Jimmy Gordon (footballer, born 1888)

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James Eadie Gordon (23 July 1888 – 22 November 1954) was a Scottish footballer who spent most of his career with Rangers. During the First World War he was a Sergeant in the Highland Light Infantry.

Born in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Gordon played with juvenile sides Thornwood Athletic and Renfrew Victoria before joining Rangers during the 1906-07 season.[1] He stayed with the Ibrox club until 1920, playing 334 games and winning five championships in the process. Versatile enough to play in any position on the pitch, he did just that playing in goals, in defence, in midfield and up front for Rangers. His favoured role was right-half and this was the position he occupied most during his international career with the Scotland national team, which extended to ten caps between 1912 and 1920. Gordon also represented the Scottish League XI 15 times,[2] and played in four unofficial wartime internationals.[3]

Gordon "guested" for Fulham and Hearts during World War I and joined Dunfermline Athletic when he finally left Rangers in 1920.[1] After his playing retirement, he and former Rangers colleague Jimmy Galt ran a series of billiard halls.[1] He was included in the Rangers F.C. Hall of Fame on 5 February 2007.

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  1. ^ a b c Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4. 
  2. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sat 22 Mar 1919 Scotland 2 Ireland 1". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 

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