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Jinky: The Biography Of Jimmy Johnstone

Jim Black

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The amazing story of one of Scotland s most treasured football players.

Jimmy Jinky Johnstone, was born on the 30th September, 1944, in the district of Bothwell, Scotland. He enjoyed a wonderful childhood and it was the daily games of schoolboy football in his youth that would define his life and his place in history. Signed by Celtic in 1963, it s a testimony to Johnstone s magical balance, dribbling skills and sheer athleticism that he managed to play at the highest level for over twelve years without suffering a serious injury. His ability to make defenders, particularly English ones, look ponderous and muscle-bound in their efforts to stymie his inventiveness and creativity, endeared him to football followers everywhere, even Rangers fans. He became a footballing legend.

Jimmy Johnstone was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2001. He spent the last years of his life tirelessly researching and campaigning to find a cure for the disease. He died in March 2006.

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Jim Black

JIM BLACK joined the Scottish Sun as chief sports writer in 1975 and spent 24 years with that newspaper before becoming a freelance writer on football, boxing and golf. He has reported on several World Cup and European Championship finals tournaments.

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