Jimmy Cochrane (footballer, born 1935)

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Jimmy Cochrane
Personal information
Full name James Cochrane
Date of birth (1935-10-26) 26 October 1935 (age 79)
Place of birth Kingswinford, England
Playing position Inside right
Youth career
Brierley Hill Schools
1951–1952 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1958 Birmingham City 3 (1)
1958–1959 Walsall 6 (1)
1959 Wellington Town
1959–19xx Stourbridge
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James "Jimmy" Cochrane (born 26 October 1935) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham City and Walsall.[1]

Cochrane was born in Kingswinford, which was then in Staffordshire,[1] and attended Brierley Hill Secondary School.[2] He made his name in schools football, as inside right and playmaker in the Brierley Hill, Sedgley & District Schools team that reached the final of the English Schools' Football Association Trophy in 1951.[2][3] Cochrane, together with his schools' team captain and future England international Trevor Smith,[4] joined Birmingham City in the summer of 1951, and signed professional forms when he turned 17.[3]

He made his first-team debut on 7 March 1953, aged 17 years 4 months, in the Second Division match at Huddersfield Town which finished 1–1, and kept his place for the next game.[5] On his next appearance, a year later, standing in for Wales international Noel Kinsey, Cochrane scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win home win against West Ham United.[6] His progress was interrupted by his National Service commitment; after two years spent as a cook, he returned to the club overweight and unfit, and never played for the first team again.[3]

In June 1958 Cochrane joined Fourth Division club Walsall as part of Brian Taylor's transfer to Birmingham. He scored once in six league games before dropping into non-league football at the end of the 1958–59 season with Wellington Town and then Stourbridge. He was still only 23.[3][7]


  1. ^ a b "Jimmy Cochrane". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "The year Brierley Hill Boys just missed out on football glory". Black Country Bugle. 28 October 2004. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
    Includes a lengthy extract from the match programme of the E.S.F.A. Trophy Final second leg, 23 May 1951.
  3. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 125.
  5. ^ Matthews, p. 188.
  6. ^ Matthews, p. 189.
  7. ^ Edwards, Leigh. "Ultimate Saddlers A-Z 4". Walsall F.C. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2009.