Jimmy Richardson

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Jimmy Richardson
Personal information
Full name James Robert Richardson
Date of birth (1911-02-08)8 February 1911
Place of birth Ashington, Northumberland, England
Date of death 28 August 1964(1964-08-28) (aged 53)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1929 Blyth Spartans
1929–1934 Newcastle United 136 (42)
1934–1937 Huddersfield Town 120 (32)
1937 Newcastle United 14 (4)
1937–1946 Millwall 55 (19)
1947 Leyton Orient 15 (0)
National team
1933 England 2 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Robert Richardson (8 February 1911 – 28 August 1964) was an English footballer, best known for his time playing as a forward for Newcastle United.

Richardson joined Newcastle in April 1928 from Blyth Spartans, making his debut at home to Blackburn Rovers on 4 September 1929,

Richardson played in the 1932 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium against Arsenal, in what became known as the "Over The Line" final. While United were 1-0 down, Richardson chased a ball down the wing to the goal line and crossed it to teammate Jack Allen who scored. The referee ruled that the ball had not gone out of play, even though photographic evidence later showed that the ball had actually crossed the line [1], and the goal stood. Newcastle later scored a second to win the game 2-1. The event is often cited as an example by those who believe video replays should be used in matches to help referees make decisions. In March 2003 his medal from that game sold for £6,462 in an auction at Christie's.

He earned two caps for the England national football team, both in May 1933, against Italy and Switzerland.

In October 1934 he joined Huddersfield Town for a fee of £4,000, returning to Newcastle United in 1937 and later playing for Millwall and Leyton Orient.

He died in August 1964, aged 53.


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