James “Jimmy” Greenock

James “Jimmy” Greenock (5 April 1930 – April 2005) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Greenock was born in Motherwell and was originally a Motherwell supporter. He was keen to play for them, however despite two trials and scoring for them he failed to earn a contract as he wasn’t home when they tried to contact him.

During his career he played predominantly as left half which would be a modern day central midfielder. He started his playing career at Wishaw Juniors before joining Queen of the South in July 1951.

Jimmy played for Queens for eight seasons in the First Division from 1951–1959, in what was considered their most successful era under manager Jimmy McKinnell Junior. During his time at Dumfries he made 188 league appearances scoring 13 goals. In total he made 236 appearances for Queens although he failed to make any appearances during the 1955–56 season due to a serious injury.

At the end of the 1958–59 season Jimmy had his contract terminated following Queens’ relegation to the Second Division. Following his release he went on to join American side the Falcons S.C., based in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

He also played for Blanefield Thistle for many years in the Forth & Endrick League.

Jimmy died in Balfron following a long illness and was buried on 18 April 2005 just 13 days after his 75th birthday.

His grandsons Sam Greenock and Kevin Meggat play for the Balfron Rovers.