Jimmy Caskie
Jimmy Caskie
Jimmy Caskie
● Jimmy Caskie, 1973 (SD)

probably born in Scotland

James Alexander Caskie was born on Sunday, 8th January 1950, in Hillhead, Glasgow.

The 5' 6 (9st 0lbs) forward signed for Davie McParland's Thistle on Monday, 2nd July, 1973, having most recently been with Clydebank.

Aged 23, he made his sole appearance on Monday, 6th August, 1973, in a 2-1 friendly win away to Stenhousemuir.

There were no goals for Jimmy in his one-off appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Clydebank, Partick Thistle, Stirling Albion and Stenhousemuir.

Bio Extra

The son of the Everton, Rangers & Scotland winger of the 1940s, he carried his Dad's name forward into the Scottish game of the 1970s. Jimmy Jr. started out in youth football with Glasgow United and Drumbeck, and the 17-year-old became the first player to be signed under Scotland's new apprentice professional scheme, putting pen to paper with Clydebank in 1967. He was a great success at Kilbowie; the very definition of a tricky wee winger. He spanned 6 seasons with the Bankies, virtually an ever present for three whole seasons from 1968-69 onwards who could be relied upon for a goal every 3 games.

Davie McParland brought him to Partick Thistle in the summer of 1973 as the player sought to re-establish himself in the aftermath of a cartilage operation. Within weeks of signing, Jimmy came off the bench in a friendly against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview in August 1973. Also making his debut that night (we think) was Alan Hansen. For the first 30 minutes it was all Stenhousemuir, and two fine last-ditch tackles by Nobby Clark saved the day. Thistle finally got into the game and Tommy Rae shot home (30) followed by Alan Munro (32) with a fine solo run and finish. Stenhousemuir's goal came after half-time from the penalty spot.

Surprisingly, Jimmy never appeared again at first-team level, not even on the bench. As he himself admitted, he just could not force his way in ahead of mazy dazzlers such as Denis McQuade and Bobby Lawrie. After a year of wasting away in the Thistle reserves, Jimmy jumped ship to Stirling Albion for a few months, before landing back at Kilbowie in January 1975, where he played in the exciting team which included Davie Cooper. Bankies won promotion to the Premier League in the springtime of 1977, but Jimmy wasn't getting a game by then, and switched to Stenhousemuir just as the celebrations were dying down.

Away from the football, Jimmy worked in the printing industry until he retired in 2013.

(WS/AFK/SP)



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