Jimmy Bonthrone

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Jimmy Bonthrone
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Personal information
Full name James Bonthrone
Date of birth (1929-06-16)16 June 1929
Place of birth Kinglassie, Fife, Scotland
Date of death 7 June 2008(2008-06-07) (aged 78)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1957 East Fife 222 (85)
1957–1959 Dundee 30 (15)
1959–1961 Stirling Albion 43 (21)
1961–1962 Queen of the South 6 (0)
Total 301 (121)
National team
1953 Scotland B[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1963–1969 East Fife
1971–1975 Aberdeen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Bonthrone (16 June 1929 – 7 June 2008)[2] was a Scottish professional football player, coach and manager.

Born in Kinglassie, Fife,[3] Bonthrone's playing career centred on his time with a successful East Fife team, although he also played for Dundee, Stirling Albion and for George Farm at Queen of the South.[3][4] He won the Scottish League Cup as a player with East Fife[5] in 1953.

After retiring as a player, Bonthrone managed East Fife from 1963 until 1969[5] before assisting Eddie Turnbull at Aberdeen.[3][5] Bonthrone was assistant manager when Aberdeen won the Scottish Cup in 1970.[4] He was promoted to become the Aberdeen manager in 1971 after Turnbull moved to Hibernian.[3][4][5]

Bonthrone managed the Dons from 1971 until his resignation in 1975.[3][4] The club won the Drybrough Cup in 1971 just after he was appointed.[3][5] He gave Willie Miller his debut, but had to contend with the high-profile departures of Martin Buchan and Joe Harper,[4][5] which effectively broke up the team that had been successful under Turnbull.[4]

After leaving Aberdeen, he became commercial manager with East Fife before retiring.[4][5]


  1. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/scotlandb/player.php?playerid=27
  2. ^ "Jimmy Bonthrone: Footballer, coach and manager". The Independent. 25 June 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Jimmy Bonthrone". Aberdeen FC. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Ex-Dons boss Bonthrone dies". The Herald. 9 June 2008.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Death of ex Aberdeen manager Bonthrone". The Scotsman. 9 June 2008.

External links[edit]

  • Jimmy Bonthrone at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database