Jimmy Deacon

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Jimmy Deacon
Personal information
Full name James Deacon
Date of birth (1906-01-23)23 January 1906
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 1976 (aged 69–70)
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Darlington 2 (-)
1929–1934 Wolverhampton Wanderers 149 (52)
1934–1939 Southend United 100 (3)
1939–1940 Hartlepool - (-)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James "Jimmy" Deacon (23 January 1906 - 1976) was a Scottish footballer, who played in the Football League.


Deacon began his league career with Darlington, making two appearances in the Third Division before joining Second Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in June 1929 for £250.

He scored on his Wolves debut, a 2–2 draw at Bradford City on 7 September 1929, and quickly formed a potent attack with Billy Hartill, scoring 42 goals as a duo that season. Deacon reached double figures in goals in all but his final full season at Molineux, and won a Second Division championship medal in 1931–32. His younger brother Dickie also played for the club during this spell.

He scored a total of 56 goals in 158 appearances for Wolves, before being transferred to Southend United in October 1934. He made over a century of appearances for Southend, before playing out his career with a season at Hartlepool in 1939–40.

After World War II, he returned to his native Glasgow where he ran a pub.


  • Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3.