Dave Russell (footballer)

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Dave Russell
Personal information
Full name Dave Russell
Date of birth (1914-04-07)7 April 1914
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Date of death 12 June 2000(2000-06-12) (aged 86)
Place of death Birkenhead, England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1938 East Fife 92
1938–1939 Sheffield Wednesday
Teams managed
1953–1961 Bury
1961–1969 Tranmere Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dave Russell (7 April 1914 – 12 June 2000) was a Scottish football player and manager. He won the Scottish Cup with East Fife in 1938, and was manager of both Bury and Tranmere Rovers for eight years.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Russell played for his hometown club Dundee before joining East Fife. Winning the Scottish Cup in 1938, Russell played 92 games for The Fifers before joining Sheffield Wednesday for the next season, where he was an ever-present as the club finished third in Division Two; as it did with so many players, World War II hampered Russell's career.[1]

Management career[edit]

After a stint in the Royal Air Force, Russell became a coach for the Danish Football Association before returning to England in 1950 to take up a coaching role at Bury. In 1953, Russell became the manager and led the Shakers for eight years; the club played 379 games under him between 1953 and 1961, winning 154, losing 139 and drawing 86 match. However, whilst at Bury, finances were a severe problem for Russell, and in 1957 they suffered relegation from Division Two for the first time in 63 years. Fortunes soon turned around though for the Scotsman, and he guided Bury back to Division Two in the 1960–61 season.[1][2]

He then took over as manager of Tranmere Rovers, at the time two divisions lower than Bury, replacing Walter Galbraith who had been in charge for less than a year. After near misses and disappointments along the way, he finally steered Rovers back to the Third Division at the conclusion of 1966–67 season. In 1969, Russell became the club's general manager to allow his long-time coach, Jackie Wright, to take over the managerial reins, having guided the team to 167 wins and 130 defeats over a 379-game and eight-year stint as manager. In 1978 Russell left the club for the final time. Since then, one of the hospitality suites at Tranmere's ground Prenton Park has been named after Russell.[1][3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Matthew Jones (14 July 2010). "Tranmere Legends: Part Eight". www.total-tranmere.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Former Managers". Bury Football Club official website. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Tranmere Rovers Managers Since 1912". Tranmere Rovers official website. 12 May 2010. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  4. ^ "History". TheCowsheds.co.uk. 19 August 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.