1958/59 rugby captain Maxwell dies

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JAMES Maxwell, who was the oldest surviving member of the Langholm rugby championship team of 1958/59 and captain, died on Monday aged 85.

Jimmy had been in ill health for some time and was a resident in Virginia Lodge Care Home in Longtown.

He was capped for Scotland against Ireland in 1957 at stand-off and, in a blinding snowstorm, the skipper Arthur Smith switched the Langholm man to centre after 10 minutes. He never again got to show his considerable talents in a Scottish jersey.

Jimmy played numerous times for the South of Scotland and won his first Sevens medal for Langholm at Selkirk Sports in 1949 aged 17.

The next few years were a glory time for Langholm in the Sevens and of the 10 finals contested from 1949 to 1955 Jimmy played in them all, along with Jim Telford and Hector Monro, who later became Lord Monro.

It was a delighted Lord Monro who, as Border League president, presented the cup to his friend Jimmy Maxwell when Langholm sealed the championship at Melrose in 1959.

The South selectors had taken notice of how well Langholm were playing in the 15s game and in 1954 Jimmy, Jim Telford, Christie Elliot and Tony Grieve were all in the team which beat Glasgow.

He went on to win 17 Senior Sevens medals and was captain when Langholm won their own sports in 1959.

Before his illness Jimmy was officiating magistrate at Langholm Common Riding, a job he was immensely proud of, having been Cornet in 1955.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11:06AM
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