[ST] Jimmy McGrory (1904)

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[ST] Jimmy McGrory (1904)

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James Edward "Jimmy" McGrory (26 April 1904 – 20 October 1982) was a Scottish International football player, who played for Celtic and Clydebank and then went on to manage Kilmarnock, before returning to Celtic after the end of the Second World War, to manage them.

About
Full name James Edward McGrory
Date of birth 26 April 1904
Place of birth Garngad, Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 20 October 1982 (aged 78)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Contract for seven years

Style of Play
He is the all-time leading goalscorer in top-flight British football with a total of 485 goals (408 Scottish League/77 Scottish Cup), he also scored 53 goals in secondary cup competitions, 6 goals for the Scotland international side and another 6 goals for the Scottish League XI. Even although he was only 5 ft 6ins, he was renowned for his prowess and ability from headers. His trademark was an almost horizontal, bullet header, which he performed and scored regularly from and which earned him his nicknames, of the"Human Torpedo" and the "Mermaid"

1930:

Injuries were by now starting to take their toll on McGrory, who was always a regular target for some brutal 'defending'. He missed the first six games of season 1930–31 due to such an injury. While the League campaign was to ultimately prove disappointing, the team had shown promise and improved on the previous seasons finish of fourth place, running the eventual winners close and finishing in second place only two points behind them. Celtic scored 101 goals in the process, with McGrory helping himself to a very credible 36 of them in only 29 games.

The 1930–31 Scottish Cup was to prove more fruitful all round, where he ended up with a winners medal and 8 goals from 6 games. In the Cup Final on 11 April 1931, he scored the opening goal in a 2–2 draw against Motherwell in front of crowd of 104,863 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The replay took place on 15 April 1931, which Celtic won 4–2 thanks to two goals each from McGrory and Bertie Thomson.

He also got off the mark in his second Scotland International against England on 29 March 1931 at Hampden Park, scoring Scotland's second goal in a 2–0 win.

In total, he scored 44 (36L/8SC) goals in (35 (29L/6SC) games and took his over all tally to 307 (250L/57SC) goals in 285 (240L/45SC) games.

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