from "St Michael's College and Academy - A Celebration 1921-2007",
published June 2007

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Bobby Lennox
Lou Macari
Julie Fleeting
Angela McCowan
Jim Fleeting
Joe Timmons
International Honours

Bobby Lennox

Bobby Lennox signed provisional forms for Celtic in September 1961, made his first-team debut in March 1962, and made one his last appearances in the Scottish Cup final nearly 20 years later – a 1-0 win against rivals Rangers in 1980.

He was an extremely fast winger and he was known by fans as 'Buzz Bomb' or 'Lemon' ( – he made defenders look like 'suckers'). Though not a forward, Lennox had an incredible goal scoring record - 272 goals in 537 domestic League and Cup games for Celtic.

A classic moment in his career was his goal for Scotland against the world champions, England, at Wembley in 1966-7. He won ten full caps for Scotland in all – as well as a European Cup winners' medal, nine Championship badges, eight Cup winners' medals and four League Cup winners' medals.

Lennox was not short of medals and won the Scottish championship 11 times in his career and added eight Scottish Cups and six League Cups for good measure. But the most cherished medal was undoubt-edly after Celtic's European Cup triumph in 1967.

Lennox earned only ten caps for Scotland yet still managed to score three times for his country. The sweetest of which was almost certainly when he beat Gordon Banks to score the second goal in Scotland's 3-2 victory over in England in 1967 whilst the 'Auld Enemy' were still full of their World Cup pomp.

Lennox left Celtic in the late 1970s and moved to the US to play for the Houston Hurricanes. During the 1978 season, he scored 15 goals in 36 games, before returning to Celtic in 1979.

It was a worthwhile move as Celtic took the league championship that year and the Scottish Cup in 1980 before he retired that year and took up a coaching role he held until 1993. In 1981 he was awarded the MBE by the Queen for his services to Celtic FC.

Lou Macari

Lou Macari represented Scotland at schoolboy and senior level. Lou was a member of the 1966-67 senior team that won the Scottish shield, the only St Michael’s football team to win a Scottish trophy. Lou signed for Celtic while at St Michael’s Academy.

Lou then went on to play for Manchester United. He was capped 24 times for Scotland and scored 97 goals in 373 appearances for Manchester United. He then moved into management and managed Huddersfield, Stoke, Celtic, Birmingham, West Ham and Swindon.

Julie Fleeting (Mrs Stewart)
in February 2008, Julie became the first winner of the Evening Times Scots Sportswoman of the Year title, and, in June 2008, aged 27, she was honoured with an MBE for services to women's football; she has been capped 100 times for her country and has also scored 100 goals for the national side; after one year at St Matthew's Academy, she moved to Auchenharvie Academy in summer 2008.)

Julie was a pupil at St Michael’s Academy in -1992-98. She is now back in St Michael’s teaching PE. As a gifted sportsperson herself, Julie is now passing on her experience and expertise in running boys and girls teams in football, hockey and basketball teams. At school Julie represented her country at basketball and football; she had a Scottish trial for hockey. She also played for Cunninghame basketball club, Ayr Ladies football club and Eglinton ladies hockey club.

Julie is the daughter of Jim & Irene Fleeting. Jim is the current Technical Director of the SFA. Irene (Walker) was school sports champion in 1971. Julie is married to Colin Stewart, the Livingston FC goalkeeper, but she has decided to keep her maiden name for football. She will always be known as 'The Fleets' to her team-mates and many opposition players.

Julie joined Arsenal Ladies Football club in January 2004 and made an immediate impact to help the team challenge for honours. Her performance in the 2004 FA Cup final, where she scored a hat-trick, saw her profile increase and confirmed her status as a prolific striker. Julie won the Premier League’s Players' Player of the Year award in the 2004/05 season. To date, she has 3 premier league title medals, 2 FA cup winners medals and 2 league cup medals. She was in the team when Arsenal Ladies became the first British club to win the UEFA Women’s Cup on 29 April 2007.

In 2002 she played in the USA Women's pro-fessional league, playing for San Diego Spirit. Julie also won the Most Important Player award in the pro-league, where she was selected for the world 11.

Julie was first capped at age 15 and became captain of the national team at 20. She has more goals (92) than caps (85) as of May 2, 2006, playing for Scotland.

Angela McCowan (pupil 1999-2005)

· 1998 Angela’s first selection for the Scottish Disability Junior Swim Team – ultimately becoming Junior Captain. Progressed to the Senior Team by the age of 12.
· Qualified to be part of British Swimming – World Class Potential Programme at age 14.
· Awarded Jim Higgins Youth Sports Personality by East Ayrshire Council in 2001.
· 2004 attended “Schoolsport Meets Olympia” in Athens with the GB delegation, witnessing the ceremony of the departure of the Olympic Flame.
· Awarded the Daily Record’s Sporting Heroes of the Future Bursary in 2005.
· Awarded a Sports Scholarship at Stirling University to Study Sports and Exercise Science.
· 2006 swam for Great Britain in Denmark, Berlin and Durban. Durban was her first major international, competing in the International Paralympic Com-mittee World Championships.
· British Record - 400 metre Free
· European Record – 4 x 100 Free Relay
· Ranked No. 1 Scotland
· Ranked for 400 Free –No. 1 Britain, No. 14 World

Jim Fleeting

Jim Fleeting was a pupil of St Michael’s Academy, Kilwinning, in 1967-73. During his time at school he represented the school and Ayrshire at football. Jim worked as a toolmaker as well as playing for Irvine Victoria. He also won the Scottish Amateur cup with Knockentiber.

At 20 Jim signed for Norwich City and played centre half for four years and spent one year at Tampa Bay Rowdies. On returning home, Jim signed for Ayr United, where he captained the side. He then played for Clyde in 1982 and had spells with Morton and Airdrie before moving into management.

