Jimmy Dickinson

For the Plymouth and Norwich wing-half, see Jimmy Dickinson (footballer born 1899).
Jimmy Dickinson
Personal information
Full name James William Dickinson
Date of birth (1925-04-25)25 April 1925
Place of birth Alton, Hampshire, England
Date of death 8 November 1982(1982-11-08) (aged 57)
Place of death Alton, Hampshire, England
Playing position Left half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1965 Portsmouth 764 (9)
National team
1949–1956 England 48 (0)
Teams managed
1977–1979 Portsmouth

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James William 'Jimmy' Dickinson MBE (25 April 1925 – 8 November 1982) was an English football player.

Dickinson holds the record for number of league appearances for Portsmouth (764). Only Swindon Town's John Trollope (770) has made more appearances for a single club.

He signed for Portsmouth as a trainee and made his debut in 1946 against Blackburn Rovers Settling into the side quickly at either wing-half or left-half, he was part of the team that won successive league championships in 1948–49 and 1949–50. His performances earned him a call-up to the England national football team. He went on to win 48 caps for England, making him Portsmouth's most capped English player of all time. During his record 845 club appearances for Pompey and his 48 England caps he was never once booked or sent off, earning him the nickname Gentleman Jim.

Awarded the MBE in 1964, he played his last match for Pompey a year later, helping Pompey to a 1–1 end-of-season draw at Northampton Town that secured safety from relegation. And when he retired from playing, his association with the club continued. He served Pompey as public relations officer and then secretary before accepting the position of manager in May 1977. Relegation from the Third Division was avoided, but the next year Pompey dropped down a league.

After three heart attacks, Dickinson died aged 57 in 1982. The famous 'Pompey Chimes' rang hauntingly around St Mary's Church in Fratton at a packed memorial service. He is buried in Alton Cemetery.

In 1998 he was included on the list of 100 Legends produced to celebrate the centenary of the Football League.

Dickinson's image can be seen in the seating in the Fratton End stand in Fratton Park.

In his home town of Alton there is a pub named The Gentleman Jim and Dickinson Road in Portsmouth was named in his honour.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1946–47PortsmouthFirst Division40020-420
1959–60Second Division42010-430
1961–62Third Division4601040510
1962–63Second Division4205030500
Career total 764950114082810
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