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Jim Kirkland Squad Index
Information:
1969-70 Squad Number:
3
Position:
Left Back
Date of Birth:
30th October 1946
Birthplace:
Bedford
Nationality:
English
Height:
5' 9 3/4
Weight:
11st 10 lbs
Signed:
15/07/1964
Career History:
Birkenshaw Amateurs
Aberdeen 15th July 1964
Grimsby Town 2nd June 1971
 
Profile:
Full name: James William Kirkland.

Jim played his first senior Dons' match in Iceland when he was named in the starting eleven for the second leg match against KR Reykjavik in the European Cup Winners' Cup. After that he had to wait 21 months before manager Eddie Turnbull chose to play him again, this time in a home match against Celtic. The winter of 1969-1970 saw Jim's total first team appearances increase to 16 but then he was again dropped and left the club in 1970, joining Grimsby Town.

Perhaps Jim's biggest claim to Aberdeen fame came when, during the close-season of 65-66 he discovered a nigh-time fire at Pittodrie that had started in the Boardroom. His prompt action in calling the Fire Brigade ensured that not too much damage was done, although some records and team photographs were lost. Jim's reward for saving the stadium? He was told off by a director for being out late at night.

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
13/09/1967
KR Reykjavik 1-4 Aberdeen
European Cup Winners Cup R1 2L 1,500 20 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1969-70
13
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
1967-68
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Totals:
13
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
Total Appearances/Goals: 16 0