[LCB] Jimmy McStay (1893)

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[LCB] Jimmy McStay (1893)

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James Frederick "Jimmy" McStay (12 September 1893 – 3 January 1974) was a Scottish football player and manager. He spent most of his career at Celtic, and was a captain and manager for the club. He took over the club captaincy from his brother, Willie McStay, in 1929.

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Full name James Frederick McStay
Date of birth 12 September 1893
Place of birth Ardrossan, Scotland
Date of death 3 January 1974 (aged 80)
Place of death Port Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left half
Contract for four years

Style of Play
Maley’s instinct that Jimmy would make a more than useful defender was proved right. McStay took to his new position like a natural and before long he had gone from being on the verge of a free transfer to becoming a vital member of the team.

McStay quickly established himself as the very heart of the Celtic defence. His no nonsense approach to his job made Jimmy one of the most effective defenders in the game, despite never shouting or intimidating opposition players. He was not flashy but he did the simple things very well and he became a model of consistency with a string of excellent performances.

Although not overtly physical, no forward relished coming up against McStay because they knew the Celtic man would give them little opportunity to flourish. He read the game well and time after time he would simply win the ball before clearing his lines. Imperious in the air and great passing ability too.

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