Gumm, Jimmy

Birth Date

15th November 1907


Exeter, Devon



Biographical Text

Although Exeter-born Alfred 'Jimmy' Gumm only played a handful of times for Exeter City he made his debut against Coventry City during the club’s run to the 6th round of the FA Cup in 1931. 

Attending Ladysmith School with future Exeter, Arsenal and England star Cliff Bastn, the pair were great friends and the Arsenal man was Jimmy’s best man in 1934 by which time the groom had played the last of his half-a-dozen or so first-team games. Working for the Southern Railway at Exmouth Junction, he had played for St James’ before making his debut for City’s reserves in February 1928 soon after Cliff Bastin’s own debut for the team. 

His first-team debut came against Coventry City in the FA Cup on 18 December 1930 as a replacement for Billy Armfield who soon resumed in the outside-right position as the team made it all the way to a 6th round replay. Making his league debut again against Coventry City in April 1931, Jimmy played once in 1931/32, twice in 1932/33 and once in 1933/34. He also appeared against Northampton Town in the FA Cup in November 1933.         

Jimmy joined Sidmouth Town for the 1934/35 season and died on the final day of 1984 in Exeter.





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