cowdenbeather wrote:There has always been some confusion regarding Jim Paterson with most sources suggesting he was either born in Stirling or Dunipace in 1907. There also was a rumour though that he actually had been born in Cowdenbeath. He was definitely living with his family in the Causewayhead area of Stirling when he joined Cowdenbeath in 1930. However, at long last, after a lot of detective work, we can confirm that Jim Paterson joins Tommy Muirhead, Alex Venters and Willie Callaghan in being a Scottish internationalist who was born in Cowdenbeath. The vital clue at last was provided when a report of his marriage was located in the press. Newspaper reports also suggest he played for Causewayhead United & Strathallan Hawthorn as well before going to Camelon.
James Paterson’s birth certificate shows that he was born in Foulford Road, Cowdenbeath at what seems to be listed as 8b Block (hard to decipher) on 15 June 1905. His father was a miner named Alexander Paterson who had married Elizabeth Hunter at Langour, Tillicoultry in 1900.
Jim Paterson died on 30th December 1978 at 20 Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan
There were lots of J Patersons around at that point. Does anyone have adtae of death for this one, please, perhaps in Canada?
JOHN WILSON PATERSON
b 13.4.1904 Kirkcaldy, Fife
5’ 9”; 11 st IL
Début: 11.2.28 v Queen’s Park Rangers
Career: Edinburgh Emmet; Dundee in Spain FC; August 1924 Bathgate; 1927 Wellesley Juniors; 4.2.28 Bristol Rovers (trial); 7.2.28 Bristol Rovers (£30) [46,6]; March 1932 St Saviour’s, Vancouver; 1933 Toronto Scottish (to 1941).
Notoriously tough to research in the modern era, John Paterson joined Rovers from Fife County League football and made his début in a 4-0 defeat at home to QPR. He scored at Crystal Palace that season and his four goals the following campaign included a 75th-minute equaliser at home to Fulham in February 1929 which proved critical; the sixth goal of the game, it laid the platform for Rovers to run in a 5-3 win. After a final goal in the home defeat against Plymouth Argyle in the autumn of 1929, Paterson emigrated to Canada, where he reputedly played until the age of fifty. He returned to Eastville in September 1977, then aged seventy-two, to visit his former colleague Jesse Whatley.