Jimmy Carabine

James Carabine (23 November 1911 – 2 December 1987) was a Scottish footballer, who played as a right back.

Jimmy Carabine
Personal information
Full name James Carabine
Date of birth 23 November 1911
Place of birth Blantyre, Scotland
Date of death 2 December 1987(1987-12-02) (aged 76)
Place of death Rutherglen, Scotland
Position(s) Right back
Youth career
St Joseph's Boys Guild[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Larkhall Thistle
1931–1946 Third Lanark 238 (14)
National team
1938–1939[2] Scotland 3 (0)
1937–1939[3] Scottish League XI 5 (0)
1939–1943 Scotland (wartime) 10 (0)
Teams managed
1946–1950 Third Lanark
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


In the club game, Carabine was most closely associated with Third Lanark, serving as a player from 1931 to November 1946 and then taking over as manager, until May 1950.[4][5]

As a player, he won the 1934–35 Scottish Division Two title a year after suffering relegation from the top tier, then featured on the losing side in the 1936 Scottish Cup Final.[6] In the three major competitions he made 262 appearances and scored 19 goals for the club.[7]

As an international, Carabine represented Scotland in three official matches, appearing against the Netherlands (21 May 1938), Ireland (8 October 1938) and England (15 April 1939). He also featured in two unofficial games against Eastern United States and the American Soccer League (in which he scored a hat-trick) in a 1939 tour, and ten wartime internationals (all but one against England, his last being an 8–0 defeat on 16 October 1943).[8][9]

On resigning from his role as manager of Third Lanark in 1950, Carabine noted 'I've had enough'.[10] In the months following his resignation he began writing sports columns for the Daily Express.[11]

See also


  1. Jimmy Carabine, Paul Veverka, The Blantyre Project, 21 May 2015
  2. Jimmy Carabine at the Scottish Football Association
  3. "[SFL player] Jimmy Carabine". London Hearts Supporters Club.
  4. Players Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Third Lanark A.C.
  5. (Third Lanark manager) Carabine, Jimmy, FitbaStats
  6. Rangers Retain Scottish Cup, The Glasgow Herald, 20 April 1936
  7. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. "[Scotland player, including unofficial matches] Jimmy Carabine". London Hearts Supporters Club.
  9. Irish XI v Scottish XI, 28 April 1940, 11v11.com
  10. Jimmy Carabine Resigns, Dundee Courier, 21 March 1950
  11. Supporters' Club Social, Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin Review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire Advertiser, 1 December 1950