Clock Face, St Helens, Lancashire born centre forward Jimmy Briscoe began his football career with St Helens Town from where he joined First Division Preston North End in May 1934 but he had to wait until September 1936 to make his Football League debut, which came at Sunderland, Briscoe making 5 appearances in his breakthrough season. However frustrated by his lack of opportunities, Briscoe moved north in October 1937 joining Heart of Midlothian for £1,500, immediately making his Scottish League debut in a 7-0 win over Ayr United at Tynecastle and being a near ever present in the final two seasons before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, which significantly interrupted his career.
Although he returned to Tynecastle after the War and played his last match for The Jambos in a defeat to Partick Thistle in August 1946, by when he had scored 24 goals in 71 appearances, in addition to 16 wartime league matches for Hearts, all but one of which were in the first wartime season of 1939-40.
In September 1946 he was sold to Northampton Town along with Hearts team mate Archie Garrett for £2,250, and he played in The Cobblers’ first three post-war seasons, scoring 18 goals in 60 appearances before briefly becoming player-coach in 1949. However after a spell on loan at non league Nuneaton Borough he left The County Ground to join Wolverton Town in 1950, his final club before his retirement.