Jimmy Ruffell

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Jimmy Ruffell
Personal information
Full name James William Ruffell
Date of birth (1900-08-08)8 August 1900
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Date of death 6 September 1989(1989-09-06) (aged 89)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Outside-left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1937 West Ham United 505 (159)
1937–1938 Aldershot 2 (1)
National team
1926–1929 England 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James William Ruffell (8 August 1900 – 6 September 1989) was an English footballer who played for West Ham United.

He was signed by West Ham United in March 1920, and he made his debut against Port Vale the following year.[1]

He was an ever-present during the 1924-25 season, and went on to make 548 senior appearances for the Hammers, a record that wasn't beaten until Bobby Moore surpassed it in 1973. He scored a total of 166 goals, placing him above many of West Ham's finest strikers in the club's records, and was the club's top scorer for the 1927-28 and 1934-35 seasons. Despite this, he didn't score a single goal during the 1921-22, 1932–33 and 1936–37 seasons.

In 1923, he was part of the team that contested the first FA Cup Final to be staged at Wembley Stadium, known as The White Horse Final.

In April 1926 he made his England international debut in a 1–0 defeat by Scotland in Manchester. He played for England on another five occasions.[2]

Ruffell left the east London club in 1937. He joined Aldershot for a short spell, playing his last game against Port Vale, the club he'd debuted against 17 years earlier.


  1. ^ "Jimmy Ruffell". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "England Player Profile: James Ruffell". englandfc.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 180. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 
  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 229. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 

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