Tom Forsyth

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Tom Forsyth
Personal information
Full name Thomas Forsyth
Date of birth (1949-01-23) 23 January 1949 (age 70)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1972 Motherwell 150 (17)
1972–1982 Rangers 218 (2)
Total 368 (19)
National team
1971–1978 Scotland 22 (0)
1971–1976 Scottish League XI 2 (0)
Teams managed
1982–1983 Dunfermline Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Forsyth (born 23 January 1949) is a Scottish former football player and manager. Forsyth played as a defender for Motherwell, Rangers and Scotland.

Playing career[edit]


Forsyth started his career at Motherwell before being signed by Rangers in October 1972, he went on to play 326 times for Rangers, most famously when he scored the winning goal in the 1973 Scottish Cup Final against Old Firm rivals Celtic from six inches.[2] Forsyth's cup winning goal is still referred to when players score goals from close range in Scottish football.[3]


Forsyth played 22 times for Scotland, he captained Scotland once, against Switzerland in 1976.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

After his playing retirement, Forsyth was appointed manager of Dunfermline Athletic in 1982, although he relinquished the position within a year, he then accepted a position as assistant-manager to former Ibrox team-mate Tommy McLean at Greenock Morton in 1983. The combination proved successful and Forsyth was appointed McLean's assistant at Motherwell then Heart of Midlothian when McLean moved to these clubs in 1984 and 1994 respectively.


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  2. ^ Murray, Ewan (4 February 2007). "Cup classics: pick out the all-time best". Scotland on Sunday.
  3. ^ Ralston, Gary (17 November 2008). "Hibernian 2–2 Aberdeen". Daily Record.
  4. ^ Scotland v Switzerland, Scottish Football Association.

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