Trib­ute to hero Colin

For­mer Rangers ace Colin Jack­son dies

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Trib­utes have been paid to Rangers leg­end Colin Jack­son, who died on Satur­day at the age of 68.

Af­fec­tion­ately known as “Bomber”, Colin lived in Ruther­glen for over 30 years, a pe­riod that in­cluded the peak of his foot­balling ca­reer.

He also played eight times for Scot­land and had spells with Morton and Partick This­tle to­wards the end of his ca­reer.

The cen­tral de­fender played over 500 times for the Ibrox club be­tween 1963 and 1982, win­ning three league cham­pi­onship medals, three Scot­tish Cups and five league cups.

Af­ter his ca­reer ended, he played a lead­ing role in set­ting up the Rangers For­mer Play­ers Benev­o­lent Fund and was also in­volved in the cre­ation of the Euro­pean For­mer Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Rangers said the star passed away peace­fully at home on Satur­day night sur­rounded by his fam­ily af­ter bat­tling leukaemia.

Among this pay­ing trib­ute this week was for­mer Rangers winger, Davy Wil­son, who comes from New­ton orig­i­nally.

He played with Colin in the 1960’s and told the Re­former: “I knew him very well, he helped a lot of the older play­ers. If you needed any­thing, if you had got into trou­ble, then you went to him for help. He raised a lot of money to help out the older play­ers.

“He was a good guy. I played with him when he was a very young guy, he was a good player, even at that age you could see he was a star pupil.

“He was a real Rangers leg­end. Even when he went to Morton he would al­ways be at Ibrox.

“It was a to­tal shock when I heard he had died. I had left a cou­ple of mes­sages on his phone, it’s just ter­ri­bly sad.

“He was big, strong lad and still went to Ibrox ev­ery week, but then stopped go­ing this year.

“I didn’t know what was wrong. I knew he wasn’t very well, but I didn’t know it was so se­ri­ous.”

Other Rangers play­ers from the era have paid their own trib­utes, with John Greig say­ing: “I have lost a great friend.”

Peter McCloy said: “He was one of th­ese guys you would al­ways class as a friend and it’s so sad he won’t be there now,” while Derek Johnstone added: “He was a great player for Rangers and a lovely lad as well, and that is the main thing. He never had any enemies.”

Colin fa­mously missed out on a place in Rangers Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup fi­nal side in 1972, through in­jury, although he did re­ceive a medal.

Back in 2004, he told the Re­former miss­ing that game was the “big­gest low point of my ca­reer foot­ball wise.”

He also played in the Ibrox Dis­as­ter game in 1971, and at­tended fu­ner­als of the dead in the af­ter­math.

In 2011, he told us on the eve of the 40th an­niver­sary: “It was a re­ally hard ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You just felt so sad for the peo­ple there. I still think about it ev­ery year and there are still mem­o­ries that re­main so vivid.”

Of his time in Ruther­glen, Colin said: “The only thing I did not like was that you could not go out for a meal. That was the thing I used to moan about. But I liked the place and I still have lots of friends there and I still go over there.”

He last ap­peared in the Re­former two years ago, telling us his mem­o­ries of a young Alex Fer­gu­son af­ter he re­tired from man­age­ment.

Colin is sur­vived by daugh­ter Vic­to­ria, son Christo­pher and wife Pam.

Home Colin Jack­son was regular at Ibrox even af­ter his play­ing days ended

De­fender Colin in ac­tion in the 1978 Scot­tish Cup Fi­nal

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