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James Pollock
James Pollock
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Staff Biography

James Pollock (Outside Left, 1880-88) – James played on the opposite flank from his brother and again represented Fifeshire on many occasions. He founded Cowdenbeath Rangers along with John after their mother bought a football in Glasgow’s Saltmarket. As their brother Davie later put it ‘Mither decided that we’d got tae hae a ba’ so she went tae Glesgae and brocht ane back. That ba’ was really the start o’ footba’ here’. James Pollock was a clever footballer and gave Cowden many years of stalwart service. He became a mine owner in New Zealand and died there in 1913. His mother Margaret Pollock, who had brought that first football to Cowdenbeath died soon afterwards. His (and John’s) sister Jenny was the grandmother of Jenny Lee (later a Labour MP and the wife of Aneurin Bevin). The Dougary family who were also closely involved with Cowdenbeath FC were cousins of the Pollocks. They all came to Cowdenbeath from Cumnock.

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