Former SFA Chief Executive Jim Farry dies aged 55


Former SFA Chief Executive Jim Farry has died of a heart attack aged just 55. He was rushed to hospital yesterday with chest pains, but he passed away shortly afterwards.

A family friend said, “This has come completely out of the blue, the family are inconsolable. He will be really sadly missed, he was a great guy, a real family man. He was someone who loved Scotland and he gave many years of dedicated service to Scottish football.”

Farry joined the Scottish League in the 1970s, and served as SFA Chief Executive from 1990 to 1999. He received flak in 1997 for rejecting calls to call off Scotland’s game on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral, and the match against Belarus, was only moved after huge pressure from the media and Rangers’ duo Ally McCoist and Andy Goram refusing to play if it went ahead.

However Farry’s time at the SFA ended in 1999 when he was sacked for gross misconduct, after a dispute with then Celtic owner over the delay in registering Portuguese striker Jorge Cadete, which prevented the player playing in the Scottish Cup Semi Final defeat to Rangers.

After leaving the SFA, and despite rumours of a return to Football, Farry never did. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

SFA President George Peat said:

“I was extremely saddened by the news of Jim Farry’s passing. He was a committed chief executive of the Scottish FA.

“He was a renowned administrator in Scottish football, both for the Scottish Football League and the Scottish FA, and his work was respected in UEFA and FIFA circles. Jim was also heavily involved in the redevelopment of Hampden Park.

“The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish FA go to his wife, Elaine, and his family at this time.”

Everyone at Scotzine.com would like to pass on our condolences to Jim Farry’s family.

Source: Daily Record


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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