Jimmy Croal

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Jimmy Croal
Personal information
Full name James Anderson Croal[1]
Date of birth (1885-07-27)27 July 1885
Place of birth Hutchesontown, Scotland[2]
Date of death 16 September 1939(1939-09-16) (aged 54)
Place of death Yeovil, England[3]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Inside left
Youth career
Falkirk Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1905–1910 Rangers 3 (0)
Ayr Parkhouse (loan)
Alloa Athletic (loan)
Dunfermline Athletic (loan)
1910–1914 Falkirk 97 (31)
1914–1921 Chelsea 113 (22)
1919 Falkirk (guest) 10 (0)
Dunfermline Athletic (guest)
1921–1923 Fulham 36 (6)
National team
1913–1914 Scotland 3 (0)
1913–1914 Scottish League XI 3 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Anderson "Jimmy" Croal (27 July 1885 – 16 September 1939) was a Scottish footballer and schoolmaster who played for Falkirk, Rangers and Chelsea.[2] He was judged to be a clever inside left who when paired with Bob McNeil was very effective.[4]


Croal was a lively inside left, who joined Rangers in 1904 from junior football. However, he failed to make the breakthrough to the first team and went out on loan to Ayr Parkhouse, Alloa Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic before finally leaving Ibrox to sign for Falkirk in November 1910. The transfer fee was £10. At Brockville, his career blossomed, and he won the Scottish Cup in 1913, as well as three international caps and five appearances for the Scottish League XI.[3] Croal transferred to Chelsea from Falkirk sometime in 1914.[4] Chelsea paid £2,000 for him and he remained at Stamford Bridge until 1922. He was a member of the Chelsea side that reached the 1915 FA Cup Final. He made a total of 130 appearances for Chelsea, scoring a total of 26 goals.[5] Croal then spent a season with Fulham before retiring. He was a schoolmaster by profession.[2]





  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 70. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jimmy Croal". Rangers FC History.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2010-06-18. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Jimmy Croal | Football and the First World War". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  4. ^ a b Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme. 
  5. ^ Glanvill, Rick (2006). Chelsea FC: The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years. Headline Book Publishing Ltd. p. 401. ISBN 0-7553-1466-2.