Jim Walker (footballer)
|Full name||Jim McIntyre Walker|
|Date of birth||10 June 1947|
|Place of birth||Northwich, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Full back|
|1970||→ Hartlepool (loan)||10||(0)|
|1974–1975||Brighton & Hove Albion||28||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16/4/2007
Walker began his career by coming through the youth ranks with hometown club Northwich Victoria. This led to him being snapped up by Derby County in February 1968, with Walker appearing 26 times as Derby won the Football League Second Division the following year. Unfortunately appearances were to be limited over the following years and he was allowed to spend time on loan with Hartlepool in 1970.
He moved on to Brighton & Hove Albion in September 1974, just 13 months before signing for fellow Division Three side Peterborough United. By November 1976 he was on the move again when he joined Chester City, where he would spend the remainder of his playing career.
Walker made his Chester debut in a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth on 2 November 1976 and he was an ever-present for the remainder of the season in the number three shirt, as Chester reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and won the Debenhams Cup. He remained a regular until February 1981, when he made his final appearance against Colchester United. Walker was soon forced to retire but he remained with the club for two years in a physio and coaching role.
Having now found his new career in physiotherapy, Walker spent time working in Kuwait and with Blackburn Rovers before taking up a physio role at Aston Villa in 1986. It marked the beginning of a long association with the Midlands side, that ended shortly before he left to become assistant manager to Paul Merson at Walsall in 2004 
Walker later briefly returned to Peterborough United as a physio in 2006. He is now senior physio at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.
- "Saddlers Appoint Walker". BBC Sport. 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-12-28.