Born in 1876, the son of a Bute farmer, James Halliburton "Jimmy" Haig came through his local junior side, Rothesay Royal Victoria, to sign for St. Mirren’s “junior” side, and won a Scottish Junior cap against Ireland in 1897. He joined Derby County in 1898, playing three times, but was playing for the Kilbarchan team at the time that Chesterfield brought him back to England in 1900. He might well be regarded as Gilbert Gilles' finest signing and it is ironic that Haig did not debut for the Spireites until after Gilles had relinquished the manager’s position following a poor start to 1900-1.
A fine, cultured defensive halfback, Jimmy belied his small size with tenacity, a keen awareness and good passing ability. Jimmy fitted in well from the start, and came to be very highly regarded by supporters as a player, although they were less appreciative of his efforts as a scout when three fellow-Scots he had recommended in 1901 turned out to be costly flops and contributed to EF Hind’s departure as manager.
A League match against Clapton Orient in 1907-8, Jimmy's last season, was reserved for his benefit: after a long and distinguished career, he emigrated to Canada in 1908 and settled in Calgary, where he passed away in 1943.
For Chesterfield: 228 League appearances, 2 goals.