Willie Thornton appointed manager of Partick Thistle in succession to the late David Meiklejohn. From 1936 to 1954 he was a Rangers' centre forward and made his debut at the age of 16. Scored 137 League goals in 219 matches and won 4 Championship, 2 Scottish Cup and 2 League Cup medals as well as 7 Scottish caps. Had first experience of management with Dundee. Was awarded the Military Medal in 1943 when serving with the Scottish Horse in Sicily.