Jimmy Meadows

Jimmy Meadows
Personal information
Full name James Meadows
Date of birth (1931-07-21)21 July 1931
Place of birth Bolton, Lancashire, England
Date of death 3 January 1994(1994-01-03) (aged 62)
Place of death Didsbury, Manchester, England
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Bolton YMCA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1951 Southport 60 (6)
1951–1955 Manchester City 130 (30)
Total 190 (36)
National team
1955 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1966–1969 Stockport County
1970 Blackpool (caretaker)
1970 Bolton Wanderers
1971–1973 Southport
1974–1975 Stockport County
1976 GIF Sundsvall
1978 Blackpool (caretaker)
1982-1983 Al Sadd SC

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

James "Jimmy" Meadows (21 July 1931 – 3 January 1994) was an English footballer and manager. He started his playing career in 1949 at Third Division Southport, before being transferred to Manchester City in March 1951 for £5,000.[1] He made his only appearance for England against Scotland in April 1955,[2] but the following month suffered a serious injury in the 17th minute of the 1955 FA Cup Final, going for an attempted tackle by his own corner flag. As substitutes were not allowed in the English game until 1965–66, City had to play the rest of the game with ten players resulting in Newcastle United winning 3–1. Meadows' injury was so serious he was forced to retire from playing, and moved into management.[3]

His longest managerial appointment was a two-and-a-half year spell at Stockport County in the late 1960s, and he returned there for a season in 1974. In between, he had a bizarre 81-day spell in charge of Bolton Wanderers in 1971 as team manager under general manager Nat Lofthouse. This spell saw the club virtually condemned to their first-ever period in the Third Division. He returned to Southport as manager in 1971,[3] with whom he had his most successful period in management. He took them to the 1972–73 Fourth Division championship with 62 points, a feat which Bill Shankly described at the time as tougher and more meritorious than his own championship with Liverpool that same year.

Other clubs he served included GIF Sundsvall and two spells at Blackpool. During his first period as Blackpool's caretaker manager in 1970, Meadows appeared alongside Jimmy Armfield and Glyn James as the "Blackpool" team versus "Crystal Palace" in the popular television show Quiz Ball.


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