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Jim Thomson

Jim-Thomsom-the-captain“Mr Shipyard”. Player, captain,Jim Thomson the committee man manager, committee member, informal club secretary and treasurer. Now current chairman Jim has done the lot. Jim joined the Shipyard as a teenager from Nairn Thistle Junior FC in 1968 and within a couple of seasons was captaining the side. In the 1971/72 campaign he led the club to the Scottish Qualifying Cup (south) Final, unfortunately losing to St Cuthbert Wanderers. After hanging up his boots Jim became manager of the team where he enjoyed most of his success. Several local amateur titles, including Fife Amateur Cup winners were won during his managerial period. His most memorable achievements were defeating a strong Dunfermline Athletic side in the 1989/90 Fife Cup, all the more remarkable as the Pars were a Scottish Premier League side at the time and also leading the club to the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup in the 1994/95 season. Taking an amateur side to that stage of the national cup competition was a truly unbelievable feat and in all honesty unlikely to be done again, although we all live in hope. The team and Jim were duly accorded Team and Manager of the year awards by the District Council for their achievements. Jim was also, more recently instrumental in the development of the new clubhouse that was built and opened in 2006; along with John Robertson he worked tirelessly to raise funding, commission plans and secure the necessary building approvals.