Jim Forrest (footballer, born 1944)

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Jim Forrest
Personal information
Full name James Forrest
Date of birth (1944-09-22) 22 September 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1967 Rangers 105 (83)
1967–1968 Preston North End 26 (3)
1968–1973 Aberdeen 128 (44)
1973 Cape Town City ? (?)
1973–1975 Hong Kong Rangers ? (?)
1975–1976 San Antonio Thunder 5 (0)
1975 Hawick Royal Albert (loan) 2 (0)
National team
1965–1971 Scotland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Forrest (born 22 September 1944) is a retired Scottish professional football striker who played for Rangers, Preston, Aberdeen and Hong Kong Rangers.


Forrest was born in Glasgow, came to Rangers as a schoolboy, and was sent for a short period to Drumchapel Amateurs for development. In coming in to the first-team, he displaced Jimmy Millar as the successful early 1960s Rangers side was breaking up. He was known as a prolific goalscorer – in total scoring 145 goals in his 163 games for Rangers, his 50th goal for the club coming in his 45th appearance. He scored 57 goals in the 1964–65 season, just two short of Jimmy McGrory of Celtic who holds the record of most goals scored in a season in British football. He holds the record for number of goals scored for Rangers in a League Cup match, scoring five in a 7–1 victory over Hamilton Academical F.C. on 30 October 1965.

His Rangers career came to an end shortly after the infamous Scottish Cup defeat to Berwick Rangers in January 1967. He and George McLean were deemed entirely to blame, and both were dropped and transferred within weeks. After spending a year at Preston, he had a five-year stint at Aberdeen, where he received a 1970 Scottish Cup winner's medal, before transferring to Hong Kong Rangers in 1973.


Forrest's cousin, Alex Willoughby, was also a professional footballer. Amazingly, the two were team-mates at Drumchapel, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hong Kong Rangers.[1]


  1. ^ Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. (ISBN 0-907033-47-4). 

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