At a depressing time when wages were low and work was scarce, his feats on the field provided a welcome and much-needed escape for the thousands of ordinary, cloth-capped Scottish working men who packed the dirt terracing to cheer on every move he made. immy McGrory was more than a professional footballer; he was a beacon who lit up so many winter Saturdays for so many people in an age when football was the simple pastime of the masses and not the boardroom hobby of foreign billionaires. hen McGrory started his career more than 80 years ago, the world was a different place and football had a different meaning. It was not yet the tool of corporate interests, and local clubs still attracted local players and local supporters. Loyalties were unquestioned and fathers passed on to sons their love of the game and their love of the club. Every Glasgow boy grew up playing in the street knowing that eventually he might graduate to grass and join that pantheon of the gods he considered the team he supported to be. Few attained their dream, but Jimmy McGrory did giving much of his life to the one club he supported as a boy and served as an adult till his death. eroes are Forever tells
John Cairney was born in Glasgow, where he trained as an actor. He subsequently enjoyed a long career in films, television and radio, and is the author of more than a dozen books, including two volumes of autobiography. He now lives in New Zealand with his wife.