Friday, 18 June 2010
47 Jim McCluskie
Position : Forward
Played : 1983-4 to 1985-6
Appearances : 19
Goals : 0
Jim was the other YTS player alongside Shaun Reid but had to wait a bit longer for his debut, coming on as sub in a home defeat to Bury on April 21 1984 then making his full debut in the 5-0 drubbing at Halifax.
It was hard for Jim, a big lad even at 17 , to impress in a side playing so wretchedly but he did look to have the makings of a decent striker. He wasn't selected at all in the following season but came back in the side in 1986 when many had forgotten him to replace the injured Ian McMahon in midfield. It wasn't really his position and morale in the side had fallen through the floor (allegedly because Vic Halom had made promises of perks which the Board couldn't sanction) but he was starting to impress by the end of the season.
It was therefore a surprise when he was released in 1986 , the more so when you saw some of the rubbish that Halom brought in that summer. Jim played in Jersey for a brief time then kicked off a long, successful career in non-league football with Mossley. He also played for Hyde United, Witton Albion (who paid £10K for him), Barrow, Accrington Stanley and most notably Morecambe for whom he scored 99 goals in 193 appearances. He moved into management with Rossendale and Accrington and is now chief youth scout at Preston.