Jimmy Collins (footballer, born 1903)
Collins with West Ham United
|Full name||James Frederick Arthur Collins|
|Date of birth||14 July 1903|
|Place of birth||Brentford, London, England|
|Date of death||May 1977 (aged 73–74)|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Wing half|
|East Ham Boys|
|1921–1936||West Ham United||311||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
Born in Brentford, Collins, who was nicknamed "Lottie" after a music hall artiste of the era, played for East Ham Boys, with whom he made his first appearance at Upton Park as captain in 1917. He was called up to represent England Schools, but missed out on a cap after the game, against Scotland, was cancelled.
Playing as a forward, Collins featured for Chelmsford, Clapton and Leyton before signing amateur forms with West Ham United in 1921. He made his professional debut in the Football League on 9 February 1924 against Tottenham Hotspur.
Following West Ham's relegation from the First Division to the Second Division, Collins was one of the few professional players to be retained, appearing in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton the following season.
Having made 336 appearances for West Ham, including 311 in the league, scoring three goals, Collins proved instrumental in the club's pursuit of the London Combination title with the Reserves as they pipped Arsenal to the title.
After retiring from football in 1936, Collins made a return with newly formed Southern League club Colchester United in 1937. He made his debut in Colchester's first-ever match on 28 August 1937, when they were defeated 3–0 by Yeovil & Petters United at The Huish. However, he became the first player to be dropped by manager Ted Davis. His next appearance proved to be coincidental, as he travelled to Bath to cheer his teammates on, only to be called upon when Syd Fieldus missed his train. He made his third and final appearance on 23 April 1938, in a lineup that had nine changes made to it in Colchester's sixth game in only nine days. The match ended in a 3–0 defeat to Tunbridge Wells Rangers, and was released by the club at the end of the 1937–38 season.
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