James Ramsay was born in Clydebank on the 7th August 1898, Jimmy served an apprenticeship in engineering before joining the 6th Seaforth Highlanders in 1917 serving in France during the 1st World War.
He began his football career with Moor Park in 1917, Arthurlie in 1918 and Renfrew Victoria in 1919. During the close season in 1920 Jimmy signed for Kilmarnock who had just won the Scottish Cup. James made his Scottish League debut against Raith Rovers in August 1920.
In February 1924 Jimmy was sold for £1,775, Leslie Knighton the manager of Woolwich Arsenal persuaded Ramsay to join the club. He made his debut against Liverpool on 1st March 1924. Ramsay would have a fall out with the new manager Herbert Chapman and would re-join Kilmarnock having scored 11 goals in 75 appearances for the Gunners.
December 1926 and back at Rugby Park, Ramsay would become part of Killie history when he was part of the 1929 Scottish Cup winning squad. Ramsay would start the competition with a bang scoring a hat-trick against Glasgow University in an 8-1 win. Ramsay would play in all rounds of the cup until the semi-final. Unfortunately injury would keep him out of the semi and the final of the competition.
Ramsay would score 37 goals in 134 appearances for Kilmarnock, he would leave Rugby Park and sign for Galston in 1931. Retiring from playing James would take up the manager’s position at Margate FC. He would retire from football in January 1936.
James Ramsay died in 1969
James Ramsay Master Mason. The Thistle Lodge No.87
Initiated 7th December 1938
Passed 21st December 1938
Raised 4th January 1939