Jimmy Logie

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Jimmy Logie
Personal information
Full name James Tullis Logie[1]
Date of birth (1919-11-23)23 November 1919
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death 30 April 1984(1984-04-30) (aged 64)
Place of death London, England
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Lochore Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1955 Arsenal 296 (68)
1955–1960 Gravesend & Northfleet
National team
1952 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1955–1960 Gravesend & Northfleet
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Tullis Logie (23 November 1919 – 30 April 1984) was a Scottish footballer.

Career[edit]

Born in Edinburgh and raised in the city's Grassmarket, Logie first played for Scottish junior side Lochore Welfare, before being signed by London giants Arsenal in June 1939. Soon afterwards World War II broke out, and Logie was called up; he served in the Royal Navy for the entire duration of the conflict, guesting for hometown St Bernards, Dunfermline Athletic and Grimsby Town when his service permitted. In 1940, he made a guest appearance, scoring once, for Southampton.[2]

After being demobbed he rejoined Arsenal, playing several wartime matches, before making his full first-team debut against Wolves on 31 August 1946. Logie was a talented and creative player (many observers likened him to his fellow countryman Alex James, who had played for Arsenal in the 1930s), and for the next eight seasons he was a regular in the Arsenal side, playing at inside forward. He took part in all of Arsenal's early post-war successes; Arsenal won two First Division titles in 1947-48 and 1952-53, and the 1949-50 FA Cup – Logie set up both goals in a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the final. In the latter stages of his career he also served as Arsenal vice-captain, behind Joe Mercer.

Despite his success at Arsenal, Logie only ever won a single a cap for Scotland, playing against Northern Ireland on 5 November 1952. In all he played 328 matches for Arsenal, scoring 76 goals. He left the Gunners in February 1955, joining non-league Gravesend & Northfleet, helping them win the 1957-58 Southern League championship and lasting there until 1960.

After retirement Logie fell on hard times; football was not the lucrative profession it is currently, and Logie was a keen gambler. He eventually ended up working in a newsagents in Piccadilly Circus. He died in 1984, aged 64.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Logie". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 394. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  • Jimmy Logie, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database
  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.