Jim Hermiston
Personal information
Full name James Hermiston
Date of birth (1947-09-30) 30 September 1947 (age 74)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Position(s) Defender/Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1975 Aberdeen 195 (10)
1976 Grange Thistle
1977 Brisbane City 20 (3)
1978–1981 Brisbane Lions 107 (10)
1982 Brisbane City 19 (1)
Total 341 (24)
National team
1974 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
1983 Brisbane City
1985–1986 Brisbane City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Hermiston (born 30 September 1947 in Edinburgh) is a former professional footballer and police officer. He played for Aberdeen in Scotland and a number of clubs in Australia – he most notably won the 1970 Scottish Cup with Aberdeen, and was inducted into the Aberdeen FC "Hall of Fame" as one of the founding members in 2003. He also served with the police forces in the north of Scotland and Queensland.

Football career

Hermiston began his career as a teenager with Bonnyrigg Rose, and was signed for Aberdeen by Eddie Turnbull in 1965. He made his debut for Aberdeen the following year, and went on to play 270 times for the club in all competitions. He was a member of the 1969–70 Scottish Cup winning team, and was captain of the side toward the end of his time there.[1]

Hermiston played one game for the Scottish League representative side, a 5–0 defeat by the English League team at Maine Road, Manchester on 20 March 1974.,[2] but was overlooked for the Scotland squad for the 1974 World Cup. This led him to seek a move to England. However, a proposed transfer to Chelsea failed to materialise, and Hermiston decided to retire from the game at the age of 27 to join Grampian Police as a Police Constable. It is possible that as a PC, his duties may have included policing matches at Aberdeen's ground, Pittodrie Stadium, but it is not clear whether he ever actually did so.[1]

Hermiston and his family emigrated to Australia shortly afterwards, and he resumed his football career there, playing for Grange Thistle, then Brisbane City and Brisbane Lions before returning to police work after a brief spell as manager of Brisbane City.[3]

Hermiston was a popular player in Australia, to the extent of having a children's coaching manual published under his name.[4] He was twice in Philips Cup winning teams, and was even considered as a potential captain of the Australian team.[1] However, this did not come to pass thanks to Hermiston having played part of a game for the Scottish Under-23 side in the early 1970s – the international rules at the time forbidding a player who had represented one country at any level from representing another. In October 1980 Hermiston was voted by the Australian Soccer Press Association player of the year and was handed the award by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.[5]

Police career

After emigrating to Australia, Hermiston joined the Queensland Police, and served with that force until his retirement in 2003. In 1999, he was presented with a bravery award after intervening in a bank robbery while off duty.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Paul (2007). The Legends of Aberdeen. Breedon Books. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-85983-575-3.
  2. ^ Jim Hermiston – Scotland Football League record
  3. ^ "Soccer's sacrificial lambs... the coaches", Australian Online Soccer Museum Archived 7 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Hermiston, Jim (1978). Jim Hermiston's Pioneer Hi–Fi Book of SOCCERskill. Queensland Newspapers Pty. Ltd. ISBN 0-9596903-1-X.
  5. ^ Laurie Schwab: Scot is soccer's top man, The Age, 31 October 1980, p. 23.