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Jim McArthur
Jim McArthur
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Jim McArthur (Goalkeeper, 1967-72, 1983) – Archie Robertson signed Jim McArthur when he was 15 from his local club Halbeath Boys Club. He was the youngest player ever to play in the Cowden 1st XI when he made his debut at Hampden v Queen’s Park in March 1968 at the tender age of just 16 years and 13 days. Jim was farmed out to Jubilee Athletic for a couple of years. His big breakthrough came in season 1970/71 when injury saw Alan Wylie sidelined. Jim took over for the rest of the 1st Division campaign and a star was born. McArthur’s goalkeeping over the next 20 months was unforgettable and his brilliance brought a host of admirers to Central Park. Celtic wanted him but Eddie Turnbull signed Jim for Hibs in 1972 for a 10,000 fee. 11 memorable years at Easter Road followed culminating in a well-deserved testimonial. He saved a penalty in the 1979 Scottish Cup final v Rangers and played in many European ties for the Hibees. 1983/84 was Jim’s last season when he played for Morton, Raith Rovers and once for Cowden. Subsequently, he became a highly successful football agent.

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