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Jim Paterson
Jim Paterson
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Jim Paterson (Centre Forward, 1930-32) – Jim was born in Cowdenbeath. He joined Everton from Camelon Juniors before moving to St Johnstone. For 2 seasons, he was in and out of the Saints’ team. In 1930, he was freed by the Perth club and Cowden signed him as a replacement for Duncan Lindsay. Paterson was to prove to be one of Cowdenbeath’s best ever bargains. Jim was not a powerfully built player but he was resilient and quick in both thought and action. His forte was scoring goals and 54 League goals over his 2 seasons with Cowden summed up his ability. In 1931, Jim Paterson was then selected for the Scotland squad which was to tour Europe in the summer. Jim played in all 3 of Scotland's matches to become Cowdenbeath's most capped player - a 5-0 defeat by Austria in Vienna, a 3-0 defeat by Italy in a match watched by Mussolini, and a 3-2 win over Switzerland. In 1932, Leicester City signed Jim for a fee of 2,250. He spent 3 year spells both Leicester and Reading before a final season with Clapton Orient.

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