Jimmy Blair (footballer, born 1918)

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Jimmy Blair
Personal information
Full name James Alfred Blair
Date of birth (1918-01-06)6 January 1918
Place of birth Whiteinch, Scotland
Date of death 1983 (aged 64–65)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
-1935 Cardiff City 0 (0)
1935-1947 Blackpool 50 (8)
1947-1949 Bournemouth & Bomscombe Athletic 80 (8)
1949-1953 Leyton Orient 104 (26)
Ramsgate Athletic
Canterbury City
Total 234 (42)
National team
Wales schoolboys ? (?)
1946 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
Ramsgate (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Alfred "Jimmy" Blair (6 January 1918 — 1983) was a Scottish professional football player. A forward, he was the son of Scottish international Jimmy Blair, Sr. and brother of Doug Blair.

Blair began his professional career with Cardiff City in the 1930s, but after failing to break into the Bluebirds first team, he was transferred to Joe Smith's Blackpool in June 1935. He made his debut for the Tangerines in the third league game of the 1937–38 season, in a single-goal victory over Everton at Bloomfield Road on 4 September 1937. His strike partner, Bobby Finan, scored the goal. Blair went on to make a further twenty appearances in the league that campaign, scoring four goals in the process: two in a 4–2 victory at Brentford on 16 September, one in a 4–2 defeat in the following game at home to Leicester City two days later, and one in a 2–1 victory at Portsmouth on 23 October.

In 1938–39, Blair managed just four league appearances as Joe Smith tried out several partners for Bobby Finan. In the first full season after World War II, 1946–47, Blair made twenty-five league appearances and scored four goals as Blackpool achieved a fifth-placed finish in Division One. One of his goals gave Blackpool both points against Chelsea at Bloomfield Road on 2 November 1946, while another helped them to a 3–2 victory over Liverpool, also at home, at the end of the month. Blair's final appearance for Blackpool occurred on 12 April 1947, in a 2–0 loss at home to Stoke City. It was his fiftieth league appearance for the club.

Blair joined Bournemouth & Bomscombe Athletic in 1947, and in two years with the south-coast club he made eighty league appearances and scored eight goals.

In 1949, Blair joined Leyton Orient, with whom he made the most appearances and scored the most goals of his career: 104 league games and twenty-six goals. Blair's final two clubs were non-League outfits Ramsgate Athletic and Canterbury City.

International career[edit]

Blair won one cap for Scotland, on 19 October 1946, in a 3–1 defeat to Wales. Blair had played for the Wales schoolboys team.

Death[edit]

Blair died in 1983 at the age of 65.

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