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Ernie McGarr
Ernie McGarr
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Ernie McGarr (Goalkeeper, 1977-78) - Ernie McGarr was the most flamboyant, breathtaking goalie Cowden ever had. Ernie could make the simplest save into a spectacular extravaganza and the fans loved him for it. His proficiency at saving penalties was remarkable. ‘Que sera, sera, it’s Ernie McGarr, McGarr’ was a favoured terrace chant at Central Park in Ernie’s day. Kilbirnie Ladeside had been his junior home and then he went to Aberdeen in 1965. He broke through to become Aberdeen’s No 1. McGarr also displaced Bobby Clark in the Scotland goal. McGarr’s form though dipped after a while and Ernie moved briefly to Dunfermline and then to East Fife where he stayed for 5 years. He was 33 when Frank Connor signed him for Cowden in 1977 and it seemed his career was drawing to a close. However, Ernie played with such style and verve for Cowden that bigger clubs took note. Partick Thistle wanted him but it was Airdrie who got his signature in 1978 when they handed over a 6,000 fee. 2 good years followed and a season with Berwick Rangers then brought the curtain down on his senior career.

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