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Jimmy Cowan (footballer)

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Full nameJames Clews Cowan
Place of birthPaisley, Scotland
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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James "Jimmy" Clews Cowan (16 June 1926 - 20 June 1968) was a Scottish football goalkeeper who played for St. Mirren, Greenock Morton, Sunderland, Third Lanark and the Scotland national team.

Cowan was born in Paisley and began his professional career with St Mirren before moving to Morton in 1944. He remained at Cappielow for nine years, playing in the 1948 Scottish Cup Final defeat to Rangers. During his time at Morton he won all of his 25 Scotland caps, making his debut against Belgium in April 1948. He played in the 1949 and 1951 wins against England at Wembley, results which ultimately won Scotland the 1949 and 1951 British Home Championships.

During his time at Morton, the club were twice relegated from the First Division (1948-49 and 1951-52). After the club failed to win promotion in 1952-53, Cowan was transferred to English club Sunderland in June 1953. He returned to Scotland two years later and played for a season at Third Lanark before retiring.

On 11 November 2007, Cowan was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.




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