James Richardson (footballer)

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James Richardson
Personal information
Full name James Richardson
Date of birth 1885
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death August 1951
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1910-1912 Huddersfield Town 42 (24)
Sheffield Wednesday
Ayr United
1912-1914 Sunderland AFC 45 (31)
National team
1919 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Richardson (better known as Jimmy Richardson) (born 1885 in Glasgow - died August 1951) was a professional footballer and manager, who played for Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland AFC, and Ayr United, as well as several other clubs.

Richardson joined Sunderland AFC in 1912 and played there for two years, scoring a total of 31 goals over 45 appearances. In his first season with Sunderland he helped them win the league for the first time since the 1894/1895 season, and the last time until the 1935/1936 season. He also played in the 1913 FA Cup Final against Aston Villa, with Sunderland losing 1-0. In the 1914/1915 season, while playing for Ayr United, Richardson was joint top goalscorer, along with Tom Gracie of Hearts of Midlothian, with a total of 29 goals apiece. In 1916, Richardson went to fight in France during the Great War. He returned in 1918 with stomach troubles, but was well enough to join the first team again on 2 November 1918, scoring a hat-trick against Hibernian in a match that ended 5-0.

After retiring as a player Richardson became a manager for several clubs including Ayr United and Cowdenbeath FC. To this day, the 1924/1925 season that Cowdenbeath played with Richardson as manager is still considered their greatest ever performance. For reasons unknown, despite having an incredible season, Richardson left the club after just one year as manager.

After retiring from management, Richardson remained a fan of Ayr United and was spotted at the club as a supporter just a few months prior to his death in August 1951. He remains Ayr United's third highest goalscorer, despite having missed two seasons due to active service. On 4 January 1921, Ayr United held a testimonial match at Somerset Park for Richardson, known amongst fans as "Jimmy's Day".