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|Full name||James Cruickshank|
|Date of birth||13 April 1941|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Date of death||18 November 2010(aged 69)|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1960–1977||Heart of Midlothian||394||(0)|
|1964–1970||Scottish League XI||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Life and career
He joined Hearts in 1960 and left the club in 1977 after 17 years of service. He made 528 appearances for the first team and turned out 394 times in league matches.
He joined Dumbarton for one season after leaving Hearts where he featured in 3 league matches before retiring from the game.
He was capped by the Scotland national football team on six occasions, and was on the losing side only once.
Cruickshank died on 18 November 2010, aged 69. Former Hearts players Jim Jefferies and Craig Gordon paid tribute to Cruickshank, describing him as a "top goalie" and "undoubtedly one of the best" to play for Hearts.
On 20 November 2010 Hearts paid tribute to Cruickshank by holding a one minute silence before their game against Hamilton Accies. Marian Kello, the current first choice goalkeeper for Hearts, also tied a yellow goalkeeper's jersey with Cruickshank's name and number on the back to his net. During the game, Kello saved a Hamilton penalty kick. Hearts manager Jim Jefferies said after the game that "Jim Cruickshank was a great penalty saver. How fitting is it that Marian comes out with the jersey and makes a fantastic save from a penalty on the day we paid our respects to him".
- "Jim Cruickshank". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Gordon joins Cruickshank tributes". Yahoo Sports. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- Collin, Iain. "Hearts 2 – 0 Hamilton: Marian Kello and resilient Hearts pay fitting tribute to Cruickshank". Sport. UK. Retrieved 24 November 2010.