McCambridge, Jimmy

Birth Date

23rd September 1905


Larne, County Antrim



Biographical Text

Making his name with Ballymena, Irish international Jimmy McCambridge had enjoyed a good spell with Cardiff City before joining Exeter City from Bristol Rovers in 1935. Scoring 14 goals in 23 appearances for Exeter he then moved on to Sheffield Wednesday and later Hartlepools United.

Turning out for Larne United and Larne Olympic before signing for Irish League side Ballymena, Jimmy went on to win international honours by winning his first cap for Ireland in a 7-0 win against Wales in Belfast in February 1930 having already scored the winning goal in the Irish Cup final in 1929. 

Within three weeks of his second international outing, against Scotland in Glasgow, Jimmy was transferred to Everton for a fee of £1,800 in March 1930. Although further international honours followed, he only made one league appearance for the Goodison Park club prior to moving to Cardiff City in January 1931 where he went on to net 50 goals in 96 league outings. Jimmy then joined Bristol Rovers in May 1933 for whom he tallied 23 goals in 58 league starts.

Arriving at Exeter City in September 1935, Jimmy made his debut in the defeat at Torquay United on 25 September and, in his one season stay at St James’ Park, scored 14 goals in 23 appearances to become the Grecians’ top scorer with his best run of games and goals coming towards the end of the season..

Moving to Sheffield Wednesday for the 1936/37 season, he only managed two league appearances before seeing out his career in the Football League with Hartlepools United and in the non-league game with Cheltenham Town. 

Jimmy died in 1988.







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