Obituary – Jim Jenkins

The club is saddened to hear of the death on New Year’s Day of former player, Jim Jenkins.

Jim played for Shire in the 1957/58 and 1958/59 seasons and was one of the main participants in one of the more unusual events in the club’s post-war history when Shire played three matches on three successive days.

The team was due to face Dundee United in a Scottish Cup match at Firs Park but snow and frost meant multiple postponements.

The weather relented enough to allow the game to go ahead on a Monday afternoon, 9th February 1959, with Jim’s header putting Shire 1-0 ahead before United equalised with 20 minutes to go, which meant a replay.

With the next round of the tournament due the following Saturday, the teams were forced to play the replay 24 hours later on the Tuesday at Tannadice but that ended in a draw too, with the tie scoreless after a second 90 minutes.

It was long before the days of extra-time and penalty shoot-outs and a third game was required and, to make sure there was a winner before the next round at the weekend, the teams played a third game in three days, at Tynecastle on Wednesday 11th February. This time United emerged the stronger winning 4-0, although the exertions were even too much for them as they lost 4-0 to Third Lanark in the subsequent round.

Shire’s squad wasn’t the biggest at the time and Jim was one of a number who played in all three matches.

He was a versatile player and filled a number of different positions for the club in his two seasons on Shire’s books.

The club would like to send its condolences to Jim’s family at this sad time.