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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