Local lad, Jim Paterson began his career with Dundee United progressing through the youth system at Tannadice. Sadly however he suffered two leg breaks in as many years which would hamper his progress and in 2004 he was allowed to leave the club.
Terry Butcher was quick to snap up the services of the Bellshill born Midfielder. Affectionately known at ‘Step Over’ by the ‘Well support he proved to be a popular player during his time with Motherwell. Despite being a Left Midfielder he proved to be a versatile player and on occasion could fill in as a Left Full Back and on a rare occasion even played as a Centre Back. Jim made his debut in the opening game of the 2004/05 season as the side were beaten 2-0 by Celtic. His first goal for the club came in a 3-0 victory over Greenock Morton in the League Cup Competition. Perhaps one of the highlight’s of his stay at Fir Park was playing a pivotal role for the side as they would go all the way to the 2005 League Cup Final, but sadly in the end he would have to settle for a runners up medal. He would however feature in the famous ‘Skippy Sunday’ game where a late Scott McDonald double would deny Celtic the SPL title. Impressing under the guidance of Mark McGhee during the 2007/08 Season, he attracted the interest from English Championship side Plymouth Argyle who would eventually pay a reported £250.000 fee for his service. Sadly like earlier in his career, injury would blight his stay at Home Park.
Jim would link up with manager Mark McGhee later in his career, firstly he made a brief return to the SPL as he headed to Aberdeen on loan, then again a few years later at Bristol Rovers.
|Name:||James Lee Paterson|
|Date of Birth:||25th September 1979|
|Place of Birth:||Bellshill|
|Celtic Nation (Loan)||2014|