Jimmy Croal

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Jimmy Croal
Personal information
Full name James Anderson Croal
Date of birth (1885-07-27)27 July 1885
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 16 September 1939(1939-09-16) (aged 54)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Inside Left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1905-1906 Rangers 3 (0)
1914-1922 Chelsea 113 (22)
National team
1913-1914 Scotland 3 (0)
1913-1914 Scottish League XI[1] 3 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

James Anderson "Jimmy" Croal (27 July 1885 – 16 September 1939) was a Scottish footballer and Schoolmaster who played for Falkirk, Rangers and Chelsea. He was judged to be a clever inside left who when paired with Bob McNeil was very effective.[2]


Croal was a lively inside left, who joined Rangers in 1904 from junior football. However, he failed to make the breakthrough to the first team and went out on loan to Ayr Parkhouse, Alloa Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic before finally leaving Ibrox to sign for Falkirk in November 1910. The transfer fee was £10. At Brockville, his career blossomed, and he won the Scottish Cup in 1913, as well as three international caps and five appearances for the Scottish League. Croal transferred to Chelsea from Falkirk sometime in 1914.[3] Chelsea paid £2,000 for him and he remained at Stamford Bridge until 1922. He was a member of the Chelsea side that reached the 1915 FA Cup Final. He made a total of 130 appearances for Chelsea, scoring a total of 26 goals.[4] Croal then spent a season with Fulham before retiring. He was a schoolmaster by profession.[5]





  1. ^ "James Anderson Croal". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme. 
  3. ^ Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme. 
  4. ^ Glanvill, Rick (2006). Chelsea FC: The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years. Headline Book Publishing Ltd. p. 401. ISBN 0-7553-1466-2. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Croal". Rangers FC History.co.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2010. [dead link]