Dons help out former player

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, 25th April 2013, Ex Don Jimmy Walker receives a new wheel chair from the AFC.''Pictured Jake Mearns, Jim Walker, and George Yule''(Photo) Ross Johnston / Newsline Scotland
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, 25th April 2013, Ex Don Jimmy Walker receives a new wheel chair from the AFC.''Pictured Jake Mearns, Jim Walker, and George Yule''(Photo) Ross Johnston / Newsline Scotland

ABERDEEN Football Club and mobility specialists Able Care have combined to help former Dons defender Jim Walker become mobilised again after having part of his right leg amputated last year.

The 79 year old who lives in Inverurie with his wife Irene, is a keen bowler, and had been left virtually housebound following the amputation which had been caused by circulation problems before the Dons and Able Care stepped in to secure a motorised wheelchair for the ex-player.

And Jim is delighted with his new vehicle. “I really appreciate the help given to me by the club. I’ve always been a pretty active person so the last few months were very difficult. The wheelchair means I will be able to get out and about a bit more and will be able to take part in bowling again.”

Pittodrie vice chairman George Yule added. “We were only too happy to help Jim as it’s important that the Club offers assistance to any former players when it’s required.”

Jim joined Aberdeen from Inverurie Locos in 1953 with his Pittodrie career interrupted by National Service before returning in 1956 where he played alongside the likes of Graham Leggat, Archie Glen and Harry Yorston. Transferred to Bradford City in 1959, he helped the English club gain promotion in his five years down south. Jim became a postal worker after hanging up his boots.