Glasgow born centre forward James “Jasper” McLuckie played in his hometown for Junior side Jordanhill in 1897 before joining Football League First Division club Bury in the close season of 1898, making his Football League debut at Derby County the same September, scoring in a 2-1 victory. In three years with the club, he scored 36 goals in 106 appearances but is best known for his feat in the 1900 FA Cup Final when McLuckie scored two goals as Bury defeated Southampton 4-0 at The Crystal Palace.
In October 1901 he moved to Aston Villa and in his second season with the club, they missed out on winning the League Championship by a single point. McLuckie spent three seasons with Aston Villa and scored 45 goals in 62 appearances, which included five goals in five FA Cup matches. He joined Southern League Plymouth Argyle in the 1904 close season and was “a consistent performer” in his one season with the club. McLuckie made 37 appearances in all competitions and scored 16 goals.
He returned to Scotland to join Dundee in 1905 and then played for Third Lanark before moving to Hamilton Academical. By the time he arrived at Douglas Park he was in the twilight of his career, but played a key role as an example to the club’s younger players. He made eight Scottish League and Cup appearances for the club, scoring the first of his two goals on debut against Morton in December 1908.