Tribute: Jim McNeillage 1940 – 2020

Jim McNeillage, the talented all round sportsman, died aged 80 on 20th October 2020.

Jim was an accountant by profession.  He had not been in the best of health recently and, though he was still playing an occasional nine holes of golf with his wife Gill, was certainly not anything like the fine athlete he had been a few years’ ago.

He played tennis to a very high standard and, together with Harry Roulston, won many tournaments over a number of years and he represented Scotland at tennis as well as Badminton.

In addition he was a good squash player and a very good golfer, playing off a single figure handicap for many years.  But, it was in badminton that Jim excelled, winning fifteen caps between 1967 and 1971.  He formed an excellent partnership in Gents Doubles with Ian Hume and they won The Irish Open championships, the Lancashire Open tournament – quite a feat against all the very good English players – along with every Gents Doubles titles in the Scottish calendar, other than the Scottish Open.

Jim leaves behind his wife Gill and their two daughters Allison and Jennifer, to whom we send our deepest sympathies.