Jim’s first manager’s job was with Stirling Albion before taking over the helm at Kilmarnock Football Club. After a successful spell at the club, he became first team coach of premier league side, Partick Thistle.

From there, Jim joined the SFA Technical Department as Director of the community scheme. Jim has now progressed to the Technical Director of the SFA, succeeding Andy Roxburgh.

Jim is married to Irene Walker (schools sports champion) and they have three children, Gemma, Julie and Barry who were all pupils at St Michael’s Academy. Jim and Irene are also a proud grandparents to Ben and Max.

Joe Timmons

Joe Timmons of the well-known Timmons family of Saltcoats was a pupil at St Michael’s in 1965-71. Known for his athletic speed, Joe won one junior and two senior boys championships. Indeed Joe’s father James donated the Timmons Trophy to the winner of the Senior Boys Sports Champion-ship and Joe was very proud to be its first recipient. He also represented Ayrshire and South West Scotland at numerous athletic events for the 100 yards sprint.

As football defenders often could not catch him, Joe became quite a profilic goal scorer for the school and local youth teams. At the Ayrshire Schools U18 Schools Cup Final in 1971 Joe came on as a substitute when St Michael's were losing and scored a hat-trick to help win the trophy for the school.

Joe joined the Bank of Scotland in 1971 – a wide and varied career which took him to Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh and back to Ayrshire, retiring in 2005 from the position of Area Director Corpor-ate Banking. Joe gained the Professional Banking Qualifications of MCIBS in 1976 and an MBA from Strathclyde University in 1984.

Joe played for several Ayrshire Amateur and Junior Football Teams but sustained a number of injuries to both knees, so much so that at the age of 20 he took up football refereeing. He made rapid promotion through the refereeing grades and in 1977 refereed the first televised live Scottish Junior Cup Final at Hampden Park where Kilbirnie Lakeside beat Rob Roy 3-2. In 1979 he was promoted to a Class 1 Referee and officiated at all Senior Football grounds.

When Joe was promoted to Newcastle in 1983, he was required, having changed countries, to start his refereeing career from the bottom of the ladder again. His last match in Scotland was Celtic v St Mirren. The following week he refereed an Under 15 game in South Shields which was abandoned after 60 minutes as fog had come down on the Tyne. The English FA did not recognise Joe’s Scottish Grading but he soon progressed up the refereeing ladder and made it back to the top flight in England by 1986. Joe apparently is the first Scot to officiate as a referee at the highest level in both Scotland and England.

Joe returned to Edinburgh in 1989 and was promoted to the FIFA List of Match Officials in 1992 where he refereed in 12 countries taking part in FIFA, UEFA and International Matches. He also refereed the SFL B & Q Cup Final in 1993 (Morton v Hamilton Acads). Due to continuing knee injuries, Joe retired from active refereeing in 1994 and took up a Referee Assessor’s role for a time.

Joe is married to Patricia Walker of Kilwinning, a former pupil. They have three children, Mark, Mairi and Paul also now all former pupils of St Michael’s.

International Roll of Honour (compiled by Mrs Winnie Dorrian & the PE staff)


Schoolboy internationalists
Lou Macari, Jim Clarke, John Murray (Celtic FC)
Ian Baillie – Junior Football internationalist
Dougie McGuire (Celtic FC)
Hugh McKellar – Scottish boys club (Celtic FC)
John McIlhatton – Scottish Amateur
Joseph Hume
Full Honours
Bobby Lennox
Lou Macari
FIFA Referee
Joe Timmons
Scottish Ladies Internationalist
Julie Stewart (Fleeting)

Scottish Schoolgirls Netball
The Senior girls team of season 1966-67 were the winners of the Scottish shield, the one and only St Michael’s team to win this award:
Maureen Ward, Bernadette Morgan, Gail Docherty, Clare Kelly, Gillian Aire, Margaret Pollock, Karen Anne McNeil, Jennifer Darroch, Kathleen Cosgrove, Elaine Smith

Scottish Schoolgirls Hockey
Betty Moultrie (Leckie),
Julie Fleeting (Scottish trialist)

Scottish Schoolgirls Basketball
Julie Fleeting

Graeme Burnett: Scottish U18 champion in 1976-77 season. He was the winner of the junior national league and won master bowman for that year.

Mary Harrison 1977 won the Scottish Ladies title at under 40 kilos three times. She also represented Scotland at senior level.
Jamie Charles: Scottish Internationalist, Scottish & British title holder
Joseph Charles: Scottish Internationalist, Scottish & British title holder

Gerry Donnachie won the Scottish YMCA doubles championship.
Martin Ronald and Kevin Rainey won the Scottish U16 doubles championship
Martin Ronald won the Ayrshire and U16 singles title

Michelle Cooper, Scottish U18 champion, junior internationalist


Anne Marie Higgins set the new Scottish Schoolgirls high jump record in season 1978-79. She was also 6th in the Great Britain championships representing Scotland. In the same season Karen Docherty was 4th in the hurdles event at the Scottish schools championships.

In season 1988-89, Brian Holliman won the 400m Scottish Boys title.

Joe Timmons represented his county and district in the 100m event.

Bryan Hendry represented Ayrshire and the South West district and his notable achievements were finishing 7th in the Scottish U15 Scottish schoolboys cross-country championship in season 1990. Bryan was also the Ayrshire boys champion at this event.

Deanne Doak represented her school at the Scottish Schools Championships at U16 level in Shot Putt.

Graeme Corrance represented his school at the Scottish Schools Championship at U16 level in the 400m.

Rachel McMillan won the Scottish schoolgirls pole vault event at U16 level in season 2005-06.

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