Reuben Bennett
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Reuben Bennett
  • Born: December 21st, 1913 (Aberdeen)
  • Died: December 14th, 1989
  • First Appointed: June 23rd, 1953

Managerial History

Jun 23rd, 1953 to Apr 9th, 1955

Most Appearances Top Scorers

First Match In Charge
Aug 8th, 1953 2 - 1 vs. Stenhousemuir, Scottish League Cup (Group 6)

Last Match In Charge
Apr 2nd, 1955 3 - 2 vs. Airdrieonians 1878, League

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Biggest Win(s)
Nov 6th, 1954 4 - 0 vs. Brechin City, League (B Division)
Oct 16th, 1954 5 - 1 vs. Dundee United, League (B Division)
Sep 5th, 1953 4 - 0 vs. Cowdenbeath, League (B Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Dec 4th, 1954 0 - 9 vs. Third Lanark 1872, League (B Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
78 34 15 29 155 173
(43.6%) (19.2%) (37.2%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
39 22 7 10 83 64
(56.4%) (17.9%) (25.6%)


Reuben Bennett was a native of Aberdeen who had played in goal for Hull City, Dundee and Elgin City before rejoining Dundee as a coach. There was never much publicity to his appointment on 23rd June as already that month Queen Elizabeth had been crowned (2nd June) and news had arrived that Everest had also been conquered.

Coaching was his strength but he was not cut out for management and season 1954-55 was punctuated by some demoralising results including a 6-0 home defeat by Third Lanark, the ‘tall fair headed MacLeod’ referred was non other than Ally MacLeod. Despite his two cup quarter final places, his team also squandered two good promotion chances after mediocre league performances and he left as manager in April 1955. After resigning he later became assistant trainer at Motherwell then trainer at Third Lanark.

The best had yet to come for him and he was on the coaching staff at Liverpool during the glorious Shankly era. As late as 1985/86 he was still on the staff at Liverpool. He was a founder member of the Boot Room coaching staff at Liverpool and is the only one of the original Anfield boot room quartet who did not manage Liverpool at some point during his career.

He died on 14th December 1989

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