Jimmy Bermingham was an outside right during the inter-war era in the League of Ireland and started his career in Free State senior football with Dublin’s Brooklyn F.C. in 1921, and after they were disbanded in 1925 he joined Bohemians, the famous amateur club. He was part of the Bohemians team of 1927-28 who won every trophy on offer that season – League of Ireland, FAI Cup, Shield and Leinster Senior Cup. He was top scorer for Bohs the previous season with 23 goals in all competitions. He also won the League of Ireland with The Bohs in 1929-30 and the League of Ireland Shield in 1929. He subsequently joined Dolphin F.C. of Dublin in 1932 having spent seven seasons with Bohemians.
He won one full international cap for Irish Free State, making his debut against Belgium in 1929 at Dalymount Park, and played for Ireland as an amateur international, winning a single cap in a 3-2 defeat to England at Bootham Crescent in November 1931. He also gained inter league honours for the Free State League against the Welsh League.