North Western greyhound racing lost a popular and successful former trainer overnight with the death of Jimmy Gibson.

Jim Gibson

One of the best known faces at Bolton for over 20 years, Jimmy switched to NGRC racing in the early 1990s and enjoyed significant success notably with Airmount Flash (St Leger/Hunt Cup) Saradeb (Birmingham Cup/Midland Flat) Bulawayo Power (Stones 5000) Chairman (Monmore Gold Cup), Bomber Graham (Gold Cup) Talktothehand (Oaks) and Moral Director (All England Cup) . . . to name but some of his successes.

In the latter years, Jimmy worked alongside Pat Rosney before the latter took over the Townbrow Kennels.

Pat said: “Haven’t heard from Jimmy since he left the area but was only talking about him the other day. What a shame. We enjoyed some really memorable times together here at Townbrow especially winning the Oaks with Talktothehand and then reaching the Derby final with Pilot Alert.”

Mark Crowder, who used to parade Jimmy’s runners in the flapping days said: “A great trainer. I had many wonderful nights with Jimmy on the flapping circuit and again when he took out his licence. He was also a great man who will be sadly missed by family and friends.”