Jimmy Cookson

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Jimmy Cookson
Personal information
Full name James Cookson[1]
Date of birth (1904-12-06)6 December 1904
Place of birth Manchester, England
Date of death December 1970 (aged 65 or 66)
Place of death Warminster, England
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1925 Manchester City 0 (0)
1925–1927 Chesterfield 74 (85)
1927–1933 West Bromwich Albion 122 (103)
1933–1936 Plymouth Argyle 46 (37)
1936–1938 Swindon Town 50 (31)
Total 292 (256)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Cookson (6 December 1904 – December 1970), better known as Jimmy Cookson, was an English footballer who played as a centre forward in the Football League for Manchester City, Chesterfield, West Bromwich Albion, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town.

Life and career[edit]

Cookson was born in Manchester.[1] He began his career as a wing half with South Salford Lad's Club and then played for Clayton and Manchester North End.[2] He turned professional with Manchester City in August 1923,[3] but was unable to break into the first team and was sent to Southport on loan for a trial period in 1924.[2] He was transferred to Chesterfield in April 1925,[3] and converted to a centre forward.[2][4] He was the leading goalscorer in the Third Division North for the 1925–26 season with 44 goals,[5] and scored 85 overall in 74 league appearances.[1] In August 1927, he joined West Bromwich Albion for a £2,500 fee.[3] He continued to score goals at his new club and was a member of the 1930–31 squad that won the FA Cup and promotion to the First Division.[4] Later in 1931, Cookson was selected for the Football Association tour of Canada.[2][4]

He scored 103 league goals in 122 matches for Albion,[1] including six in a Second Division game against Blackpool in 1927.[4] Cookson was also the leading goalscorer in the Second Division for the 1927–28 season with 38 goals.[5] Cookson maintained his high goalscoring ratio after joining Second Division club Plymouth Argyle in 1933.[2] He scored 28 goals in his first season with Argyle, including 27 in 29 league appearances, but injuries restricted his playing time over the next two campaigns.[2][4] Cookson managed a further 10 goals in 17 matches to bring his overall tally to 38 goals in 48 games.[2][4] He moved to Swindon Town in 1936, where he played on for two more seasons, and scored 31 goals in 50 league appearances.[1] Cookson retired from the game in May 1938 to become a publican.[3]

Cookson's Football League record of 256 goals scored in 292 appearances is one of the best in the League's history. His great quality was a willingness to shoot, and shoot early, whenever a chance presented itself.[4] Cookson died in Warminster in December 1970.


  1. ^ a b c d e Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 60. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Jimmy Cookson". GoS–DB. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 54. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Knight, Brian (1989). Plymouth Argyle: A Complete Record 1903–1989. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 126. ISBN 0-907969-40-2.
  5. ^ a b Ross, James M. (15 July 2011). "English League Leading Goalscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2012.