Lagan, James (Jimmy)

Birth Date

20th November 1885

Birthplace

Felling, England

Occupation

Centre-Half

Biographical Text

Jimmy Lagan was born in 1885.
One of four brothers who all played football, Jimmy Lagan first appeared for St John’s Felling, a school junior club. After leaving them he played for a number of teams in quick succession, the best known being Murton, Craghead and Felling Eastern Region.

At the age of 20 he signed for North Eastern League side, West Stanley, and in 1911-12 signed professional forms.

Exeter City obtained his signature in the summer of 1912 and Lagan eventually made his debut in a 2-0 win at Stoke in the Southern League in December 1912. Lagan stayed at City for three seasons until the outbreak of the First World War.

As far as we know he never returned to playing after that. His Grandson wrote the following. "He lived in Fellapark Cresent in Felling (just outside of Newcastle) Not sure if he played any more football. He worked in Gateshead in his later years in a foundry or steel works (Armstrong Whitworth, The Close Works) and was renowned for breaking Pig iron with nothing more than a sledge hammer such was the strength of the man, loosing the sight in one eye when a shard flew off and hit him one time."

Jimmy died in 1962, he was 77.

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