Born 21st March 1945 in Northampton.
Signed by Norman Rigby from Northampton Town in December 1967 in a deal that saw Johnny Byrne move the opposite way, ‘Big’ Jim soon became a Posh favourite scoring 13 goals in his first ‘half’ season with the club.
In his first full season with the Posh (1968/69) he became the first Posh player to score 20 League goals in a season since Derek Dougan achieved that feat five seasons earlier.
In 1969/70 he scored 24 league goals including 4 in one game against Oldham Athletic. He scored 4 goals again on the 17th September 1973 against Doncaster Rovers and in total scored 8 hat-tricks for the Posh.
In his 8 years at the Posh Jim formed formidable striking partnerships with both Peter Price and John Cozens that became the scourge of defences.
In total Jim scored 137 goals for the Posh, 122 in the League, 11 in the FA and 4 in the FL Cup. His goal scoring record boasts 6 hat tricks and 2 pokers (4 goals). In this day and age where players don’t stay long at one club, Jim’s record of 122 league goals for the Posh looks unbeatable.
Did you know: Jim was loaned to Ron Atkinson at Cambridge Utd where he scored 15 goals from 24 league games to help Cambridge win the 4th Division championship.