Gallagher, James

Birth Date

2nd September 1911


Bury, Lancashire



Biographical Text

After playing professionally with Bury and Notts County, Jimmy Gallagher signed for Exeter City on the outbreak of war in 1939 but found his time at St James’ Park immediately curtailed. After coaching at Notts County he returned to Exeter as trainer in 1948 and played one game in an emergency in 1949 when aged thirty-seven.

He commenced his career with Bury, signing professional for them in January 1936. but didn’t feature in any league matches for them and was transferred to Notts County in August 1937, where he went on to play in 23 matches, scoring two goals.

Moving to Exeter City in June 1939, the season came to an abrupt end due to the Second World War. He guested for Southport fairly regularly. A Grenadier Guards Reservist, Gallagher was undertaking military training at Pirbright Camp near Aldershot when he signed for City. During WW2 he joined the Coldstream Guards. After the War he went into coaching back at Notts County, before rejoining Exeter in September 1948 when he became the club trainer.

It was at this point that he made his solitary league appearance for the club at the age of 37 in an injury crisis on 1 January 1949 against Norwich City at Carrow Road; this being his first appearance in the Football League since 1937/38. . 

Remaining as trainer unitl May 1953, he enjoyed a a joint benefit match with Stan Cutting in May 1950 when Exeter City played Leicester City.

He died at his Southampton home in December 1972.





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