It is with great regret that we have to report that former St Mirren player Jackie Neilson passed away last Friday at the age of 83.
Jackie spent twelve seasons as a St Mirren player, the pinnacle being a member of the 1959 Scottish Cup winning side.
He kicked off his football career in 1943 with his home town side Newtongrange Star where he played as a right-back. His time with the Junior side was interrupted by a two year spell of national service where he continued to play football while stationed in Gibraltor and Italy. He made such an impression that he was offered £3,500 to stay in Italy to play professional football but he decided to head back home to Scotland and after making six more appearances for Newtongrange Jackie signed for St Mirren in 1949.
St Mirren manager Bobby Rankin developed Jackie as a wing-half and he went on to make 285 appearances for Saints before being forced to retire with a knee injury in 1960 at the age of 31.
Jackie was also capped four times for Scotland at ‘B’ level.
All at St Mirren Football Club would like to pass on their condolences to Jackie’s family and friends for their loss.