Jimmy Bain (footballer, born 1899)

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Jimmy Bain
Personal information
Full name James Bain[1]
Date of birth (1899-02-06)6 February 1899
Place of birth Rutherglen, Scotland
Date of death 22 September 1969(1969-09-22) (aged 70)
Place of death Polegate, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Rutherglen Glencairn
0000–1922 Strathclyde
1922–1928 Manchester United 4 (0)
1928 Manchester Central
1928–1934 Brentford 191 (2)
Total 195 (2)
Teams managed
1934–1956 Brentford (assistant)
1952–1953 Brentford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Bain (6 February 1899 – 22 September 1969) was a Scottish professional footballer and manager, best remembered for his 28 years as a player, manager and assistant manager at Brentford. In 2013, Bain placed fifth in a Football League 125th Anniversary poll of Brentford's best ever captains and was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in May 2015.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Early years and Manchester United[edit]

A centre half, Bain's began his career with hometown junior club Rutherglen Glencairn.[1] He moved to Strathclyde and off the back of his performances earned a transfer to English Second Division club Manchester United in May 1922.[4] Bain failed to make an appearance for the first team during the 1922–23 and 1923–24 seasons and finally made his professional debut in a 4–2 win over Leyton Orient on 7 February 1925.[5] It proved to be his only appearance of the 1924–25 season,[5] which meant he missed out on a Second Division winners' medal.[6] Bain managed just two appearances during the 1925–26 First Division season and did not appear for the first team at all during 1926–27.[5] His fourth and final appearance for the club came in a 3–0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 19 September 1927.[5] Bain departed Old Trafford in July 1928.[4]

Manchester Central and Brentford[edit]

Bain joined newly-formed Lancashire Combination side Manchester Central in 1928.[7] After a six-month spell, Bain returned to the Football League as a £250 signing for Third Division South club Brentford in late 1928.[4] An immediate hit with the Bees, he was awarded the captaincy and helped the club to the 1932–33 Third Division South title.[3] He retired from playing in 1934 and made 201 appearances and scored two goals for Brentford.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Bain won one cap for Scotland Juniors in a 2–2 draw versus England (represented by the Birmingham & District FA) on 22 April 1922.[9]

Coaching and management[edit]

Bain became assistant manager to Harry Curtis at Brentford in 1934.[10] Under Curtis, he was a part of the most successful period in the club's history, which saw the Bees crowned Second Division and London Challenge Cup champions in the 1934–35 season, finish fifth in the First Division in 1935–36 (the club's highest ever league placing) and win the 1942 London War Cup.[10][11] After Curtis' departure in 1949, Bain served under Jackie Gibbons (1949–1952), Tommy Lawton (1953) and Bill Dodgin, Sr. (1953–1956).[7] He retired from football at the end of the 1955–56 season and received a Football League Long Service Medal for the contribution he made at Griffin Park.[8] Bain was awarded a testimonial in 1956, in which Brentford drew 1–1 with an All-Star XI.[12]

With Brentford in the Second Division, Bain was named as manager Jackie Gibbons' successor in August 1952.[8] He lasted until January 1953, before being replaced by player-manager Tommy Lawton.[8] Prior to the appointment and dismissal of Eddie May in 1997, Bain's tenure was the shortest on record for a permanent Brentford manager.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bain's younger brother David was also a professional footballer.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1924–25[5] Second Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
1925–26[5] First Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
1927–28[5] 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 4 0 0 0 4 0
Brentford 1928–29[14] Third Division South 26 0 26 0
1929–30[14] 41 2 1 0 42 2
1930–31[14] 42 0 5 0 47 0
1931–32[14] 37 0 3 0 40 0
1932–33[14] 37 0 1 0 38 0
1933–34[14] Second Division 8 0 0 0 8 0
Total 191 2 10 0 201 2
Career total 195 2 10 0 205 2

Managerial statistics[edit]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Brentford August 1952 2 January 1953 25 7 8 10 028.0 [15]
Total 25 7 8 10 028.0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Brentford

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 14. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ a b Wickham, Chris. "Kevin O'Connor and Marcus Gayle join others in being added to Brentford FC Hall of Fame". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b League, The Football. "Brentford – Football League 125". www.fl125.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "James (1922–1928) Bain, Manchester United Player Profile & Stats". MUFCinfo.com. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "James Bain". 11v11.com. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Manchester United Complete History - Statto.com". Archived from the original on 2 August 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. pp. 14–15. ISBN 0955294916.
  8. ^ a b c d Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. p. 89. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.
  9. ^ "Scottish Football Historical Archive – Scotland Junior Internationals". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. ^ a b White 1989, p. 142-145.
  11. ^ "Brentford FC – Our History". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  12. ^ Griffin Gazette: Brentford's Official Matchday Magazine versus Crewe Alexandra 06/04/96. Quay Design of Poole. 1996. p. 20.
  13. ^ TW8: Brentford Official Matchday Programme versus Notts County 24/02/01. Charlton, London. 2001. p. 15.
  14. ^ a b c d e f White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 370–372. ISBN 0951526200.
  15. ^ White 1989, p. 382.

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