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Jimmy Cookson


Jimmy Cookson

Jimmy Cookson
Personal information
Full nameJames Cookson[1]
Date of birth(1904-12-06)6 December 1904
Place of birthManchester, England
Date of deathDecember 1970 (aged 65 or 66)
Place of deathWarminster, England
Playing positionCentre forward
Senior career*
1923–1925Manchester City0(0)
1927–1933West Bromwich Albion122(103)
1933–1936Plymouth Argyle46(37)
1936–1938Swindon Town50(31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Cookson (6 December 1904 – December 1970), better known as Jimmy Cookson, was an English footballer who played as a centre forward in the Football League for Manchester City, Chesterfield, West Bromwich Albion, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town.

Life and career

Cookson was born in Manchester.[1] He began his career as a wing half with South Salford Lad's Club and then played for Clayton and Manchester North End.[2] He turned professional with Manchester City in August 1923,[3] but was unable to break into the first team and was sent to Southport on loan for a trial period in 1924.[2] He was transferred to Chesterfield in April 1925,[3] and converted to a centre forward.[2][4] He was the leading goalscorer in the Third Division North for the 1925–26 season with 44 goals,[5] and scored 85 overall in 74 league appearances.[1] In August 1927, he joined West Bromwich Albion for a £2,500 fee.[3] He continued to score goals at his new club and was a member of the 1930–31 squad that won the FA Cup and promotion to the First Division.[4] Later in 1931, Cookson was selected for the Football Association tour of Canada.[2][4]

He scored 103 league goals in 122 matches for Albion,[1] including six in a Second Division game against Blackpool in 1927.[4] Cookson was also the leading goalscorer in the Second Division for the 1927–28 season with 38 goals.[5] Cookson maintained his high goalscoring ratio after joining Second Division club Plymouth Argyle in 1933.[2] He scored 28 goals in his first season with Argyle, including 27 in 29 league appearances, but injuries restricted his playing time over the next two campaigns.[2][4] Cookson managed a further 10 goals in 17 matches to bring his overall tally to 38 goals in 48 games.[2][4] He moved to Swindon Town in 1936, where he played on for two more seasons, and scored 31 goals in 50 league appearances.[1] Cookson retired from the game in May 1938 to become a publican.[3]

Cookson's Football League record of 256 goals scored in 292 appearances is one of the best in the League's history. His great quality was a willingness to shoot, and shoot early, whenever a chance presented itself.[4] Cookson died in Warminster in December 1970.


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