Jimmy Seal

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Jimmy Seal
Personal information
Full name James Seal[1]
Date of birth (1950-12-09) 9 December 1950 (age 66)[1]
Place of birth Walton, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–1968 Upton Robins ? (?)
1968–1971 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (0)
1970 Walsall (loan) 17 (8)
1970 Walsall (loan) 24 (6)
1971–1972 Barnsley 43 (12)
1972–1976 York City 161 (43)
1976–1979 Darlington 122 (19)
1979–1981 Rochdale 53 (4)
Total 421+ (92+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James "Jimmy" Seal (born 9 December 1950) is an English former footballer who played as a striker.


Born in Walton, near Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Seal played for Upton Robins before he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1968.[1] He made one appearance in the First Division for the club. During the 1969–70 season, he was to transfer to Walsall.[3] He joined Barnsley in May 1971.[1] After one season with the club, he joined York City in July 1972 for a fee of £6,000 and Kevin McMahon. He had a difficult first season with the club, scoring three goals in 31 league appearances. However, during the next season, he formed a fine strike partnership with striker Chris Jones, during which he scored 17 league goals, as York won promotion to the Second Division.[3]

Seal was York City's top scorer for the 1974–75 season, with a total of 18 goals.[4] During this season he scored a magnificent goal in a 1–1 draw against Arsenal in the FA Cup.[3] He was joint top scorer with Micky Cave for the 1975–76 season, with a total of 8 goals.[5] He was transferred to Darlington in November 1976, where he played for three seasons. He finished his league career with Rochdale.[3]

He made his home in York and played in local football for a number of years, working as a self-employed painter and decorator, and later as a milkman.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 551. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ Jarred, Martin; Windross, Dave (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922–1997. Citizen Publications. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-9531005-0-7. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Batters, Dave (1990). York City: A Complete Record 1922–1990. Breedon Books. p. 198. ISBN 0-907969-69-0. 
  4. ^ Batters. York City: A Complete Record 1922–1990. p. 375. 
  5. ^ Batters. York City: A Complete Record 1922–1990. p. 377.