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PersonalFullname: James Conway
aka: Jim Conway
Born: 27 August 1940
Signed: 27 August 1957
BiogSchoolboy international forward Jim Conway was snapped up by Celtic from Coltness United on provisional forms in August 1956.
His debut came in a 1-0 league win at Falkirk on September 7th 1957. He had to wait a little while before regular first team football but the Motherwell-born player scored plenty of goals for Jock Stein’s reserve side.
About 12 months on from his first team debut Jim had forced himself into the starting line-up on a regular basis but he struggled to find the scoring form he had displayed at reserve level.
Hard-working and with a great shot Jim was an undoubtedly promising attacker with bags of ability but at the highest level he seemed to dwell on the ball for just that split second too long. He was transferred to Norwich in April 1961 for a £10,000 fee. He was still a rated player.
Jock Stein tried to buy him for his high flying Dunfermline side but to no avail. Jock Stein didn't forget that as a reserve team manager at Celtic that Jim Conway had scored a barrowload of goals (four) in a reserve team cup final v Rangers, Jock Steins first coaching trophy.
His early promise just petered out. Celtic was a poor place to come for any aspiring player in the late 50s/early 60s. He was just another victim of this. He was said to always give his best and that we can all respect.
He later moved to Portadown to play under the great Charlie Tully.
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