jimmy skinner - fact file
1919 - 1926 midfield
|Born on 11th October 1898 in
Beckenham, Kent, England.
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Jimmy Skinner was a player who was a schoolboy star and worked his way through the ranks at Spurs to play a role as a fill-in half-back, but a ligament injury brought his career to a finish, as there was no surgery for such problems in those days.
Skinner went to Manor Road school in West Ham and played for the West Ham Schools and London Schools representative sides in the 1912-1913 season, before earning selection as a wing half for England Schoolboys in 1913.
He started his career with Beckenham before joining Spurs in 1919, making his debut in the first team against Clapton Orient on his 21st birthday.
Was called up to travel to Paris with the England team to play France in May 1924, but was not used in the eleven who played.
Made 34 appearances in 1924-25.
Skinner said he was always the first to the pay desk each week, so much so that the manager Peter McWilliam came to expect it. He said as a maximum wage earning player, he could make more in a winning reserve side, with a £1 win bonus than in a losing first team, where he earned an £8 basic.
Unfortunately, at the age of 28, Jimmy suffered a knee injury and his career was ended, with what proved to be his last first team game coming in January 1926 at Upton Park. He did not take the news well and was disciplined a few times, as he did not follow the club's instructions or attend training during 1926-27. He did return to playing for the A team, with a match against Guildford being his last appearance in our colours in January 1927, staying with the club until the summer of 1928.
On retirement ran a draper's shop in Ladbroke Grove, a grocer's shop in Enfield, later starting a building company in Harlow and a fruit farm.
In 1974, ...
Jimmy Skinner died in Cranbourne, Dorset, England in September 1984.
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