Jimmy Cowan needs no introduction to students of Scottish football, boasting as he does 25 Scotland caps and an enduring reputation as one of Scotland’s finest ever goalkeepers.
It was during a 9 year spell at Cappielow that Cowan garnered that reputation, signing for Morton from St Mirren in 1944 although military service prevented him from making his debut until 1947 – this came away to Hibs, with Cowan providing a glimpse of his capabilities by saving two penalties. Cowan won his first Scotland cap just over a year later in April 1947 in what proved to be something of a mixed month for him, with the high of that debut being preceded by a Scottish Cup Final replay defeat to Rangers in front of an aggregate crowd of 265,000 at Hampden Park.
Cowan’s time at Morton didn’t reward him with much silverware with just one league winner’s medal in 1949/50 set against two relegations, but the keeper had his fair share of glory for his national team. He won the British Home Championships in 1949 and 1951, and it was in a match against England at Wembley in the former success that saw Cowan cement his place as a great of Scottish football, repeatedly defying the Auld Enemy’s star- studded frontline in such stunning fashion that the match became known as “Cowan’s Game”.
Morton were always close to Cowan’s heart though: he always wore the club’s blue and white hooped jersey under his Scotland top and as the club’s most-capped player, Jimmy richly deserves his place in our Hall Of Fame.
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