing career with Leeds United, returning to Scotland with Jock Stein's Dunfermline in 1961. He stayed ten years with the Fife side, helping them win the Scottish Cup in 1967–68 and reach the final in 1964–65. After over 200 first-team appearances he moved to Berwick Rangers in 1972, although the repercussions of two leg-breaks during his time with Dunfermline forced his early retiral after just five games for the Borderers.

Paton subsequently began a coaching career, initially assisting George Farm at Raith Rovers.[2] He then became a manager in his own right at Cowdenbeath during the 1974 close season.[2] He left Cowdenbeath to take the Raith Rovers job in October 1974, but Paton left this post in March 1975.[2] He then returned to supporting roles, initially at Hearts.[2]

In 1980, he left football to concentrate on business concerns, but returned in 1986 to assist Alex Totten at Dumbarton.[2] He then joined Totten at St Johnstone, who they guided to two promotions in three seasons.[2] Paton was appointed manager of Dunfermline Athletic in 1993. He guided the side to promotion to the Premier Division by winning the First Division championship in 1996.[2] He has since worked for his former assistant at Dunfermline Dick Campbell, when Campbell was manager of Brechin City.


  1. ^ "Bert Paton". Neil Brown. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Bert Paton 1993-99". Dunfermline Athletic FC. Retrieved 12 September 2015.

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