Jim Cruickshank

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Jim Cruickshank
Personal information
Full name James Cruickshank
Date of birth (1941-04-13)13 April 1941
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 18 November 2010(2010-11-18) (aged 69)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1960 Queen's Park 30 (0)
1960–1977 Heart of Midlothian 394 (0)
1977–1978 Dumbarton 3 (0)
National team
1964–1975 Scotland 6 (0)
1964–1970 Scottish League XI[1] 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jim Cruickshank (13 April 1941 – 18 November 2010) was a Scottish footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. He played for Heart of Midlothian through most of the 1960s and 1970s, making nearly 400 league appearances. He had brief spells with Queen's Park at the start of his career and spent his final season with Dumbarton. Cruickshank also represented Scotland and the Scottish League.

Life and career[edit]

Cruickshank appeared 30 times in league games for the Hampden Park football club Queen's Park between 1958 and 1960.

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.[2] 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.[2]

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".[3]


  1. ^ "Jim Cruickshank". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Gordon joins Cruickshank tributes". Yahoo Sports. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Collin, Iain. "Hearts 2 – 0 Hamilton: Marian Kello and resilient Hearts pay fitting tribute to Cruickshank". The Scotsman. Sport. UK. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 

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