Jim Holmes (footballer)

James Black Holmes (born 8 December 1954) is a Scottish former footballer.

Jimmy Holmes
Personal information
Full name James Black Holmes
Date of birth (1954-12-08) 8 December 1954 (age 66)
Place of birth Hamilton, Scotland
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1976 Partick Thistle 0 (0)
1976–1988 Greenock Morton 437 (7)
1988–1990 Falkirk 53 (0)
1990 Alloa Athletic 8 (0)
1990–1991 Arbroath 37 (0)
Total 535 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 February 2011


Holmes began his career at junior club Muirkirk, before moving into the senior game with Partick Thistle before becoming a legend at Greenock Morton. He won three Scottish First Division winners medals: 1977–78, 1983–84 and 1986–87. In May 1987, after being voted the SPFA First Division Footballer of the Year, he captained the Scottish semi-professionals in an end of season tournament against Holland, England & Italy.[1][2]

He finished off his career with spells at Falkirk,[3] Alloa Athletic and Arbroath. After retiring as a player, he became the assistant manager at his final club Arbroath, and later became a school janitor in Rutherglen.[4]

Personal life

His son Graeme Holmes is also a footballer who played for several clubs including Morton.

See also


  1. "Jamie Fairlie Interview". Hamilton Academical FC. Archived from the original on 13 June 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  2. Garin, Erik (18 October 2012). "Four Nations Semi-professional Tournament". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. McKinlay, Hugh (30 September 1989). "Airdrie speculate to accumulate points". The Herald. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  4. "Sir Alex Ferguson: We won league titles, three Cups in a row and dumped Real to gain European trophy.. but we still couldn't beat f*****g Morton". Daily Record. 12 December 2015.