Bolton, Lancashire 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, his Football League debut coming against Middlesbrough in February 1914. He played another 6 matches during 1914-15 before the onset of The First World War forced the suspension of peacetime football in May 1915 and interrupted his career.
After the War 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’s club captain replacing Joe Smith, winning the FA Cup with Bolton three 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 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 for The Trotters.
Seddon 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 was also selected for The Football League in 1922 but was a non playing reserve.
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.