Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy
● Jim Kennedy, 1959 (SD)

probably born in Scotland

James Kennedy was born circa 1936, and is most likely to be Scottish. *

The 5' 11 (11st 5lbs) midfielder signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Monday, 9th March, 1959, having most recently been with Thorniewood United.

Aged 22 or 23, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 21st March, 1959, in a 2-0 defeat away to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

There were no goals for Jim during his spell with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Wednesday, 21st October, 1959, in a 5-3 friendly defeat away to Dumbarton, having appeared as a Jag on 5 occasions.

Jim's club-list included Thorniewood United, Albion Rovers and Partick Thistle.

Jim died in February, 2024, in North Lanarkshire, aged 87. *

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Bio Extra

Jim, a big no-nonsense half-back from Lanarkshire, earned a good reputation playing in the Juniors with Thorniewood United in Uddingston from the mid-1950s. He had a try out with Albion Rovers in January 1957, making his debut in a 1-1 draw in a Second Division match at Brechin City. He got the call up from David Meiklejohn in the springtime of 1959 and played in 4 of the League games before the end of the season. He was trusted to play at Celtic Park for his debut, but could do little to prevent a 0-2 loss, despite putting in a decent performance, as the Evening Times wrote: “Young Kennedy was settling to a workmanlike game and he cleared up one spot of Wilson-inspired trouble by a good tackle to dispossess Lochhead.

So where did it all go wrong for Jim? Well, we know one thing for sure - he played in the famous last League game of the season when Thistle were humiliated at East End Park, losing by 10 goals to 1 against Dunfermline who were (potentially) in need of massively outscoring Falkirk by that sort of margin to avoid relegation. It was a shameful day to be a Thistle fan, and Jim was promptly dropped for the final two Charity Cup games. He appeared only once more for the first team - in a 5-3 friendly defeat at Dumbarton in October 1959. It was his chance to impress the new manager, Willie Thornton, but that result would have done nothing for his chances. Jim was consigned to the reserves for the entirety of that season. He was freed in April 1960 and was soon re-instated in the juniors, re-joining Thorniewood United for season 1960-61.

Latterly, Jim resided at Croftbank House Care Home in Uddingston. In 2021, he and his pals were delighted to receive a visit from Thistle's Alan Rough to reminisce about the football from days gone by, and to enjoy a pie and a pint ahead of the big Scotland v England game in the Euros. Sadly, Jim passed away less than 3 years later.

The all-action battlers of Firhill” ran the Sunday Post headline for the 2-2 league draw with Hibs in April 1959. “Hogan, Kennedy, Davidson, McParland and Smith were the pick of Thistle”. Jim kept some great company in his time!


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