Inside right Jimmy Maxwell was a capable player right across the forward-line.
Maxwell first made an impact in Linfield’s “treble” winning campaign of 1901-02, claiming Irish League, Irish Cup and City Cup winner’s medals. He was rewarded with a first Ireland international cap in February 1902, playing in his favoured inside-right role in a 3-0 win over Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. As well as the three International caps Maxwell won while a Linfield player, he also played for the Irish League in a rare win against their Scottish counterparts, 1-0 at Grosvenor Park in February 1903.
He was an Irish League Champion again with Linfield in 1903-04 but was transferred to Glentoran in 1904, where he made an early return to Windsor Park, scoring in a 2-2 draw with his old club as the Glens went on to claim the 1904-05 Irish League title. Maxwell returned to the Ireland team after a two-year absense winning caps against Scotland and Wales in March and April 1905.
After a single season at the Oval, having scored 3 goals in 25 appearances, Maxwell moved on to join Belfast Celtic. Further major honours eluded him while at Paradise, though he did play in the 1906 Irish Cup Final defeat by Shelbourne at Dalymount Park. He scored his first international goal in April 1906, in a 4-4 draw with Wales (note that some sources credit him with two goals in this match), and made his final appearance in an Ireland shirt eleven months later, in a 3-0 defeat by Scotland in March 1907 in Glasgow.
In July 1916 Maxwell was “reported killed” while serving in The First World War.