I was very sad to learn of the death of Jim Farry, a former Chief Executive of the Scottish FA and my boss for nine years.

He was meticulous and very efficient as an administrator.

I didn’t always agree with Jim but you could be sure that he was prepared to back his staff to the full.

He was often portrayed as being bumptious and aloof but in reality he just did what he thought was best for Scottish football.

Jim was a pressman’s dream. He was never quoted as criticising some club or situation – he was quoted as “blasting”. His most memorable phrase was when he accused someone of ”Machiavellian Skulduggery.” They don’t make phrases like that anymore.

Jim was the last of a type of football administrator we will not see again in the game. He was a chief executive when the title meant what it said on the label. He was the man who drove on with the reconstruction of Hampden Park, the National Stadium, when many others opposed it.

In time however, his role came under pressure when elected officials wanted to be executive office bearers. The two positions could not co-exist. The Chief Executive came under pressure and was the one to go.

Officially he left the SFA after being found guilty of delaying the registration of a Celtic player, Jorge Cadete. In my opinion, however, he had become a target for a number of people or interest groups.

Celtic Football Club and its owner Fergus McCann were bitterly opposed to money being spent on the reconstruction of Hampden and, as the driving force behind the project, Jim was an obvious target.

Knowing Jim as a boss for nine years, I do not believe that he would deliberately act illegally against any club but he was not afraid to take the big teams on if he thought it was necessary.

His attention to detail was legendary. The text for the Technical Area in the Laws of the Game originated in the Referee Department and the Chief Executive’s Office of the Scottish FA as did the revised Rules of the International FA Board.

He died at the age of 56 but he was a major influence on Scottish football in the 27 years he worked in football administration.

Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium, is there because of him.

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