Jimmy Fletcher

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Jimmy Fletcher
Personal information
Full name James Alfred Fletcher
Date of birth (1931-11-10) 10 November 1931 (age 86)
Place of birth Wouldham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wouldham
Chatham Town
Faversham Town
Maidstone United
1957–1958 Gillingham 23 (8)
1958–1959 Southend United[1] 00 (0)
1959–1960 Gravesend & Northfleet
1960–1962 Dartford
1962–1963 Margate
1963–1964 Dover
National team
England Amateur 02 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Alfred Fletcher (born 10 November 1931) is an English former association football player of the 1950s and 1960s, who played professionally for Gillingham and as a semi-professional for various clubs in Kent. After retiring from football he became a successful breeder of racing greyhounds.

Football career[edit]

Born in the village of Wouldham in Kent, Fletcher began his career with the local team before joining Chatham Town of the Kent League. He subsequently played for other Kent-based non-league clubs Faversham Town and Maidstone United, where he was a leading goalscorer in the Corinthian League and was twice chosen to play for the England national amateur team.[2]

In 1957 he turned professional with Gillingham of the Football League Third Division South and made his debut in the first game of the 1957–58 season, partnering Ron Saunders in attack.[3] He failed to gain a regular place in the Gills' first team and left the club at the end of the season to join Southend United.[2] He spent six months at Roots Hall but never played for the club's first team.[1] In January 1959 he returned to the non-league scene, joining Gravesend & Northfleet of the Southern Football League and later played for Dartford, Margate and Dover.[2]

Post-football career[edit]

After retiring from football in 1964, Fletcher became a successful breeder of racing greyhounds and went on to win large amounts of money betting on his dogs. His greatest success came in 1991, when his consortium won £200,000 on a high-profile race at Wimbledon Stadium.[2] In 2001, he lived in Sutton Valence near Maidstone and still regularly attended greyhound races.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (1984). Canon League Football Players' Records 1946-1984. Newnes Books. p. 159. ISBN 0-600-37318-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 116. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  3. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 67. ISBN 1-899468-20-X.