Seddon Jimmy Image 15 Bolton Wanderers 1922


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Bolton born centre half Jimmy Seddon played schoolboy football in Bolton with Trinity FC, and played junior football with Chorley outfit, Hamilton Central in the West Lancashire League in 1912. He was on the railway platform ready to board a train when he was invited to play for the Bolton Wanderers reserves, who were a man short. He accepted, and Wanderers signed Seddon as an amateur in 1912-13, making his Football League debut against Middlesbrough in February 1914, and playing another 6 matches during 1914-15 before The First World War interrupted his career. He returned to Burnden Park in June 1919 and signed as a professional after the War, despite his trenchfoot from his Army service.

He later became the Bolton club captain replacing Joe Smith, winning the FA Cup with Bolton 3 times in 1923, 1926 and 1929 (in the latter game as captain) when they beat West Ham United (in the so called “White Horse” FA Cup Final, the first held at Wembley Stadium), Manchester City and Portsmouth respectively. He made his England debut in May 1923 against France in Paris, and won three further caps that year, being recalled in February 1927 against Wales and in April 1929 when he played at Hampden Park against Scotland. He retired in May 1932, after he, Bob Haworth and Harry Nuttall were awarded free transfers, and on 22nd April, joined non league Mossley having played in 375 matches and scored 5 goals. He coached at Dordrecht in the Netherlands and Altrincham in the lower leagues before becoming Southport’s trainer in 1936. Seddon retired from the game a few years later where he became manager of the Scarisbrick Hotel in Southport.

He was the father of Ken Seddon who played for Liverpool.

NB this image was most likely taken on 18th November 1922 in a match at Hyde Road against Manchester City. City won 2-0. The image shows Seddon heading the ball away with Frank Roberts (one of the scorers) the City player and (probably) Alex Finney behind him.


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