Jimmy Windridge

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Jimmy Windridge
Personal information
Full name James Edwin Windridge
Date of birth (1882-10-21)21 October 1882
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death 23 September 1939(1939-09-23) (aged 56)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Small Heath Alma
1899–1901 Small Heath
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1901–1905 Small Heath 26 (7)
1905–1911 Chelsea 143 (54)
1911–1914 Middlesbrough 68 (11)
1914–1916 Birmingham 29 (11)
National team
1908–1909 England 8 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Edwin Windridge (21 October 1882 – 23 September 1939) was an English footballer who played as an inside forward. He made more than 250 appearances in the Football League for Small Heath/Birmingham, Chelsea and Middlesbrough, and played eight times for England.

Football career[edit]

Born in Small Heath, Birmingham, Windridge began his senior football career with his local club, Small Heath (now known as Birmingham City),[1] making his debut in 1903. In his first season the club were promoted to the First Division.[2] He became one of the first players to join the newly formed Chelsea Football Club in 1905, arriving for the sum of £190 and with fellow Small Heath players, Jimmy Robertson and Bob McRoberts. His impact was immediate, scoring a hat-trick for the club on his home debut against Blackpool, in the first competitive football match ever played at Stamford Bridge.

Windridge scored 16 goals that season as Chelsea finished a respectable third in the Second Division, and hit 18 in the next, helping the club earn promotion to the First Division. Thereafter he was overshadowed by more high-profile forwards at the club, such as George Hilsdon and Vivian Woodward,[citation needed] and moved on to Middlesbrough in 1911. Returning to Birmingham in 1914, he equalled a club record by scoring five goals in a league match against Glossop in 1915.[1]

He was also an England international, making his debut in 1908 against Ireland. He scored in six consecutive matches for his country,[3] equalling a record set by Tinsley Lindley and never subsequently surpassed.[citation needed] The sequence included all four matches during England's first overseas tour, and Windridge ended his international career with an impressive seven goals from eight games.[3]

Outside football[edit]

Windridge also played cricket for Warwickshire.[4] He was the cousin of fellow England international Alex Leake.[1]

He died in Small Heath at the age of 56.[1]


  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  1. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  2. ^ Matthews, p. 149.
  3. ^ a b "James Windridge". englandstats.com. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  4. ^ "James Windridge". Cricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. Retrieved 7 September 2015.