James Brogan (footballer, born 1865)

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James Brogan
Personal information
Full name James Brogan
Date of birth 1865[1]
Place of birth Beith, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1883 Hibernian 0 (0)
1884 Heart of Midlothian 0 (0)
1884–1892 Bolton Wanderers 74 (26)
1892 Fleetwood Rangers 0
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Brogan was a Scottish footballer who played for the majority of his career at Bolton Wanderers. He played mostly as an inside-left or outside-left.

Having started his career in the amateur game with his local club Beith, he signed for Hibernian in 1883. He scored six goals on his senior debut for the club, in a 10–1 Scottish Cup win against Edina.[1] He was then signed by Hibernian's Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts.[1]

Brogan then moved to Bolton Wanderers from Hearts,[1] after the Scottish club had toured Lancashire.


When signing for Bolton in December 1884, James Brogan became one of the 1st professional footballer's to play for Bolton Wanderers. Bolton' 1st Football League match was played on 08-Sep-1888 at Bolton' Pikes lane ground. The game was a "magnificent spectacle" and Wanderers raced into a 3-0 lead with James Brogan scoring the 3rd. However, Bolton's defence were "mediocre" and by half-time Derby County led 4-3. The 2nd half belonged to Derby and they won 6-3. Brogan played at Outside-Left on the opening day. He played in all 22 League matches that season playing the remaining 21 games at Outside-Right. He was Bolton' top scorer with 13 goals scoring 2 in a match twice that season. Bolton finished 5th in the League and scored 63 goals in 22 games which was the 3rd highest.[2]


When he lost his place in the Bolton team in 1892, he left football and went to work in the shipyards, eventually retiring at the age of 85.


  1. ^ a b c d "James Brogan". www.ihibs.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Metcalf, Mark (2013). The Origins of the Football League. Amberley. ISBN 978 1 4456 1881 4. 
  • Dean Hayes (1990). Britain in Old Photographs:Bolton Wanderers. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-2182-X.