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Tributes paid to former NI and Southampton striker Shields


Jimmy Shields

The Irish FA have added their condolences following the sad passing of former Northern Ireland international Jimmy Shields.

Before moving to Southampton, Jimmy was part of the Crusaders side which claimed their first senior honour - the 1953 Ulster Cup.

A fee of £1,000 gathered by the Saints Supporters Club enabled the transfer to proceed.

Jimmy was also selected in the Northern Ireland team for a match against Scotland on November 7, 1956, earning his only senior cap.

The Londonderry man (below) also turned out for Larne during the 1960s before then spending his latter years in Gateshead in the north east of England.

The Irish FA stated yesterday: "It was with sadness that the Irish FA learned of the passing of former Northern Ireland international Jimmy Shields.

"The centre-forward will be remembered for a successful spell with Southampton in the late 1950s as well as stints at Crusaders and Larne."

The Crues shared their sadness, stating: "Crusaders FC are saddened to learn of the death of  one of our legendary players, Jimmy Shields, in the early hours of 9th January 2019.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

"Jimmy had most recently returned to Seaview as our guest at the home fixture against Glentoran on Saturday 13th October 2018 and was introduced to the home support, a trip that he and his family treasured."

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