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Jim Rollo loses cancer battle

16 October 2012

Latics sad to hear of former keeper's death

Latics have been saddened to hear of the death of former goalkeeper Jim Rollo following a lengthy battle against cancer.

Jim, who was aged 74, made 59 appearances for Latics between 1960/63.

The Scot was a member of the team which won promotion from the Fourth Division in 1962/63.

Jim, who was born 50 miles from John O'Groats in the Scottish Highlands, was a baker and confectioner by trade.

He was a junior at Hibernian and was captured by Latics from Poole Town as he had been based at Aldershot during his National Service.

Jim, who still had friends in Oldham, later played for Southport, Bradford City and Scarborough before returning home to Blairgowrie, Scotland.

In 1989, Jim was involved in a serious accident with a fork lift truck and had to have his right leg amputated.

He made a full recovery and later carried out scouting duties for Liverpool, mainly in the Highland League.

The thoughts of everyone at Boundary Park are with Jim's family at this sad time.

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