Jimmy Stephen

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Jimmy Stephen
Personal information
Full name James Findlay Stephen[1]
Date of birth (1922-08-23)23 August 1922
Place of birth Johnshaven, Scotland
Date of death 5 November 2012(2012-11-05) (aged 90)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Johnshaven
1938–1939 Bradford Park Avenue
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1949 Bradford Park Avenue 94 (0)
1949–1955 Portsmouth 100 (0)
Yeovil Town
National team
1946–1947 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Findlay "Jimmy" Stephen (23 August 1922 – 5 November 2012)[2] was a Scotland international footballer who played as a defender. At club level, he played in the Football League for Bradford Park Avenue[3] and Portsmouth.[4]

Stephen signed for Bradford when he left school in 1938, and turned professional the following year. During the Second World War he made guest appearances for clubs including Halifax Town, Middlesbrough[2] and Huddersfield Town.[5] He left Bradford for Portsmouth in 1949,[2] although National Service in the RAF meant he was restricted to a solitary appearance in the Portsmouth team that won the 1949–50 League title.[6] He finished his career in non-league football with Yeovil Town.[2]

Stephen made his international debut as captain in the first competitive match Scotland played after the war, a 3–1 defeat to Wales on 19 October 1946 in the British Home Championship. His second and last cap came a year later, also against Wales.[2][7] Stephen also represented Scotland in five wartime internationals against England.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "James Stephen". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jimmy Stephen - A Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bradford Park Avenue : 1946/47–1969/70". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Portsmouth : 1946/47–2008/09". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Rollin, Jack (2005). Soccer At War 1939-45. London: Headline. p. 345. ISBN 978-0-7553-1431-7. 
  6. ^ Ley, John (14 September 2009). "Portsmouth all at sea as Bolton Wanderers add to their woes". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 September 2013. At half-time, Jimmy Stephen, 87, a 1950 title-winner with Portsmouth, was introduced to the crowd. “Sign him up,” sang the Fratton faithful. 
  7. ^ Brown, Alan (6 June 2008). "Scotland - International Matches 1946-1950". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 

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