Coatbridge, Lanarkshire born winger Jimmy Stein played junior football with West Lothian side Blackburn Rovers where played centre-forward. He scored twice in a League game against Bo’ness Juniors and shortly afterwards on 24th October 1924, at the age of 19, he signed terms with Second Division Dunfermline Athletic. Dunfermline were promoted as Champions in season 1925-26 and during the next two seasons Stein made 61 appearances scoring 10 goals before he joined First Division Everton from Dunfermline in April 1928.
He made his Football League debut against Bolton Wanderers that December but only played 5 times in his debut season, establishing himself in the team in the 1929-30 season, when despite him scoring 10 goals, they were relegated. He was part of The Toffees’ teams that won the Second Division Championship, League Championship and then the FA Cup in successive seasons between 1930-31 and 1932-33 and had the distinction of scoring Everton’s first-ever goal at Wembley when he netted in the 1933 FA Cup Final in the 3-0 win over Manchester City.
He moved on to Burnley in October 1936 after 57 goals in 215 appearances for The Toffees scoring 10 goals in 47 appearances for The Clarets over 2 seasons, before ending his career at New Brighton, joining them in June 1938 and scoring 6 goals in 46 appearances before the outbreak of The Second World War, and the end of peacetime football in September 1939.