Player Manager: Bobbie Bruce (Aug 1938 - May 1939)


Appointed Manager: August 1938
Not Retained: May 1939

First Game: 27.8.38 v Witton Albion away D 1-1
Last Game: 6.5.39 v Hurst (M/cr Shield Final) @ National Park L 2-3

Games in charge: 47

Won 16
Drawn 12
Lost 19

Verdict: Very average season for Mr Bruce!

Robert 'Bobbie' Bruce was born in Paisley, Scotland on 29th January 1906. and played for St Anthony's Glasgow before signing for Aberdeen in the 1924 close season. Bruce who stood only 5'6" tall was equally at home at centre or inside forward and proved an elusive opponent who could pass the ball accurately, even when running at top speed. Despite his youth Bruce quickly became a regular Dons first teamer. He toured South Africa with Aberdeen in 1927 and just before joining Middlesbrough for £4,500 in January 1928, he created history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in a Scottish Cup tie and still finish on the lsoing side. He made his Middlesbrough debut in a 5-2 defeat at Bolton and was a member of the Middlesbroughside which won the Second Division championship the following season. He was capped for Scotland against Austria in November 1933. After seven saesons on Teeside duriing which he made 253 League and Cup appearances he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday in October 1935 for £2,500. He made only five League appearances for the Owls before signing for the then non-league Ipswich Town in July 1936 and in the summer of 1938 he joined Mossley as Player-Manager as replacement for Sammy Cowan.
He spent one season with Mossley making 16 appearances but wasn't retained for the following season after Mossley finished in 12th position in the Cheshire League even with the prolific Jack Roscoe at centre forward.