• Fri, Oct 01, 2010 @ 20:03

Jim McAleer from Glasgow who played for St Patrick's Athletic under manager John Colraine back in the 1970-71 season made his first return to Richmond Park last week.

As well as taking in the Dundalk game, Jim met with club staff and was given a tour of the ground.

Recalling his time with the saints Jim said “I was playing for St Mary's Boys Guild in Glasgow our trainer John Rice at the time knew John Coltraine so I was brought over for a trial”.

“I enjoyed my season in the League of Ireland”, said the former midfielder “I was living beside the ground on Emmet Road, I got to see a fair bit of Dublin and I got to travel all over the country playing the likes of Sligo, Dundalk, Waterford and Athlone”.

While he enjoyed his time with the Saints it wasn't a very successful time on the pitch for the Saints “we did make it to an FAI semi-final but we ended up losing 1-0 at Tolka Park in controversial circumstances and that was the closest we came to glory”.

Jim now lives in his native Glasgow with his wife Roberta and though a keen supporter of Celtic, he still looks out for the St Pat's results and has fond memories of his time in Inchicore.

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