Dunn, Jimmy

Birth Date

25th November 1900





Biographical Text

Arguably one of the 'biggest names' ever to appear for the club Scottish international Jimmy Dunn, who scored when Everton won the FA Cup in 1933, played for Exeter City during the disastrous 1935/36 season. Later playing for Runcorn upon leaving Exeter, he had featured in Scottish Cup finals for Hibernian in the 1920s before playing in second and first division championship-winning teams for Everton in 1931 and 1932. Famously he was a member of the Scottish 'Wembley Wizards' team which beat England 5-1 in 1928.

Jimmy's senior career started in 1920 when Hibernian signed him from Glasgow junior side Govan St Anthony's. He stayed eight years with the Easter Road outfit, helping them to consecutive losing Scottish Cup finals in 1923 and 1924. He won his first cap for Scotland against Wales in 1925 and made four further appearances for the national side whilst with Hibernian by far the most notable of which was the 5-1 victory over England at Wembley on 31 March 1928. This ensured that Jimmy, appearing at inside-right on the day, was always remembered as one of the 'Wembley Wizards'.  

Joining Everton later in 1928, Jimmy was to score 42 goals in 140 league matches for his new club and win the Second Division (1931), the Football League championship itself (1932) and the FA Cup in 1933 when he scored the third goal in the 3-0 win over Manchester City. He also won a sixth Scottish cap whilst with Everton.

Then aged thirty-four, Jimmy signed for Exeter City in the summer of 1935 and made his debut as a much-heralded signing in the 5-1 opening day of the season win at St James Park against Aldershot in front of large crowd. But that was to be City's last win for a while and Jimmy's opening run of nine games saw seven defeats. Thereafter appearing in only four of the next fourteen league games, Jimmy played nine of the following eleven league games before making his final Football League appearance against Reading on 18 March 1936 in a season in which the Grecians finished at the foot of the league.

Returning to the Liverpool area, Jimmy spent a final season with Runcorn before retiring. He later worked in a shipyard and died in Bootle in August 1963. His son Jimmy Dunn junior won a FA Cup winners medal with Wolves in 1949.







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