Jimmy Dickinson / Half Back

Professional footballer for Portsmouth FC

Jimmy Dickinson
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Name Jimmy Dickinson
Date of Birth Fri Apr 24, 1925
Place of Birth Alton, Hants.,
Height 5ft 10in (178cm)
Weight 12st 0lbs (75kg)
Playing Position Half Back
Date Joined Sat Jan 8, 1944
From Alton YC
Transfer Fee Paid
Date Left Sat Apr 24, 1965
To Retired
Transfer Fee Received
Debut 31/08/1946 - Blackburn Rovers (h)
Last Appearance 24/04/1965 - Northampton Town (a)
League Appearances 764
League Goals 9
FA Cup Appearances 49
FA Cup Goals 1
League Cup Appearances 15
League Cup Goals
War Time League Appearances 26
War Time League Goals
War Time Cup Appearances 5
War Time Cup Goals
Other Appearances 6
Other Goals
Honours 1948/49 - Division 1 Championship
1949/50 - Division 1 Championship
1949 - Charity Shield
1961/62 - Division 3 Championship
International England
International Appearances (with Portsmouth) 48
International Goals
Date of Death Mon Nov 8, 1982
Place of Death Alton, Hants.,
Biography A one club man, 'Gentleman Jim' - he was never booked, sent off or spoken to by a referee - devoted his life to Pompey and occupied the positions of player, Public Relations Officer, Secretary, Manager and Chief Executive during an association approaching 40 years. Jimmy debuted in a League South game against Chelsea at home on 11 December 1943, aged 18. He continued to play when naval commitments allowed but on the resumption of league football he quickly established himself as a first team regular - playing 81 times in the championship seasons - for the next 19 seasons barring injury and international call-ups. England 'B' and Football League representation preceeded a first cap for his country in May 1949, the start of an almost seven year run in the side, possibly only broken when he was asked to play at either full back or centre half by his club. After retirement Jimmy answered the call to become manager in April 1977 and steered the club away from relegation. Sadly, this only delayed the inevitable by a season, Jimmy only relinquishing the position after a heart attack in March 1979. Never showy on the field, Jimmy's contribution and consistency was the hallmark of the greatest player playing in the greatest team in the club's history. As a Portsmouth player, his record of league appearances and caps for his country is unlikely to ever be surpassed. Jimmy was awarded an MBE in 1964.
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