St Mirren bosses are planning a special tribute to ‘super-fan’ Jimmy McIntosh at their next home game.
Jimmy, known to his friends as ‘Toshie’, suffered bleeding on the brain when he fell outside his home in Gallowhill, Paisley, on Wednesday, January 2.
Sadly, he failed to regain consciousness after being rushed to the town’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and died in the early hours of the following morning, at the age of 90.
A large turnout is expected at Woodside Crematorium, in Paisley, tomorrow when Jimmy’s funeral takes place.
Among those who will attend the emotional service will be officials from St Mirren – and the Paisley club will also pay its respects at the home match against Ross County on Saturday, January 19.
St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell told the Paisley Daily Express: “Our next SPL home game is against Ross County and we think it would be appropriate to remember Mr McIntosh at that game.
“We are planning to mark his passing by asking supporters to take part in one minute of applause before the game starts.
“The club also hopes to get permission from the referee for the players to wear black armbands during the match.”
Jimmy was one of 12 kids and his love for the Buddies was shared by each of his seven brothers and four sisters.
His first St Mirren game was a clash against Celtic way back in 1926.
Jimmy’s brother Tommy even went on to star for Saints in the 1940s.
Over the decades that he supported St Mirren, Jimmy attended thousands of matches and also helped his beloved club whenever the opportunity arose.
He carried out a number of duties, including helping out on match days, carrying the training gear, keeping an eye out for burglars and, on one memorable occasion, even saving the Love Street pitch after it had been set on fire.
For many years, he ran a supporters bus from The Tile Bar, in Smithhills Street, Paisley.
St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour has described Jimmy as “a legend” at the Paisley club.
He said: “I knew Jimmy really well. All of his family were big St Mirren supporters and he was such a character.
“Jimmy was THE St Mirren supporter and followed the team his entire life.
“He was a great guy to have a chat with and was always full of great stories.”
Last year, the Express revealed that St Mirren are considering plans to open a new bar area within the main stand at their Greenhill Road stadium so that supporters can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat before and after games.
And a number of fans are hoping that, if the plans go ahead, the new bar will be named after Jimmy in his honour.
Jimmy’s first wife Isa passed away some years ago but he is survived by second wife Margaret, daughter Betty, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandkids.
His funeral at Woodside Crematorium will take place at 9am tomorrow, with all family and friends invited to attend.