Died: July 1989, Cleveland, Teesside
Born in Draperstown, Jim moved to Billingham as a youth. He played football with local side South Bank St Peter’s, a team based round the local catholic church, which also gave the game Wilf Mannion.
In May 1937 Jim signed with Middlesbrough, but he had to wait until after the Second World War to make his debut.
During the War years he served alongside Mannion for the Green Howards with distinction, notably in the Middle East, and attained the rank of sergeant.
After the War ended Jim became noted as a gifted, no-nonsense wing-half with real footballing quality, and able to perform with ease on either the left or right.
By the time he made his League debut in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool, Jim was already 28.
Surprisingly Jim was transferred to Leeds in March 1948 for a fee of £10,000 plus John Hodgson.
He was used mainly as a centre-half in six years at Elland Road and was part of a side which consistently finished in the top-half of Division Two, without being able to make that push to promotion.
Capped by Northern Ireland on six occasions, from 1948 to 1953, it would surely have been many more had it not been for the War. He was employed variously at right-half, left-half, centre-half and right-back, he was unfortunate that each match ended in defeat.
In 1954 Jim joined the Posh from Leeds Utd. Jim made 30 Midland League appearances for the Posh in the 1954/55 season and 1 appearance in the FA Cup, his only season at the club.
Later he returned to Teeside where he worked in the chemical industry for ICI. Regarded as a great character by those who knew him, Jim was best man at old-pal Wilf Mannion’s wedding.
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