|Date of birth||4 April 1896|
|Place of birth||North Fitzroy, Victoria|
|Date of death||11 June 1956(aged 60)|
|Place of death||Beaconsfield, Tasmania|
|Height / weight||175cm / 72 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1925.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Atkinson played his football with Fitzroy in the VFL from 1917 to 1925. He was a defender, and in 1922 was a member of Fitzroy's premiership side as well as winning their Club Champion award. Atkinson was club captain in 1924 and 1925.
He moved to Tasmania in 1926 and finished his footballing career with Lefroy. He represented Tasmania at the interstate football carnival in Melbourne in 1927. He broke "virtually every bone in his body" during his career, and his injuries finally forced him out of the game in 1930.
|Bowling style||Right-arm off-break|
|Role||Batsman, occasional wicket-keeper|
|Domestic team information|
|1921-22 – 1925-26||Victoria|
|1926-27 – 1933-34||Tasmania|
cricinfo.com, 1 December 2008
In cricket, Atkinson played 26 first-class games for Victoria and Tasmania between 1921–22 and 1933-34. "Probably Tasmania's greatest cricket captain" in the years before it entered the Sheffield Shield, he led the team in 19 first-class matches from 1928-29 to 1932-33.
In the two matches against the touring MCC in 1928-29 he scored 17, 47, 20 and 30, the last three innings of which were Tasmania's top scores. Against the South Africans in 1931-32 he scored 90, 1, 48 and 55, again top-scoring three times.
The Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket described him as an "uncompromising opening batsman, capable of thunderous hooks and drives, as well as delicate late cuts, and a fine close-to-the-wicket fieldsman". In Tasmania's victory over Victoria in Melbourne in 1928-29 he took seven catches – five in the first innings and two in the second – as well as scoring 54, the second-highest score in the match.
After he retired from senior club cricket in 1935 he became a publican in Launceston.
- Jim Atkinson biography at australianfootball.com
- Wisden 1957, p. 942.
- Tasmania v Victoria 1927-28
- Tasmania v Victoria 1929-30
- Tasmania v MCC, Launceston 1928-29
- Tasmania v MCC, Hobart 1928-29
- Tasmania v South Africans, Launceston 1931-32
- Tasmania v South Africans, Hobart 1931-32
- Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket, Oxford UP, Melbourne, 1996, p. 36.
- Victoria v Tasmania 1928-29
- Wisden 1957, p. 942.