Jim Ross memorial to be unveiled in Rothesay

Jim Ross, pictured here with his wife Margaret, died in March at the age of 76 after spending 33 years introducing hundreds of Bute youngsters to the magic of football.

Jim Ross, pictured here with his wife Margaret, died in March at the age of 76 after spending 33 years introducing hundreds of Bute youngsters to the magic of football.

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A memorial to the late Jim Ross, who introduced hundreds of Bute youngsters to the magic of football during 33 years on the island, will be unveiled next weekend.

The memorial, next to the ‘hospital pitch’ in Rothesay’s High Street where Jim did much of his outdoor coaching, will take the form of a small wall flanked by two trees symbolising goal posts - reflecting one of Jim’s favourite phrases, “a wall and a ball is your best friend”.

It will be unveiled on Sunday, November 24 at 2.30pm, and all members of the public are welcome to attend - though in view of the time of year, stout footwear is advised!

Jim, who received a British Empire Medal in 2012 in recognition of his service to the island, died suddenly on March 18 at the age of 76.