Jim Platt

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Jim Platt
Personal information
Full name James Archibald Platt
Date of birth (1952-01-26) 26 January 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1983 Middlesbrough 481 (0)
1978–1979Hartlepool United (loan) 13 (0)
1978–1979Cardiff City (loan) 4 (0)
1983–1985 Ballymena United
1985–1987 Coleraine
National team
1976–1986 Northern Ireland 23 (0)
Teams managed
1984–1985 Ballymena United
1985–1991 Coleraine
1991–1992 Ballyclare
1992–1993 Assyriska
1995 Darlington (joint manager with David Hodgson)
1995–1996 Darlington
1997 Gateshead
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Archibald Platt (born 26 January 1952 in Ballymoney) is a former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Northern Ireland.

Playing career[edit]

During his career, Platt won 23 caps for Northern Ireland, an amount largely restricted due to the presence of Pat Jennings in the side. At club level, Platt played for the majority of his career at Middlesbrough, and also played for Hartlepool United, Cardiff City and Ballymena United. Platt was also in the Irish team that won the Home Championship the last time it was played.

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

As a manager, Platt's first job was to take charge of Ballymena United for a season from 1984–85, after which he had a longer spell at Coleraine, managing them for six years from 1985 to 1991. In 1991, he had another short spell, this time at Ballyclare, for just one season from 1991–92.

For the 1992–93 season, Platt was given the job of managing Swedish outfit Assyriska, in the Swedish First Division. He had a two-season spell managing Darlington one partly with David Hodgson then the other from 1995–96, before leaving full-time management to take a job with Gateshead.

Previously Middlesbrough’s Chief Coach at their Football Community Centre. He ran a private football school for local primary school around the Middlesbrough/Stockton Area.

In May 2009, Platt was appointed as Darlington's goalkeeping coach. However, three months later, Platt left the club following manager Colin Todd's sacking.[1]


Avonmore Mooju Man of the year 2014


  1. ^ "Darlington part company with Todd". BBC Sport. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26.

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