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East Fife legend Jim Finlayson dies following illness

Former East Fife striker Jim Finlayson
Former East Fife striker Jim Finlayson

A hero of one of East Fife’s most celebrated sides has died, the club has said.

Jim Finlayson passed away on Saturday following a short illness.

The striker’s goals helped fire East Fife to promotion to the Scottish First Division in the 1970/71 season.

The prolific forward, who also had a spell at Forfar in 1972/73 and Montrose the following season, scored 25 goals in three seasons at Bayview at the start of the decade.

After starting his career at Dundee junior side Lochee United, he enjoyed five years in the senior ranks of Scottish football, scoring 33 goals in 86 appearances.

However, his time in his home city is still fondly recalled by those who knew him with Lochee United secretary Larry Duncan saying: “He was well respected both as a footballer and as a person off the pitch.

“When he was at Lochee United he was probably the best striker in Tayside.

“The guys here still talk about him to this day and it was very sad when we got the news at the weekend.”

 

 

 

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