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Jimmy Gauld

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Full nameJimmy Gauld
Date of birth9 May 1931(age 85)
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
Playing positionStriker

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James "Jimmy" Gauld (born 9 May 1931) is a former Scottish footballer who became notorious for being convicted of instigating the British betting scandal of 1964.

Born in Aberdeen, Gauld played for Waterford United, Charlton Athletic, Everton, Plymouth Argyle F.C., Swindon Town, St. Johnstone F.C. and Mansfield Town before his career was ended by a broken leg.

However, it was to transpire that Gauld had pursued a shadow career of match fixing and, in search of a final "payday", in 1964, he sold his story to the Sunday People for GBP7,000, incriminating three Sheffield Wednesday players that he had enticed into the scheme: Peter Swan, Tony Kay and David Layne. Gauld's taped conversations were ultimately to convict himself and the three Sheffield Wednesday players, the judge making it clear that he held Gauld responsible for ruining the other three.

Gauld, described as the "central figure", was fined a massive £5,000 and sentenced to four years' imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud. He and the others were suspended from football for life by the Football Association.

The incident was dramatised in 1997 in a BBC film The Fix, directed by Paul Greengrass.

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