Jimmy Hay

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Jimmy Hay
Personal information
Full name James Hay
Date of birth (1881-02-09)9 February 1881
Place of birth Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland
Date of death 4 April 1940(1940-04-04) (aged 59)
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–1903 Ayr
1903–1911 Celtic 214 (14)
1911–1915 Newcastle United 217 (17)
1915–19?? Ayr United
National team
1905–1914 Scotland 11 (0)
1909–1911 Scottish League XI 6 (0)
Teams managed
1922–1924 Clydebank
1924–1926 Ayr United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Hay (9 February 1881 – 4 April 1940) was a Scottish footballer, who played for Ayr, Celtic, Newcastle United, Ayr United and the Scotland national team.

Hay was born in Tarbolton, Ayrshire and signed for Celtic for £50 from Ayr FC in March 1903.[1] Described as a strong tackler,[1] Hay captained Celtic between 1906 and 1911 and made a total of 322 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals.[1] He was part of the Celtic side which won six consecutive league titles between season 1904-05 and season 1909-10 under the management of Willie Maley.

He left Celtic in 1911 after the club failed to meet his improved contract demands[1] and joined English club Newcastle United. He returned to Scotland in 1915 with Ayr United, where he remained for three years.[2]

He was capped 11 times by Scotland between 1905 and 1914 and captained his country on three occasions. Hay also represented the Scottish League XI.[3]

Hay was appointed manager of Clydebank in April 1922.[4] He later became manager at former club Ayr United in June 1924.[2] The club were relegated from the First Division in his first season as manager.[2] Hay left the club in January 1926, after he accused Ayr United director Tom Steen of trying to bribe a referee.[2] Hay was banned indefinitely by the Scottish Football Association after he refused to apologise, but the suspension was lifted in November 1927. He later had a career as an insurance agent, until his death on 4 April 1940.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "James Hay profile". TheCelticWiki - Unofficial Celtic F.C. website. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ayr United - Past Managers". Ayr United F.C. official website. 
  3. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "No goals in extra time". The Courier and Argus. Dundee. 4 April 1922. Retrieved 13 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 

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