|Full name||James Dailey|
|Date of birth||8 September 1927|
|Place of birth||Glenboig, Scotland|
|Date of death||January 2002 (aged 74)|
|Place of death||Weymouth, England|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Dailey was born in Glenboig, Lanarkshire. He began his football career during the Second World War as an amateur with Wolverhampton Wanderers. After the war he returned home and signed for Third Lanark. When he arrived at Sheffield Wednesday from Scotland as an 18-year-old, the team were struggling. He scored seven goals in his first eight games to start their recovery. At the start of the following season he scored ten in seven weeks, including all five in a 5–2 defeat of Barnsley, but the club preferred Eddie Quigley and Clarrie Jordan.
Dailey moved to Birmingham City for a not inconsiderable fee of £10,000 in February 1949. The next season, 1949–50, he was top scorer with nine goals in 23 games for a poor side which finished at the bottom of the table, but after that he rarely played.
After leaving Birmingham he went on to score freely in the lower divisions, notably with 74 goals in 176 League games for Workington, including a club all-time record 26 in 1956–57. At Rochdale he scored a goal every other game, which contributed to the club being placed in the Third Division on goal average when the Football League was reorganised in 1958.
He later played non-league football in the south-west of England and managed Portland United and Dorchester Town. After leaving football he ran a sports shop in Weymouth. He retired to Spain but returned due to ill-health in 2001 and died in Weymouth the following year aged 74.
- with Birmingham City
- Club's top scorer (9) 1950
- with Workington
- Club's top scorer (26) 1957
- with Weymouth
- Club's top scorer (31) 1959
Notes and references
- Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-010-2.
- "Neil Brown's statistics site".
- "Complete History: The War and Other Catastrophes". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Archived from the original on 12 August 2007.
- Stuart Jackson. "Season 1947–1948". The Sheffield Wednesday Archive. Adrian Bullock. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
- "Death of former Terras striker". Bournemouth Echo. 18 January 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- "Club History". The Popular Side. Archived from the original on 7 September 2007.
- "Club history". Rochdale A.F.C. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008.