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Jimmy MacEwan (Arbroath, Raith Rovers, Aston Villa, Walsall)

 



Karb
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Sad news. Jimmy MacEwan first played for Dundee Junior club East Craigie before joining Arbroath in 1947. As a Raith Rovers player he played in a Scotland trial match on 16 March 1959 at a time when these games were starting to be seen to as out-dated with a crowded fixture list. However, this sentiment did not reach the players or the 40,000 crowd who saw Jimmy MacEwan’s Scottish League XI beat a Scotland XI (Dave Mackay et al) 6:5 at Ibrox in what, at least at the time, was considered one of the finest matches ever played at the ground.


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My first ever football league match in 1959/60 Jimmy was playing for Aston Villa v Swansea (1-0).About 15 years ago I spoke to him and his wife in the Cadburys chocolate shop.Seemed pleased that I recognized him you couldn't miss him with his bowed legs.


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Former Aston Villa favourite Jimmy MacEwan died Tuesday 28th November 2017, he was believed to be Villa's oldest ex player.

MacEwan played as an outside right for Villa 1959-66, making more than 150 appearances (143 league), scoring 31 goals (28 league).

The Dundee born (22nd March 1929) attacker made his name in Scotland with Arbroath and Raith Rovers where he was a prolific scorer.

He helped Villa win the Second Division title in his first season and the following year celebrated League Cup glory.

He died at the Madeleine House care home in Birmingham and is survived by sons Eric and Duncan.

Eric said -

"Originally he came to Villa for two years. He could have had a free transfer back to Dundee United in 1961, for £25 a week and £1,000 in his hand.
But he felt there would be better opportunities for his sons so he re-signed for Villa and 58 years later he was still in Birmingham.
His favourite moment was winning the first ever League Cup in 1961, his biggest disappointment was losing to Wolves in the 1960 F.A. Cup semi-final.
He would loved to have played for Rangers as it would have virtually guaranteed a Scotland cap.
Even though he was Raith's leading scorer for four consecutive seasons, unless you played for the Old Firm you were overlooked.

His favourite Villa games were the 5-5 draw at Tottenham in March 1966 which was his first start that season, three days before his 37th birthday.
He also had fond memories of his last game at Villa Park in April 1966, when he captained Villa and scored the goal in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Although there was talk of a coaching job at Villa nothing materialised and he left to join Walsall (Aug 1966, 10 league apps, 1 goal) where he played in to his forties
then he coached and managed until 1973 when he went to work at Ansells Brewery.

He continued to play for the Villa Old Stars well into his fifties and only really stopped playing after he had two knee replacements at the same time.
He was known for being bowlegged. He wasn't born that way, it was because of a stance he copied from a player back in Scotland.
In 1991 he had to have both legs broken to rectify it, and it made him about three inches taller.

Up until the last 18 months when he was diagnosed with dementia and a heart problem he was as fit as a fiddle.
He has been in residential care where he was safe, well looked after and seemed content.
He enjoyed his visits from ex players, including Harry Burrows, plus a couple of Villa fanatics who spent hours reminiscing with him."


(This post was edited by John Treleven on Nov 29, 2017, 1:31 PM)

 
 


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