Jim Mallan

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Jim Mallan
Personal information
Date of birth (1927-01-25)25 January 1927
Place of birth Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland[1]
Date of death 27 May 1969(1969-05-27) (aged 42)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1953 Celtic 90 (0)
1953–1956 St Mirren 65 (0)
Total 155 (0)
National team
1949 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jim Mallan (25 January 1927 – 27 May 1969), also known as Jimmy Mallan, was a Scottish football player, who played for Celtic and St Mirren as a defender.


His time at Celtic coincided with possibly the worst era in the club's history in terms of performances and trophies.[1] He did win the Glasgow Cup in 1948–49, and had also featured for Celtic for four seasons during World War II which are not counted as official matches.[2] He was selected for the Scottish League XI once, in 1949.[3]

At St Mirren, he was responsible for scoring an own goal in the 1955 Scottish League Cup Final against Aberdeen, who went on to win the match 2-1.[4] He retired from playing at the end of the season, and later ran a public house in Paisley.[1]

He died in 1969, aged 42.[1][5]

Personal life[edit]

Jimmy was the first of four generations of Mallan men to play football to a high standard.[1] His son, also Jimmy, played Junior football as a striker, scoring a hat-trick for Johnstone Burgh in the 1964 Scottish Junior Cup final.[6][7] His grandson Stevie, a striker born in 1967, played for several Scottish Football League clubs in the 1990s, and after moving to Junior football in his mid-30s, played for several more years and appeared in the 2011 Scottish Junior Cup Final at the age of 44.[8] His great-grandson, also Stevie, born in 1996, made his debut as a midfielder for St Mirren in November 2014[9] and played 100 games for the club before moving to England.


  1. ^ a b c d e "History Bhoy". Daily Record. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Celtic profile". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "SFL XI profile". London Hearts Supoporters Club. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Bob still haunted by fluke". The Scottish Sun. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Contemporary newspaper reports of his death provide his age as 44, but do not include his birthdate to support this. The profile at London Hearts has a different date of birth altogether (26/01/1931)
  6. ^ "On The Record". Daily Record. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Purdie, Tom (2011). The Scottish Junior Cup 1946-1975. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781445604176. 
  8. ^ "Auchinleck Talbot 2-1 Musselburgh Athletic". BBC Sport. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Mullen, Scott (24 November 2014). "Buddies boss can still beat the boos". Evening Times. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Jim Mallan at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • Jimmy Mallan, The Celtic Wiki