Farewell Jimbo

Last updated : 30 August 2006 By Firparkcorner

Jim joined Motherwell from Livingston in at the end of the winter transfer window in 2005 (just after the wonderful CIS semi final at Easter Road) and started with a reserve game then a friendly against St Johnstone. After that he became a fixture on the team sheet.

Jimbo had a perfect chance to open his score sheet when we played Hearts at Fir Park in mid February. We were awarded a penalty early in the first half but his weak effort was labelled “one of the worst penalties ever” by manager Butcher. Motherwell eventually won the game 2-0 for the fourth victory over Hearts in season 2004/5.

He soon built up partnerships with both McDonald and Clarkson and he started to find the net. His most spectacular strike has to be the high looping thirty yard effort which found the net at Pittodrie in April 2005. He executed this remarkable strike in front of the travelling ‘Well fans and the goal will live long in the memory of all who were lucky enough to see it.

At the end of his first season he played his part in the memorable championship decider against Celtic but when McDonald grabbed those famous late, late goals Hamilton was on the bench having been replaced by Britton with five minutes remaining.

‘Well fans debated whether his power in the air encouraged the long ball game but there was rarely any criticism of his effort.

He'll do the Pars a turn and we can only hope that he has an off day when next we meet.