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Jim Hermiston Jim Hermiston was born in Edinburgh and joined Aberdeen from Junior club Bonnyrigg Rose in 1965 as manager Eddie Turnbull looked to develop the clubs youth policy. Jim certainly served his time with the Aberdeen reserve team initially as a right back and understudy to Jim Whyte. After making his first team debut against Ayr United on 15th October 1966 it was not until 1969 that he became a regular in the first team. Although originally a right back, Hermiston was deployed by Turnbull to great effect at right half. It was in that role that he played in the 1970 Scottish Cup Final and his no nonsense approach was vital as the Dons held the lively Celtic forwards at bay. Aberdeen had to withstand some severe pressure from Celtic during the game and it was the likes of Jim Hermiston who defended with a tenacity that typified that great side of 1970.

One of the most consistent defenders ever to play for the Dons, Jim Hermiston was honoured at Scotland U-23 level in 1972. Following the departure of Steve Murray to Celtic in 1973, Hermiston was handed the Aberdeen captaincy, an honour that he carried out with great pride. At the end of season 1974-75 as Scottish football prepared for a bold new era of Premier League football, Jim dropped a bombshell when he announced he was retiring from the game to begin a career with the Police. Jim was still around when Aberdeen won the League Cup in 1976 and there was the ironic sight of Jim on duty with the Police in Union Street as some of his former team mates were being driven through the streets of Aberdeen on an open topped bus celebrating their success.

Jim emigrated to Australia shortly afterwards where he continued his career with the Police and also carved out a second football career in the soccer leagues down under. A few years ago Jim was in the headlines again as he was the hero foiling a bank raid in his adopted country.

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