Jimmy Sharp

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Jimmy Sharp
Personal information
Date of birth (1880-10-11)11 October 1880
Place of birth Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland
Date of death 18 November 1949(1949-11-18) (aged 69)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
East Craigie
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1899–1904 Dundee
1904–1905 Fulham
1905–1908 Woolwich Arsenal 103 (4)
1908–1909 Rangers
1909–1912 Fulham
1912–1915 Chelsea
1915–1916 Dundee Hibernian
1920 Fulham 1 (1)
National team
1902–1903 Scottish League XI[1][2] 2 (0)
1904–1909 Scotland[3] 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jimmy Sharp (11 October 1880 – 18 November 1949) was a Scottish international football player.

Born in Alyth, Perthshire, Sharp began his career with East Craigie and then joined Dundee in 1899. There he was a regular at left back in his five seasons there, where he earned a Scottish First Division runners-up medal in 1902-03 and made his debut for Scotland against Wales on 12 March 1904. In 1904 he moved south of the border to Fulham, who were then in the Southern League.

A year later, in 1905 he was snapped up by Woolwich Arsenal of the First Division and promptly became a regular in the side after making his debut against Liverpool on 2 September 1905. He missed only three league games in his first season and reached the FA Cup semi-finals twice in his first two seasons. At Arsenal Sharp also won another three Scotland caps, before Rangers prised him away in April 1908 for £400. In total he played 116 games for Arsenal, scoring 5 goals.

His spell at Rangers only lasted nine months before he moved back to London again, rejoining Fulham for a transfer fee of £1,000. He spent another four seasons at Craven Cottage, winning a final Scotland cap, against Wales on 1 March 1909, to bring his total to five. Sharp then joined Fulham's local rivals Chelsea, before leaving upon the cancellation of league football in 1915 due to World War I.

Sharp then returned to Scotland, joining Dundee Hibernian of the wartime Eastern League in September 1915. He left in April 1916 for military service with the Black Watch, but briefly returned to play for Dundee Hibs in February 1919.[4]

He moved back to Fulham in 1919, working as a trainer. However at the age of 39 he made an unlikely comeback; after Fulham's inside left Harold Crockford missed the team bus to an away game at Bury on 17 April 1920, Sharp returned and scored in a 2-2 draw.

Sharp later coached at Walsall and Cliftonville. He died in 1949, aged 69.


  1. ^ http://www.londonhearts.com/SFL/players/jimmysharp.html
  2. ^ http://www.londonhearts.com/SFL/players/jamessharp.html
  3. ^ Jimmy Sharp at the Scottish Football Association
  4. ^ Gracie, Steve (2008). A Passion for Survival : Dundee United FC, A Comprehensive History 1909-1945. Dundee: Arabest Publishing. p. 198. ISBN 9780955834103. 
  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.