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Player Details : James Scott
Demographic Information
Name James Scott
Date of Birth21/08/1940
Place of BirthFalkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
PositionRight Wing/Midfield
Newcastle Statistics
Years 1967 - 1970
Debut:19/08/1967 - Southampton [H] --- (W 3-0)
Appearances:97   [Starts: 91,  Subs: 6]
Goals:12
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James, or "Jim" comes from a notable Scottish footballing family, his elder brother being former Rangers and Everton winger Alex Scott, and both were full Scotland internationals. The Geordie nation however will always remember Jim as he goes down in history as being the scorer of Newcastle's first goal in European competition, against Feyenoord in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on 11/09/1968. It was of course a competition Newcastle went on to win, and Jim scored in the first leg of the two-legged final also.

Jim started out with Denny Rovers and was briefly on Falkirk's books but never appeared for them, instead joining Bo'ness United. In October 1958, shortly after he turned 18, he was signed by Hibs and played his first league football that season. Jim was ostensibly a right-winger but was versatile enough to lead the line or play as an inside-forward. By the age of 22 he had established himself as first choice in the Hibs team and was at Easter Road for almost nine full seasons during which he turned out for the Hi-bees in 172 league matches, scoring 47 goals. In the League Cup he played 43 times and scored 16 goals and the Scottish Cup gave him a further ten appearances and four more goals. Jim also played twelve times in Europe for Hibs. Making his European debut in the Camp Nou against Barcelona, on 27/12/1960 when Hibs gained a marvellous 4-4 draw in a Fairs Cup quarter-final tie before winning the second leg 3-2 at Easter Road. Jim also played in the first leg of the semi-final against Roma at Easter Road which was drawn 2-2. Hibs eventually lost in a play-off.

Arriving at St James's Park, Jim had a very successful time with the undoubted highlight being the Fairs Cup victory. He also goes down as not only scoring Newcastle's first goal in Europe, he also scored their first away goal too as he gave Newcastle the lead in the game against Sporting Lisbon.

After a spell with Palace, which included a famous Highbury victory over Arsenal in the League Cup, Jim returned to Scotland to finally play for his hometown club of Falkirk. In a strike pairing with Alex Ferguson he played a vital role in keeping the Bairns in the old first Division. Probably not to Fergie's liking but it was Jim who finished 1972-73 as Falkirk's leading league scorer. His final port of call as a player was at Douglas Park when he joined Hamilton in the summer of 1973. The Accies narrowly failed to win promotion that season but at the age of 33 it was time for Jim to call it a day. Over his career Jim played in more than 450 first class matches on both sides of the border and scored over 100 goals.

Jim went on to be a well respected licensee and pub owner in Falkirk.

 

Notable Transfers
Date From To Fee
01/08/1967 Hibernian Newcastle United £37,500
February 1970 Newcastle United Crystal Palace £20,000
January 1972 Crystal Palace Falkirk  
August 1973 Falkirk Hamilton Academicals  
References

Scott, K.H, 2015, Newcastle United Day by Day, KayLynM Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, ISBN: 978-0-9934201-0-8,