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    Default James KILGANNON

    Born. Bannockburn c1938 Died. Bannockburn 24.07.00

    Jim Kilgannon enjoyed a fifteen year career in senior soccer and will probably be best remembered for two successful years with Stirling Albion in the late fifties and early sixties.

    Coming from a footballing family, his brothers Bill and John played for Celtic and Hearts respectively and his cousins James and John also played professionally, he developed through schoolboy football in Bannockburn.

    In 1954 he joined his first club Cowie Juveniles. After a successful stint there, he moved into senior football with Falkirk and was a member of their Scottish Cup winning squad of 1957, although he did make the eleven that played in the final.

    The following season he began his association with Stirling Albion. His spell at the club was split either side of a season at Dumbarton and during his second stint, he scored 16 goals from his customary right-half position to help Albion win the 1960/1 Division Two title.

    He went on to play for Montrose, East Stirlingshire and Clydebank. In 1967 he helped create a little bit of football history when he was amember of the Berwick Rangers side that beat the mighty Rangers 1-0 at Shielfield Park in the Scottish Cup.

    From Berwick he moved to Alloa Athletic and he retired from playing in 1969. He later coached Bannockburn Amateurs and was a popular visitor to the grounds of his former clubs.

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    His cousin Johnny (St.Johnstone) was tragically killed in a car crash in Feb.1967 - the driver was his other cousin Jim (Third Lanark) who was badly injured and had to retire from the game.

    Brother John played one senior game for Hearts in 1952 before joining Northampton Town although he doesn't appear to have played in the first team.

    Other brother Willie was on Celtic's books (as above,I don't think he ever made the first team) and then transferred to Third Lanark in the mid 1960s where he played alongside cousin Jim a few times.

    Sean Kilgannon who played senior recently is another member of this footballing family from the Stirling area.

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