Jimmy Glazzard

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Jim Glazzard
Personal information
Full name Jim Glazzard
Date of birth (1923-04-23)23 April 1923
Place of birth Normanton, West Yorkshire, England
Date of death 1995
Place of death Yorkshire
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946-1956 Huddersfield Town 299 (142)
1956-1957 Everton 3 (0)
1956-1957 Mansfield Town 22 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jim Glazzard (born 23 April 1923 in Normanton, Yorkshire - 1995) was a professional footballer, who spent most of his career at Huddersfield Town, where he became a fans' favourite. After playing as an amateur for Altofts Colliery he signed for the club in October 1943 and played his first game for the first team in the Wartime League (North) in the same month. His first game after the resumption of the Football League was in August 1946 and his last was in April 1956. Apart from one season (1952–53) Huddersfield were in the First Division of the Football League throughout this period.

After being used in various positions in midfield and attack he settled into his most effective position, at centre forward. Although of relatively slight build compared to, say, Nat Lofthouse he was top scorer for the club on six occasions and joint top scorer in the First Division with 29 goals in 1953-54. He was an outstanding header of the ball and his most memorable achievement was heading four goals [1] in an 8-2 victory over Everton in April 1953, all four coming from crosses from the left wing by Vic Metcalfe.

With Lofthouse firmly ensconced as England centre forward and with competition from the likes of Jackie Milburn, Stan Mortensen and Ronnie Allen, it is perhaps not too surprising that his only representative honour was as reserve for a 'B' international against West Germany in March 1954. At this time Huddersfield were near the top of the First Division (something they have not repeated since). Coincidentally both Milburn and Mortensen had guested for Huddersfield during the war.

After scoring 142 (not 141 as previously shown) goals in 299 league games for Huddersfield, In a number of reports it shows Glazzard as scoring 141 League for Huddersfield Town, this is incorrect.

On 20 January 1951 there was a disputed goal against Arsenal, which was first awarded to Glazzard, then to Hepplewhite and later back to Glazzard.

The Huddersfield Examiner of 20 January 1951 stated:

'After 18 minutes Huddersfield took the lead. Platt the Arsenal goalkeeper could not keep hold of possession of a low ball which looked to have been deflected, and Glazzard forced it over the line.

In a later paragraph which was related to the second half, it read:

'It was difficult from the press box to determine the actural scorer of Town's goal, during the interval it was learned that Hepplewhite was credited with it, being the last player to play the ball before Platt's fumble.

In the 22 January 1951 edition of Hudderasfield Examiner it was reported.

'Hudersfield Town FC are crediting the first Town goal on Saturday to JIM GLAZZARD. At half time I leaned that the Referee had credited the goal to Hepplewihte, but after the game he held an inquiry in the dressing room so he could complete his match report when he was informed by all the players who all thought GLAZZARD was the actual scorer. Which went into his match report.

Further a new book in celebration of the clubs' centenary by a team of people including club historian Ian Thomas and his wife have also credited the goal to Glazzard, hence him having 142 League goals, a Town League goals record that he holds jointly with George Brown.

In August 1956 he was transferred to Everton. Things did not work out there and he moved on to Mansfield Town after only three senior appearances. Ten goals and 22 appearances later, he retired in the summer of 1957 aged 34.

In later years he suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died in 1995, aged 72. A number of reports on his matches are to be found in the nostalgia section of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner website.

References[edit]

  • Huddersfield Town: A Complete Record 1910-1990, Terry Frost, Breedon Books 1990
  • 99 Years and Counting - Huddersfield Town Centenary History by A.Hodgson, G.&I. Thomas and J.Ward, Huddersfield Town AFC, 2007
  • The Huddersfield Examiner Newspaper of Saturday 20 January 1951 and Monday 22 January 1951.