Tom Forsyth

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Tom Forsyth
Personal information
Full name Thomas Forsyth
Date of birth(1949-01-23)23 January 1949
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 14 August 2020(2020-08-14) (aged 71)
Place of death Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Stonehouse Violet
1967–1972 Motherwell 150 (17)
1972–1982 Rangers 218 (2)
International career
1971 [2] Scotland U23 1 (0)
1971–1976 [3] Scottish League XI 2 (0)
1971–1978 Scotland 22 (0)
Managerial career
1982–1983 Dunfermline Athletic
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Forsyth (23 January 1949 – 14 August 2020) was a Scottish football player and coach. Forsyth played as a defender for Motherwell, Rangers and Scotland.


Playing career


Forsyth started his career at junior club Stonehouse Violet, then spent five years at Motherwell, playing over 200 times for the club [4] before being signed by Rangers in October 1972. He scored the winning goal in the 1973 Scottish Cup Final against Old Firm rivals Celtic from six inches. [5]

During his Rangers career, Forsyth made 332 appearances in all competitions and won three league championships, four Scottish Cups and two League Cups; these successes included two domestic trebles, in 197576 and 197778. [6] [7]


Forsyth played 22 times for Scotland, including at the 1978 World Cup. [6] He captained Scotland once, against Switzerland in 1976. [8]

Managerial career

After his playing retirement, Forsyth was appointed manager of Dunfermline Athletic in 1982, although he relinquished the position within a year. [6] According to his assistant and successor Jim Leishman, Forsyth left his role as Dunfermline manager due to frustration with the club's part-time status: "I think the problem when Tam came to Dunfermline was that he was geared for full-time football at the time, and Dunfermline were part-time. The players would come in and Tam wanted that much on the Tuesday and the Thursday I think he forgot that these guys were part-time." [9] He then accepted a position as assistant-manager to former Rangers team-mate Tommy McLean at Morton in 1983. [6] Forsyth was appointed McLean's assistant at Motherwell then Hearts when McLean moved to these clubs in 1984 and 1994 respectively. [6]

On 14 August 2020, Forsyth died peacefully at home with his family by his side, at the age of 71. [10]

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