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Jimmy Copeland

Mon, 23rd Jul 2018 10:04pm

All at the club were saddened to hear of the passing, peacefully in his sleep, of former Clyde player Jimmy Copeland.

Jimmy started his senior career in the late fifties with Kilmarnock. He then moved on to play for Dumbarton and Montrose, before joining The Bully Wee in August 1963.

Clyde, newly relegated to Division Two, opened their League Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory at Stair Park, Stranraer. This match also marked Jimmy's Clyde debut, playing alongside the likes of Harry Hood, Graeme Macfarlane, John McHugh and the McLean brothers, Jim and Willie. 

In midweek following that game, The Bully Wee entertained Ayr United. Jimmy marked this game with the first of his two goals in Clyde colours, although unfortunately the match ended in a 4-3 defeat to The Honest Men. 

In mid-October, in a league match up at Alloa, Jimmy got his second goal - Clyde's third - in a 4-1 win, but despite this relatively good start he drifted in and out the team over the course of the season, eventually making a total of 13 starts for the club. Whilst not quite a first-team regular, Jimmy can certainly lay claim to having helped Clyde back to the top league, with a second place finish behind an all-conquering Greenock Morton.

Jimmy was released at the end of that season, although he considered that a leg break he suffered had curtailed his speed too much for top flight football.

The club's condolences go to Jimmy's family and friends.