Jimmy Collins (English footballer)
Collins, nicknamed "Lottie" after a music hall artiste of the era, made his first appearance at Upton Park as captain of East Ham Boys in 1917. He was called up to play for England Schools but missed out on a cap after the game, against Scotland, was cancelled.
Playing as a forward, Collins featured for Chelmsford, Clapton and Leyton before signing amateur forms with West Ham in 1921. He made his professional debut two years later, against Spurs on 9 February 1924.
Finding opportunities limited up front, Collins switched to wing half to gain regular football, where he once managed 160 consecutive appearances before a cartilage injury ended the run.
In all, Collins made 336 appearances for West Ham, scoring three goals. He retired from football in 1936.
- Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 51. ISBN 1-903135-50-8.
- West Ham Player List, last accessed 20 January 2007
- Jimmy Collins at westhamstats.info
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