James Hopkins (footballer born 1901)

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For the English footballer who played for Manchester United, see James Hopkins (footballer born 1876).
James Hopkins
Personal information
Full name James Hopkins
Date of birth 12 July 1901
Place of birth Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland
Date of death 1943
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Belfast United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919-1923 Arsenal 21 (7)
1923-1929 Brighton & Hove Albion 220 (72)
1929-? Aldershot
National team
1925 Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Hopkins (12 July 1901 - 1943) was a Northern Irish association football player, who played at inside forward.

Born in Ballymoney, he started out at Belfast United before being signed by Arsenal in 1919 at the age of 18. He was a regular for Arsenal's reserve side for two seasons before his first-team debut came, against West Bromwich Albion on 19 March 1921; Hopkins scored in a 4-3 victory and went on to play a further seven times that season. Injury and illness marred his 1921-22 season however, and he only played in 11 League games all season. The following season his appearances were even more sporadic, and despite scoring in both his League starts for Arsenal in 1922-23, he was sold to Brighton & Hove Albion in January 1923; in total he played 22 games for Arsenal, scoring seven goals.

Hopkins spent the next six seasons at Brighton, making over 200 League appearances in the Third Division South and scoring 72 goals. He also won a single cap for Ireland against England on 24 October 1925 at Windsor Park; the game finished 0-0. He left Brighton in 1929 and ended his career with Aldershot. He died in 1943.


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