Hotspur Towers - Jimmy Dimmock
Jimmy Dimmock ensured himself a special place in our history when he scored the only goal in the 1921 FA Cup final at just 20 years of age.
He would become the first Spurs player to hit 100 Football League goals as he finished with 112 first team goals from 438 games which places him in 12th place in our all time scorers list.
His immense nature talent coupled with being a local boy with ‘film star’ looks meant he quickly became a local hero. Much of his play was instinctive and when he set off on a long run, at times, he could become self indulgent but he was forgiven. A very tricky player who entertained the fans. He could deliver an accurate cross but also had an eye for goal and could shoot with either foot.
James Henry Dimmock was an Edmonton lad, born in December 1900 who Tottenham spotted as a schoolboy and signed him as an amateur. During World War One he played for Clapton Orient signing professional forms for us in May 1919. His Spurs debut at outside left came in the October in a drawn game away to Lincoln when Jimmy Chipperfield was unavailable injured.
A few weeks later Jimmy returned to the side and kept the position as Spurs won the Second Division title. His first goal coming in a 5-2 win over Nottingham Forest at home in November.
Jimmy would become one of the key players in the great side built by Peter McWilliam in the early twenties that as well as the Cup win and the Second Division title they also finished second in the First Division table. The best finish by any London team up till that point.
The story of those great years are told in the mini series "the Roaring Twenties" which starts @
He played in two international trial games and won the first of three international caps in April 1921 just days before scoring that winning goal in the FA Cup final in a game with Scotland when he became the youngest Tottenham player to feature for England. Jimmy has been admitted to the clubs Hall of Fame.
As defenders found the only way to stop him was by fouling him the injuries slowly took their toil and Jimmy slowed down. He left Spurs in 1931 and turned down several offers to continue in the league as he did not want to move away from London.
After several brief spells with local clubs and in Kent he retired from playing. He passed away in Enfield just a few days after his 72nd birthday.
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20/12/2019 10:05:43 am
Really nice article with informative and important references to the working conditions at the time. 100 years later and it’s all go see Neymar on the train to Paris for CL action...
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