It was over a little over a year ago as manager of East Stirlingshire that Jim McInally's love affair with football was reignited.
He had come to appreciate the contribution made by part-time players and the fans of clubs that never got to taste success, and whose gates seldom stretch to a few hundred.
McInally had emerged scarred from a difficult time trying, unsuccessfully, to persuade the players of Morton that they were good enough to take the club to a higher level. It was a full-time manager's job he did not, in the end, enjoy, though eyebrows were raised soon after his Cappielow departure when he accepted the job of endeavouring to prise East Stirlingshire from their perennial place as Scottish football's worst side.
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