jimmy cantrell - fact file
1912 - 1923 centre forward
|Born on 7th May 1882 in
Sheepbridge nr Chesterfield, England.
Height : - 1.75m (5' 9")
Weight : - 73.5 kgs (11st 8lbs)
Jimmy Cantrell made his name with a good scoring record at Aston Villa in his early career, when he played as an inside forward before moving onto Notts. County, where he made the transition to a centre forward. It was a move that suited the striker, who wasn't the tallest, but used his physique to it's best advantage in maintaining a goal every other game scoring ratio and he topped the goal-scorers chart at Meadow Lane in each of his three seasons there.
After a poor beginning to the 1911-12 season, Tottenham hosted County and found themselves 1-3 behind when the match was abandoned with ten minutes left when fog descended on White Hart Lane. Cantrell had netted two of the three goals and this, coupled with his outstanding scoring record, was enough to convince Spurs to shell out a large sum for his services.
His signing did not bring the change in fortune the club had hoped for and the poor form continued for the next two season, ending with relegation in the 1914-15 season, despite Cantrell's name making a regular appearance on the scoresheet. The First World War was in full swing and Cantrell returned to his previous home in the Midlands, turning out as a guest player for Notts. County. He was a regular scorer and returned to Tottenham on the cessation of hostilities to feature in the team despite now being 37 years old.
In many ways, he resembled a latter day Teddy Sheringham, having lost his speed, but making up for it in his quick thinking, subtlety and touch, rather than having to rely on power and pace. Jimmy helped Tottenham restore the club's First Division berth after the team had been over-looked at the expense of a South London side on the resumption of league football after the conflict. He was leading the forward line as Tottenham topped the Second Division in 1919-1920, winning the championship with a then record 70 points.
While Charlie Wilson threatened his position in the team back in Division One, Cantrell got back into the side at Christmas and stayed there until the end of the season, including a place in the FA Cup winning team, who beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, when he lead the forward line at the age of 38.
Jimmy was chosen as a reserve for England on several occasions during his time with Tottenham, showing how highly he was regarded in the game, but unfortunately, he was never called upon.
His powers began to wane as age caught up with him and his last match for Tottenham was in April 1923 in a 1-2 defeat at Birmingham. By this time he had scored 95 goals for the club and finished his Spurs playing career just shy of being 40 - the oldest player to feature in a league match for the club.
Leaving Spurs on a free transfer to Sutton Town, Cantrell retired in 1925 and returned to Nottingham, where he became a golf professional.
Jimmy Cantrell died in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England on 31st July 1960.
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