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 Full-back
Youth career
Rutherglen Glencairn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–1922 Glasgow Strathclyde
1922–1928 Manchester United 4 (0)
1928 Manchester Central
1928–1934 Brentford 190 (2)
Total 194 (2)
Teams managed
1952–1953 Brentford

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

James "Jimmy" Bain (6 February 1899 – 22 September 1969) was a Scottish professional footballer and manager who played in the Football League for Manchester United. He is best remembered for his 22 years as 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]

Playing career[edit]

Bain grew up in Rutherglen, Scotland. A full-back, his first club was local junior side Rutherglen Glencairn. He moved on to Glasgow Strathclyde and off the back of his performances, earned a transfer to Division Two side Manchester United in October 1922.[4] He failed to make an appearance for the first team during the 1922–23 and 1923–24 seasons.[4] He finally made his professional debut during the 1924–25 season, playing in a 4–2 win over Leyton Orient on 7 February 1925.[5] It proved to be his only appearance of the campaign, meaning he missed out on a Division Two winners' medal.[4] Now back in Division One for the 1925–26 season, Bain managed just two appearances and did not appear for the first team at all during the 1926–27 season.[4] His fourth and final appearance for the club came in a 3–0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 19 September 1927.[6] He left the club in July 1928 and joined newly formed Lancashire Combination side Manchester Central.[7][8] After a six-month spell, Bain joined Division Three South side Brentford in a £250 deal in late 1928.[4] An immediate hit with the Bees, he was awarded the captaincy[3] and helped the club to the 1932–33 Division Three South title. He retired from playing in 1934.[9] He made over 200 appearances for Brentford.[9]

Coaching and management[edit]

Bain became assistant manager to Harry Curtis at Brentford in 1934. 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 Division One in the 1935–36 season (the club's highest ever league placing) and win the 1941 London War Cup. After Curtis' departure in 1949, Bain served under Jackie Gibbons (1949–1952), Tommy Lawton (1953) and Bill Dodgin, Sr. (1953–1956). He retired from football at the end of the 1955–56 season, receiving a Football League Long Service Medal for the contribution he made at Griffin Park.[9] He received a testimonial in 1956, in which Brentford drew 1–1 with an All-Star XI.[10]

With the club in Division Two, Bain was named Brentford manager in August 1952, succeeding Jackie Gibbons.[9] He lasted until January 1953, before being replaced by player-manager Tommy Lawton.[9] Prior to the appointment and dismissal of Eddie May in 1997, Bain's tenure was the shortest on record for a Brentford manager.[11]

Personal life[edit]

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

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Brentford August 1952 January 1953 25 7 8 10 28.00
Total 25 7 8 10 28.00






  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 14. ISBN 1899468676. 
  2. ^ a b Chris Wickham. "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 "Brentford - Football League 125". Fl125.co.uk. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "James (1922-1928) Bain, Manchester United Player Profile & Stats". MUFCinfo.com. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Manchester United 4 v 2 Leyton Orient | League Division Two, 7th February 1925, Season 1924-1925". MUFCinfo.com. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Blackburn Rovers 3 v 0 Manchester United | League Division One, 19th September 1927, Season 1927-1928". mufcinfo.com. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 0955294916. 
  8. ^ "Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United, 19 September 1927". 11v11.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Hayes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  10. ^ Griffin Gazette: Brentford's Official Matchday Magazine versus Crewe Alexandra 06/04/96. Quay Design of Poole. 1996. p. 20. 
  11. ^ TW8: Brentford Official Matchday Programme versus Notts County 24/02/01. Charlton, London. 2001. p. 15. 

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