Benny Cairney began his football career in the juniors with Thornliewood United. The forward caught the attention of Leicester City and when offered a contract at Filbert Street he had no qualms in taking it. Sadly however he failed to make any breakthrough into the first team fold and sought a move back home. Initially he went to Celtic where he was offered a trial to prove himself but after failing to win a deal with the Bhoys, ‘Well boss Bobby Howitt offered him a trial at Fir Park in 1965, impressing sufficiently he was rewarded with a deal. Benny proved to be a strong imposing unit who possessed good pace, he struck up a decent partnership with Dixie Deans. Cairney made 54 appearances for the club, scoring on 11 occasions before moving onto Wigan Athletic.
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