Langholm star Jimmy Maxwell dies

The death has been announced of former Langholm captain James Maxwell, at the age of 86.

“Jimmy” played 16 seasons for the club, captaining them in the late 50s. He was a member of the South of Scotland team, playing 21 times for the regional side. He played Stand Off for Scotland in 1957, winning his only cap against Ireland at Murrayfield. That day Ireland won a close game 5-3. Jimmy played with the likes of Ken Scotland, Hugh McLeod and Arthur Smith that day with Ireland boasting a side which included the legendary Jack Kyle and Tony O’Reilly.

The season he captained Langholm, the club were undefeated and for a four month period that year they never conceded any tries. Jimmy retired from rugby in 1962 but was still involved with Langholm after that as a selector and club official.  There will be a minute’s silence prior to this week’s game between Langholm and Earlston at Milntown.

Picture courtesy Langholm RFC.