Jimmy Littlejohn had been with Cowdenbeath until the outbreak of WW2. United received permission to play him and he went on to complete the season, missing just a few games and played in the final of the Emergency War Cup in 1940. In July 1942 he was elected to the Board of Directors.
He was joint team Manager with Jimmy Allan for a short period in WW2 and took sole charge of team matters until Charlie McGillivray was appointed in November 1944. Apart from a three year spell missed due to ill health Jimmy remained on the Board until his death in 1989.