Jim Herriot
Jim Herriot
Jim Herriot
● Jim Herriot, 1973 (RET)

born in Scotland

James Herriot was born on Wednesday, 20th December, 1939, in Chapelhall, North Lanarkshire.

The 6' 1 (11st 0lbs) goalkeeper signed for Bertie Auld's Thistle in February, 1975, having most recently been with St Mirren.

Aged 35, he made his debut appearance on Wednesday, 12th March, 1975, in a 2-0 friendly win at home to Vejle Boldklub.

In doing so, Jim joined the goalies' clean-sheet debutant's club. It was his only clean-sheet during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Wednesday, 25th February, 1976, in a 1-0 defeat away to Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 4 occasions.

Jim's club-list included Douglasdale, Dunfermline Athletic, Birmingham City, Mansfield Town, Aston Villa, Durban City, Hibernian, St Mirren, Partick Thistle and Morton.

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Herriot was an apprentice bricklayer playing part-time for Junior club Douglasdale before he joined Dunfermline Athletic in 1958. He became the Pars established number 1 when Eddie Connachan left for Middlesbrough in 1963. Herriot adopted the American Football technique of applying boot polish under and around his eyes to reduce the effects of glare from the sun. Herriot helped Dunfermline reach the 1965 Scottish Cup Final, which they lost 3–2 to Celtic.

Herriot was transferred to Birmingham City for £18,000 in 1965. He was a fixture in the City side during the next four-and-a-half years and eventually gained international recognition. He made his Scotland debut in October 1968, in a 1–0 defeat by Denmark in a friendly in Copenhagen, and played a further seven times for the national side. His last cap came just a year after his first, in a 3–2 defeat by West Germany in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Hamburg.

By 1970 Herriot had fallen from favour at St Andrew's and, following loan spells with Mansfield Town and Aston Villa, he left for South African club Durban City. He returned to Britain in 1971, joining Eddie Turnbull's developing Hibernian side. With Hibs he won his first career honour, the 1972–73 Scottish League Cup, as well as the fledgling Drybrough Cup on two occasions.

He left the Edinburgh side to join St Mirren in 1973, then moved to Partick Thistle in 1975, where he was backup to Alan Rough. Herriot played only twice for Thistle in competitive action, losing narrowly on both occasions to Celtic (0-1, Glasgow Cup, March '75) and Dumbarton (0-1, Scottish Cup, February '76). After a spell on loan with Morton in October 1975 he returned to Dunfermline Athletic in early 1976 before joining Morton permanently for the 1976–77 season. He retired from the game in the summer of 1977.

Herriot is probably best known today for giving his name to the writer James Herriot, a Yorkshire vet whose real name was Alf Wight. Wight needed a pen-name to comply with professional rules banning advertising and chose Jim Herriot's name after seeing him play for Birmingham City in a televised match against Manchester United.


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